Luke & Murray perform at Air Canada Park on June 20 (Craig Armstrong)
"Winnipeg sports fans really want to have fun and aren't the type to sit back with their arms crossed saying, "OK I'm here...entertain me..." They want to be a part of the experience."
—Luke and Murray
Luke and Murray, the "Two Man Band," are the go-to-guys when it comes to getting crowds going during Winnipeg events.
Armed with an arsenal of everybody's favourite cover tunes, this dynamic duo is always guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser, be it at bar, for a fundraiser, or for any of the Peg's professional sports team.
Ever since they hustled their way into performing for the Manitoba Moose in 2007, the guys have become a mainstay at the MTS Centre, where they can be found playing to thousands in the concourse between periods.
SCENE's Mike Green interviewed the guys to see what it is like performing for the masses at Winnipeg's hockey hub.
Are you guys really into hockey?
Luke and I both played hockey as kids. At 14 I had to choose between hockey and playing in a band and chose the latter. Luke actually played at a very high level against guys like Theoren Fleury in rural Manitoba. So yes, we both really enjoy the game.
During the Moose era we used to find ourselves tenting each other scores in the playoffs when it wasn't on TV. Now with the Jets it's amazing that we get to be there and be a small part of the game day experience.
How do you deal with decibel level of 15,000 thirsty fans?
Playing in the concourse has its challenges as it can get loud just from the din and the music echoing out from the ice surface. Still we manage to cut through, as we do see the heads turn when people get closer. The smiles, waves and nods let us know that everyone can hear what we are doing and also it's the hockey fans way of acknowledging what we are doing.
What has been the highlight of your Jets season so far?
Definitely the home opener versus Montreal. The building was electric. We got there about four hours before puck drop and you could feel it everywhere. I remember Luke and I walked into the seating area and it was dimly lit but CBC had the cameras there and seeing the "Canadians" and "Jets" on the score clock and the NHL logos gave me chills. The energy just grew when they opened the doors and the people started to file in. We were nervous and probably made some mistakes but nobody seemed too concerned -- the Jets were back!
Who has more passion, Bomber, Goldeye, or Jets fans?
Loaded question... Winnipeg fans have the most passion. It's awesome for us to have been able to play for all three teams (four with the Moose) and we have made some friends along the way.
People in Winnipeg are into their teams and we see a lot of the same faces in the Bomber lot as we do inside the MTS Centre. They have fun, smile, sing along and often dance. Winnipeg sports fans really want to have fun and aren't the type to sit back with their arms crossed saying, "OK I'm hear...entertain me..." They want to be a part of the experience.
What is your favorite Jets memory?
After playing for the Moose for all those years we weren't sure what would happen with the live entertainment on game days with the Jets so I think Luke and I were both a bit nervous waiting for that call to come. I remember where I was when my phone went off and reading the text that asked Luke and I to be part of the opening game for the new Winnipeg Jets and how excited I felt. We were both honoured and once we arrived at the arena it was great to see the same faces working there and to be able to share the experience with them. In the end its the people who make it what it is.
Check out Luke and Murray tonight, and at every Jets home game, in the MTS Centre concourse