Hoover Roadhouse reunion does the two-step Oct. 19

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published October 5, 2018

 Whiskey Fixx is ready to perform for country music fans Oct. 19 at the Hoover Roadhouse reunion in Warren.

Whiskey Fixx is ready to perform for country music fans Oct. 19 at the Hoover Roadhouse reunion in Warren.

Photo provided by Whiskey Fixx

WARREN — Get out those cowboy boots and let’s do some scootin’ — it’s time to boogie.

In the 1990s, the Hoover Roadhouse on Hoover Road became a honky-tonk haven for country music lovers who wanted to line dance the night away to Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and Reba McEntire.

In 1998, however, the nightclub changed its format from country-western back to rock ‘n’ roll. It’s been 20 years since the Hoover Roadhouse wore a 10-gallon hat, and Warren resident Howie Herula thought it was time for a get-together. Can I get a “yee-haw?”

Hard Edge Entertainment and Bad Luck Booking have organized the Hoover Roadhouse 20 Year Reunion, set for Oct. 19 at the Hot Rock Sports Bar and Music Café, located at 24300 Hoover Road in Warren. Hot Rock is where the Hoover Roadhouse once stood.

While the reunion is for those who once hung out at the Hoover Roadhouse, the event is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. The event is sponsored by Scott Colburn Boots and Western Wear in Livonia. The cover charge is $10 per person. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

“As part of the old roadhouse crew, I really want this event to be something magical,” Herula said. “I’d been thinking about those old days quite a bit over the last year or two, and once we hit 2018 and we had the 20-year milestone to build on, it was a no-brainer. I really think this event is going to be a huge success, and the majority of those people from the old days are still around and still big into country music.”

Since line dancing was a staple at the Hoover Roadhouse, show organizers also have found former dance teachers and disc jockeys — including CJ the DJ, DJ Howie and DJ Tony Taz — for the night. The reunion will include live music from Ross Mead and North Country, Whiskey Fixx, plus an opening old-school country acoustic set from Kenny Kens and the Brown Bottle Boys.

Ross Mead was too young to be a Hoover Roadhouse regular in its heyday, but he and North Country — Adam Forsythe, Mark Sutton, Mike Ford and Troy Hollenback — look  forward to the big night next week.

“We’re super excited to be a part of this. I have heard nothing but great stories about how much of a draw the Hoover Roadhouse was,” Mead said. “It was a hot spot for country music.”

Since forming last year, Ross Mead and North Country have been making a name for themselves, primarily in Genesee County. Onstage, the band — which likes to rock — puts its own spin on top 40 country hits on current radio by various artists like Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean. They also will bring a “little old-school” country to their set.

“It takes a lot of dedication to get ready for this huge reunion,” Mead said of North Country. “They’re professional musicians and take the craft very seriously. ”

Mead believes country music resonates with people because it’s about “real stories where everyone can put themselves in those situations.”

About nine months ago, Heather Nicole and Aaron Christoff brought their talents together to form Whiskey Fixx before recruiting Danny Justice and Nick Shultz. Stage manager Dave Robinson is considered the fifth member. Based in the Flint area, the band started out playing a sound similar to that of Lady Antebellum. Music fans also will hear influences of Carrie Underwood and Maren Morris, but “with a harder rock edge,” according to Christoff.

“We grew up on rock ‘n’ roll,” Christoff, 22, said. “We all love playing. There’s a feeling that comes from it.”

Whiskey Fixx started out playing cover songs, but Christoff and Nicole are now writing originals. The band, which played the Michigan Brown Trout Festival in Alpena this past summer, just released its first single, “Sleep With My Boots On.”

“We’ve been trying to reach the southern Michigan area more,” Christoff said. “So when Howie called us, we said ‘of course.’ It sounded like a good event that will bring in a lot of people.”

For more information on the Hoover Roadhouse reunion, call (586) 756-6140.