'r&-k&s also 'rŸ- or 'ru
Etymology: probably blend of ruction and rumpus
Date: circa 1890
Synonyms: Commotion, furore, fuss, rumpus, shindig,
shindy, to do, uproar.
of human body sounds and movements such as screaming, yelling,
hooting, hollering, shouting, whistling, banging, while dancing,
jumping, shaking, twisting, gyrating, etc. in the spirit of
letting off steam and having a good time. He or she who exerts
the loudest sounds and wildest movements raises the best RUKUS.
Marty and the band, on behalf of all of us at Orphanasia I wanted to thank you
all for making the dance on Saturday at St. John’s Hall such a success. It was a
great, uplifting event, the music fabulous, and it all helped greatly with our
fundraising. Warm regards, John
".... just wanted to tell you what a fantastic show you put on at Butchart Gardens!
First time I have heard your group and thought it was great. Of course, growing
up in the 50s and 60s I am very partial to rock and roll music..."--Kathleen Leach
"...I have been an annual pass holder for years and I get
the pass mainly to take in the entertainment throughout the summer. I've been
to several shows this summer and enjoyed them all. One in particular really
stands out as my favourite and it was "Rukus" !! Absolutely blew me away. No
one in the audience was sitting still, feet, and bums were grooving to the beat
of the oldies. . . . everyone around me was sorry to see it end....."--Linda Snelling
thank you for all the wonderful entertainment and the groovy tunes. It
has been fabulous getting to know you all and we look forward to a
spectacular new year full of happiness, joy & great music.....you are one fine band"--Lulu
just wanted to say how much we appreciate all you did to contribute
towards my 60th birthday celebration. The event was a huge success and
we received many compliments on the superb program and excellent music
you provided. Many thanks to all of you"--Jim and Diane Gordon
think they are really one the the premiere bands of Vancouver Island
for sure...they play great music, people enjoy them"--Jim Smith
(Victoria's first Rock'n'Roller)
seen them play many times and we are so happy that they are still
continuing to play for all to enjoy. they play fantastic music
which they make sound so good. Long live Rock "N" Roll and
guys are unreal. They play the best of the "Happy Days" music and have
the right attitude about Rock "N' Roll. they live and show it.
Just doesn't get any better than that. If Elvis was still alive,
I'm sure Rukus would be his favorite band. thank you, thank you
very much"--Jack Darling
"They play just about everything you want to hear"--Maxine
"...the music is all songs we know and enjoy so you're not only dancing but singing along with it"--Red E
one of their most ardent fans. They are a great band to dance to
and also to sit back and enjoy. I constantly troll their website to
look for their next gigs. I just love that every time they play
they give it their all and it feels like the first time!"--Diane Barry
pretty sure that none of my predecessors ever had a 'house band' like
Rukus"--Her Honor Iona Campagnola, Lieutenant Governor of British
wanted to thank you and the rest of the band for helping make such an
occasion of my surprise 60th birthday party at the Royal Victoria Yacht
Club. The whole evening was a complete success....your choice of
numbers, the great arrangements kept everyone dancing"--Regards, John
and Diane Carter
wanted to say Thank You for all your organization and energy with
regards to "A Night At the Tango" at Legends. Your
professionalism shone through from sound check to the end of your
evening performance. Bravo"--Colleen Scott
very much we enjoyed your music and what a pleasure it was working with
all of you. Even the younger generation enjoyed the evening.
Thank you once again to even be able to come to Courtenay to begin with!
There will absolutely be no hesitation from any of us to highly
recommend your group. Thank you so much. Hopefully we'll see you again
in the future."--Regards Jill Hansen from Remax
"...you guys rock...everything you do well so follow your hearts" Debora Abood
"...we're Rukus groupies!" Linda MacNaughton
"Thank you for an enjoyable evening...to bring joy to others is an important gift" Keith Varga
I can say is there isn't a better band around for you to put on your
dancing shoes and have a fun night out on the town. Keep it
rockin' Rukus"--Rich Hagensen
band ever, we love them, been to many of their gigs and danced
ourselves crazy. This is one talented bunch of guys"--Rob &
"You guys are just great" Ed Greer
really want to thank you for all the fun you have given us over the
past year. We have had more fun dancing to "Rukus" than should be legal
and we are holding each one of you responsible for all the laugh lines
that continue to form on our faces.
Thanks for the laugh lines--thanks for the memories--thanks for the fun.--Bonnie Segger and Ron Smailes
a show! The best band in Victoria. Keep Rocking", Keep busy and Keep the Passion" - Red Robinson, Hall
of Fame radio personality.
"I had great fun performing with Rukus once again this year. You're a superb band." - Scott MacDonald (Virtual Elvis)
"The first time I saw them live I felt like I had gone back to the 1950's....and I was born in 1969!"--Adrien Aucoin
"All your music is
great! Thanks for all the Elvis songs.........good singer and a
good band." - Penny Metcalfe White Rock, BC
"Rukus puts the "fun" into "Fundraisers" A terrific band and loads of fun!" --Maggie Hayes
"I attended your show at the legion last night. You all rock, great job"--Shahn Torontow
"Glad we had a chance to hear Rukus. Your music brings back many memories"--Marcia Strybos
"You guys were great at the Sooke flats on Canada Day. We really enjoyed your music"--Mathias Lowe
"We enjoyed your show at Veterans Park to no end. You are all
professional musicians in our view, and that is meant in the sincerest
way possible"--Peter & Bev Thompson
"I heard Rukus last time I was in Victoria and they are absolutely brilliant"--Bobby Faulds
"What a lively band Rukus is, for coming out with all the 50's &
60"s Rock and Roll favourites. And popular too..I noticed, as
they have quite a following"--Erik Schou Hammerum
"You guys rock,
love the guitar solos..powerful stuff. Keep up the good work.
James Burton would be proud of you"--Wayne Russell
"We love hearing all "our" songs.....it dont get any better than that. Rock on Rukus"--Lester & Shirley Brown
a short note of thanks to you and your band RUKUS for your
good rockin' music. It was a big success, more people dancing
than we've ever had. We would like to book you again for the
next year's dance." - Ian Flint, President, Victoria
Mixed Fastball League.
you for your performance at the Club. The place was rockin'.
The members and their guests had a great time. We look forward
to having you back." - Ed Life, Vice Commodore, Royal
Victoria Yacht Club.
would like to thank you for the amazing performance you provided
us with on our wedding day. We had nothing but compliments
and praise for RUKUS from all generations. Your wide range
of music made the evening enjoyable for all. We would certainly
recommend you for any event." - Casey and Tanna Lewis.
"...you know them all...you guys are just great" Glenys McArthur
"..best band in years for us" Ray Lefebyre
note to say how much support we received for the music provided
at Uplands Golf Course on Saturday. A huge thanks to the RUKUS
group for another great evening. See you next year."
- Jack Bowers, Treasurer, Camosun Gyro Club.
so much for doing a great job for me on this gig, guys. By
all accounts, everything went very smoothly. I hope to work
together again." - Tom Watson, The Timebenders.
you for a great evening of music at the M/M Tournament. The
members have asked for a repeat performance next year."
- Shelley DeHoog, Catering & Event Coordinator, Colwood
dance/auction was a huge success. The music got everyone up
and jiving to the tunes belted out by a great bunch of guys
- RUKUS. It was the best live music most of us heard in a
long time, truly a gift. The people who attended had
just THE best time and so much of that was due to the fabulous
music you all provided. The whole evening was a great success."
- Richard and Selena Ordell.
thanks for the superb performance that you and your band members
put on for my 60th birthday party. The authenticity of your
music was certainly the highlight of the evening. Fun was
had by all our guests and the fact that the dance floor was
fully occupied from the very beginning until the end of the
evening speaks for itself. My heartfelt thanks to the band
for such a terrific performance." - Gordon Smith, Executive
Director, Center for Global Studies, UVIC.
want to send our thanks to you and RUKUS. Julie's birthday
bash was a great success and we've had a lot of positive feedback,
phone calls, cards and comments and our friends thanked us
for a wonderful time...included in the remarks were kudos
for the dance music and your Elvis Impersonations. Everyone
enjoyed dancing to the 50's music, it seemed that once the dancing
started, no one wanted to sit down. RUKUS will be long remembered."
- Jack McNeill.
like to thank you and your band for providing the "live"
entertainment at my husband's surprise 50th birthday party.
It went real well and the RUKUS band played a big part in
the moment of surprise. We had many good comments on your
50's and 60's music. It brought back a lot of great memories."
performance was so well received at our annual Valentine's
dance that our club would like to book your band for our upcoming
1995 Valentine's dance." - Mike Hooper, President, Vancouver
Island Street Rod Association.
for making my birthday very special. You and your band are
outstanding and I look forward to your next event." -
to you guys for the great concert - really great to see folks
of all ages blissed out on the music! The acoustics were
great. Possibly our favorite RUKUS event since Crystal Gardens."
- Bill and Linda.
friends and I thoroughly enjoyed your fabulous performance
at Government House. Bob's rendition of Roy Orbison was top-notch.
The commentaries between songs brought back lots of fond memories.
You guys should all be very proud of yourselves. You have
captured and presented a treasured memory for many many people."
- Glenys McArthur.
totally enjoyed your show last night in the gardens. Also,
your music at the legion the other weekend." - Naomi
was again in fine voice at Government House. Keep Rockin'."
- Mel Lewis.
so much, everyone had a great time and enjoyed the music."
- Ian Copus, President, Brentwood Community Club.
great success, we would like to have the RUKUS band back in
the future." - John Farry, Executive Director, Friends
of Music Society.
hearing a band that treats the songs the way they should be
treated. Let me know what you would charge for a show in the
United States. Perhaps in our bookings we can line something
up for you." - Larry Kelley (US promoter)
"You guys Rock!"--Kevin Flatley
really enjoyed the performance at Canada Day in Sooke. Good to
see the band is still going strong. Great Website. Brought back
many good memories."--Penny Wakeman
"You guys rocked last night at Canada Day. Spencer slept with his Rukus T-shirt on ha ha"--Erika Young-Willoughby
"Rukus CD Rocks!!!! Love it"--Julie Smart
performance at Butchart Gardens was very professional all around.
For us it was more fun than the fireworks"--Jan Molnar
performance is such a good reminder of the excellent dances
they did at the crystal Gardens. It was fabulous." -
guys. We're big fans of RUKUS...heard you at the Hall of Fame
Pharaohs Induction a few months back. I wonder if you can help
us. We're looking for a band with your sound to play at our
wedding in Vancouver May 27. (We would love to have you guys,
but the cost of bringing you over might be too prohibitive!!?).
Can you suggest a band this side of the water?" - Cynthia
Williams (& Andrew)
would be happy if you guys would record my original song,
'The Bongo Man'." Norm Pringle (Victoria disc jockey
on CKDA in the 50's)
looking website. Looks like you're working quite a bit. God
bless." Ray Walker (bass singer, the Jordinaires)
special thank you to all who attended the Tsunami benefit
show at Diego's on Saturday night. RUKUS started the night
out with upbeat 50's and 60's hits from Elvis, The Beatles,
and Jerry Lee Lewis, from there the dancing was on."
- Gord Grand, Co-ordinator.