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Maniacs play MAC
A Nanaimo group that is keeping the spirit of Woodstock alive is playing at the McMillan Arts Centre this Saturday night.
The Herbicidal Maniacs were formed in 2011 by longtime musician and friends Dan Dube and Steve Palen. Palen plays acoustic guitar and sings vocals while Dube plays keyboards and sings backup.
A talented bassist and vocalist names Brent Redberger soon joined them and then the trio asked longtime Vancouver Island drummer Ed Van Benthem to come aboard.
Locals may have seen the Herbicidal Maniacs playing at Nanaimo’s Bathtub celebrations last summer, on the main stage at Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island Exhibition or on stage at Ladysmith days. The group plays all original music in the genre of the 60s and 70s.
The show at the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville goes from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance at the MAC or at Cranky Dog Music in Parksville and include light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. Door prizes will be available.
They can also be purchased in advance by calling 250-753-2445. Tickets will be $20 at the door. For more on the band visit www.herbicidalmaniacs.ca.
— NEWS Staff