Reggae and Ska dance music at Boogie for Nature May 20th

Shuswap Environmental Action Society

Press Release

Reggae and Ska dance music at Boogie for Nature

On Saturday, May 20th the third annual Boogie for Nature will be at the Gleneden Hall and will feature the reggae and ska dance music of Vernon’s Chipko Jones. This popular fundraiser for the Shuswap Environmental Action Society also includes a silent auction.

Chipko Jones writes, records and performs reggae and African rhythms because for them and their fans, these styles create connection and the music is upbeat, friendly, dance oriented, and family based. A Chipko show is a celebration of all of this! Their name originates from the Chipkos, who were the original earth protectors in 17th century India. They sparked a love for nature movement that still exists today. Unfortunately they were all killed while trying to protect the forests, but the movement lives on because of that tragedy.

With the success of their first album, Chipko Jones has a busy tour schedule this year with a focus on shows that have meaning and purpose beyond just the music. Currently, they are writing a song about maintaining invasive free lakes for Christina Lake. Opening for the band, is an energizing young singer-songwriter, Colton Nikkel, who recently moved to the Shuswap.

“There are many music enthusiasts in the Shuswap who love to dance, but are frustrated because there are few opportunities for dancing to live music in Salmon Arm,” said Jim Cooperman, SEAS president. “Since dancing is such a great way to celebrate the beautiful place we live in and these events help fund environmental efforts, SEAS is pleased to provide this opportunity once a year,” he added.

Tickets for the dance are at Acorn Music and can be ordered by phoning, 832-8669.