LOGAN — This Friday Three Chords and a Beer will bring classic rock music to the park. The group has its roots in a group of friends who began playing together in 2001.
While they played a wide variety of venues including The Home Tavern, Diamond Fest and the annual Music in the Park program, they primarily played private parties and weddings. With family and career needs expanding, the group decided on an extended hiatus.
Last spring, original band member Dutch Junge decided he would like to play again and put together an eclectic and energetic bunch of “old guys” who love classic rock music. Junge, a Logan resident and recent retiree, plays bass and is the band’s librarian and manager. He played in rock bands during his high school years, but only played acoustic guitar for his own pleasure over the years. A friend advised Junge to take a field trip one weekend to Laurelville to hear a band called Borrowed Time. That trip led to a musical partnership with Doug Wenger.
Wenger is a current resident of Sugar Grove, but has been playing in various bands for many years during his stint with the Air Force in England, Illinois and South Dakota. After retiring from the Air Force, Wenger played with Borrowed Time for 12 years in various venues all around Southeast Ohio. He is the sole proprietor for The Appliance Doctor and enjoys meeting people all over the area when taking care of their repair needs. Wenger plays guitar and keyboards in the band and also is the band’s vocal coach.
Lead guitarist Tim Travis is a well-known Hocking County musician. From his early days in The Rockits playing in Holiday Inn lounges in northern Ohio, to his many years with the Blue Jean Special and Blue Jean Band, Travis has played a wide variety of musical styles. Although he has indulged many hobbies over the years, including restoring old cars (including the one shown in the band’s promotional picture) and enjoying his grandchildren, he is happy to be the lead guitar player of this classic rock and roll band. Tim also adds vocals on some of the band’s song choices.
New drummer Don Blakely has over 45 years experience playing drums professionally. He toured with the “Becky Ryan Edition” and with Ed Williams as part of the Duo “Williams and Blakely”. He was the drummer with the band “Energy” for 20 years playing a variety of venues and music from the 40s to the current top 40 hits throughout the Central Ohio area.
Additionally, he has performed with many professional local and touring entertainers including The Chuck Selby Band, Doc Everhart’s 42 piece Big Band, Rich Little, The Osmonds, The Coasters, Holiday on Ice, Ice Capades, Days of Future Past (Moody Blues Tribute Band) , Mark Camden Band, Mark Camden’s Trio “Evolution” and the Jimmy Hudson Band.
He is a graduate of Westerville High School and received a BS from Franklin University. Blakely learned to play drums from his father (Donald E. Blakely) who was a professional drummer, and then later studied with Charlie Brown until starting his professional music career in 1973.
Stan Dixon has been a musician for 58 years. He started as a drummer for the Columbus band “Nelson And The Time Bombs” when he was in the seventh grade. The band played recreation center dances around Columbus Ohio and also played the Ohio State Fair. He continued as a drummer in school bands and was selected to play tympani in the All Ohio High School Orchestra.
Dixon was also student director of his high school concert band and orchestra and was awarded “Outstanding Music Student” his senior year. Dixon began playing guitar in ninth grade and is self taught.
During junior and senior high, he formed bands named “The NuTones”, “The Darker Zone”, and “The Restless Knights” playing school dances and fraternity parties in central Ohio and Athens. “The Restless Knights” were featured in the 1967 Northland Shopping Center Battle of the Bands and can still be heard on YouTube. In college Stan played guitar in the Ohio State University Jazz Workshop. He also formed the first horn band in central Ohio named “Bread”. Unfortunately six months later the real “Bread” band produced their first hit “I Want To Make It With You.
After college Dixon played with a well established bar band “Bottom Dollar” and traveled in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and West Virginia with “4 Wheel Drive”. He was the guitar player for “The Eddie Pollina Band” for fourteen years and then formed “Beauty and the Beats”, one of the premiere party bands in Central Ohio for over 12 years. He also played with another premiere Columbus party band, “Full Tilt Boogie.” Dixon adds another lead guitarist and vocals to “Three Chords and a Beer”.
Concerts run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Concertgoers should plan to bring lawn chairs or blankets as park seating is limited. Concerts will generally occur rain or shine except in the event of extreme weather.
Volunteers from the Hocking Hills Inspire Shelter group will once again offer sandwiches, sides, snacks and desserts by donation; participants can bring their own picnics. Alcohol is not permitted in the city park nor is smoking, except on the perimeter of the park. T
he free concerts are brought to the community by the generosity of sponsors such as businesses, civic organizations, merchants, individuals and others, in addition to donations from those attending the concerts. All the donations are greatly valued and enable this popular program to keep going from year to year!
For additional information, contact concert coordinators, Keith and Liza Conner, at 740-385-0694.
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