The last time local ‘90s music cover band Leadfoot hosted a Halloween dance, the joint was jumping with ghosts and ghouls and this year should be just as wild when the rockers take to the stage at the Bradley Centre Saturday, Oct. 29.
The five-piece band has been together for about three years playing modern and alternative rock songs covering tunes by artists such as Stone Temple Pilots, The Tragically Hip, Franz Ferdinand and Muse.
Bass player Alan Messner said, “We play current rock, mostly 90’s and newer with some classics to round out the high energy sets.”
Most recently the band has played some gigs in Duncan, Nanaimo and other local events including Fan Jam at the Coombs Rodeo Grounds in August. The band’s motto is “live life loud” and for good reason, according to Messner.
“We put on the best live show we can, every time. We especially like to play when we can share the energy of our music with an enthusiastic group of dancers.”
All five performers reside in the Oceanside area. Ron E. Dee plays lead guitar, Yolan Marlatt plays rhythm guitar, Troy Van Dyk takes centre stage on vocals and Matt Woods is on drums.
Woods also coaches minor hockey and said the Halloween dance is being held as a fundraiser for the Oceanside Minor Hockey Bantam Kings.
Woods who coaches the 13 and 14 year olds said they are raising money to send the boys to a hockey tournament in Kelowna.
He said they are just a house team but they want to transport the players to the tournament on a bus so the team can experience an authentic hockey road trip.
Woods who is also a teacher at Springwood Middle School has been coaching for eight years and admitted he has to do a lot of juggling to fit in his band and coaching time.
“I am busy … but I believe you have to live life to the fullest while you are here,” he said.
There will be a silent auction with almost $4,000 worth of paintings at the event as well there will be prizes for best Halloween costume.
The doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the party goes until 2 a.m. To keep things safe, party revelers can get a safe ride home by donation.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at Cranky Dog Music in Parksville for $15. You can also reserve tickets at the door by calling 250-927-3064 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.