By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item
— HUMMELS WHARF — In 1981, KIX, a Maryland-based band, came to Sunbury for the first time. Referred to as “The Dirty Boys of the Underground,” the rock and roll band played at the legendary Strand Theater on Market Street, Sunbury.
The last time KIX played at The Strand in Sunbury was in 1986.
For the past three years, Travis Fisher, owner of Fisher Promotions, of Northumberland, has brought the band back to the Valley and they return again this Saturday. “The little pockets we would go to would embrace us,” KIX lead singer Steve Whiteman said. “One of those was Central Pennsylvania.”
Though The Strand is long gone, and the band will play at The Hummels Wharf Fire Company, North Old Trail, this show will include a bit of local history.
“I have made this show a Strand throwback for all the fans to embrace those days,” said Fisher. Ed Clark, who owned the The Strand with his sister, Bette Bodmer, will be in attendance, an audio of the band’s last 1986 show will be played and a movie from that same show be shown.
It was Clark and Bodmer who brought KIX into the area for the first time. “We were getting local bands in and decided to get KIX,” Clark said. “It was so good, we kept bringing them back. If I told you how many people we got in there we would be in jail. The place held 650 seats but we had a lot more people there.”
Clark is thrilled to see KIX still coming to the Valley. “I am excited,” he said. “It’s great for the area.”
In addition to presenting the movie and live recording of the 1986 KIX show at The Strand, a special nostalgic T-shirt will be available for purchase and two guitars autographed by the entire KIX band will be raffled off.
Whiteman said he is excited about making a return to the Valley. “It has now become a tradition. We all love it and look forward to it. We have become multi-generation now and that’s so great to hear.”
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the music begins at 7 p.m. Openers include The Small Town Titans and Gun Metal Gray.
The event sells out each year, Fisher said. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at The Wharf, any Surplus Outlet (Northumberland, Berwick or Montgomery), K&S Music, in Paxinos, on PayPal (email@example.com) or by calling Fisher Promotions at (570) 847-1946.
“Although this is the third time in three years we have had KIX in this area, people need to know that there is no guarantee this will be an every-year thing,” said Fisher. “So, if they want to see this band in their backyard, they should come out and see them.”