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Trooper and pals

Trooper and pals raise hell (and funds) at local hall


Some notable White Rock-based musicians sure raised a little hell at Star of the Sea hall last Saturday night (Nov. 13).

Trooper was the main act during another benefit concert for Semiahmoo Peninsula Marine Rescue Society, and this time they invited others to help rock the house. The band has done the society's charity gig a couple times, most recently two years ago.

"We didn't want to do the same old thing again, so we made it a hometown block party," Trooper's Ra McGuire told me. "It seemed like we knew half the people in there.... It was bursting at the seams."

The singer lives near the hall, so he didn't have to travel far to share the spotlight with his musical son, Connor McGuire, and several others, including Jordan Carrier, Jason Buie and Jim Black.

Trooper did its thing to kick off the party, then jammed a few choice covers (Led Zep's "Good Times, Bad Times" among them) before finishing with gang-chorus versions of "Raise a Little Hell" and "We're Here for a Good Time."

The elder McGuire donned a White Rock Blues Society T-shirt to open the set, giving the organization's Rod Dranfield a thrill. "It was a great night," he said, hoping for a similarly enthusiastic crowd when The Twisters do the blues society's big New Year's Eve dinner/show at The Rhumba Room at Pacific Inn Hotel (call 604-542-6515 for the $85 tickets).

Meanwhile, Trooper will fly to Edmonton next week for a couple of Grey Cup-related shows -- outdoors, much to McGuire's chagrin. "It's no fun having my lips freeze to the mic," he said, laughing.

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