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Friday, August 14, 2009

Stomping With The Stumps

The Stumps are something of a rock and roll legend in the Dayton area. Formed in 1963, the band was quite popular for years, opening concerts by groups such as Buffalo Springfield,
Mitch Ryder, Steppenwolf, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, B.J. Thomas, Archie Bell
and the Drells and many others. They even went on tour with Buffalo Springfield when many of The Stumps were just in their teens. In 2008, the band was invited to reunite to play at the Kettering Fairmont West High School's 40th reunion. Subsequent invitations to play at The Fraze Pavilion and local clubs came pouring in. It has been an exciting year of music for the band
and their followers. Featuring original members Mark Fraze and Jim Daily, the band also features Kenny Collins on lead guitar, Gary Marcum on drums and John Deboer on keyboards and flute.
On August 12th the band returned again to The Fraze for another rocking concert. On this special night, other original members reunited with the band on stage. Tom Davis, Jim Wagner and Michael Chaffee flew in just for this event!
And just in case you are wondering, yes. Mark Fraze, The Stumps founder and bass player, is the son of the man for whom The Fraze Pavilion was named. Ernie Fraze was a brilliant local businessman and inventor. He
is responsible for your soda can's pop tab!
The band plays the classic hits of the 60s and 70s, when rock and roll was truly "rock and roll"!
Music from bands like Jethro Tull, The Beatles, Steppenwolf, The Moody Blues, Neil Diamond,
Bob Seger, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Lovin Spoonful, The Turtles, The Kinks
and many others.
A concert DVD was filmed...good news for all of us who love their music!
You can just see me...that big blue blob in the front row, near the center.
Melissa took a photo of me taking a photo...
Smile pretty Gary!
Kenny, who plays lead guitar, his son Andrew and daughter in law Betsy
Grace with Kara and Kailen. Aren't they all purty? Their dad Gary is The Stumps drummer. Gary and I went to High School together and it is always such fun when lots of us from HS get together to hear one of the band's shows!
Betsy is a Stumps Groupie! Heck! We ALL are but she has the cool shirt!
John and Jim's pictures arerecent but Mark's is from the early 70s and Gary's and kenny's are their High Schoo senior pictures! This shirt was VERY popular at the concert! Everyone wanted to take a peek!
Even Mark!!
Old Susie Q with her beautiful friend Jean. Some of my friends who attended are not keen on being on blog but I want them to know their photos were gorgeous! THEY are gorgeous! I love them all...and they know who they are!
My two favorite concert goers...
Sweet Melissa rockin' away!
Encore! Encore!
Melissa and her husband Dave. They will soon be new home owners!
One of my favorite pictures of the night...Gary and Kara.
It is always fun to attend a Stumps concert and share
it with friends and family and about 500 other happy folks!
I hope you enjoyed sharing it along with us...
Have a sweet weekend.
I send you all love and many hugs.
Susie Q

9 comments:

Gretchen said...

What a cool evening! Isn't it fun to be a groupie? I bet the music was just awesome.

Anonymous said...

Wow what a great night we had!
Love,
Your Husband

Bonnie said...

Looked like loads of fun. I just love getting together with old friends and new and having a night out like this.

Dana and Daisy said...

awe! what a great time you had!

Sue said...

How very cool and how often on a blog do you see the name of Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs...and i don't give my friends a choice of being on the blog I just post their pictures and hpe they don't sue me!!

FHL said...

Sounds like a fantastic and fun night :o)

Hope you are doing well Sue and having a gorgeous weekend!

M~

Kelee Katillac said...

Now that looks FUN!!!

love, kelee

salmagundi said...

Great fun! I use to love B.J. Thomas - hadn't thought about him for ever. Glad you had a wonderful time with friends (and family). Take care, Sally

Melanie said...

Sounds like you had quite a time! It's so great to have those times with friends and family. Thanks for sharing the pics! ((Hugs))