For 38 years, the Fugitives Dance Band has been entertaining crowds with their old time country and western dance music. These born-and-raised Southern Manitoban farm-raised musicians know their stuff, and with years of experience (every member of the band has been involved with music since their teen years), they know how to get a crowd on its feet!
Enormously popular from their home in Southern Manitoba to points as far south as Mesa, Arizona, and Las Vegas, Nevada, and from Canada’s west coast to the Maritimes, the group is renowned for their “return engagements.”
The band has always played New Year’s Eve events, but their home-town New Years Eve dance, which has been going strong for 15 years, is legendary, an event which many would not miss.
Their road parties, which host busloads of travellers who accompany the band (including Henry Martens, Dianne Lodge, Cyn Lodge, and Bill Gray) on their musical tours, are a popular vacation option for music and dance lovers alike.
“The band has been invited to play in Las Vegas this February and also in Mesa, Arizona,” says band member Cyn Lodge. “While in Mesa, we’ve also been asked to open for the Dutton Show. This year has been very exciting, and we’ve been honoured to play so many venues.”
Coming home through Northern California, the band will come to the Rock Creek Pavilion for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 21-22. Saturday night dance from 7 to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
Advance tickets $15—their visit is being sponsored by the Bridesville Community Club.
Over 100 fans, all of whom are big supporters of the group, will be accompanying the band along on their February trip to wish them well and to take part in the shows and dances along the route.
While this trip may be nearly full, the band has plans for future adventures, which include a trip to Norsk Hostfest in Minot, North Dakota in October of 2015a an annual, non-profit Scandinavian Festival which was founded in 1978 to celebrate Nordic heritage. It is North America’s largest Scandinavian festival, hosting tens of thousands of attendees from all over the world.
“The Fugitives are looking forward to the coming year and want to thank everyone for their support and generosity,” says Dianne Lodge, vocalist of the group.