Band set to rock Halloween party


An Okotoks singer/songwriter will liven things up in Turner Valley in time for Halloween.

Multi-genre band Throttle Up will rock the night away at a costume party at the Woodstock Hotel in Turner Valley Oct. 28 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Vocalist Keith Hambrook said this Halloween is the second time Throttle Up performed at the Woodstock Hotel the weekend before Halloween.

“It’s one of the best nights to play in the entire year, maybe the best night,” he said. “People are in character and tend to party more. They are less reserved, so it’s a fun night.”

Throttle Up will soon begin recording its debut album, with an expected release date in the spring. The album will feature a range of songs that showcase the band’s rock and blues influences, said Hambrook.

At Saturday’s costume party they will play an array of cover songs along with some of Throttle Up’s own originals such as I Don’t Remember Last Night.

“We’re getting ready to record our first record so there might be some songs we might try, it just depends on the crowd,” said Hambrook.

To get into the spirit of Halloween, Hambrook, vocalist Dwight Koenning, vocalist and bass player Russ Hamilton, of Airdrie, vocalist and guitar player Terry Studd, of Black Diamond, and drummer Wes Brown, of Airdrie, will don costumes for the occasion.

“This year it’s going to be more of a glam ’90s, where I’ll probably go as the bass player for Duran Duran,” said Hambrook. “We might be a zombie apocalypse between sets.”

When everyone is dressed up, they tend to get more into the spirit of the day, said Hambrook.

“Last year it was a really great crowd,” he said. “There was less sitting and clapping and more dancing and jumping around and singing along. The hardest thing to do is play when no one is into it.”

Studd will even break out the chainsaw again, said Hambrook.

“The first time we ever did that was at an outdoor show and we didn’t take the chain off,” he said. “Terry had a ton of experience, yet he’s running this thing and oil is going all over the stage.”

Hambrook said the chain has since been removed, resulting in the same terrifying effect for the audience but not for the band.

“It goes over great because it’s loud and there’s tons of smoke,” he said.


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