Lethbridge’s Chevelles are a party band, plain and simple. “We’re a party band first and foremost. We want to be your Saturday night,” said guitarist/ vocalist Tim Carter, adding the band has a vast repertoire of 200 songs from the 1950’s to today which allow them to tailor their shows to specific audiences from Christmas parties to curling tournaments.
Over the past few years they have also become the house band for some of the country’s biggest curling tournaments, since making a great impression on organizers at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Lethbridge. They start another steady season of curling tournaments in December which will take them from the Canada Cup in Medicine Hat to the Brier, in London, Ontario and on to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
The band, rounded out by drummer Don Plettell and bassist Dave Chomiak, celebrates their tenth year together with this line up though their roots go back a lot further including playing as the Beaumonts and before that as the Peace Dogs in the early ’90s.
“We try to add 10-20 new tunes a year , so we can change up the set every night,” added Carter noting they are playing somewhere most weekends, and average about 95 gigs a year in addition to holding down day jobs. This allows them to keep the music fresh for them as well as their audiences.
They particularly enjoy playing the curling circuit.
“Curling audiences are our age more or less and they drink as much as we do,” Carter laughed.
“We were asked to play the Scotties (in 2007) and thought it was just another gig in the city,” Carter continued adding that led to bookings at numerous other curling events. “We didn’t realize how big it was and then we had 500 people in the audience,” Kanashiro observed.
“I guess the promoter was impressed by us. We had an opportunity and capitalized on it. A lot of bands don’t get that opportunity,” Carter said adding they love curling audiences. The curling gigs have also presented an amazing opportunity for the band to travel from coast to coast.
“The Brier in Halifax last year was our favourite one,” Kanashiro said. “There is live music everywhere. They don’t even know what DJ music is,” Kanashiro continued. “It’s been really good to travel from coast to coast with the band. And we’ve met so many amazing people,” Carter said
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Magazine
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