What happens when you mix together local musicians, a beautiful 103-year-old local theatre and the holiday season?
A perfect blend.
Many in the local music scene are already familiar with Blender, the monthly event that has given everyone from rappers to metal heads a spot on the stage at Lucky Bar for eight years running. But now, co-founder and producer Derry Hunley is upping the ante and giving four local bands the chance to grace the McPherson Playhouse stage for Blender at The Mac, a night of stellar local music.
“Blender started with me and a friend,” Hunley explains. “I was in a rap group, she was in a folk group and we got a DJ and just performed one night.”
Eight years ago, blending genres wasn’t so common, but now that hundreds of acts have found themselves on the Blender bill, it’s turned into a staple of the Victoria music scene, he says.
A longtime employee of the Royal and McPherson Theatre family, Hunley pitched the idea to management at the Mac, who were excited to partner with the producer.
“I think it’s a great way to get a new audience into the theatre,” he says. “We’re an artistic town and local music is just really thriving.”
Hunley has made a point of keeping Blender affordable and the $5 cover he charges at Lucky Bar hasn’t increased since the night started, but for the comfy seats at the classic theatre, tickets are $10.
“It’s like you swear you’re watching Robert Plant,” Hunley says of the latter foursome. “They’re young but it’s so authentically classic.”
DJ Mikey B will round out a night that Hunley says is family-friendly: “Bring the kids, grab a beer and enjoy some great local talent.”
Seating is general admission for the evening and tickets are available online at RMTS.bc.ca, by phone at 250-386-6121, at the Royal and McPherson box offices and at the door on Dec. 20.