When their children were still preschoolers, Dr. Lawson Copley and his wife, Erin, took them to a music store and asked them to pick an instrument. Out of that trip grew Kid Vicious, a classic rock cover band that Bennett, 15 (lead guitar, vocals); Austin, 14 (drums, vocals); and Ellis, 12 (bass, harmonica, vocals) formed in 2006 with their dad and some of their friends.
Kid Vicious plays mostly charity events, including the third annual Rock the Rite, a concert that the Copleys organized to benefit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, where Dr. Copley is on staff. The show, March 20 in the Cambridge Room at House of Blues, also features the adult acts Sam Swank, Whiskey Pants and Beau MacDougall.
“Rock music keeps them interested,” says Erin Copley. “It keeps them current. Bennett can play Bach on the guitar, but he would rather play Zeppelin…It’s a lifetime skill.”
Dr. Copley, an orthopaedic surgeon at Scottish Rite Hospital, comes from a musical family. His mother was a piano teacher and is musical director at her church. Before they started rocking, the Copley children received classical training on the piano. Dr. Copley was an early member of the band.
The group also includes Olivia Jennings, 16, on lead vocals; her brother Brian, 14, on keyboards; and Logan Beutel, 14, on rhythm guitar. They have performed at Parish Episcopal School, the Hockaday School, the Dallas Marathon, Sons of Hermann Hall, the Kessler Theater and the Copleys’ annual home music festival.
The band’s major influences include the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Steppenwolf, the Clash, Garbage and Radiohead.
“We cover their songs because imitation is the best form of flattery,” Bennett says. “We love to play live and do our very best to entertain. Come check us out, but prepare to get your mind blown.”
Rock the Rite began as a way to bring new supporters to Scottish Rite Hospital, Erin Copley says. The nonprofit hospital holds more than 250 fundraising events a year, but none of them is like a Kid Vicious show.
Last year’s Rock the Rite raised more than $14,000 for Scottish Rite Hospital. Tickets for this year’s show benefiting the hospital, which are $38 including service charges, are available online at Live Nation.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Showtime is 7:30.