The Benders

Why book The Benders?

The Benders have been playing in and around Vancouver for the past 30 years. They play a mix of Classic Rock and current stuff. Ultimately professional and completely affordable.



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Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 1 - 210 minutes
  • Fee: $600 and up
  • Languages: English


Our Mission... well we really don't have a mission. We are after all, musicians. A mission would imply ambition, and we all know where that would lead; recording contracts, groupies, parties etc. Nope, we prefer to keep it simple. We'll come to the gig, rock your world,(artistically) and then leave.

Additional Booking Notes

We can play any size of stage and make it work. We cannot work in the states as we don't have work visas and don't feel like getting busted for this at the border leaving y'all without a band on the big night.

The Benders

The Guys in the Band

The Benders have a combined musical experience of over 200 years. When out of rehab, and sober, the band struggles to deliver a delicate balance of Rhythm and Blues and Rock & Roll. They have kept audiences awake and in shock from every continent and have won raving reviews from local press on many occasions. The Benders are:

Steve Boultbee - Drums
Formerly of Alcoholics Unanimous and The Barry White Boys. Steve has a unique style that has caused his band mates to consider getting a drum machine but he has a good heart and can lift heavy stuff.

Matt Henderson - Guitar/Vocals
Matt is the only deaf member of the band and has just come off touring with Biff Hitler and the Violent Mood Swings and has worked in the studio with Beast Penis and Captain Crunch & the Cereal Killers. Matt likes to pretend to use several effects pedals; fact is, none of them have batteries in them.

Ron McArthur - Guitar/Vocals
Big Mac, Mac or Macktastic are some of the names Ron has used in the past as a male dancer. He has played guitar for the London Philharmonic and really likes the C chord. Before The Benders Ronny played with Betty is not a Vitamin, and Damn you Peter Pan.

Steve Watkins - Keyboards/Vocals
Lanny lives in a home and has not practiced since 1983; he claims the uncertainty makes him sharper. Touring Jamaica with The Dukes of Hazardous Materials and recently helping out on the latest release from Dicky Retardo has kept him busy. Watch for his new solo project (Four Nurses of the Apocalypse) due out later this year.

Mike Black - Percussion/Vocals
Mike is new to clothing as he was raised as a Mandingo warrior. Sometimes when the spirit moves him he goes back to the ways of the Serengeti. If this happens during the performance please stand back. Mike comes to us from Goldfish Do not Bounce and a short stint as the lead accordionist in Inflatable Grandpa.

Dave Draper - Bass
Dave has returned to the band after being kicked out for not succumbing to peer pressure. After drinking the kool-aid he is back pounding the funk wrench. Dave has worked with Meaty Pants, Psychic Buddhist Gorilla, and Those Darn Accordions and turned down Was I Naked? to rejoin the Benders.

The team providing the talent:

Steve Boultbee


Matt Henderson

Guitar vocals

Ron McArthur

Guitar Vocals

Mike Black

Percussion - Vocals

Steve (Lanny) Watkins

Keyboards - Vocals

Dave (Dr. Dra) Draper


Set List

All Right Now - Free

This Love - Maroon 5

Are You Gonna Go My Way? – Lenny Kravitz

Jenny - Blink 182

Are You Gonna Be My Girl? - Jet

Birthday - Beatles

Black Magic Woman - Santana

Stay With Me - Faces

Can't You See – Marshall Tucker Band

Desire – U2

Domino – Van Morrison

Evil Ways - Santana

Feelin' Alright – Joe Cocker / Dave Mason

Don’t Change Horses - Boneshakers

Good Lovin'– Young Rascals

Hard to Handle – Black Crows

Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder/Mike McDonald cover

Hush - Kula Shaker

I Feel Good – James Brown

I Want You Back – Jackson 5

Into the Mystic - Van Morrison

Sex Machine - James Brown

I Wish - Stevie Wonder

Life During Wartime – Talking Heads

Listen to the Music – Doobie Brothers

Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffet

Long Train Runnin' – Doobie Brothers

Jenny - Tommy Tutone

Moondance – Van Morrison

Mustang Sally – The Commitments version

Oye Como Va - Santana

Pick up the Pieces - Average White Band

Rock the Casbah – The Clash

Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder

Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple

Some Kinda Wonderful - Grand Funk

Dani California - RHCP

Superstitious - Stevie Wonder

Swingtown / Free Ride – Steve Miller / Edgar Winter Group

Taking Care of Business - BTO

Whipping Post – Allman Brothers

Into the Mystic - Van Morrison

Wild Nights – Van Morrison

Wouldn't Want to be Like You – Alan Parsons Project

Get Ready /Sam & Dave

Ain't too Proud to Beg -Rolling Stones

Plus 100's of others

Influences & Inspiration

Santana, Doobies, Stones, Motown,Clash, James Brown, Colin james

Setup Requirements

stage area of 20 X 20 but we can work with whatever you have

Two 110 volt circuits


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