VIDEO: Eagle Eyes takes the Valley by storm in super show

Eagle Eyes shine at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre Sept. 21. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Jason Dunajski, left, Jack Gunderson, and Kenneth Ermter enjoy the chance to play a gig on the Cowichan Valley’s big stage. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Fans wave at the end of the evening, as a promotional photographer takes an onstage shot. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Genial Jack Gunderson gets the audience clapping along. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Ermter and Gunderson join lead guitarist, Ray Harvey. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Not just the music is hot on stage as Eagle Eyes but their backs into their performance at the Cowichan Theatre. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Gunderson is performing for his family and friends during the gig at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Gunderson and Dunajski have both worked a long time on getting this group going. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Jason Dunajski’s soaring voice is a big part of the harmonies that Eagle Eyes achieve. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Left: Ray Harvey adds a real rocker edge to the music of Eagle Eyes. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Right: While Jack Gunderson sings the Glenn Frey numbers for Eagle Eyes, Dunajski covers a variety of songs, from Desperado to Witchy Woman. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

The lobby of the Island Savings Centre was buzzing Friday night, Sept. 21 as an excited crowd got ready for the Eagle Eyes show.

Yes, the Cowichan Lake based Eagles tribute group was taking to the big stage in the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre for the first time.

The four talented guys who make up the group, Jack Gunderson, Jason Dunajski, Ray Harvey, and Kenneth Ermter, have taken their idea from success to success this year, gaining fans by the thousands along the way as they stormed through the festival circuit in the Pacific Northwest. Appearing before 8,000 people in the Okanagan is just an example of their summer triumphs.

Their polished presentation at the theatre showed the value of tight teamwork, dedication, and unceasing efforts to bring the legendary Eagles music to life onstage. Every member of the band is essential to producing the unique sound: Dunajski and Harvey provide a vocal and musical edge, Ermter and Gunderson add smooth harmonies and vocal colour.

It’s never easy to present songs everybody knows, but Eagle Eyes was up for it.

All the hits, from ‘Hotel California’, ‘Take It Easy’, ‘Lyin’ Eyes’, ‘New Kid in Town’, ‘Take It to the Limit’, ‘Best of My Love’, to ‘Desperado’, ‘Tequila Sunrise’, ‘Witchy Woman’, ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’, and ‘Seven Bridges Road’ and more were woven into a fabulous night of entertainment, all backed by a colourful light show.

The crowd loved it, singing along with their favourites, getting up and waving during a special photo shoot, and roaring the roof off until the boys came back for a couple of encore numbers.

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