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Average House Band staging reunion

Saturday, August 16, 2008

In the late 1970s and into the mid-1980s, the Average House Band was a staple on the Putnam County club scene.

Tonight, the group -- a little older but still ready to rock -- will take the stage at the Walden Inn.

The band is comprised of guitarist and vocalist Danny Martin, guitarist Sandy Williams, guitarist and vocalist Steve Michael, drummer and vocalist Rod Kersey and drummer and vocalist Fred Badalli. All the members lived in Greencastle when the band was formed.

"I'm looking forward to it," Kersey said of the reunion show. "We won't get to rehearse aside from just briefly before the show, so we're going to just get in there and go for it."

Williams, Michael and Kersey still reside in Greencastle; Martin is coming in from his home in San Francisco for the show, while Badalli is traveling from Miami.

The group performs a wide variety of covers.

"It's kind of like Nashville meets Motown," Michael said. "We do everything from the Rolling Stones to Waylon Jennings and everything in between."

Many of the group's early shows were played at the Old Topper.

"They started having bands play there way back when," Michael said. "It just came together from there."

As AHB grew in popularity, they began playing other venues, traveling to Indianapolis and Terre Haute. They played private parties, and shared stages with such artists as Henry Lee Summer and Canned Heat.

When the Average House Band got together, all the members were in their 20s. Today, they are husbands, fathers, grandfathers and successful businessmen.

"We'd get together every once in a while, but last year was the first time we'd ever had an official reunion show," Michael said. "We decided then to try to do it every year."

The original line-up is playing at the Walden Inn tonight, but members of the band came and went over the years. Two former members are working in the music business -- Mike Wanchic tours with John Mellencamp, and David Grissom is a music director for the Dixie Chicks.

In their heyday, the Average House Band would play shows to benefit community activities, such as the Greencastle Fourth of July fireworks.

Tickets for tonight's performance are $5 at the door, and Michael said there are still plenty of good seats left. For more information, call 653-2761.

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It would be nice to know WHAT TIME they will be performing!

-- Posted by VolunteerFF on Sat, Aug 16, 2008, at 8:28 AM

I SOOOO wish I could be there. My favorite memories are of growing up watching my uncle and the band playing...even when I had to peek through the window at Toppers. You've been more influential than you know, Old Roy! Much love!

-- Posted by diaspora on Sat, Aug 16, 2008, at 9:36 AM

I believe the doors open at 8, and the band starts at 9PM.

-- Posted by localman on Sat, Aug 16, 2008, at 9:38 AM


-- Posted by TNVOLTUT on Sat, Aug 16, 2008, at 5:05 PM

Average House Band was great as always. The guys played and performed as well as they always have. I hope they do this every year. The crowd was larger than I expected so they may need a larger venue next year. I am so glad they have the venue order Little Kings to sell during their shows. Greencastle has not forgotten their favorite local band and we appreciate the reunion show. Can't wait till next year. Can we still buy T-shirts from the show? Where and how much? Excellent show.

-- Posted by browneyed girl on Sun, Aug 17, 2008, at 10:34 AM

Oh yes the memories of the Blue Wolf and the Satellite cheeseburgers from across the street. Bands like The Resurrection Blues band and many more that I would never remember their names. That was the good times.

-- Posted by Dnewg72 on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 7:50 AM

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