By Tim Leeds
The Groove House played after a four-year stop to open for the Headpins concert Monday night.
Laurie Curley didn't get in from Seattle to get ready for the rescheduled Havre concert until 9:30 p.m. Sunday. The concert had been planned for Saturday, March 24, until the middle of last week, which didn't give the band much time to make arrangements and get ready.
David Carlson was in as the bass player, with Paul Chute on drums. Chute said they only had about a week to practice the instruments, and Curley only had time to practice two songs with them.
"We were ice cold," he said about the show, which filled the dance floor at Shamrocks Bar and Casino and brought applause from the crowd after every song.
Curley said she is moving back to Havre later this year, after her children finish the school year there.
"There's no place like home," Curley said.
MacKay and Curley said they plan to start playing as Groove House again once she's back.
They said one move they plan to make once they start again is to try to play in Canada. They said they hope opening for the Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada-based Headpins will open some opportunities to do that.
Curley said she has been singing in casinos in the Seattle area with her band, Chain Reaction, for the last four years. She said that has been a good experience.
"It's made me a little more professional," she said.