Rocky River Grill hosts Jam Night, ride home program

The Rocky River Grill, located beside the Super 8 on Hwy. 93/95 just outside Invermere, has two new features for customers to enjoy this year.

Justin Atterbury (left) and Marty Beingessner (right) get ready to jam in the setup area at Rocky River Grill. Musicians interested in playing on Wednesday's Jam Night should bring their own instruments

Justin Atterbury (left) and Marty Beingessner (right) get ready to jam in the setup area at Rocky River Grill. Musicians interested in playing on Wednesday's Jam Night should bring their own instruments

The Rocky River Grill, located beside the Super 8 on Hwy. 93/95 just outside Invermere, has two new features for customers to enjoy this year.

Jam Night, a new, weekly event, will be take place every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The event features a live jam session with Marty Beingessner, local, professional country music and recording artist, and his friends and other musicians looking to participate.

“We’ve been trying to do something with Marty for a while,” said Justin Atterbury, owner of Rocky River Grill. “We’re doing something different. Live music here in the summer was really successful, so we’re trying to have it on a regular basis.”

“It’s all open,” said Beingessner on Jam Night. “If other musicians want to play, they can. They have to bring their own instruments, and I have a P.A. system here and microphones here. I’ll jam with them, or let them do their own thing.”

Beingessner is no stranger to jam sessions. Growing up in a musical family, and playing and singing since he could speak, Beingessner has plenty of performing experience in various music styles, be it country, rock, or blues, to name a few.

He has held several successful jam sessions all over the Columbia Valley.

“I’ve run a few jams in the past where I had so many people turn out at once to play, I didn’t have to do anything,” Beingessner chuckled.

The Reserve Your Ride program is a new feature at Rocky River Grill on Wednesdays as well.

Customers can call the restaurant, and a 12-passenger shuttle will come to pick them up, then take them home later in the evening.

After 10 p.m., the shuttle will take customers home.

The shuttle is free of charge.

“It’s difficult to get out now with the new driving restrictions,” said Atterbury. “We wanted to create an efficient way to get people up to the restaurant, and then get them home safely.”

The Reserve Your Ride program encourages customers to call and book their shuttle with at least one hour’s notice before being picked up.

To minimize travel time, the shuttle will pick up customers in groups of four or more.

“It’s environmentally-friendly to make multiple stops and pickups in one trip,” said Atterbury. “We’ve been getting good feedback through word-of-mouth about the program, and customers really like the idea. Hopefully in the spring and summer, the program will be full-time.”

Rocky River Grill also features broomball on Tuesdays, starting at 6 p.m., and poker night on Mondays and Thursdays.

For more information about Jam Night, or the Reserve Your Ride program, call 250-342-8885.

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