Borscht Eaters part of Y Champions weekend
Rob Richard was a singer back in the Maritimes during the 1980s before his career and day job “got in the way.”
Now decades later, he’s happy to back doing what he loves, performing with a local band, the Borscht Eaters.
The five-piece band’s quirky name comes from the background of certain members in the line-up. Led by Dean Cherkas (bass, vocals), the band began as a duo with Chris Urbanski (guitar, vocals, recording artist).
Adding their talents to the mix is Richard (guitar, vocals), Nick Tindale (percussion, vocals) and Arielle Logan, who sings and plays a mean fiddle.
The Borscht Eaters open for Bidini Band Sept. 7 at the third annual Y Champions Hockey Weekend.
“We’re a very versatile group,” said Richard. “So when we got asked to play for the [hockey event,] we wanted it to be a real mix of music with something for everyone - classic rock, Rolling Stones music, to modern country songs.”
For this gig, there will be a change in the line-up.
“Arielle will be away at school in Vancouver in September, so we’re bringing in Darren Collier who is a rock guitarist. The thing with [regular] band members is we have to have time to meet, to rehearse and to play.
“Each of us has other things going on and so the band becomes a ‘state of mind,’ and whenever we can get together we play.”
Richard said the band has evolved, as many do, over time with a group of like-minded people who love music and love to perform.
“We did our first show at Nancy O’s in June, so that gave us a chance to take this from rehearsals to performances. We billed it as a kitchen party with fiddle music and classic rock.”
The Borscht Eaters open for Bidini Band during the Y Champs Hockey weekend which is set for Sept. 7 and 8.
The 2012 keynote banquet combines the love of hockey and live music with favourite sportscasters Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole and musician, journalist, filmmaker Dave Bidini who is also founder of The Rheostatics.
Concert tickets are $40, available at Shooters Downtown or at the YMCA on Massey Blvd.
For more information visit www.pgymca.com.