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Wild Woodys to perform in Dowagiac

Published 9:37pm Wednesday, June 20, 2012

In unique style, The Wild Woodys will open up at 7:30 p.m. for Thursday evening’s Beckwith Park Summer Concert Series with famous hits from the ’50s, ’60s and today with its signature rockabilly sound.

The summer concert series, which officially began June 7 with the Round Oak Cornet Band, welcomes southwest Michigan musicians, as well as some from Indiana, of all styles and genres. The sidewalks of downtown Dowagiac become riddled with lawn chairs and families looking to enjoy music and the summer weather.

The Wild Woodys, made up of members Scott Spears, Phil Glennie and Jim Murphy, from the Kalamazoo area, playing tunes reminiscent of “the good ol’ days” and familiar jams from more modern times. The rockabilly style allows for several dancing opportunities in a paved open space in front of the gazebo, which serves as the stage.

“We play a lot of classic rockabilly stuff,” Glennie said.  “Some from the ’50s and ’60s, some surf music, songs from Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley and The Ventures.”

Glennie also said patrons looking to have a good time and dance would enjoy their style of playing.

“Anytime we get to play in front of a crowd, we have a lot of fun,” Glennie, who plays the upright bass, said. “We have a lot of fun, and we rock out.”

The Beckwith Park Summer Concert Series continues through Aug. 16 every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with selected dates beginning at 7 p.m.

Musical performers play throughout the evening, including genres such as bluegrass, country, rock, blues, jazz and covers of popular bands such as The Beatles, Chicago and The Blues Brothers.

The Wild Woodys take the stage at 7:30 p.m. at Beckwith Park, on South Front Street.

The event is free and open to the public. Bring seating.

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