This weekend Royal Bay Secondary school’s house band will be hitting the stage – but it’s no ordinary performance. Tuesday’s Roadkill is one of five bands who has been selected to compete at Rock the Rink for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform at Rock the Shores in July.
“We’re really excited and nervous. We start the show, so we’ll be the first ones playing,” said band member Tricia True. “We were completely shocked. We did not expect to get in.”
The five-person band includes True on bass and background vocals, lead singer Chloe Piwek, pianist Keelan Siemens, guitarist Andrew Whitney, and Alex Fraser on drums and background vocals.
The cover band has been playing together for the past two years, covering multiple genres namely rock, pop and alternative during lunch hour at school, before concerts and charity events. They’ve also played gigs in Colwood and Langford, but are hoping to get their name out there with the upcoming performance this weekend.
As part of their 15-minute set, Tuesday’s Roadkill has written an original piece, which is currently untitled, that will be performed for the first time at Rock the Rink, along with a medley of four song covers.
“It was our first time writing a song,” Piwek said. “Tricia came to me and she wrote the chorus and we came together for some of the versus.”
While the group admits they’ll be happy just coming in fifth place at Rock the Rink, they hope it will be a stepping stone to help them in their musical pursuits.
“I have a lot of trouble speaking to crowds or even doing presentations in classes, but performing, I immediately feel a sense of freedom,” said Piwek, adding as band members graduate, they hope to rekindle their love of music by playing other gigs around the community.”
“It’s cool to get your energy out doing something you’re passionate about with cool people.”
Rock the Rink takes place on Saturday, June 9 at the Juan de Fuca curling rink (1767 Island Hwy).
Other bands who have been selected to peform at Rock the Rink includes The Colts, Fairfield, Sugar Castle, and the Porter Brothers.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and performances run from 7 to 10:30 p.m. There will also be celebrity judges, a concession and prizes.
Tickets can be purchased at westshorerecreation.ca or at the door and are a suggested $5 donation.