Date: Friday February 12th, 2016 8:00 pm
Valentines Celebration & Concert includes;
♥ Cash Bar
♥ Feature concert by local North Perth band ‘Need an Elevator’
Click here to learn more about the two North Perth special projects:
Youth Mental Health program Crossing Bridges
Social Service Hub
Whenever there is an important cause in the North Perth area, you almost always find Doug Boertien and his Need an Elevator band ready to help. Now heading into the final leg of this year’s United Way Perth- Huron Campaign, Doug and crew will bring down the house at the Listowel Agricultural Centre on Friday February 12th at 8:00 pm to help once again.
“I’ve been a long-time supporter of United Way, and when I found out they were raising extra money to support a new mental health and addictions program in Listowel, I was pleased to help even more. This is what we do.”
Need an Elevator was formed when a few local friends started playing music together twenty years ago, upstairs at Conway Furniture. At their first show, the band decided to charge an admission and donate the proceeds towards the Hospital fund campaign. After the show, the band needed to haul their equipment back up the stairs at Conway – the members were having a conversation; “We should have a name if we’re going to play around town,” to which Paul Dekker replied, “I don’t know about a name, but I know we need an elevator!” The phrase stuck. Boertien explained that it was a joke at first, but now it’s become the band’s identity through four different lineup changes.
“Honestly, it all started with a few friends who needed an outlet as we neared our mid-life crisis,” Boertien said with a grin, “We played some music and helped a few good causes.”
Need an Elevator, is known for playing a unique blend of old and new tunes with their own twist on each song. For the upcoming Valentine’s show, the lineup will showcase the Come On Get Happy Tour featuring early 70’s music.
The concert on February 12th is sure to be a great time.
Ryan Erb, Executive Director of United Way Perth-Huron agrees. “I’ve seen Doug play – it’s always a lot of fun and really well done. We are so thankful for the help because we still have a way to go with the campaign before it finishes at the end of March.” The campaign currently sits at 53% of its $135,000 goal for the North Perth special projects.
In addition to the band, there will be a cash bar, an open dance floor and the Comancheros Car Club will be on hand selling their famous wings and fries. Local organizer, Cheryl Mann, says details are coming together.
“A great band, great food and a cash bar! What more could you ask for? We are looking forward to the event to support United Way. I’ve been a member of the North Perth Community Committee and worked with the United Way to decide to bring the new mental health and addictions program – Crossing Bridges – to town. There are so many young people struggling with mental illness and addictions. This is one way we can help.”
Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased at Chocolates on Main, Oak Tree Financial and Life’s a Party or $15 at the door. Additional donations will be accepted at the event.