Band for Good plays for society

All money will be going back to Variété d’Arts Society that supports the arts in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

Band for Good will be kicking off the evening with Pitt Meadow’s singer/songwriter Wayne Mepham and Maple Ridge's Chris Horne

Band for Good will be kicking off the evening with Pitt Meadow’s singer/songwriter Wayne Mepham and Maple Ridge's Chris Horne

The Variété d’Arts Society is having a fundraising event at The Haney Public House.

Band for Good, a local group, will be starting off the night.

Chris Horne, president of Variété d’Arts Society and lead guitarist in Band for Good, said it will be a great night.

“Basically, we’re a bunch of local guys who really like to play music,” said Horne, describing his band as a mixture of blues and rock with a folk theme.

Band for Good will be playing original music written by Wayne Mepham.

“What I like to say is I take his 1963 songs and make them sound like they are written in 1974,” laughed Horne. “I like to describe it as old guy folk rock.”

The Joey Only Outlaw Band from Wells, B.C. will be headlining the night.

Horne met Joey Only at music festivals.

“I met Joey Only and really enjoyed his music and thought he was worthy of telling people in the Lower Mainland about,” said Horne. “He plays what he calls his outlaw country music. We like to say it’s country music with an edge. Or you can say it’s Canada’s answer to Johnny Cash and Johnny Rotten rolled into one package. He’s like a punk rock country band,” Horne added of the outspoken musician who likes to take a stand on whatever it is he believes in.

“He’s quite entertaining.”

The night will include a 50/50 draw and there will be a silent auction for T-shirts from Kingsley Amplifiers and Radial Engineering. The latter also donated a Bassbone V1 pedal and Radial BigShot i/O pedal, which will also be in the silent auction.

Veriété d’Arts T-shirts will also be for sale.

All money raised will be going to the society.

• The fundraiser takes place July 8 at The Haney Public House, 22222 Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show starting at 9:15 p.m. and tickets are $10 each or $12 at the door. Tickets for $20 include a burger and beverage.

Tickets for the fundraiser are available at The Blue Heron Gallery in Osprey Village in Pitt Meadows, Outer Limits in Haney Place Mall or by phone at 604-355-7598.