Thursday, September 15, 2016

Retro Stew Yard Concert

Our very good friend Gayle is the front person for our very favorite band - Retro Stew.   Retro Stew used to be Trilogy...but when a fourth member was added, the name needed to be changed.

At one of their gigs, they invited the audience to put name suggestions in a box, and if the band picked the name you created, they'd give you a house concert.

  Well.....Hubby inundated them with names.....probably 100 different ones!  Unfortunately, none of the names seemed right to them, and they picked a name one of their own band mates came up with. Since no one won the contest, they gave Hubby the house concert as a prize for his outstanding effort!  (and because we are their number one fans.....we try to go to almost every gig they have)

Since our yard is bigger than our house....we chose to have a Yard Concert. The band set up right behind the house.   They brought a canopy just in case......and it did rain for 5 minutes right after they got all the equipment underneath!   But then the skies became blue and it turned into a gorgeous afternoon.

The band.....Dave Gaudet

Gayle Picard

Donna Russo

Kris Lucander

And Hubby jumped in on keyboard on a few songs!
There were also guest appearances by Jon Swensen and Peter Pothoff.  
I regret there are no photos of them.

At the beginning of the concert, Gayle announced they would be singing a song in tribute to good friend Mary Nestor, who had been very ill.   They did a great rendition of one of his original songs.

During the intermission between sets, we learned that Marty had passed away.  As a farewell, the band played his tune again at the beginning of the second set.

Marty and his sister Cathy, who loved his music.

Our friends seemed to enjoy the concert immensely!

Kate and Trude

Trude and her hubby George, who likes to sketch while he listens.  Good friend Marilyn is right behind them.

Peter and Scott discuss a few things

Scott and his wife Betsy and the famous duo of "John and Jon".    Jon is the one who sang the harmony on one of Gayle's songs.

Andy and duo "Folkapotamous"  aka Tony and Penny

Cousin Donna and hubby Mike.....Jess is sitting in front of them.

Laurie and granddaughter Hailey love our swing!

Cousins Ricky and Mike

As the afternoon waned, we lit a campfire

And the band played on

After the concert, the band and several friends stayed to enjoy the campfire, sing some songs, eat some hotdogs and have a few drinks.

What a day...what a night....what a fabulous concert!

PS - the next day our neighbor to the left congratulated us on a great concert.....and a couple days later a neighbor from two doors down came into my office and said, "great show Saturday night!  But couldn't you hear me yelling 'one more song!" ?

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