Blog - October 2019
Oct 5 - Gun Lake Casino

Tricks was booked for lots of shows at the Gun Lake Casino during the first two years after their Grand Opening in early 2011. All the Casino billboards advertised, "The Best in Local Live Music". You can' get much more "local" and "live" than the Tricks band. Our Tricks International Central Headquarters is only eight miles from Gun Lake Casino. We played about every other month. We played our very first GLC show on Easter Sunday of 2011 - that was Ozzy's 13th Tricks gig. By football season of 2013, the casino cut back on live bands, in favor of Thursday, Monday, & Sunday night football. Tricks slipped through the cracks, and didn't play GLC until this night in October 2019. We snuck back into the "Stage 131" schedule because they needed bands to fill their newly added Saturday 4pm to 8pm timeslot for live bands. Thanks to our friends, family, and fans coming out in support, it looks like we'll be back at GLC in early 2020. Thanks to our GLC stage managers / techs. Good job. We appreciate the GLC staff for doing such a huge juggling act to keep the crowds happy with their friendly and professional service. You work hard so others can play hard. The Tricks band knows the feeling - it's what we do!


Blog - September 2019

Sep 14 - Pig Roast / Kegger Party, Schoolcraft

This is the type of Tricks show that we live for. A roasting pig, a couple kegs of beer, a trailer for the band's stage, and a whole bunch of family and friends eating, drinking, and dancing. Without our man Don, this wouldn't have happened. In early August, Don told us that he knew of a pig roast party looking for a band on Sep 14, but we were scheduled to play the weekend of Sep 13 & 14 at the Wayland Hotel. In mid-August Rick met with the Hotel owner Josh to verify our two remaining weekends for Wayland Hotel in 2019. Josh is backing away from hosting live bands at the Hotel. I won't go into a long Rick story about our Tricks history with the Wayland Hotel. It suffices to say that Tricks started playing at the Hotel when Richie was our bass player and even before the Hotel was remodeled with a great stage and dance floor. In 2019 there were only two bands playing gigs at the Hotel; The Decades Band and the Tricks Band. Turns out we were justifiably nervous about our 2019 dates at the Hotel. The Decades band is not playing there any more, and when Rick talked with Josh, we decided to drop the Sep 13 & 14 weekend, and switch our other remaining weekend to Thanksgiving weekend. Actually, the first words out of Rick's mouth were "I need to know if Tricks is confirmed for the weekend of Sep 14 because we have an offer for a party gig that Saturday". Josh simply replied, "take the party". Rick called Don on the drive home to Allegan to confirm that Tricks was available for that pig roast. Don called his friend, who called his friend Doug, who is the pig roast party host. We met up at the party site (a few miles West of Schoolcraft) to decide how the band would be set up. Doug was a bit leery about hiring a band that he never heard before, but Rick reassured him, "this is gonna be great; everyone is going to love Tricks, and you'll want us back next year". Funny; as the band was packing up and loading up to leave last night, Doug was handing out bags of leftover pork to the band. When he got over to give Rick a bag of leftovers, Doug said, "you know, when you first came here you said that I was going to want you back next year, and that's exactly right". So, I guess we'll see you all here next year. Gotta love it! Thanks so much to Doug and his family and friends for making some great memories. The moon was full in the sky and people were dancing on the asphalt driveway. Great food as well. Lots of Tricks virgins getting their first taste of our hard-driving sound. Fun!


Blog - August 2019

Aug 3 - Sandy Pines Color Run Benefit, TRICKS Lakeside Concert

Thanks to Steve and his longtime relationship with Sandy Pines, Tricks has been playing this annual concert in the park for a few years now. The day is the annual Benefit Color Run, which starts with a Run/Walk around the Sandy Pines resort, lunchtime with Dick's Bratwurst Cookout at noon time, and then a Tricks concert at the lakeside in the evening. Golf carts line the streets and parking areas, while familes get comfy on blankets and lawn chairs. It's a real festive atmosphere because Sandy Pines is the get-away fun place to be during summertime. For an exrtra blast of fun, we brought along our guest singer Don Welsh to add some variety to our show. Thanks to the Sandy Pines people and workers. Thanks to Tom and Fran for helping with photos.


Blog - July 2019
July 27 - 44th Annual Camp-O-Rama, Otsego Moose Campground


This gig is a good example of how one great gig leads to another. Some of the Otsego Moose folks are also regulars at the Allegan Eagles. When Tricks played at the Halloween party at Allegan Eagles back in 2017, we soon got a phone call from Tony at the Otsego Moose. He saw all the good fun we were stirring up at the Eagles, so he wantd us to play a couple dates at the Otsego Moose. The only date we could come up with in 2018 was the date of their Halloween party. In the middle of that Halloween party at the Moose, we were invited to come back again in 2019. The only date we were available ended up being their 44th Annual "Camp-O-Rama", a fundraiser weekend of festivities at their Otsego Moose Campground, which is right behind the Moose Lodge, hidden back in the woods behind the Moose parking lot. When we told local friends that we were playing at the Otsego Moose Camp-O-Rama, we heard lots of talk about what a fun time this party always is. We didn't quite know what to expect.

We went there very early to set up, around 5:30pm, nearly four hours early. Steve even showed up very early to set up his drums. When we were all ready to go a good half hour before our 9pm start time, we decided to just go for it. There were a couple hundred people wandering around the campground, having all kinds of fun. There was a raffle going on, and everyone was excited to be there at the pavilion when the raffle drawing started around 8pm. We started our Tricks show right after the drawings, at 8:30. People immediately started dancing. They were expecting a good time, so we knew we had to deliver. Some people were saying, "I remember you guys from our Halloween party last year, what a blast that was." Some of the most enthusiastic dancers were from the neighboring Moose Lodge in South Haven. Not sure what the story was, but they all had neon green "Prirate" t-shirts on. It looks like we're hooking up with the South Haven Moose Lodge to play for some of their events next year. As I said, one gig leads to another. Despite our early start, we ended up playing until almost 1pm. Tear down in the dark was a killer, but we always have fun moaning and groaning together. We didn't pull out of the campground until about 2:15am. That's 9 hours of "Work Hard / Play Hard" excitement. As Joe Walsh once said, "Sleep all day, out all night".

My favorite part of the hot sticky night was the little kids dancing. There were a half-dozen tiny tots out there dancing with the adults. One especially tiny and adorable little girl became enthralled with the band action. Her family tried to keep her dancing with the adults, but the little girl kept breaking away from the dancers; she wanted to get a close look at the band. Check out the photos for that story. Thanks so much to the Otsego Moose for having us. Thanks to Rick and Tony and all the volunteers. We appreciate your work. Thanks to the party people and last but not least; Thank you dancers!.


July 6 - Third Annual Jam N The Cove, Lake Allegan



Might as well keep a good thing going. The first two years were a roaring success; let's try it again. To go over the basic story; Back in the summer of 2015, Keith Dawson did some drywall and tile work for Rick & Krys. Keith charged a very unreasonbly low price for the work, so Rick insisted on doing some bartering. "How about if Krys & I play a party for you, for free"? Since Keith is a construction contractor, he loved the idea of throwing a Christmas party for his employees and sub-contractors in early December. After Keith committed to the idea of a December party in his basement, Rick suggested making it a Tricks Lite party, with Steve on Edrums and Ozzy on bass. The party was an awesome get-together with lots of drinking and dancing and socializing. The day after that party, Rick came over to pack it all up, and Keith had an inspiration. "We should do this two or three times a year, every year. We could do one in the summer outdoors and one in the winter in the basement, and maybe one more in between". The following year and Christmas came and went, with no more parties planned by Keith. It was early 2017 when Keith was working on Tim and Sandy Miller's house at Indian Shores. When Rick happened to bump into Tim at a little neighborhood party, Rick said to Tim, "when you see Keith, tell him he's all talk". When Tim asked what that was about, Rick explained the story about Keith saying "we should do this ... every year". Tim texted Keith right then and there. The next day Rick's phone rang and it was Keith. Keith had the idea to do a "Jam N The Cove" at the little cove by his house, where all the cool boaters congregate regularly. He thought we could have a free-for-all afternoon jam session out on the sandbar near the entrance to the cove. Then later in the evening we would have grills set up onshore at the cove and the Tricks band would be ready to go after dinnertime. We've been lucky all three years, with great hot weather for an outdoor party. Thanks to Tim and Keith, and property owner Joe, and various helpers. Thanks to all the party people who came out to hang and bang with Tricks. This year we spiced up our show with an appearance by our guest vocalist, Don Welsh. Don sang a few Bob Seger songs, as well as some Bryan Adams, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, and Ted Nugent. Grrreat job, Don! See Don's video below (and last but not least; Steve's In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida drum solo
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