ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT, SEPTEMBER 25,

The Stranger Creek Band journeyed to Sedalia Missouri where the Missouri branch of the Good Sam Campers were having their yearly convention at the State Fairgrounds.  We were all excited about getting to entertain this large, enthusiastic crowd.

They made each of our talented musicians feel so welcome with each and every performance.  Our star attraction was our pretty 16 year old singing sensation, Maggie Marx.  She drew a large ovation with every song she sang and she sang several. She sang about four songs and then the band took over the music duties for awhile before calling her back up to the microphone.  The President of the Missouri Good Sam club had heard that Maggie was a yodeler and made a special request for a yodeling song.  Maggie was happy to oblige with “I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart”.  The audience and the President all showed their appreciation with a big round of applause.

The band was in fine form as usual and played non-stop for 2 hours.  After the show we received many complements from the audience and many were kind enough to hang around after the show and visit with us and comment how much they had enjoyed the show.

It was after midnight when we arrived back in Shawnee and everyone was very tired but feeling good about the evening.  Perhaps we will have the opportunity to provide entertainment for them again in the future!

THE STRANGER CREEK BAND OPENED THE SHOW AT

the BK Lounge located in Burger King at 95th & Quivira Tuesday night with a near capacity crowd on hand.  As usual the band opened the show with the familiar Gordon Riley authored theme song, “Gordon’s Boogie #1″  As soon as that was finished, lead singer Larry Dean jumped in with George Strait’s, “The Fireman” and followed it with The Travis Tritt hit, “I’m A Member Of A Country Club”.

Our outstanding fiddle player, Marvin Bredemeier stepped up with “Adelida” and “Goodnight Irene”.  Our great lead guitar player, Gordon Riley moved front and center next with vocal renditions of Buck Owens’, “Loves Gonna Live here Again” and Johnny Paycheck’s “Close all the Honky Tonks”.  Larry came back with Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” before our singing bass player, Mary Bichelmeyer moved in front of the microphone to sing, Patsy Cline’s “Crazy Dreams” and Barbara Fairchild’s “Wish I Was A Teddy Bear”.

Our resident song writer, Garry Bichelmeyer stepped up with Johnny Cash’s  “I Still Miss Someone”, “One Raindrop” and “Goin’ Back To Louisiana” to close the first half of our show.

After a nice intermission while the band members mingled with the audience and enjoyed some cookies and brownies for the birthdays of people in our audience.

Larry opened the second half singing, “Better Off With You” and Jack Greene’s “Statue of A Fool”.   Marvin was nominated next to dust his fiddle off and play, “Ragtime Annie”, Milk Cow Blues” and a vocal, Johnny Paycheck’s “The Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised”.

Gordon returned to the microphone to sing, “Nine Pound Hammer” before Marvin answered a request for a waltz  by playing the beautiful, “The Waltz You Saved For Me”.  Garry returned front and center to entertain us with John Prine’s “Souvenirs” before he sang his own creation titled, “Northern Star” and another John Prine song titled, “Paradise”.  Then he was joined by wife Mary to team up on “Black Coffee” before Mary took over the microphone to sing “Blue Kentucky Girl”.

Larry returned once again to sing Verne Gosdin’s “That Just About Does It Doesn’t It”.  Marvin came back to the microphone then to sing “Who’s Been Draggin’ Your Little Red Wagon Up To The Top Of The Hill” before Larry closed the show with Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”.

As usual, the band played the closing theme titled “Gordon’s Boogie #2″.

ROSEDALE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS REUNION

Last night; Friday, September 20 the Stranger Creek Band played for Rosie Inman’s class reunion.  It was a great party with a good turnout from about 3 years of Rosedale High’s graduates.

The evening began with a buffet spread of good food for those present.  As a sign of the times, the band played a lot of really good 50′s and 60′s music and every song was welcomed by the many dancers moving around the dance floor.  The music was stopped several times to conduct quizzes, or draw names, for the many door prizes given away.

Elvis

When the second half began there was a special treat as the lights dimmed for a few seconds and we heard the announcement ”Elvis is in the building”.  The lights came back up and Elvis Presley, was approaching the stage escorted by an impressive looking bodyguard; I am told his name is Larry Poore (photo above).  Elvis proceeded to sing several songs for those present as Larry fought to protect the star from the throngs of ladies attempting get on the stage.  Suddenly, Elvis was gone as quickly as he had appeared.  In a few minutes Larry Inman came back and was very upset that he had missed Elvis’ appearance.

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In a few more minutes as the band continued to entertain the crowd, we were joined by a group of ladies that we had seen once before at the Grinter Barn Jamboree several months ago.  They are known as the all-girl revue (photo above), a group of ladies that are all dressed in matching risqué outfits and they drag several men from the audience to dance with them.

It was a great program, thanks to all those who put it together for the enjoyment and entertainment of their classmates.  Everyone seemed to have a great time laughing, visiting, dancing and probably re-living their days at Rosedale High School in Kansas City Kansas.

GRINTER BARN JAMBOREE!

With storms brewing and the Kansas City Chiefs playing a football game last night, we had a pretty small crowd on hand.  But, those there enjoyed the great music played by the Stranger Creek Band.  We were missing our resident song writer, Garry Bichelmeyer because he was working last night.

We had a good variety of music ranging from Larry Dean’s “The Stroll”, Gordon singing “Won’t You Ride In My Little Red Wagon” Larry singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” Chuck Berry’s “Memphis” to Little Richard”s “Long Tall Sally”.   Then throw in Larry singing “It’s A Itsy, Bitsy, Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” and Rosie and Mary singing “The Wayward Wind” and Marvin performing “Rub A Dub Dub Tub”.

I think everyone enjoyed the wonderful variety of music and the tremendous talent that keeps the Stranger Creek Band going.

We will be back at the BK Lounge on Tuesday and back here at the Grinter Barn Jamboree on Thursday, October 17, 2013.  We hope to see you all at both programs.

TUESDAY NIGHTS SHOW AT THE BK LOUNGE

Turned out to be a good one.

After the Stranger Creek Band opened the evening with the familiar Gordon Riley authored theme song, “Gordon’s Boogie #1″.  Lead singer, Larry Dean jumped right in with Merle Haggard’s “Swingin’ Doors” and followed it with George Strait’s, “The Chair”.

JeromeJerome Oberle (left) was summoned to the front with his accordion to start off with the popular, “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” followed with “The Pennsylvania Polka”, Patti Page’s “Tennessee Waltz” and “In Heaven There Is No Beer”.

Our resident song writer, Garry Bichelmeyer  getting around better all the time now was up with Billy Currington’s “People Are Crazy”.  He followed that with a new song he wrote titled, “One Rain Drop” and then “Kansas City”.

A special treat then when our singing Bass player, Mary Bichelmeyer and Rosie (Mrs Larry) Inman came to the microphone to sing, “Someday” and Kitty Wells’, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”.  Good job, ladies!

Lead guitar player, Gordon Riley came up next to sing Charlie Rich’s “Washed My Hands In Muddy Water” before we took an intermission.

Bertha

During the intermission we had a beautiful cake to help celebrate the 93rd  birthday for Bertha, a regular at the BK Lounge every Tuesday evening.  Happy Birthday Bertha!!

melissa2Larry Dean opened the second half with Verne Gosdin’s “Way Down Deep” before calling Melisa Petropoulos (Left) to the microphone.  She started out with Martina McBrides ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night” followed by Englebert Humperdink’s “Release Me”  and “White Liar” recorded by Miranda Lambert.  She is a good entertainer, come back soon Melissa!!

Gordon stepped up next to play an instrumental, “Bells of St. Mary’s” before Larry returned to sing Kenny Rogers’ “Sweet Music Man”.

Fiddle player, Marvin Bredemeier came front and center to play, “The Waltz  You Saved for Me” and “Rubber Dolly”.  Mary followed with Patsy Cline’s “There He Goes”  and a great song recorded by Emmylou Harris, “Blue Kentucky Girl”.

Garry returned with a request to sing “The Dead Horse Song”.  Larry Dean returned with a request from our girl Skyler to sing a Chuck Berry song.  He responded with “Roll Over Beethoven” before Jerome was called back front and center.  He played  the beautiful “Harbor Lights” and “Just Because” finishing with “Beer Barrel Polka”.

Larry returned one more time to sing an old Ronnie Milsap number, “Back On My Mind Again”.

Marvin stepped up to close the show with “I Saw The Light”.

IT WAS A GOOD NIGHT FOR ANOTHER GOOD SHOW AT THE BK LOUNGE

and the Stranger Creek Band did not disappoint us.  As is the custom, they kicked off the festivities with Gordon Riley’s “Gordon’s Boogie #1″.  Lead singer, Larry Dean quickly followed with the Bob Wills hit, “Home In San Antone” followed with an instrumental “Interstate Rag”.  Our magnificent fiddle player, Marvin Bredemeier stepped up next with “Ashokan Farewell” and “Red Wing”.

Our singing bass player, Mary Bichelmeyer was summoned front and center to sing, Engelbert Humperdink’s  ”Release Me” and a big Connie Francis hit titled, “Who’s Sorry Now”.

It was time then for our resident song writer, Garry Bichelmeyer to come to the microphone and sing a couple of his own songs.  He led off with the great, “Northern Star” and “Nodaway River”.  Lead guitar player, Gordon Riley was up then with the late Johnny Russell’s hit, “Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer”.  He followed with Bill Doggett’s instrumental hit from the 50′s or 60′s called, “Honky Tonk”.

We took a break then and Larry Dean opened the second half with Verne Gosdin’s  “Who You Gonna Blame It On This Time” before the band came together for a wonderful instrumental “Tennessee Waltz”.  Larry continued with Waylon Jennings’ “Rainy Day Woman”.

Garry came back to answer a request for another song he wrote called, “Losing You” and he followed it with John Denver’s “Back Home Again”.  Gordon brought his guitar to the microphone then to play his own “String Bender”.

Mary & Rosie

We got a special treat tonight as Rosie Inman was coaxed into joining Mary (photo above) at the microphone and they sang an outstanding duet version of Jeanne Pruett’s “Satin Sheets”.   Marvin returned with “South” and a favorite of everyone called, “Ragtime Annie”.  Larry returned to sing Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”, George Strait’s “Write This Down” and Randy Travis’ “Storms of Life”.

Garry returned again with “Are You Sure This Is Where You Want To Be”, George Jones’ “Choices” and Johnny Cash’s “Sunday Morning Coming Down”.  Larry returned again to close the show with George Jones’ beautiful “Mama’s Family Bible”  before the band sent us home with the closing theme, “Gordon’s Boogie #2″

See you all back at the BK Lounge next Tuesday for another fine country music show.

As usual, Thanks again to Dave and Jean Hightower for the fine photography work

GREAT DANCING AND MUSIC AT THE AMERICAN LEGION

We enjoyed a GREAT show Labor Day at the American Legion in Overland Park Monday afternoon.  I heard that we had the largest crowd that they have had in the American Legion Hall for a dance in many years.  We had a great meal of Hot Dogs, Pulled Pork, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, etc.  Reports are they sold 160 meals in a little over an hour before running out of food.

Danny Contreras   The music played by the Stranger Creek Band was amazing.  The band kicked off by performing several song before calling a super special guest to the stage.  Danny Contreras came up and entertained everyone with several songs.  He does a terrific job with the music of Freddie Fender, Johnny Rodriguez, Marty Robbins, Freddie Hart, Elvis and many others.  He is always welcomed with great applause from the audience.  In fact, Danny worked with Freddie Fender and his band for some years before Freddie passed away.

After a short intermission, another of our favorite entertainers was called to the microphone.  Pretty Maggie Marx is always enthusiastically welcomed by the audience  She came up and sang a couple of song before calling her younger sister, Ally to join her at the microphone.  They sing  very good duet together and got big applause for their effort.  As soon as Ally was finished, Maggie called her boyfriend to join her.  Maggie & HoustonHe was outstanding singing the big Elvis Presley hit, “Heartbreak Hotel”.  Recently, Maggie appeared in the finals of the KC Superstar competition.  Nearly 400 greater KC high school students began this journey last spring in this American Idol like competition.  Maggie won second prize and a $2500 college scholarship.  Unfortunately, Houston was scheduled to compete in the finals also but on the day of the show, he suffered an appendicitis attack.  At the time of the show, he was in surgery for the removal of his appendix.  But, the officials announced that Houston would be guaranteed an automatic spot in the finals next year.

The dance was full all afternoon until nearly closing time at 6:00 PM.  Everyone agreed it was a fantastic program and they all had fun.

We look forward to seeing everyone back at the American Legion located at 7500 West 75th Street in Overland Park Kansas on Saturday, October 5 for another dance beginning at 7:00 PM until 11:00 PM.  Admission is only $5.00 and bring your own snacks.