Wine may come and go, but recording studios are forever.
A building in East Kelowna that housed a winery and recording studio is brought back to life with the recording studio once again as its centerpiece.
Frequency Sound 528, in the former Frequency Winery building, will host its first rooftop concert on Saturday.
Blue Moon Marquee, an Alberta duo with a vintage blues sound, will help bring the site back to life.
“We are extremely excited for our first rooftop performance under new ownership,” mother and daughter owners Lynn Anderson and Jodie Bruce (musician Jodie B) wrote in an email.
Frequency Winery bragged about how sounds and vibrations helped their wines age better. An in-house recording studio was its unique feature.
Under new ownership, Frequency 528 lists on its website as “Kelowna’s woman-owned plant store and recording studio.”
The idea that sounds and vibrations can boost wine production will be put to good use with plants. A wide variety of locally grown plants, vegetables and related products will be available.
“We already have a really good assortment of different plants,” Anderson said. “We are starting to bring in the products. Everything was produced on site.
“We’re trying to research how different frequencies affect plants.”
Frequency hopes to add a cafe and bistro, the website adds. Anderson hopes the site will become a local gathering place.
The frequency is located in the agricultural land reserve, so agriculture must remain a priority.
The recording studio has already been well used.
Musicians can rent the studio by the hour or by the day, with or without an engineer. It can also be a venue for musicians who simply need a place to play.
“We just wanted to have a safe space for everyone to record and produce and have access to all these amenities where it’s usually very unaffordable for budding musicians,” Anderson said.
Blue Moon Marquee performed last year at Grizzly Winery in West Kelowna. The duo of AW Cardinal (vocals and guitar) and Jasmine Colette (double bass/vocals) will release their fifth CD, Scream, Holler & Howl, on September 9th. Recorded in Vancouver, it is produced by blues veteran Duke Robillard and features a full line-up of top blues musicians.
They play a brand of rootsy blues infused with jazz, swing and New Orleans sounds. Cardinal with her growling voice and Colette with a voice resembling the best blueswomen of the past bring a modern twist to a classic style.
The 13 tracks on the album include 11 original songs, plus two separate versions of songs written by the legendary Lonnie Johnson: “Another Night to Cry” and “Long Black Train”.
Visit the events page on the Okanagan Indigenous Music and Arts Society website (okanaganfestival.org) for ticket information.
Blue Moon Marquee also performs Friday at 6 p.m. at Penticton’s Dream Cafe. Details on the Dream Cafe website.
Frequency hours of operation are currently Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s at the corner of McCulloch and Gulley roads.