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* EVERY TUESDAY -BK Lounge located in the Burger King restaurant near 95th & Quivira in Lenexa Kansas. Good old Country music from 6:30 – 9:00 PM. Admission is free.
* THERE WILL NOT BE a jamboree at the Grinter Barn until March, 2014. But make plans to attend then.
* SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 - The regular monthly dance at the American Legion located at 7500 West 75th in Overland Park, KS. $5.00 admission and bring your own snacks to eat. 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Once again, our special guest entertainers will be Kenny Evans and Marvin Gregg.
*THERE WILL NOT BE – A show at the BK Lounge on Tuesday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) or December 31 (New Years Eve). We will return to the BK on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.
* TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31 – Big New Years Eve Party at the American Legion located at 7500 West 75th Street in Overland Park KS. Reservations are needed at $25 per person includes dinner of Shrimp Cocktail, Pulled Pork, Ham, Salads, hors D’oeuvres & desert. Champagne toast and party favors at midnight. Breakfast of Biscuits & Gravy plus sausage and coffee after the midnight celebration. Again our guests will be vocalist and guitar player, Kenny Evans plus drummer Marvin Gregg.
Lead Singer Larry Dean Inman at the BK Lounge show last night. As usual, the Stranger Creek Band minus fiddle player, Marvin Bredemeier opened the evening festivities with “Gordon’s Boogie #1″ written by our lead guitar player, Gordon Riley. Marvin and “Sug” were in New Mexico taking care of some personal business. We did have Marvin Gregg (below) doing a fine job on the drums as usual. As soon as the theme was completed, Larry Dean jumped in with “Hiway 40 Blues” followed with Merle Haggard’s “Working Man Blues”. Our resident song writer, Garry Bichelmeyer stepped to the microphone then with an old Kenny Rogers hit titled, “The Gambler” and the late Johnny Russell hit, “Catfish John”. Larry returned with “Goin’ Back To Louisiana” before our singing bass player, Mary Bichelmeyer came front and center to sing, Patsy Cline’s “There He Goes” and an old Margaret Whiting hit, “Sentimental Old You”.
Gordon Riley returned to sing Johnny Paychecks, “Close All The Honky Tonks” and play a great instrumental version of “Under The Double Eagle”. Larry came back again to sing a couple of the late Jimmy Rogers’ hits titled “TB Blues” and “California Blues”. Gordon shared some interesting facts about the life and death of Jimmy Rogers. Garry returned to close the first half with Mickey Gilley’s “Stand Me”.
After intermission, Larry opened with George Strait’s “Christmas Cookies” and Johnny Payhecks “For A Minute There”. Gordon stepped up with a rousing “Steel Guitar Rag” and Larry returned with Willie Nelson’s “Cold War With You”.
Jerome Oberle was summoned to bring his all-button accordion to the microphone and play, “The Beer Barrel Polka”, Frankie Yankovic’s “Blue Skirt Waltz” and “Bing Crosby’s “Danny Boy”. Boy that’s an old one.
Ron Fine was called up then to put on his usual fine performance singing Merle Haggard’s “Begging To You”, Faron Young’s “Mansion Just cover The Hilltop” and “Waiting on The Far Side Banks of Jordan’ recorded by Johnny Cash and June Carter. Larry Dean would return to sing Brenda Lee’s old hit, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”. Mary stepped up then to sing Vince Gill’s “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”.
Garry returned to answer a request for his own “One Room School”. Bud Marley came up to sing Merle Haggard’s “Swinging Doors” and Keith Whitley’s “I Wonder Where You Are Tonight”. Gordon played his own creation, “Pickin’ My Fingers To The Bone” and Larry closed the show singing a portion of Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”.
Don’t forget that Saturday afternoon, December 7, The Stranger Creek Band will play a benefit for the American Legion at 7500 West 75th Street from 4:00PM until 7:oo PM and the band “River Rock” will play from 7:00 PM until ???. Admission will be $8.00 per person and you can order sandwiches, etc. from their menu. The benefit is to help them pay for a desperately needed roof for their building. Our special guests will be singer, Kenny Evans and drummer Marvin Gregg.
Thanks as usual to Dave and Jean Hightower for the wonderful photo of Marvin Gregg for his issue.
Located at 7500 West 75 Street in Overland Park to help raise money to pay for a desperately needed roof. This benefit will be Saturday, December 7, 2013. The Stranger Creek Band will play from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Our Special Guests will be singer Kenny Evans (below)
And Drummer, Marvin Gregg, (no photo available). The Band “River Rock” will play from 7:00 until 11:00 PM. Admission will be $8.00 per person. You can purchase sandwiches, etc. from the Legion regular menu or bring snacks for your own table, there will not be a snack table set up in the back. Admission will be $8.00 per person.
Tuesday evening. The only problem was the heating system in the BK Lounge was on the whack and it was blowing cold air in the back half of the building. The front half was OK and everyone wound up sharing tables and whatever to get moved to the warm part of the building. But, we are a determined group and we survived wearing our coats. The entertainment was great, first we had Melissa and Sara Petropoulos. These ladies are really good and little Sara enjoys being on stage so much.
We had Jerome Oberle playing some polkas for us as well as the always beautiful “Harbor Lights” and a couple of other songs. Our fans really enjoy dancing polkas to Jerome’s fine accordion music.
We also had our great tenor singer, Ron Fine up to entertain us with his wonderful voice. He is such a pleasure to listen to and he and wife Donna are the nicest people, we really like them.
We also had the pleasure of hearing a new guest to our show. Eric Fraunfelter did an outstanding job of singing the big George Jones hit, “He Stopped Loving Her Today” sounding remarkably like George himself.
On Saturday, December 7 we will be playing a benefit dance at the American Legion, 7500 West 75th Street in Overland Park to help them pay for a new roof that their building is in need of. There will be food served and the Stranger Creek band will play from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM and the band River Rock will entertain until Midnight. I will try to get the menu and admission cost for you soon. Please plan to attend this.
Saturday, December 14 will be our regular dance at the same American Legion Hall. Admission is $5.00 per person and bring your own snacks. We set them up on a table and share, it usually turns into a full meal.
Everyone stay safe and healthy until we meet again!
Tuesday night. Larry Dean and Rosie Inman came in and it didn’t take long for Gordon to have a guitar hanging on him and Garry was urging him to start singing. Lucky for us he stayed for entire show and sang several songs.
(Larry Dean was a welcome sight at the BK Lounge Tuesday night)
But, I am getting ahead of myself here; As usual the band opened the show with the familiar theme, Gordon Riley’s “Gordon’s Boogie #1″and Gordon quickly followed singing “I’m A Truck Drivin’ Man” .
Our resident song writer, Gary Bichelmeyer stepped front and center next with George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and John Anderson’s “Swingin’ “.
Larry Dean was welcomed to the microphone then to sing, “Hiway 40 Blues”, “Goin’ Back To Louisiana”, “Big River” and finished with a song written and recorded by Larry himself, “The Winner”. Garry joined him then and they sang Garry’s “Marie”. Garry’s wife. Mary, our singing bass player joined Garry to sing a popular duet, “Black Coffee”.
Gordon and fiddle player Marvin Bredemeier were up next with “Won’t You Ride In My Little Red Wagon” before Mary came back to the microphone singing, “Don’t Tell Me What To Do”. Larry and Marvin returned with, “Take Me Back To Tulsa” and Marvin continued with “Panhandle Rag”. Larry Dean returned then to close the first half singing, “Let’s Fall To Pieces Together”.
Larry and Gordon opened the second half with Waylon’s “Rainy Day Woman” before Marvin answered a request for “Jersey Bounce”. Larry continued to entertain us with “Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star” and Chuck Berry’s “Memphis”. Mary stepped to the microphone then to sing “Walk The Way The Wind Blows”.
Jerome Oberle was summoned to the front with his accordion where he played, “Beer Barrel Polka”, “Four Walls” and the “Pennsylvania Polka”. Ron Fine was next to be summoned to the microphone with “A Fool Such As I”, Buck Owens’ “Together Again”, “Lord, Build Me A Cabin” and “Storms Never Last”. Then, Ron and Larry had a request to sing the popular “Jesus Hold My Hand”. Marvin had a request then to play “Orange Blossom Special” which he did a fantastic job on.
Larry Dean came back to sing, “Is That You” and close with Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”.
We want to be sure we say “Thanks” to an outstanding drummer, Marvin Gregg, who we have had the good fortune to have filling in for the late John Malone the last few weeks. Great job, Marvin.
It was a good show and we hope to see Larry and Rosie often. Thanks guys.
was a good show. As usual, the Stranger Creek Band kicked things off with Gordon Riley’s “Gordon’s Boogie #1″ and quickly followed it with Waylon Jennings’ “Good Hearted Woman”. Our singing bass player, Mary Bichelmeyer stepped up to sing, “I Can’t Help It If I’m Still In Love With You’.
I want to take this time to welcome Marvin Gregg, a fine drummer filling in this week for John Malone.
Then, it was time for Mary’s husband, song writer, Garry Bichelmeyer with “Neon Moon”, “Is Anybody Going To San Antone” and “Red River Valley”. Gordon returned with an old favorite titled, “California Blues” before fiddle player, Marvin Bredemeier stepped to the microphone to play Glenn Miller’s “South”.
Garry returned with one for the line dancers called, “Kansas City” before Gordon came back to center stage to sing “Amarillo By Morning”. Marvin returned with a hoedown, “Ragtime Annie” is always well received. Garry came back to the microphone to sing Billy Currington’s “People are Crazy” before Marvin returned to close the first half with “Take Me Back To Tulsa”.
Garry opened the second half with a couple of requests; one for “Northern Star” and the other for “Tonganoxie” Both popular songs written by Garry himself. Jerome Oberle brought his accordion the microphone then for “Pennsylvania Polka”, the beautiful “Harbor Lights” and “The Tennessee Waltz”. Next up was guest, Bud Marley singing Merle Haggard’s “If I left It Up To You”, “Mansion Over The Hilltop” and “Washed My Hands In Muddy Water”. Great job Bud.
Gordon came back then with Ernest Tubbs “Waltz Across Texas” before Mary returned with “Blue Kentucky Girl”‘ Gordon would return again with, “Honky Tonk” and “Holding Things Together”. Garry stepped to the microphone with a request for Vince Gill’s “Nobody Answered When I Called Your Name”
Gordon continued with “Red Necks, White Sox and Blue Ribbon Beer”. Garry came back one more time to sing “I Wanna Go Home” and Gordon dedicated a song to the memory of John Malone; “I Am A Pilgrim”.
It was time to go home so the band closed the show with the closing theme, Gordon’s “Gordon’s Boogie #2″.
We look forward to having everyone join us again next Tuesday for the BK Lounge weekly show.
I have to apologize for taking so long to get this done this week, the last 10 days have been unbelievable. I’m sure you all know that we lost our drummer, John Malone suddenly and unexpectedly last Monday. Then, on Tuesday we found that a great friend of the band and boyfriend of our own Maggie Marx died in a terrible auto accident. A very fine young man lost at the age of only 17.
However, on Saturday night everything fell into place like we had hoped. We had a great crowd and a lot of dancers come out and all appeared to really enjoy the efforts of the Stranger Creek Band and special guests. We had some great guests helping us. Kenny Evans is a fine guitar player and lead singer. He was ably assisted in the singing duties by a great singer, Sean Hare was amazing. Filling in on the drums was Marvin Gregg, he is a fine drummer. Marvin and Kenny will be with us on New Years for the party at the American Legion at 7500 West 75th Street in Overland Park Ks.
It turned out to be a good evening with a good crowd and some fine guests helping the band.
We will return to the American Legion on Saturday, December 14 for our regular monthly dance. Don’t miss it!
proved today that she is one of the most amazing young ladies I have ever known. First, on Tuesday of this week she lost the love of her life when her boyfriend, Houston St. John lost his life in a horrible auto accident. She has been devastated, fighting the heartbreak all week. Today was the visitation for the friends and family of Houston. Maggie stood in line with the St. John family for 3 1/2 hours or more and greeted each of the several hundred mourners as they came to pay their respects. I know how long she was in the line because I was there for more than 2 hours and the line was as long when I left as when I arrived.
Then after only about an hour break; we were at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School for the school play. Maggie put on a flawless performance as Bonnie in the play “Anything Goes” showing she is the star we knew she was.
If you have not seen her act before, take the first opportunity you have and go see her perform. It will be well worth the trip.
at the BK Lounge. The band opened the show joined by Ron Fine singing and playing, “Amazing Grace” as a tribute to our late drummer, John Malone. John passed away in his sleep during the night Monday night. A terrific loss to both his band and his family. We had a standing room only crowd; I don’t know if it was to honor John or to listen to our special guests, some of each I would guess.
We had on hand as lead singer, the great Larry Smith (ab0ve) and we are never disappointed when Larry comes by. Also on hand was the Great Steel guitar and fiddle player, Mr. Vance Monday (below) from Stewartsville Missouri. They were both fantastic as usual.
We had so many singers came to honor John. Melissa and Sara Petropoulos (below right), Ron Fine, Jerome Oberle and his accordion, Sandy and Chuck Parcher (below left). All are wonderful performers. We have to apologize to Bud Marley and Rick Mullins who we did not have time to get them up to treat us with their singing. Also, Melissa Weeks and another gentleman who has been in before but I’m sorry I don’t know his name. That was two more singers that we did not have time to get up and we do apologize to them.
At the end of a wonderful show as we were packing up, we received the terrible news that Houston St. John (Maggie’s boyfriend) had died in an auto accident that afternoon. Houston was well known by the Stranger Creek fans having sang for us several times both as solo and in duets with Maggie. Our prayers go out to Maggie and both families. We know the pain they are all feeling. Houston was a great young man and he is going to be missed so much.
Of course, John, Beth and the family have been in our thoughts and prayers all week. We miss John so much!
Will be a tribute to JOHN MALONE. Come out and help us remember John.
VIEWING FOR JOHN WILL BE FROM 1:00 TO 3:00 PM SATURDAY AT NEWCOMER’S LOCATED AT 112th & METCALF IN OVERLAND PARK, KS. CREMATION.