“I was probably 18 and he was 16,” Rick said. “We go way back.”
The pair of Fayette musicians are together again with a band named Sour Slam—one of three bands featured Sept. 17 at this year’s Music Fest in Fayette.
The band formed about a year ago when Rick returned from Florida. He played in bands while he was in the south, and some of the current members of Sour Slam played together in northwest Ohio during his absence.
Rick plays drums with the band and Randy takes rhythm and lead guitar. Another Fayette resident, Matt Carnicom, is the group’s vocalist. Dave Perez of Stryker handles the bass and Dan from Archbold has the lead guitar.
Rick said the classic rock band has played most every weekend over the summer, including at Melody’s, Anchor Bay, Waldron, Stryker and Defiance.
The group has proven popular, Rick said.
“Every time we play, they usually have us back the next month. I’d play every day if I could.”
This year’s event will be moved from Fayette’s running track north to the ball diamond. It was also scheduled a little later in the year.
That way, said Dale Bates of Fayette’s Sons of the American Legion, softball games are over and the field lights can be used. In the past, lights had to be rented at the track.
The Sons group has joined with the Fayette Park Board to help organize the event.
The stage will likely be positioned between home plate and the pitching mound and audience members will sit in the outfield.
The Friends for the Fields will sponsor a chicken barbecue and the Legion Ladies Auxiliary is selling tacos. The Sons and the Park Board will offer roast pork, bratwurst, hamburgers and hot dogs. Beer and soft drinks will also be available.
Corn hole boards are being collected for additional entertainment while the bands play.