Over the summer, local band Boomshack was one of the music guests for the Slice of Life Block Party. Hosted by Mambo Gourmet Pizza, the event raised money for the Vancouver Island Crisis Society (VICS).

“This is something we really care about,” frontman Theo Hughes- Ridgway said between songs. “We’re so excited to be here.”

Pulling most of their members from the music program at VIU, Boomshack boasts a three-piece horn section and tunes that range from Ska to Jazz to Swing. With upbeat dance tunes, the band was able to keep the mood going through spats of rain as Mambo continued to serve pizza. Although used to university audiences, the band seemed pleased with the reaction of the older guests who attended the event.

The event was able to raise over $16k to help fund programs offered by the VICS.

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Boomshack entertains at the Mambo block party.

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Boomshack plays their single “Solid Gold” at the Slice of Life Block Party