By Eric Powers – Special for Sydenham Current
The Canadian Belgian Dutch Club (CBD) opens Saturday, March 19, 2022 for an evening of live music featuring Beer Store Money – an acoustic rock band based in Sarnia.
CBD officials say there is no cover charge on entry.
The band includes: Melissa Miller, lead singer; Khrys Luther-Heath, guitar and vocals; Marcus Moyneur, drums; and Wallaceburg native Craig Murphy on bass.
The group plans to start at 9 p.m. and the show will continue until 1 a.m.
Luther-Heath told Sydenham Current that the band had felt strong enthusiasm from the audience at some recent shows at Elephant’s Nest in Chatham and Rüstr Music Hall in Sarnia.
“They were electric,” he said.
“It was nice to see people singing and having fun again.”
Describing Beer Store Money’s sound, Miller said they tend to perform “popular songs in different styles.
“It gives us a chance to use our creativity and create our own songs,” she said.
Moyneur said they were “just starting to gain traction as a group” before the pandemic and continue to find their chemistry.
“We are greater than the sum of our parts,” he said.
“There’s been a long development of technique, being able to play cohesively and feeling like we fit in perfectly as a group too.”
CBD members are also eager to see Beer Store Money debut in Wallaceburg.
Debby Brant, vice-president and long-time member, said she “loved what [she] heard” from the group, adding that she is “excited to see people coming back and reuniting with their friends”.
Being able to attend and participate in local entertainment has been lacking between the band and CBD members throughout the pandemic.
“(This event) gives us hope that we will pull through as a community,” Brant said.
This “hometown” performance is particularly meaningful for Murphy, who hasn’t played CBD in years.
“I’m thrilled to see faces I haven’t seen in a long time,” he said.
“I’m excited to play in my hometown and see live music coming back too.”
Murphy added that a new fifth member of the high-energy group, named “Mister J”, could also debut with the group on Saturday night.
Beer Store Money plans to release an original EP on all streaming platforms in 2022, titled “Better Luck Next Year.”
For more details on the group, follow them on Facebook, here.