Retro Rockin' at the Opera House
By Aranda Adams,
What seemed like the entire town of Manitou filled the Opera House on Saturday for a night of musical nostalgia as the Winnipeg based band <<REWiND<< performed covers of 50's and 60's Doo Wop, Rock, and Pop bands. The audience was packed full to bursting and the night was filled with fun, laughter, and a lot of 'butt dancing'- since dancing in the actual aisles was rendered nigh impossible by the enormous crowd.
Formed in 2011, the 8 person band features the five part harmony of Larry Ruppel, Linda Burgess Ruppel, Gord Kudlak, Harvey Peltz, and Gloria Harris. The backing band consists of John Wrub-lowsky on bass, Chris Wheeler on drums, and Rick Hemerling pulling triple duty on guitar, keyboards, and flute. Ruppel also plays guitar, Kudlak plays conga drums, and Peltz, Harris and Burgess Ruppel provide additional percussion. The group refers to itself as a "Retro Remedy for whatever ails ya", bringing audiences back to the days of records, sock hops, and poodle skirts.
The evening's first set began with the Doo Wop classic "Come Go With Me" by The Del-Vikings, getting the crowd jazzed up and ready for the night. The group switched off lead vocalists through the night as they performed hits from Elvis Presley, The Ronnettes, The Everly Brothers, and Patsy Cline to name just a small few from the first set.