Locoweed to play reunion show Aug. 17 at The DocksWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s been 20 years since Jon Lemerand has been in Toledo. On Aug. 17, his band Locoweed will perform at Forester’s on the River, at The Docks.
“To be somebody my age, and still have contact with guys that you were doing something with back in the ‘70s, it’s a miracle we still have the stamina and ability to get back together,” Lemerand said. “It’s going to be a real reunion, not just for the band, but for a lot of people affiliated back in the ‘70s. … We were one of the first bands to do what we did back then, so we got a certain amount of notoriety and it’s exciting to see how much enthusiasm there still is for people who are in their 60s now.”
The show will include all members that have ever been in the band, totaling 15 men. Scheduled to perform with Lemerand on vocals is Dave Athanas on lead guitar, Dave Cubbedge on steel guitar, Don Binkley on bass, Mike Malone on rhythm guitar and Rick Gerbeck on drums. Other former members tentatively set to perform include Jeff Williams, Dennis Gwynn, Dick Lange, Andy Vargo, Tom Galvin and Rodney Parker.
“We’re just going to have a party,” Malone said.
The band will play mostly covers — the covers they did back in the 1970s. Malone said there is a nostalgic feeling attached to playing with the band again.
“Getting Jon back is going to be such a great thing because … it’s been a long time since I’ve seen him,” Malone said. “We’ll rehearse on Wednesday, have margaritas on Thursday and party on Friday and play on Saturday.”
Malone said playing again is just like old times.
“When you spend [a] two-year period on the road with someone, you go through the good and the bad times,” Malone said.
The band originally formed in the 1970s, pioneering the country rock sound, Malone said. The sound was different from the disco and pop rock sounds in Toledo at that time.
“It’s not exactly country and western and it’s not exactly rock ‘n’ roll,” Malone said. “It’s somewhere in between there.”
The band toured during the late 1970s, but broke up in 1981. Since then, band members have formed or became a part of other bands. Malone still plays with Locoweed locally, but no more than eight times a year, he said.
“We’re to that age where it doesn’t matter,” Malone said. “We just enjoy playing the music.”
The band reunited in 1992 at the former Ottawa Tavern. The upcoming show at Forester’s will be the first time Lemerand has played with the band since the last reunion. He has lived in California since then.