Darke Hall Five getting set for its biggest crowd ever

By Dale Johnson Posted: April 26, 2017 6:00 a.m.

The Darke Hall Five: (l-r) David Malloy, bass guitarist; david Gregory, lead vocalist; David Gerhard, drummer; and David McLennan, lead guitarist.
The Darke Hall Five: (l-r) David Malloy, bass guitarist; david Gregory, lead vocalist; David Gerhard, drummer; and David McLennan, lead guitarist. Photo: U of R Photography

The Darke Hall Five finished a close second at JACK-FM’s Battle of the Cover Bands earlier this year, but the judges and the radio station liked them so much they have been invited to play at JACK-FM’s Big Party 4 on Friday, April 28, at the Conexus Arts Centre.

This will be the biggest crowd the Darke Hall Five has ever played for, with about 1,200 people expected to attend.

“We have played at the University Club and the maximum capacity there is approximately 90,” says david Gregory, dean of nursing and lead vocalist.

The other members of the Darke Hall Five are David Malloy, vice-president of research and bass guitarist; David Gerhard, computer science professor and drummer; and David McLennan, editor at U of R Press and lead guitarist.

Now they’re practicing for their largest crowd ever.

“The key here is to create an intimate evening – despite the larger crowd. We want to connect with each member of the audience through our music and our performance. We've put together a set list that should be well received – and hopefully people will be up dancing during our performance. We understand that the crowd will be wanting to enjoy a good time – and so we look forward to the energy in the room,” says Gregory.

Two other bands will be performing: Private Drive and Slow Motion Walter.

And just a week and a day after the JACK-FM Big Pary 4, the Darke Hall Five will be performing for a very different crowd at the U of R’s Prairie Kitchen Party fundraiser – with about 400 people attending.

“To gain admission to the JACK-FM Big Party 4, you have to win tickets – and so 1,200 lucky people will have won admission to the event. We anticipate that the crowd will be quite diverse when it comes to age, occupation, and so on – and wanting to party. In contrast, the Prairie Kitchen Party is a fundraiser. Those in attendance will have sponsored tables or purchased tickets to attend. The one big difference is that we in the Darke Hall Five will recognize many of those folks attending the Kitchen Party,” says Gregory.

“Whether the crowd is 50 or 1,500, we want to engage the audience. We will perform as best we can so that everyone can enjoy a fun-filled evening,” he adds.