Chilliwack's Lounge Hounds love their rockabilly

Local rockabilly outfit the Lounge Hounds hit the Cultural Centre studio stage Friday. - Submitted photo
Local rockabilly outfit the Lounge Hounds hit the Cultural Centre studio stage Friday.
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There’s nothing quite like rockabilly.

The genre combines classic rock and roll with a touch of country swing, and it’s coming to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre this weekend in the form of three local boys.

Keith Marr, Evan Duncan, and Tyson Finley are better known as the Lounge Hounds, and they’ll be hitting the Rotary Hall Studio Theatre on Aug 23 for one of their longest and best shows to date.

They’ll play Eddie Cochrane and Gene Vincent. They’ll play Buddy Holly. They’ll play Presley.

And as always, they’ll play for the fun of it.

“We like to entertain people,” says front man Keith Marr simply. “We just thoroughly enjoy the music we’re doing—for sure.”

It’s a simple sentiment, but it’s clear that’s the long and the short of the matter. The Hounds have toured around B.C. and the Valley for the last five years, playing everything from weddings to corporate gigs. Last week they played for a crowd at Party in the Park.

But this show is on another scale entirely.

It’s one of the biggest shows they’ve played, and they’re breaking out the props and pumping up the energy—and maybe even pulling out a few songs of their own.

“Not too many people have heard those yet—it’s a bit of a new thing we’re working on,” Marr says modestly. It’s another way the band is growing forward—not just paying tributes to the greats, but adding their own voice to the medley.

But all in all, Marr says the audience can expect a thoroughly energetic tour of the classics—from Carl Perkins to the Stray Cats.

“We play their music the way they used to play it,” Marr says with a smile. “We just keep it alive—we keep that era going. It’s a blast from the past.

“Anyone from that era gets to relive the moments,” he continues. “Us being a bunch of young guys, people love it. We have good energy and good stage presence, and we always have a good time when we play.”

And it’s the kind of good energy and good time that are bound to get an audience on their feet and grooving along.


w The Lounge Hounds hit the Cultural Centre studio stage this Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are just under $40, and available at the Cultural Centre box office at 604-391-7469 or online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca.

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