You’ll have a real good time

By Marilyn Delk

July 4, 2014

Darke County Center for the Arts’ annual “Barbecue and Blues” fundraiser takes place July 11 at Turtle Creek Golf Club. This event has grown in popularity every year since its inception because (1) it’s fun for the whole family; (2) raising money for DCCA is truly worthwhile; (3) being outdoors on a summer evening with a congenial crowd feels so good; (4) the food is delectable; and (5) the music is awesome! Oh, and tickets are just $10, so in addition to all those things, it’s a real bargain.

This year, the food (furnished by Turtle Creek and not included in the ticket price) will be served from three outdoor stations, one selling barbecue baby back ribs, another pulled chicken or pork sandwiches, and the third offering premium hamburgers and Nathan’s hot dogs, along with appealing sides. The beer truck will have a variety of beers on tap including Shock Top Belgian White, Lemon Shandy, and Raspberry Wheat, Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat, Endless IPA, Illinois, and IPA, as well as Johnny Appleseed Cider. Non-alcoholic drinks plus a full bar will be available in the clubhouse throughout the event, and the Thirsty Turtle Lounge will be offering a specialty drink honoring the occasion.

The music will be provided by local favorites Eric Frohna and David Warner, and Rhythm Jones, a Cincinnati-based ensemble that describes itself as a “swamp water rock/funk/R & B based blues band made up of musicians from all over the country and all over the musical map.” Rhythm Jones’ musical style is reminiscent of legendary masters ranging from B.B. King to Steve Winwood to Los Lobos to Aretha Franklin, with a touch of Bonnie Raitt and Tedeschi-Trucks Band added to the mix. The blues band includes singer Rachel Sontag, bass player Reed Bogard, Ray Fernandez on drums and vocals, Steven Fitzpatrick on vocals and guitar, Eric Oseas playing guitar and singing back-up, and legendary keyboardist Bob Nave playing his 57-year-old Hammond M3.

Bob Nave took accordion lessons when he was a fourth-grader, began playing French horn the next year, and continued with that instrument until his freshman year in college when an accident injuring his upper lip ended his horn-playing. In the meantime, he’d mastered the piano and started playing with rock ‘n’ roll bands in 1958; since the mid-sixties, his main instrument has been the Hammond organ.

Bob has experienced a varied career that included stints as a teacher, record store manager, disc jockey, and financial planner. Now that he’s “retired,” he’s returned to singing and playing in restaurants, bars, and blues festivals and wherever else he can pick up a gig for himself and his band.

And through the years, Bob Nave has won his share of acclaim; in fact, he owns a gold record, the award symbolizing the sale of over one million records, that he earned as a member of the classic group the Lemon Pipers for their hit single “Green Tambourine.” Bob’s deep and abiding love of the music of the past does not mean that he dwells in a nostalgic bubble; he revels in the present, writing new songs and happily anticipating his next performance, all the while encouraging young like-minded musicians to emulate the persistence and dedication that he has demonstrated throughout his life.

So, come for the social interaction. Come for the savory food and drink. Come to support DCCA. Or come for the great music – everybody loves the blues! The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. Contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net to reserve your tickets, which are also available online at www.centerforarts.net, Readmore’s Hallmark in downtown Greenville, and at Greenville Public Library as well as at Turtle Creek Golf Course, 6545 U.S. Route 36 East, Greenville.

Marilyn Delk is a director of the Darke County Center for the Arts and can be reached at marilynd@bright.net. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.