The Moscow Farmers Market will host live music this Saturday by The Paradons.
The Paradons will begin at 9:30 a.m. with classic rock and roll from the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. The three-piece rock band emerged from the Lewiston-Clarkston valley, though the members have changed over the years since the band formed in 1961.
“I’m not one of the originals,” said keyboardist Bob Kesler. “I joined the band later as a saxophone player, but took over the keyboard when a member left. Then I left the band, then came back, left again, and finally joined again when I moved back to Lewiston in 1991. But John Gardner (guitar and vocals) has been with us since the beginning.”
The band’s name is a mistake that stuck, a fortunate mispelling on the part of the late Joe Musiel, whose position as drummer passed to Rick Grimm.
The Paradons have played for reunions, wedding receptions, birthday parties.
“You name it and we’ve played it,” said Kesler.
The band said they will enjoy playing at the Farmers’ Market for the third year now.
“We like the varied audiences,” Kesler said. “The people from our generation recognize the songs, but the younger people enjoy the music just as much.”
We also had a special guest, Billy Bair. Billy and I played together back in the 60's in a group called WJ and the Fantastics.