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'Soggy River Bottom Boys' to kick off Creek Fest 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Members of the Soggy River Bottom Boys, seen here at a recent gig at the Cherokee Country Club, include, from left, Larry Jordason, Steve Thomas, Denny Holton, and Jimmie Davis. Band members Steve Alingh and Mike Hoover are not pictured. Photo contributed
The second annual Cherokee Creek Fest will kick off Friday at 5:30 p.m., when a group of old friends gathers together to share their music with festival-goers.

The Soggy River Bottom Boys will play tunes from the 1960's and 1970's, as well as a few other danceable rock tunes, as they make a return to the two-day festival at Fred Jaminet's farm, two miles north and two miles west of Cherokee.

'Soggy River' drummer Denny Holton said the group really enjoyed playing at Creek Fest last year, and they are looking forward to it again this year. Holton then jokingly added that he "has something on Fred Jaminet" that forces Jaminet to book the band again this year.

Good times, good music and good humor is what the Soggy River Bottom Boys are all about. The group came to be 2-3 years ago, when Cherokee Bowl owner/operator Tim Gaydo sent out a call to Holton for a band to play at a gig he was arranging at his establishment. Holton put out calls to several friends of long-standing, all of whom had histories of playing good old rock and roll in various bands, and when the group came together to play at the Cherokee Bowl, they found that Gaydo had put up a banner dubbing them The Soggy River Bottom Boys - and so, a name was born. With deference to the Soggy Bottom Boys, from the film "Oh Brother Where Art Thou?," the Cherokee area group has a "river" (no doubt the Little Sioux) inserted into its moniker.

Anyway, the Soggy River Bottom Boys since that time have played occasional gigs at the Cherokee Country Club and other local venues, with a line-up that varies a bit from gig to gig, depending upon who's available. Holton and guitarists Steve Thomas and Jimmie Davis are usually involved in the SRBB groupings, and keyboardist Steve Alingh has also been a frequent contributor. Another notable Cherokee "guitar hero," Mike Hoover, has also appeared with SRBB, as well as former Cherokean Larry Jordason, who is now the Postmaster in Ames.

The members of SRBB scheduled to perform at Creek Fest Friday are guitarists Thomas and Davis, keyboard player Alingh, drummer Holton, and Jordason, who also plays the blues harp (aka harmonica) and additional percussive parts.

Attendees are not permitted to bring their own coolers and beverages onto the grounds at Creek Fest, but camping, food and beverages are available for a charge, and there is also an admission charge. Water and land games are free of charge.

The Arch Allies will follow SRBB onto the stage Friday evening, at around 9 p.m., and David Fintel, Fork in the Road, Riata, and The Rude Band will perform, in that order, on Saturday.

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