Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The British are coming

Rock out to English bands Thunder and The Union

Express Staff Writer

Thunder will perform with the band The Union and special guest Marina V at the Sun Valley Pavilion for a transcontinental benefit. Courtesy photo

Every so often Sun Valley hosts events that connect its visitors and residents to far-away lands. In a transcontinental benefit, the Sun Valley Pavilion will present The Great British Invasion, featuring rock 'n' roll bands Thunder and The Union with special guest Marina V.

The evening is a benefit for the United Kingdom's nonprofit Childline as well as for service men and women of the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. In addition, the evening's performance will benefit Sun Valley Adaptive Sports' Higher Ground program in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense and the United Kingdom's Force Select program, which benefits British veterans.

The benefit concert is the ending of an iconic Harley Davidson charity motorcycle ride, Hands Across the Water, which began July 10 in Cranbrook, B.C. Riding through breathtaking scenery in British Columbia, Alberta, Montana and Idaho, 50 motorcycle riders will connect with their final destination of Sun Valley on Saturday, July 16.

On Saturday at 5 p.m., the entire event will culminate in a rock concert at the Sun Valley Pavilion with headlining band Thunder, a popular British rock act that has toured with Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Def Leppard and Iron Maiden.

There will also be a performance by the band The Union, which won Best New Breakthrough Act at last year's Classic Rock Awards. The band's vocalist, Peter Shoulder, is one of only three Britons ever to win a WC Handy Award from The Blues Foundation of America, the other two being Peter Green and Eric Clapton.

Finally, the third performer for the evening, Marina V, is an award-winning Russian-American recording artist whose voice was described by the Los Angeles Times as "hauntingly beautiful." Her musical influences stretch from The Beatles to Tchaikovsky.

Tickets for the show are now on sale at and the Sun Valley Recreation Office. Premium seating tickets will include VIP parking and a post-concert reception on the Sun Valley Pavilion's South Terrace. For details, call 622-2135.

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