get down, get funky, get loose... some of us just can't get back
when it's all over!"
Dave "Yo" Merrill
For bookings or a CD sampler, call:
You, know, sometimes the road gets to
be a sad, weary place. Dave and Ed were nearly suicidal on the trip to
Bancroft one summer.
(Cue the blues riff...)
Why, yes, the livin' IS
Take us anywhere!! Doing the casual
wedding thing at a great farm near Corydon.
Rockin' out with that saxy Bunky Marlowe
at the Lakeside Casino in
Ahhh! For many years we've "artfully"
played music for the annual fall Art Festival in Valley Junction. Good
time tunes in the open air don't get much better.
Often on gigs, our old sax player Vern began
with a little prayer he wouldn't forget the chords to "Old Time Rock
& Roll" ...again.
an annual date
on March 17 at Embassy Suites with the
Friendly Sons of
Those eyes are smilin'!
"Blarney-man" regales Scott with stories
of the Kelly ancestors who came
to the shores of Ankeny
Right off the boat!
for the new DM Library on a late October evening needed a little jazz
for the city's
movers & shakers.
We were "Stylin'" that night.
Maybe next time we'll be playing on the library's
A lot of private
gigs keep us busy, but
we look forward to the public ones.
Summers are usually a-sizzlin' and winters a-shivrin' and we pray gigs
won't get rained or snowed out 'cause they're a chance to invite our
friends to public parties.
Lots of outdoor events every year keep us hopping
(and our dry cleaners in business).
favorites over the length and
breadth of Iowa...
you handle a trip to Gull State Park at West Okoboji on a balmy June?
Jodi Thompson and Sean Gabor were hitched and over 250 guests were...
...swinging with us on the porch with
some pre-event jazz at their wedding shindig at
a Boji lakeside cabin. Later, the horny boys did the "pied piper"
thing and led guests
to a dinner tent, then back inside the lodge for the reception dance
and Iowa's "Great Lakes" saw a rockin' time.
Taste of DM summer festival gets better all the
..Waterworks Park was a BIG party! Lots of folks think
a cooler "rural" location than Court Ave. bridge...
...where, on a recent July, we kicked off an evening of
the Nadas and Swing Crew down on the bridge.
(Yes, Scott won the "manly legs" contest, but we know the fix
with the Scottish judges....)
The food and arts & craft displays are awesome and
the dancin' never stops.
Be sure and get down to this premier DM event next year!
that summer looks inviting, don't miss FreeStyle's yearly gig
for the Metro Arts Jazz in July series!
Our annual hosts are the folks at Wells Fargo and...
really appreciate those shady tents. Tunes range from Al Jarreau to Duke
Ellington and points in between. Lots of requests ... but we keep playing
anyway! The audience enjoys refreshments and...
by FreeStyle & jokes by guitarist Tres "the Round
Mound 'O Sound" Rich. Catch these Metro Arts Jazz in July events;
see you next year!
Dave's keeping us in the groove. He probably
wishes Ed would lose a little weight so he could see the crowd once in
IA! Whoa, can you say PARTAY!!? Scott, Dave and Ed grabbed some musician
friends and helped the bikers forget their aching nether-regions at the
Good Times Saloon...
to the North Country anytime soon?
Feel like a "Christmas in July" party??? Been there,
done that! On the patio at the best bar in Polk City... the Landmark. The
beer is always cold at another of our favorite "rehearsal" spots.
"Can't get more than my jukebox inside the Landmark...but
the only band I'd EVER have would be those boys! If I'm lying, I'm dying!"
Ray Mikulan, The Landmark Lounge in Polk City
Benefit for NY firefighter John Moran at 7 Flags in Urbandale.
Great party...sad occasion. A Ragbrai
veteran, Moran was a casualty of the Trade Center attack and many Iowa
friends and riders supported the family with a dance party.
We were proud and privileged to be a part of this good cause,
a celebration for a brave "honorary Iowan."
Gala for Dear Ol' East High!
[Four of us have roots with EHS in Des Moines]
The Scarlets were in
the middle of a multi-million dollar renovation and the show we played
at the HyVee Convention Center in West DM in the fall was a "command"
performance. Principal Tom Lee asked his loyal teachers (Vern & Ed)
to bring the boys and be a part of the gala night for alums and boosters.
HyVee's CEO Ron Pearson (EHS Hall of Fame grad and a FreeStyle band fan!)
donated the facility and was on hand to lend his support to the cause.
Fun time: cheerleaders, the EHS jazz band & our "faculty"
Dave has the crowd well in hand during
the opening floor show. We had a "volunteer" on stage driving
a bus for "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" & led the audience in the
school song during the finale.
Rockin' out with the EHS Cheerleaders!
The Pope sends his blessing!
Dancin' up a reception storm with
the YMCA, a "snake" dance, and an ethnic trip "round
Dueling Toasts from Michael, the black
sheep former boyfriend and Grandpa, from the old country.
& Tina's Wedding!
Whoa, TEN years were spent at this
riot, a faux-"wedding" gig, courtesy of Director John Viars
and the DM Community Playhouse. Take a ceremony, with an extended Italian
family, consisting of every misfit (but frighteningly recognizable!)
personality type you can imagine, include the reception with a GREAT
band and food and attend a wedding-from-hell...every day! You and your
friends are the "guests" at this matrimonial "Ground
Here's what you might have seen...
Joey and his mama are just two of the wedding party cast
sharing in the joyous event.
A pregnant bridesmaid, a priest "referee,"
trying to keep the ceremony civil, a stripper step-mom on display for
the band and crowd...just like your wedding, right?
Isn't Joey light in his loafers?
Vinnie is large and in-charge at "Vinnie Black's Chapel of Love,"
and, hey, doesn't that
"Lance Diamond and the Zircons" band look familiar???
all youse are welcome!
The Tony & Tina cast on display!