Yulestock (Restock)

Dec 29 2007 8:00 pm
Dec 29 2007 11:59 pm

A multi-band extravaganza will present YuleStock (ReStock), an evening of ‘60s and ‘70s rock and blues music on Saturday, December 29, 2007 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Eagles Club Main Hall, 304 Water Street South [Google Map] in Northfield. Live music of the '60s and '70s meets the dance floor for a festive evening of merriment -- and an opportunity to help restock the Northfield Community Action Center Food Shelf!

All ages are welcome. There is a cover charge of $5 per person and the public is asked to bring non-perishable food items, especially those that are protein-dense (nuts, dried beans, peanut butter, canned meats, etc.), to help restock the Northfield Community Action Center Food Shelf after the holiday season.

The Eagles Club will offer happy hour prices from 8-10 p.m. and will have diverse beverages (pop, beer, mixed drinks -- as well as bottles of wine and champagne) available for purchase.

YuleStock (ReStock) was inspired by the friendship and support of local artist David Kjerland, who came to Northfield in the 1960s as a college student and was a strong supporter of the local music scene up until his death last October. “Since the ‘60s, there’s been a strong music scene in Northfield with plenty of local bands and dances,” said Jon Bjork, the event producer and a longtime Kjerland friend. “The celebration of David’s life reminded many of us that we need more opportunities for everyone to come together and have a great time.”

Three Northfield bands will play during the evening: Lore (8 p.m.), Jellystone Yogi (9:15 p.m.) and One Night Band (10:30 p.m.). Other special guests will join the bands throughout the evening.

Lore features Lori B. Williams (alto sax, guitar, piano, vocals), Peter Diggins (guitar, vocals), Dave Miller (keyboards), Mike Legvold (bass) and Rick Wind (drums). Williams is a singer/songwriter who plays a number of instruments. Moving from the east coast to play with the Lost Angels band in California, she recorded with Jackson Browne, Helen Reddy and Hoyt Axton, among others, before relocating to Northfield where she continues to do session work.

Jellystone Yogi features Diggins on guitar, Joel Cooper (bass) and George Marich (drums) and will be joined by members of The Zillionaires, Dave Drentlaw (drums) and Wendy Smith (guitar, accordion). Diggins has been writing songs and playing music professionally since the age of 14. He has shared the stage with musicians in such projects as Free Flight, Zacharian, Alien Citizen, Chameleon, Hanover Fist and Sizzling Eggheads. He has also written and recorded with a variety of songwriters and musicians, resulting in song writing credits on major releases in the US and abroad.

One Night Band has been a perennial favorite in Northfield since getting together—initially for a single evening’s performance—in the early 1990s. The band includes Bjork (guitar, vocals), Richard Hanson (drums), Bill McGrath (bass, vocals), Scott McMillan (guitar, vocals) and Gordon Oschwald (guitar). Most of the members grew up in Northfield and have played together in a variety of musical groups in Northfield and the Twin Cities since they were teenagers.

So on December 29, dig out your bell-bottom blue jeans, tie-dyes and get those cans down to the Eagles Club to dance!