Musicians planning Garage Rock Revival

By The Curry Coastal Pilot March 12, 2013 08:50 pm


Two Brookings bands will host a free, two-hour ’60s Garage Rock Revival on Saturday, March 16, at the Harbor Performing Arts Center.

The concert, open to all ages, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6. The theater is located at 97900 Shopping Center Ave.

“It’s just something we wanted to do for fun,” said organizer and drummer Gordon Later. “It’s music that gets you rockin’ and rollin’, gets your feet tapping and your body moving.”

The headliner is Brookings’ newest band, Transition Radio, a five-piece group that specializes in what Later called “garage rock/psychedelic music” from the ’60s through the mid-’70s.

“Some of it has a pop-ish feel, some of it a psychedelic edge, some of it a punkish sound,” Later said.

The band features Later on drums, Norbert Radtke (guitar/keyboard/vocals), Dani Radtke (bass/vocals), Don Beckner (guitar/vocals) and Michelle Later (vocals/percussion). 

They will perform songs by the Kinks, Yardbirds, Blues Image, Status Quo, the Animals, and Syndicate of Sound.

“We’re a group of musicians who love the music we grew up with in the ’60s and ’70s,” Gordon said. “Most of us have played a variety of music since our youth, playing with numerous bands over the years.”

The opening act is another new band, The Other Guys, a four-piece rock band featuring singer/songwriter Michael George (guitar), Woody Cross (bass/vocals), John Lopez (drums) and Scott Graves (percussion/vocals).

The Other Guys focuses on George’s pop/rock originals and covers from the ’70s through current hits, including songs by The Who, Tom Petty and Crowded House.