800 SHOW UP FOR SATURDAY NIGHT PARTY WITH VETERAN LOCAL ROCKERS
See Photos and Videos from Local Rock & Roll Reunion Benefiting Vets Park
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Music and Memories -- that's what Saturday night, August 26th, at Optimist Park was all about. That, and, raising money for Durand's Veterans Memorial Park.
An estimated eight to nine hundred fans, young and old, new and "old school," danced the night away to the sounds of 60s and 70s hits performed by friends and former classmates, all who were part of the garage band hey-day.
Bob Sager and Debbie Love led the group of musicians including Alan Smith, Terry Newman, Rick Bowden, Joe Yankee, Phil Rodgers, Mike (Jonesy) Jones, Pat Carmody, Tom Root, Travis Root, Brandon Root, Rod Bradley, Warren Brady, Jeff Semple, Dave Wasielewski, Wayne Kazmer and Jim Chamberlai. The night was made up of a four-part performance that included a jazz set.
The evening began with an acknowledgement of all veterans in attendance, a color guard presentation and the singing of the National Anthem. A Blues Brothers-themed skit performed by Clark Harder and Frank Klim introduced the evening's stars. In a Facebook post following the event, Klim called the night a "defining milestone" in Durand. He went on to call the night "a phenomenal success [that] exceeded every goal by funding the project, reuniting a community and creating an evening of fun and entertainment that will be remembered for decades."
See pictures and video of it all below.
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An ebay auction continues until Wednesday afternoon, September 6th, featuring an antique Americana Wooden Cigar Box 4-string electric guitar that is signed by all the Durand Veterans of Rock & Roll musicians. The current bid was just above $200 on Saturday night, September 2nd.
Greg Martin was a major part of organizing the event and says that it was professionally videotaped and that video will be made available for purchase in the near future. In the meantime, we've got a little of our own footage to share.
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