Kids and rock and roll. Seems like it was only yesterday that movies and TV shows gleefully portrayed the frustrated father, glasses askew and pipe gripped in clenched teeth, shouting at the teens in the basement rec room to "turn down that infernal racket."
What a difference a couple of decades make.
If the demographic surveys of recent rock concerts in the Lower Mainland are anything to go by, it seems that we've finally bridged the generation gap - at least when it comes to an appreciation of rock music.
This is something Canadian rock icon Jerry Doucette knows in his heart. He and band-mate Ken Boychuk have been playing to packed venues for over 30 years, and understand the universality of the language of music. They also understand the power of being able to use their talent to make a difference.
Last December, Doucette and Boychuk, with the help of Terry Nylander at the Tsawwassen Legion, held their fourth annual toy drive concert to benefit Deltassist. The turnout was phenomenal, and the boys were stoked.
"There were toys up to the ceiling," remembers Boychuk. "It was a huge success. We felt like we were walking three feet off the ground. We got together with Terry and we all said, 'Let's do it again.'"
And so they are. On Friday, Feb. 8, Doucette and Boychuk will headline an eight-band rock concert at the Tsawwassen Legion, this time with proceeds benefiting Variety - The Children's Charity.
The timing is perfect as it leads into Variety's annual Show of Hearts Telethon that airs Feb. 16 and 17 on Global BC.
Doucette is no stranger to the telethon, having performed a number of times back in the 1970s when the show aired live from the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver.
For Boychuk, giving back to kids who have special needs is something he holds close to his heart. His stepson Rhyan was born with Noonan syndrome, a genetic disorder that is associated with developmental delays as well as other health challenges.
Despite his condition, Rhyan was a natural performer and would regularly come to Boychuk's gigs. His signature song was Soul Man by the Blues Brothers, which he always sang at some point during the set. Afterwards he would collect donations from the crowd to donate to Variety.
"Rhyan and I also sold Gold Hearts and managed to do quite a bit of fundraising for Variety over the years," remembers Boychuk.
Rhyan passed away last year at the age of 34, and the upcoming show is dedicated to his memory.
The Show of Hearts for Variety concert takes place at the Tsawwassen Legion on Friday, Feb. 8 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $20 at the door.
The lineup features the Blues Piggies, Tin Pan Alley, Southside Vibe, Paul Tobin, Jerry Doucette with the Doucette Band, the Simpson Brothers Band, Delta 88 featuring Oliver Conway and a surprise appearance by special guests.
While the minimum age for admittance is 19, it's a show for all ages, proving once again that rock is a language that crosses all generations.
"Jerry and I love to give back," says Boychuk. "We've been musicians forever and we want to use our art to give."
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