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Allow me to close by wishing you and your colleagues many more years of ‘twisting and shouting’ to the wonderful world of music.

Sunday night Karl King Band Concerts. It doesn’t get much better than this. The bandshell, great music and ice cream and cake to boot! Always a treat.

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Blues Under the Trees, July 28th. The Lizard Creek Blues folks always put on a heck of a show. The location is probably the best kept secret in Fort Dodge. Once you’re there, it’s like you’re miles and miles from home, but it takes only minutes to get there- and hear some of the best blues music around. Don’t miss it.



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A Look Back

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As a relative newcomer to Fort Dodge, I want you to know that from my very first days in town, and reading your publication, I was captivated by your coverage of the past and contemporary rock scene. As an aficionado of rock and roll, I was delighted to find a ‘reading home’ with your wonderful publication.

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On behalf of the St. Edmond Catholic School community of faculty, staff, students, alumni and benefactors, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on twenty great years of Twist & Shout.


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he downtown Fort Dodge Market on Central continues through the months of July and August. Organizers say they were thrilled with the June events, and look for July to be more of the same. The dates for July are the 14th and the 28th.

To continue July14th & 28th

“We had just a super response from our first market with over 8,000 people counted at the entrance points,” said Cheryl O’Hern, one of those key in making Market on Central the success it has become. She said the vendors from last season saw substantial increases in their sales and lots of

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repeat visitors. “Our new vendors were impressed with the crowds, how organized the event was and all their sales.” She said many vendors were taking custom orders for customers to pick up at the next Market. “They had visitors from as far away as Sioux Falls, and brought friends from Mason City! It’s drawing a lot of people.”

O’Hern is excited about the ‘pie baking contest’, which will be held at the July 145th ‘Market’. The deadline for entries is July 6th; with the recipes being submitted by then. She is especially excited about the many fresh fruits and vegetables that are available, “and there will be lots more at the July and August markets.” “This event can easily become an all-day affair for the entire family. You could start with breakfast, shop at the different vendors and the downtown business as well- and finish off with a delicious lunch.”



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Continuing with a different ‘theme’ for each day; July 14th will be ‘Fun at the County Fair” and July 28th will be a ‘Multi Cultural Celebration”. O’Hern said the ‘Fair’ theme coincides directly with the Webster County Fair, which will be going on at the same time.

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16 Annual

dragonboatbash “We’re having a big year,”

said Barb Michaels, when asked about the upcoming 16th annual Dragon Boat races, which will be held at Kennedy Park the weekend of July 27th and 28th. Michaels, and fellow Dragon Boater Linda Donner, are busy preparing for this sum-

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This unique event has brought a whole new meaning to boating for people in and around the Fort Dodge area, thanks to the efforts of a small, but very mighty group of people. Twist and Shout met with them to discuss the upcoming ‘bash’. “We’ve got more teams registered than we’ve had in the last five years,” said Donner. “All our numbers are up.” She explained that there are three boats, with 18 adult teams, and two youth teams. The boats will be racing all day Saturday. “We feel the Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash adds to the quality of life in our community and provides an excellent recreational opportunity for people of ages,” added Michaels. The ‘action’ begins on Friday evening, with the band ‘Wheelhouse’ taking the stage at 6:30 pm. “Wheelhouse’ is a great opening band- and great local talent, ” said Michaels. “They are comprised of area musicians, and are a favorite of many in the area,” she said. The band consists of Dean Davis, on drums; Dave Hearn, piano; Shelly Bottorf, lead singer; Nicholas Schelle, double bass and bass guitar and Sean Minikis, blues guitar.

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The “Awakening of the Dragon” ceremony will also be held Friday night at approximately 8:45 ; and will be held lakeside at the conclusion of the Introduction of Teams. Michaels is excited that ‘Chef Michael’ is in charge of the concessions. “He is volunteering his time and will be roasting a whole Hog; donated on behalf of Liddy Hora and the American Cancer Society,” she said.

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mer’s event. She said that there are ‘new organizers’ of the bash, the “Badger Lake Dragon Boat Association’ was formed along with the support of community leaders and event sponsors to take over the leadership of the Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash.

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The FishHeads Island Party Band! This year’s Friday night band is once again the FishHeads, known fondly as The Island Party Alternative Band. Both Michaels and Donner are excited they are coming back and feel they fit in perfectly with the weekend. On their website it states, “The focus is on the fun. People naturally want to cut loose and have a good time, and that’s something we do better than anyone else out there,” said guitarist Steve Eisenberg. The FishHeads have breathed new life into the Midwestern entertainment scene with their unique blend of music, comedy and mayhem…and the party keeps getting bigger.”

“The FishHeads have brought us our biggest crowds in the last few years,” Said Michaels; “and they are also very supportive of our cause.” Events on Saturday begin with the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, from 7:00 to 10:00 am. Racing will begin at 10:00 am. There will be a Breast Cancer Survivor ceremony at 2:00 pm; with an awards ceremony in all divisions at approximately 4:00 pm. They said that all money raised from the event will go towards the Cancer Capital campaign. She said the money is raised in various ways; “some of our teams go out and make collections, and we have a silent auction that is open to anyone.” This year they are adding a ‘duck race’ , where people can adopt a duck, that will race on Friday night. “The prizes for the duck race are amazing,” said Michaels. They include a 50 inch HDTV, an apple Ipad and a Kindle Fire, to name a few. In conclusion, Michaels added that she has high praises for the support of the Fort Dodge community. “Yes, Linda and I are passionate about this cause, but it’s clear that the community is behind us as well. Top sponsors for the event include First American Bank, the Messenger, Hy Vee, Trinity Regional Medical Center, Nestle Purina, Friendship Haven, Fort Dodge Ford Toyota, the Catherine Vincent Deardorf Charitable Foundation, Three Eagles Communication, Ziegler, Northwest Bank, Wells Fargo, Midwest Fence and Gate and Rotary.

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garden tour by anne kersten


he Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club is busy getting ready for their 11th annual Garden Tour, which will be held on Saturday July 7th from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, rain or shine.

Gardeners are busy watering and weeding as they prepare for the event, which always delights those that attend. Tickets are $10 for the day, which includes all nine stops. All you need is a ticket, and with it, you’ll get a map showing where the stops are. Tickets are available at Becker Florists, and you can visit the gardens in any order. The Gardens Those working hard to prepare their gardens include; Karen Johnson, who will feature whimsical creatures in her beautiful backyard oasis; Francis Stetson, who has developed a patriotic perennial and vegetable garden; Pam and Rick Pingel, who have Hostas! Hostas and rocks; Doug and JoEllen Brightman, with a tranquil ‘deer’ resistant city garden; Joyce McCarville with her “Hosta’ Heaven; Steve & Melanie Fortney, with water Fountains and ‘cozy’ outdoor living; Marv and Sharon Berg, and their little bit of paradise; Jack Grandgeorge, where you can listen to the river from under the oak trees and Rick and Irene Helmers and their unbelievable “hidden’ garden. Since spring and summer has been much warmer than last year at this time, Garden club volunteers promise viewers they can expect to see some gorgeous floral displays and lush hostas during this walk. Since their plant sale and this tour are the only two fundraisers, it’s an important event. The club donates money to the Iowa Arboretum, and money to a scholarship fund that goes to an area student who studies horticulture. Tickets are $10 and will include all gardens on the tour. Tickets are available at Becker Florist.



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oming up in July Hawkeye Community Theatre will be presenting “Cheating Cheaters” by John Patrick, produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service. Audiences will take a visit to the New York City apartment of two “angelic” sisters Angelica and Theresa played by Nicole McFarland and Barb Corey respectively. Tragedy has struck their family causing them to become guardians of their young niece Tania, played by Amanda Von Dolteren. Tania has dreams of becoming a famous artist and in order to make those dreams come true, her aunts have sent her to Europe to study. Unfortunately for the sisters, art school is no cheap endeavor. Angelica and Theresa decide to take on a new role as “sisters of charity” and beg on the street to support Tania and themselves financially.

Things have been going wonderfully until a young man drops in on them unexpectedly. Ben, played by Joe Sutter, proclaims that he is a medical student on a capital campaign of his own to raise money to pay back all the student loans that have come along with school. The sisters receive another surprise when Theresa is caught “begging” by a nosey cop named Bozo, played by Dave Pettinger. When Bozo takes Theresa home to get her things he finds that this could be a great opportunity for him to swindle some cash from these unsuspecting ladies. Angelica, the brains of the operation, is on to him and decides to bring Bozo in on the charade the three have created and expand their abilities to collect money. All is well in their world again until, who should appear, but darling Tania with news of her own. Is the



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Angelica...............Nicole McFarland Theresa ...........................Barb Corey Tania ............Amanda Von Dolteren Ben ....................................Joe Sutter Bozo..........................Dave Pettinger

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KK A R L KK I N G July Activities for the King Band


he month of July continues to be a busy and exciting one for the members of the Karl L. King Municipal Band. Director Jerrold Jimmerson has recently announced events that are scheduled to occur each Sunday evening during the month. All concerts will be held at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park. These concerts begin at 7:30 pm, and are free to the public, courtesy of the City of Fort Dodge. A homemade ice cream social provided by the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church precedes each concert. On July 1st, the King Band will present a special concert of patriotic songs honoring America’s Independence Day. Special treats planned include a Trumpet Trio playing the Leroy Anderson favorite Bugler’s Holiday. There will also be a special salute to the members of our Armed Forces, both past and present, along with a medley of songs made popular by Glenn Miller and his Big Band in the 1940’s.

duties, he conducts the Wind Ensemble, the top concert band at Iowa State. Golemo will perform two selections on the Soprano Saxophone. First will be the exciting Flight of the Bumblebee, followed by the beautiful and plaintive song from the 1986 movie The Mission, Gabriel’s Oboe. The final concert of the summer season on July 29th will feature the popular area Brass Quintet, Jive For Five. These musicians are members of the King Band, and will perform during the concert on a medley of Dixieland favorites as well as a jazz-styled collection of

The July 8th concert will feature Dr. David Klee from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. Dr. Klee is an Associate Professor of Instrumental Music and Director of Jazz Studies/Music Production & Technology. He has been at BVU since 2001. He plays 1st flute in the King Band as well as the Fort Dodge Area Symphony, and also serves as the Assistant Conductor of the Band. Dr. Klee will perform the traditional solo, The Carnival of Venice, on the flute. The concert on July 15th will feature a special guest conductor with the King Band. Andrew Glover, nationally known composer and arranger of band music, will return to Fort Dodge to direct the Band on three selections, including Karl King’s march The Purple Pageant, and an exciting galop by Fred Jewell, Galop Go. He will also premier his new band arrangement, Entr’acte from “Orestes” by Sergei Taneyev. Mr. Glover is the Chief Operating Officer of C. L. Barnhouse Publications and Walking Frog Records in Oskaloosa, IA. He has appeared in Fort Dodge before, and has been well received by band members and audience alike on each occasion.

songs. Group members include Tim Miller, Humboldt; David Swaroff, Dayton; Kathy Yoakam, Humboldt; Dan Cassady, formerly from Fort Dodge and now living in North Liberty; and Paul Bloomquist, Dayton. This concert always ends in the traditional circus way with the playing of Karl King’s march, Auld Lang Syne.

On July 22nd, the band will feature special guest soloist, Dr. Michael Golemo, from Iowa State University in Ames. Dr. Golemo is Professor and Chair of the Music Department and Director of Bands at Iowa State University. In addition to his administrative

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Lizard Creek Blues Society Presents

The Lizard Creek Blues Society will hold their annual Blues Under the Trees Festival on July 28th at the Mineral City Speedway. The gates will open at noon, with music to begin at 1:00 pm.


here will be five bands performing, with different vendors on site all day serving food and drinks. No coolers are allowed at the event. The Bands All five bands performing are well known in the ‘world of blues’, with impressive bios and experience galore.

Beginning at 1:00 pm will be Kevin B F Burt and the Instigators. Kevin, “B.F.” Burt grew up singing in church choirs. A co-worker praised his powerful voice, and he began attending local blues jams, where he met a group of talented musicians , then deciding to form their own band. The Instigators has toured the Midwest for over 15 years, playing songs on



the funky side of the blues. They have performed with blues legends like Koko Taylor, B. B. King, Luther Allison and many more. Burt himself has been the lead educator for the Linn County Blues Society’s Blues in the Schools Program since 1994, and has presented over 300 workshops on blues and blues’ influence. They will perform a Blues repertoire of old and new songs by such artists as Bill Withers, Muddy Waters and CCR to create an indigenous Iowa sound. The Bob Pace band will perform at 3:00 pm. Over the years, Bob has performed nearly every genre of music- from hard hitting rock n’ roll to soothing acoustic instrumentals, from country to jazz but playing the blues- is his real passion. Bob has been playing the guitar for more than thirty five years, and plays many other instruments as well. His exceptional talent has afforded him the opportunity to play with some nationally known performers, Eric Sardinas, Tab Beniot, John Mayall, just to name a few. Bob, along with his talented sons, Nick & Tony, have also had the privilege to open shows for Johnny Winter, Delbert McClinton and Tinsley Ellis. He also recently played guitar for Governor Mike Huckabee at the Val-Air ballroom and is being inducted this summer into the Iowa Rock Hall of Fame.

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She is a prolific songwriter, and has released eight albums of her own material. She and her band have been performing since 1994 and started in the Texas-Louisiana triangle. They have gradually spread their touring base to include the rest of the U. S. They have been on several European tours as well.

More than anything else, Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King love to perform live. With Have Blues, Will Travel and another massive tour planned, the band will hit the ground running as they gig from coast to coast, bringing their no-holds-barred brand of soul-charged, rockin’ Texas blues to old fans and newcomers night after night. The Lizard Creek Blues society is supported in part by the Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust, the Catherine Vincent Deardorf Charitable Foundation and the Fort Dodge Convention and Visitors Bureau. Other sponsors include Mineral City, Sports Page and Olde Bostons’. From Board Member Bod Wood: "We have another outstanding show lined for Blues Under the Trees in 2012. Our eleventh show, by the way. We have Muddy Waters former guitar player and sideman Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin in our lineup. We have a super Zydeco band with Rosie Ledet booked to add some Cajun flavor. Zydeco will be a nice party within a party. Our headliner is an unbelievable blue duo of Smokin' Joe Kubek and Benois King. They travel the world as do all our top acts this years. The opening acts are no slouches whatsoever. Kevin Burt and Bob Pace are veteran performers and have played with the best of the blues. It was hard to decide who goes first! Be prepared for out-

Performing at 7:00 pm is Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin. Bob Margolin is a Blues guitar palyer and vocalist, a recording arits who tours worldwide both leading his own band and The Bob Margolin AllStar Blues Jam. He won a Blues Music Award for Guitar in 2008 , known as the W. C. handy Award in 2005 when he won that year, and played guitar in Muddy Waters’ Band from 1973-80.

standing music performances and a lot of fun. Blues Under the Trees delivers it every time."

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With her self-penned tunes, Ledet provides a unique female presence in the male-dominated Zydeco world. She sings in both Creole French and in English. Her songs are often sly and lusty, and combined with her natural good looks and distinctive , bluesy singing voice, she wows audiences wherever she goes.

For more than 20 years and thousands of live shows, the duo’s scorching blues and telepathic interplay has been trilling fans all around the world. Billboard said the band plays ‘hard-hitting, original blues. Kubek is one of the fiercest Texas blues guitarists…his fiery leads are complemented by King’s adroit rhythm guitar and classic vocals.”

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Appearing at about 5:00 will be Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys. Like so many other French kids raised in rural southwest Louisiana, she paid no particular attention to all the zydeco music that was around her in her formative years, even though her parents tried to raise her with a healthy respect for zydeco music, the music held little appeal for her as a kid. But after hearing Boozoo Chavis, she was hooked.

Performing last in the line-up is Smokin’ Joe Kubek Featuring Benois King, set to take the stage at approximately 9:00 pm . Of all the blues legends the great state of Texas has produced, none sounds quite like Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Benois King. The two Lone Star guitarists, one a hard-edged, hard rocking blues player and the other, a jazzy, elegant rhythm player who delivers raw, spontaneous solos, have taken their dual guitar attack from the heart of Texas to fans around the globe. Kubek and King’s twinfrontman lineup is unparalleled on the blues scene. Backed by their rock-solid rhythm section, Kubek’s fiery fretwork is perfectly matched by King’s sophisticated rhythm playing and roughedged, down-home soloing and his soulfully conversational vocals.

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Bob has also played on, produced or consulted on and written liner notes for four reissues of Muddy Waters’ albums on the Sony/Legacy label. Bob says, “I am a Blues guitar player and singer, carrying on the ‘old school’ Chicago Blues style and creating original music today.”



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or the past year, Max has gradually exhibited symptoms. Because they have come on so slowly and sporadically, it wasn’t until recently that I put it all together. He exhibited symptoms such as labored heart rate, pacing, weight gain and intolerance to physical activity (like fatigue after only a short walk). The symptoms were so gradual I didn’t think anything of it. Lately though, he’s become slower mentally as well as physically which was very alarming. His lethargic behavior on our walks concerned me (sometimes he’ll stop and stare at nothing, and I have to coax him to continue) so much I decided to take him to the vet to rule out anything serious.

By Sarah Estlund with Stella & Max

The vet had concerns about possible cardiac health (I’ll address cardiac issues in next month’s column) as well as anemia (a symptom of many types of cancer) and thyroid health. She took a blood sample from Max’s neck. The sample ruled out anemia, kidney and liver failure and many other disorders. The blood test did however, indicate that Max has a thyroid disorder – hypothyroidism. In layman’s terms, the test runs on a scale of 1.0-5.0. Any number in between here is normal. Anything above 5.0 is considered high which would indicate hyperthyroidism and anything below 1.0 indicates hypothyroidism. Max had .9 which was low enough to warrant medication. Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism are hormonal disorders affecting the hormones that regulate metabolism in the body. The hormone is overproduced in hyperthyroidism and under-produced in hypothyroidism. Both can be treated through daily medication with little to no side effects. Much of the research out there indicates breeds such as Irish setters, golden retrievers, great Danes, boxers, poodles and miniature schnauzers are more predisposed to hypothyroidism than other breeds. There is also research that indicates dogs are most likely to be diagnosed between the ages of four and ten. Max is an Australian Shepherd/Australian cattle dog mix so his breed isn’t in the “predisposed” column however, at approximately nine years old, he was in that target group.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism are: lethargy, weakness, inactivity, mental “dullness,” weight gain and hair loss (excessive shedding). Symptoms of hyperthyroidism are: weight loss and increased appetite, vomiting and diarrhea, difficulty breathing, heart murmur, hyperactivity (more energy than is usual), increased thirst and increased urination. Oftentimes in the case of a hyperactive thyroid, you can feel an enlarged thyroid gland which is on the base of the neck and would feel like a lump or tumor. The testing, diagnosis and treatment for an overactive thyroid is a bit more complex than in cases of underactive thyroid. This is because usually a hyperactive thyroid will affect many other organs in the body before it is detected and requires more specialized treatment and care.



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The vet said Max’s behavior on our walks, how he would just stop and stare, as well as his pacing and labored breathing were major symptoms something was going on with his thyroid. As you can see, not all symptoms fit into a perfect little “symptom” category. Lesson being, listen to your dog and what he is trying to tell you. Per my vet: “Ninety-nine percent of the time, if you think something is wrong, something probably is wrong. The only times my dogs have become seriously ill were times I didn’t listen to my gut and test and treat them early on.”

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Bill Maher Makes his civic Center Debut BILL MAHER MAKES HIS CIVIC CENTER DEBUT


ocial critic, political commentator, author and TV host Bill Maher, who for the last seventeen years has set the boundaries of where funny political talk can go on American television, makes his way to Iowa for a live appearance at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines on Saturday, October 13, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Civic Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations, charge-byphone at (800) 745-3000 and online at Tickets start at $50. Check for current pricing information. First on Politically Incorrect (Comedy Central, ABC, 1993-2002) and for the last eight years on HBO’s Real Time , Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him twenty-six Emmy nominations. In October of 2008, this same combination was on display in Maher’s uproarious and unprecedented swipe at organized religion, Religulous , directed by Larry Charles ( Borat ). The documentary has gone on to become the 7th Highest Grossing Documentary ever.

In addition to his television program – which has featured such regular visitors as John Edwards, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Arianna Huffington, Alec Baldwin and Michael Moore – Maher has written four bestsellers: “True Story,” “Does Anybody Have a Problem with That? Politically Incorrect’s Greatest Hits,” “When You Ride Alone, You Ride with Bin Laden” and most recently, “New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer.” Maher started his career as a stand-up comedian in 1979, and still performs at least fifty dates a year in Las Vegas and in sold out theaters all across the country. Three of his nine stand-up specials for HBO – 2007’s “The Decider,” 2005’s “I’m Swiss,” as well as his most recent, the hilarious, “Bill Maher … But I’m Not Wrong,” – have been nominated for Emmy awards. Maher was born in New York City, raised in River Vale, N.J. and went to Cornell University. He now resides in Los Angeles.

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ow many of you remember the great song released in 1965, titled “Lies” by the Knickerbockers? It was a classic piece of rock and roll history from the decade of the 60's. “Lies” has been called the most accurate imitation of the Beatles ever released by a band from the U.S. Yet, the Knickerbockers weren’t even trying to sound like the Beatles. Let’s look at the Knickerbockers story, and oh yes, they appeared in Fort Dodge!

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Famed record producer, Jerry Fuller, saw the group play a live show in Albany, New York at the University Twist Palace. Fuller signed them on the spot to his Los Angeles based Challenge Records. It’s didn’t take long for the band to make an impression on the charts with their classic release of “Lies/The Coming Generation” (Challenge Records 59321). They followed that up with “One Track Mind/I Must Be Doing Something Right” (Challenge 59326) “Jerktown/Room For One More” (Challenge 59393), and “Please Don’t Love Him/Can You Help Me” (Challenge 59348) It was their release of “Lies” that really grabbed everyone’s attention. With Randall handling the lead vocal work, some thought it to have been the Beatles recording under different name.



Today the Charles Brothers live in California, Walker calls Las Vegas home, and still is involved in the music business, and sadly, Randall passed away in 1998. Sundazed Music discovered the Knickerbockers in 1989 and released ‘The Great Lost Knickerbockers Album” and in 2006 released “Rockin’ With The Knickerbockers”. I mentioned earlier in the column that the Knickerbockers rocked out Fort Dodge. Now keep in mind, when they came to town “Lies” was already a top hit, they were regulars on ABC TV’s “Where The Action Is”, so their show at the Plamor must have been a wild sold out show in June of 1966. Wish I could have been there!

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While the Charles Brothers and Walker had been working together for a while, it was the adding of Buddy Randall, that really brought the band’s sound together. Randall had earlier been with the Royal Teens, “Short Shorts”.


The band for the most part broke up and disbanded in 1972.


The band came together in 1965 with their classic line-up consisting of: Beau Charles-Guitar, John Charles-Bass, Jimmy Walker-drums, and Buddy Randall-sax and lead vocals.


They took the name of the band, the Knickerbockers, from Knickerbocker Road that ran through a neighboring community close to Bergenfield.


By 1971, a name change was in order as the band became Lodi and was signed to Motown Records. One of the very few white groups ever signed to Motown. While with Motown they released one LP titled “Lodi” (Mowest 101) and one single “Happiness/I Hope I See It” (Mowest 5003).


1967 saw a real change for the group when drummer, Jimmy Walker left the band to replace Bill Medley in the Righteous Brothers. They added Barry McCoy and moved the band’s home base of operations to San Francisco, CA. McCoy soon left the band to join Gary Puckett & The Union Gap. I think you can see the top level of musicians that the Knickerbockers had go through their group.


The Knickerbockers story begins in 1964 in the town of Bergenfield, New Jersey, when brothers Beau and John Charles decided to start a band.

“Lies” was such a rocking hit, that the band became regulars on Dick Clark’s Where The Action Is” on ABC TV, and were asked to appear in the movie “Out of Sight”

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uly is Bluegrass Awareness Month, or at least on these pages it is. Bluegrass music is probably best when served up live and outdoors as it is in many places around the country in the summer months. Festivals, like the one at Stratford this month, are popular venues for bluegrass music, which in its purest form is strictly acoustic in its application and steeped in timeless Appalachian tradition. In bluegrass music pioneered by the late Bill Monroe in the 1930s, the typical group would consist of a guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin and string bass with plenty of harmony vocals, especially the high tenor harmonies that take you deep in Appalachia to cabin porches in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. My first exposure to bluegrass music, and maybe yours too, was watching the Darling family jams on the great Andy Griffith TV shows of the 1960s. Man, were those guys good. They were the Dillards, from Dent County, Missouri who had emigrated to Hollywood in the early 60s and grabbed the attention of talent scouts who were taken with the authentic backwoods music and humor. So, they dressed the Dillards like the mountain hicks Hollywood imagined they should be and put them to work picking with Andy (who was a very good folk guitarist in his own right) and the great character actor Denver Pyle who played the part of Briscoe Darling and blew the jug during the Darling clan breakdowns. The Dillards (as the Darlings) only appeared in a half dozen episodes of the Griffith show, and though they never spoke a word, their music was epic. About the same time as the Dillards showed up on the Andy Griffith series, the Beverly Hillbillies TV show was in full flower too, with traditional bluegrass stars Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs contributing The Ballad of Jed Clampett, the series theme song. With ramped up bluegrass music now streaming into the homes of millions of Americans, there was both greater awareness and an influx of new, younger blood into the previously uncompromised stylistic form of traditional bluegrass. So just as rock and country music were forming an uneasy alliance, rock, folk and country were integrating with bluegrass music to the dismay of some traditionalists (like Monroe) and the delight of others (like Scruggs). Bluegrass musicians, in the beginning, were among the most proper of all musicians. In some respects they still are. Monroe's bands often dressed in suit and tie, with matching cowboy hats. Monroe was mandolinist, vocalist and star and he commanded the stage accordingly. There was no grandstanding by any members of the band. They played their parts and waited for their next cue. Early bluegrass music often reflected deep religious convictions and family values and the last thing they wanted to do was make a spectacle of themselves on stage. As time went on, of course, younger, splinter bands from the Monroe tradition, began to incorporate humor and storytelling into their shows and when the real split came in the 60s it was no longer mandatory to dress alike or behave on stage like it was a Sunday morning church service. It took Monroe a long time to warm up to the idea that the long haired musicians of the 60s and 70s wanted to play his music but with less rigid boundaries. It wasn't until very late in his career that he agreed to perform with those outside his realm and actually give the indication that he approved of what they'd done with his music. Monroe died in 1996 and in the irony of all ironies was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the following year. It was a show of respect from the rock and roll community, and proof




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that despite his own objections, Monroe wielded the same kind of influence among younger artists as Elvis and Hank Williams. We've ranked artists here before and said that among singer songwriters, Dylan was king, and among rock guitarists, it's Hendrix. Monroe is of the same stature among bluegrass musicians and really all mountain and folk musicians or anybody that practices what has come to be known as the High Lonesome Sound. What follows here are eight masters generation bluegrass musicians whose influence was greatest when the students of the Boomer generation began to tinker with the original sound. Next time we'll give you the primary examples of the newgrass sound that emerged during the Golden Era (1963-75). 1. Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys The image of Monroe's flowing white hair, tailored suit, white cowboy hat, his worn mandolin and high tenor lead vocals is awe-inspiring even now more than 15 years after his death. A Kentuckian through and through, his Blue Moon of Kentucky is one of the most heavily recorded songs of all time which includes a memorable version by Elvis. Dozens of future bluegrass stars got their start as a member of Monroe's band, a list that includes Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, Chubby Wise, Vassar Clements, Mac Wiseman, Del McCoury, Peter Rowan and many, many more. Bill Monroe’s music will always be the standard by which other bluegrass artists are measured. 2. Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys Flatt, Scruggs, and fiddler Chubby Wise were all in Monroe's band at the same time around 1946. Together they took the brand to another level. Earl Scruggs, as we detailed last month, was a banjo revolutionary and when he and Lester Flatt split from the Bluegrass Boys to form their own band, a new high octane bluegrass was on the loose. Scruggs' three-finger picking style produced those frantic runs that made the banjo the sexiest instrument in bluegrass. For the next 20 years Flatt and Scruggs blazed a new trail and brought bluegrass music to the mainstream and to the attention of the country rock crowd. (Honorable mention here to Don Reno, a Scruggs banjo disciple, who with guitarist Red Smiley gained legendary status in the 50s and 60s.) 3. The Stanley Brothers To those who most appreciate deep Appalachian folk and bluegrass music, nobody was better at the high lonesome sound than Carter and Ralph Stanley. The Stanleys produced some of the most haunting harmonies and saddest songs you'll ever hear in the 50s and 60s until Carter died in 1966. With his band the Clinch Mountain Boys, banjoist Ralph Stanley has continued on and achieved a career boost in the last decade thanks to the movie Oh Brother, Where Art Thou, which featured his music. Ralph Stanley, now 85, is the greatest living patriarch of bluegrass music.

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4. Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys Of the bluegrass originals, Jimmy Martin was one of the first to embrace the younger crowd which emerged in the 60s. His contributions to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's landmark 1972 project Will the Circle Be Unbroken, provide some of the best listening on the record. Martin was a passionate bluegrass singer with distinctive vocal runs and yips. I had a guitar playing friend in Iowa City in the early 70s who could sing like Jimmy Martin to the point it was almost scary. He made me sing along to Martin standards like Sophronie, Hit Parade of Love and Tennessee. 5. The Osborne Brothers Many of the great bluegrass, and Appalachian folk music harmony specialists were brother acts (The Stanleys, The Louvins, The Delmores, etc.) and Sonny and Bobby Osborne were no exception. Mandolinist Bobby Osborne could reach octaves no other male vocalist could approach. On songs like High on a Hilltop Bobby Osborne wails like no other. The Osbornes, too, were extremely influential to younger bluegrass artists in the 60s and were one of the first bluegrass originals to expand the standard five-piece band to include an electric bass and pedal steel guitar.

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6. Jim and Jesse and the Virginia Boys Another brother act, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, much like the Osbornes, adopted a more contemporary, country bluegrass sound in the early 70s. They also included a pedal steel guitar and were open to the idea of recording outside the box bluegrass songs. Jim and Jesse even recorded a countrified album of truck driving songs in the early 70s entitled Diesel on My Tail that broke all the bluegrass rules relative to non-acoustic instrumentation. 7. Roy Acuff and the Smoky Mountain Boys Okay, this technically wasn't a bluegrass band, even though Acuff employed banjo players, fiddle players and the most famous dobro guitarist in Grand Ole Opry history, Bashful Brother Oswald (Pete Kirby). Still, Acuff was always country and sometimes bluegrass and the most famous employee ever of the Grand Ole Opry. Maybe you liked Acuff as a singer, and maybe you didn't but when he leaned back and began to belt out Great Speckled Bird or Wabash Cannonball, it was money in the bank and the Grand Ole Opry at its absolute finest. 8. The Country Gentlemen These guys came along a little later than the others on this list, but were every bit as important in the evolution of bluegrass music to its late 60s synthesis with country and rock. Based in Washington, D.C. the Country Gentlemen were a little more countrypolitan in their approach. Less banjo heavy, they were just as likely to take a contemporary pop or folk song and turn it into a bluegrass song as they were to take a run through the bluegrass standards of the day. They were a direct forerunner of the Seldom Scene, one of the most important Boomer generation bluegrass bands of all time. More on them and the rest of the Golden Era newgrass movement next time.


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(Acts of Kindness)BRIDGING THE GAP indness is the golden chain by which society is bound together ~ Goethe

The Community Foundation and United Way of Fort Dodge, through Community Connections is spear-heading a program called Bridging the Gap. At the heart of the effort, the goal of the organization is to provide beds and useful household items to the needy of our community. The program, established in 2011, is basically a furniture bank…similar to a food bank. The organization “bridges the gap” between kind, generous donors of our community and people who need furniture to set up or improve a household living condition. On this so-called bridge, are volunteers and coordinators who make it happen. Jessica Martens, who joined the staff two years ago, heads the organization. “Working with Bridging the Gap has opened my eyes to the vast amount of need there is in this community. I have had the opportunity to help people progress in their lives and successfully move beyond poverty. I personally came from poverty so I am able to connect with the clients we serve because I was once in their shoes. Having the ability to go into a family’s home and help improve the quality of life for these children is the most rewarding experience of my life.”

Jessica and the United Way staff are passionate about giving a leg up to people who need it. Her kindness goes way beyond her “job”. She has compassion and true empathy for the people in our community who really need the help. Jessica takes joy in seeing people succeed and making it on their own.

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“Many of the people who donate to our program are surprised to hear the stories about our clients. They did not realize that there are people in Fort Dodge sleeping on the floor and eating dinner standing at the kitchen counter simply because their families cannot afford a bed or a table.  One donor told me “I didn’t realize my old couch could help someone.” That couch went to a single mother with 3 children who had nothing but 2 lawn chairs in their living room. It made a big difference in that family’s life! The families we help are ones who are in dire straights and have no means to furnish their homes. Every single one of our clients has been openly grateful for the help they are receiving.”



By Katie Averill

The idea of connecting donors who have plenty to give and people in need seems simple but in reality, it takes coordination and commitment from some able bodies. “Kyle Potratz and the UPS staff have been a huge part of the success of this program. People don’t like to move furniture so it is hard to find volunteers willing to help. Kyle and his crew have really stepped up and given of their personal time and the use of UPS trucks to assist with this endeavor. Without their help, we would not have been able to serve as many people. “I don’t mind the pick ups but I prefer the deliveries,” said Kyle. “It’s great to see their faces when we bring furniture and things in.”


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(news ) Fort Dodge Area Symphony Announces

New Conductor



he Fort Dodge Area Symphony is pleased to announce the selection of Akira Mori as the new conductor for the symphony. Akira Mori was born in Japan and studied in the United States, where he received his undergraduate degree in flute performance from New England Conservatory and his master’s degree in conduction from Indiana University. Mori also received a diploma in Orchestral Conduction from Wiener Meisterkurse in Austria. He is the winner of the Hideo Saito Award from the Tokyo International Music Competition in Romania. Mori has conducted professional orchestras in the U. S. , Japan and Russia. He made his London conducting debut in 2010 when he conducted the English Chamber Orchestra, and recently returned to Eastern Europe to guest conduct in Ukraine. Currently, Mori is the Director of Orchestral Studies and Assistant Professor at Drake University. Symphony Board President Hope Brown said the Board is very excited to have Mori on board, and look forward to another great year of concerts. Concert dates for the 2012-13 season are October 14th, December 2nd, March 3rd and April 21st. All concerts are held at Phillips Middle School Auditorium. Watch for more information in future issues of Twist & Shout.

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Monthy entertainment newspaper. This month features the annual Dragon Boat Bash