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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