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Barn dance returns to Sherman with four live bands

August 22, 2012
By ELAINE G. COLE - COLUMNIST (editorial@westfieldrepublican.com) , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

SHERMAN - KC Productions and Blue Moon Management will present the Sherman Barn Dance again Friday, Aug. 17 at 7405 Warner Road in Sherman.

The Commander Cody Band will be the highlight feature. According to George Frayne, aka Commander Cody, the band began in 1967 when he was a graduate student at the University of Michigan. He and his pal John Tichy, an engineering PhD candidate, put a band together. The supporting cast consisted of anywhere between five and 50 hippies, featuring a kazoo section of up to six "degenerates."

The Commander character was taken from Commander Cody, Sky Marshal of the Universe, the Original Rocket Man, the star of the movie "The Lost Planet Airmen," Republic Pictures, 1952.

In 1969, the band found a home in the saloons at Berkeley and a dive known as Man Drake's every night. Then some executives from Paramount records signed them up. They did their first album, "Lost in the Ozone," which hit up a single "Hot Rod Lincoln," and it sold a million copies, making them the number one band. It launched the boys into Rock and Roll history. The band sold seven more records after which the band broke up. Frayne made two more records.

In 1997, Frayne relocated in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Currently he has a new band and it is similar to the virtuosity and spontaneity of the original band, and critics and crowds have been overwhelmingly positive. As always, Frayne is behind the piano leading the musical group with noise and controlled confusion.

The Commander Cody Band will perform its hit "Hot Rod Lincoln" and other songs from 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Other band features on the main stage include Smokehouse from Jamestown from 6 to 8 p.m., and The M-80's from Erie, Pa., from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Playing on the barn stage will be Facedown in High H20 from Cory, Pa., starting at 1:30 a.m.

Come and join the fun. Gates open at noon with music starting at 6 p.m. The cost is $20 at the gate for all ages, though kids 12 and under are free. Parking is $2 parking and those 21 and older with a legal ID will be able to purchase adult beverages.

 
 
 

 

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