Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Moscow Farmers Market June 8, 2013

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.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Origin of the name Paradons

 It's really a very funny story.  A radio station in Orofino would preview a lot of rock and roll records and let the listeners vote on whether the songs would be hits or duds.  The duds were thrown out of a window onto a pile of broken records.  The drummer at the time, Joe Musiel, would go through the old records and check out the names of groups hoping to find one to replace The Seniors.  He decided on "The Pardons".  As with most groups during that time, the band's name would be painted on the bass drum head for everyone to see.  Due to a misspelling, The Fabulous Pardons became The Fabulous Paradons and the name stuck.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Chipman-Taylor 2012

24th Annual Chipman Taylor Classic Car Show
Saturday, May 12th.  9:00-3:00
All Entries Welcome!!
No Entry Fee!!
Dash Plaques while they last!!
Free Hot Dogs and Coke!!
Rock and Roll Music by The Paradon's!!
Enjoy the sun and fun and tunes!!
See You There!!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Rusty Eck

Rusty Eck, who played guitar with The Paradons on several occasions, passed away. His smile, sense of humor and solid picking will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace, my friend.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

LCSC Summer Concert Series



Lewis-Clark State College & Community Programs Presents the 2011 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Performance Dates:

July 20 - The Paradons - Dance music from the 50's, 60's and 70's

Come join us for lunch and music on the LCSC Centennial Mall12:00 - 1:00pmBarbeque Lunch served by Sodexo 11:30am-1:00pm

Friday, June 10, 2011

Bogey's Grill - University of Idaho Golf Course

Summer Concert: The Paradons + Steak & Potatoes Dinner
Time: Friday, June 17 · 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Bogey's Grill/U-Idaho Golf Course
1215 Nez Perce Dr, Moscow, ID

Join us Friday, June 17th from 5:30-7:30 pm at Bogey's Grill for a Free Friday Night Summer Concert featuring The Paradons.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Garfield County Fair

Garfield County residents will celebrate their rural roots this weekend at the annual fair and rodeo.This year's theme, "Don't fence me in," is a nod to the county's rural and agricultural heritage, said Garfield County Fair Treasurer Patti Murphy-Carr."It's basically like an old-time, family fair," she said. "It's very community-oriented -- not a big, commercial fair." The action kicks off on Friday morning with flowers, fruits and vegetables entries at 7 a.m., and cereal grains and hay entries at 8 a.m., along with poultry and rabbit judging at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Pomeroy. Friday's events also include the annual fair parade in downtown Pomeroy at 6:15 p.m., and live music from The Paradons from 7 to 10 p.m.

They had such a good time Friday night that we were invited back to play again Saturday night.