The concert will also include performances by popular local bands from the seventies and eighties, Chaparral and the Naw-Ga-Hyde Ramblers.
Remember the Shoo-B-Doos?
The Shoo-B-Doos began playing in the late seventies when the band members were high school students; but moving on to careers such as engineering and pharmacy hasn't done a thing to dampen the talent and spirit that made the band a popular local attraction back in the days of the first “Star Wars” and Farrah hairdos.
“Our first show was at Linda Austin's house for a Brownie troop,” Jeff Hudson, now a pharmacist at Sumner Regional, recalled. “And we used to play at Jones' Dip; that was our first regular gig.”
Fans will remember the Shoo-B-Doos performing from 1978 till 1982 throughout Macon County at local parties; and how about Chris Ballou's '57 Chevy?
The band enjoyed a two-county tour that included the two high schools in Macon County and then on to Carthage; but time waits for no man and keeping the band together just couldn't happen as members graduated high school and headed for college and careers.
“When the band ended, we had a farewell show and 300 people came out to see us,” Jeff Hudson recalled with a big smile.
It all began with Chaparral.
Pre-dating the Shoo-B-Doos by about a year, Chaparral, including members Keith Ballou, Paul Ballou, Benton Earl Dyer, Hal Givens, Jimmy Shaw, Ronnie Cook, Tim Canter, and Terry Canter, enjoyed a big year of local popularity performing at the Lafayette Country Music Barn and Hillbilly Days-and their big claim to fame playing at the Ronnie McDowell Festival.
Be prepared for all those memories to come flooding back when most of the original members of Chaparral take the stage Saturday night.
The Naw-Ga-Hyde Ramblers Rock.
Three Shoo-B-Doos and a Chaparral came together between 1989 and 90 to form the Naw-Ga-Hyde Ramblers. Kelly Key, Lynn Gann, and Jeff Hudson of the Shoo-B-Doos, and Tim Canter of Chaparral, played together until 1992 with the KDF Riverboat performance as a career highlight.
“The Naw-Ga-Hyde Ramblers had a different look than the Shoo-B-Doos. We were really a party band. If a song had more than four chords, we didn't play it,” Jeff Hudson laughed.
“The Naw-Ga-Hyde Ramblers never officially broke up,” Hudson explained. “Two months after the KDF Riverboat Cruise performance, one of the guys got married and we just never played again,” he continued.
Everyone's invited to come on out for the concert Saturday night and party back to the days of parachute pants and shoulder pads with the Naw-Ga-Hyde Ramblers.
A night of fun and a worthy cause.
Proceeds from the April 21 benefit concert will be contributed to Mark Shrum's medical expenses.
“As I understand it, Mark's treatment has reduced the cancer to the point that surgery is now an option,” Hudson explained.
The evening promises to be filled with lively music, great memories, and maybe a surprise or two, but Jeff Hudson isn't revealing details.
“The Shoo-B-Doos used to do some big numbers with costumes, and people are already asking if we're going to do that for this show. The only thing I'm telling people, for sure, is that the white Elvis jumpsuit is not gonna happen!” the lead singer laughed.
The show begins at 7:00 p.m. Saturday April 21 and the doors open at six. Admission is $5.00 with free admission for children under ten. Advance tickets are available from Macon Bank and Trust and Citizen's Bank.