The Houserockers are

The Houserockers are

Musicians return to roots with house band reunion show

Monday night band at the Queen’s reunites to aid Nanaimo charities

When you hear this house rocking, you want to start knocking.

The Houserockers, a staple of Monday nights at the Queen’s, are back together Thursday (Aug. 11) for one night of classic rock at their old stomping grounds.

Kevin Marcy, known among music circles as Bud Drumming, gathered his old crew together just like he did 20 years ago when putting the band together.

“I knew everyone from jamming at the Queen’s all the time,” he said.

Marcy toured across Canada with the country band Kidd Country and retired to Nanaimo when life on the road was more work than fun.

He took the job as promotions manager for Wichita North – the club formerly located in Nanaimo Centre Stage – while living above the Queen’s. His neighbour was Michael Patrick, who introduced Marcy to the Nanaimo music scene.

They put together a rock band, playing Sundays at Wichita and Mondays at the Queen’s.

“At that time, the Queen’s was a blues room,” Marcy said.

Joining Marcy in the reunion are Randy Gabel, Pat Barrett, Lee Worden, Scott Macleod and Richard Getson. Expected to make an appearance are Richard Nott, Bill Smith, Mike Jarvis, Earle Gibson, Rick Salt, Jay Stevens and Neil Evans.

Many of the players who came and went from the House Rockers toured the world, performing with the likes of Ian Tyson.

Marcy still plays, but much of his work is done in the studio.

“We all kind of grew up over the years,” Marcy said.

The show is also a fundraiser for Serauxmen service club and Nanaimo Child Development Centre, with an auction and 50/50 draws. A DJ will be spinning during set breaks.

The show starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Queen’s. Tickets $10. Please call 250-754-6751.

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