Gentle Reader: This Thursday, December 29, 2016, marks a MILESTONE, of sorts. Lemme ‘splain.
Way back on September 16, 2010, the Midwesterners Trio (the three-piece version of The Midwesterners) played their first Thursday night gig at the Essen Haus. Where before there had been live polka bands nightly, now one night of the week was filled with rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and country and western favorites (some originals, too), as well as crowd-pleasing polka standards.
The Trio played every Thursday thereafter until September of 2012, when they began playing “only” the first, third, and fifth (when there was one) Thursdays of the month. (Holy Shit! That’s more than SIX years!
If I weren’t too lazy I’d tell you how many Thursdays that is. What I can tell you is that it all adds up to a lot of “bier under the bridge,” so to speak.
The Trio was Richard Wiegel (Mr. Midwesterner) on guitar, Mark Haines on drums, and Tom McCarty on bass. Some time in 2014 Mark’s ever busy schedule forced him to give up the gig. Rick Becker, a fine singer AND drummer, took over for Mark. Then, in early 2015, Richard stepped away to give his hearing a rest. Tom and Rick enlisted guitarslinger Gary Hendrickson to fill in, and when Richard decided to make his time away from the din in “The Haus” permanent, the band became Big Wes Turner’s Trio.
The Thursday night tradition kept on rolling. When Gary had health issues to deal with, Grammy winner and Chicago Blues HOFer Billy Flynn was able to fill in. And so he will this Thursday, December 29, the last before the tradition takes a wintertime respite. (The Essen Haus will start cutting back its schedule of live music on January 1, 2017.)
So people! DON’T MISS it! Big Wes’s Betwixt Holidays BASH! We gonna have us some fun. You can, too!
Big Wes Turner’s Trio will entertain at your parties and occasions. Call us!