This year’s Alpine Blossom Festival at Sun Peaks is going to rock! Vancouver band She Stole My Beer will be stealing the stage Saturday afternoon on August 4, for their anticipated return to Sun Peaks.
She Stole My Beer comprises Chad Chilibeck and Tom Taylor on guitars and vocals, David Hughes on bass, Dean Waisman and Geoff Hicks on drums, Franco Diligenti on percussion, and Jordan White on keyboards. The band hasn’t played in Sun Peaks since the late ‘90s and, as Taylor says, they look forward to their long-awaited return.
“There were people climbing on the rafters,” Taylor says of their last show, held at Masa’s in Sun Peaks. “It was a really memorable gig.”
Sun Peaks local Natalie Klimmer is certainly looking forward to seeing the band again. She’s followed them since the ‘90s.
“I was introduced to them in 1994 when my boyfriend, now husband, and I were on a long road trip from California to Alaska via Whistler . . . he had a few tapes in his truck, one was She Stole My Beer, and we listened to it over and over again,” says Klimmer. “I still travel back to Whistler every winter to see their yearly show, and I catch them in summer once or twice.”
Needless to say, Klimmer’s a dedicated fan!
She Stole My Beer formed in the late 1980s. All the band’s members grew up with an interest in music and after high school their love of music and good times brought them together. Taylor explains that while the band gets confused with jam rock, they really draw on roots and southern rock. They’re particularly inspired by ‘70s music such as Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young. Music like this loves a crowd.
She Stole My Beer has released two albums: Sparks off the Guardrail and Mule. The band likes to make each show unique, with a mixture of original tunes and covers.
“We always try to play a different show,” says Taylor. “We rotate so many songs but we have certain originals we play.”
The band plays regularly in Whistler and Vancouver, and their shows are usually sold out well in advance. The band has personal ties in Sun Peaks and looks forward to connecting with new fans as well as old friends.
Klimmer hopes to see the band back in Sun Peaks annually, and can barely contain her enthusiasm for the upcoming She Stole My Beer show.
“They’re a great group of guys, who jam out and play super tight music,” she says. “I dare anyone to sit down and not dance at a Beer show!”
She Stole My Beer is taking the Village stage at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 4 during the Alpine Blossom Festival. The show’s free and open to all ages.
Give them a listen at www.myspace.com/shestolemybeertheband.