Britton Falls band celebrate Woodstock

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic music festival Woodstock.

Residents of Britton Falls, an active retirement community in Fishers, formed the Britton Falls All Star Band. The eight musicians performed a Woodstock tribute concert Aug. 16 at Britton Falls.

The band consists of Craig Beedy, Chris Pickell, Jim Landfald, Dick Shuler, Brian Laskey, Bonnie Loos, Janese Truver and Steve Rohrer.

“We played around 20 songs that were all from the original Woodstock concert,” band member Janese Truver said. “They were all iconic songs that people recognized.”

Attendees were encouraged to dress in era-appropriate attire.

“We had people dressed in tie-dye and as hippies,” Truver said. “We had perfect weather, and everyone had such a great time dancing and singing. Summer of ’69 was rockin.”

More than 500 people attended the tribute. Guests were treated to a rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s classic performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

“When Brian Laskey was playing Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Star-Spangled Banner,’ people were standing with their hands over their hearts,” Truver said.

The band formed in October, 2018 and has been rehearsing ever since.

“Our (Britton Falls) activities director approached Steve Rohrer about putting on a show and getting a band together,” Truver said.

Rorher has an extensive musical background.

“He’s played with rock bands most of his life and was a member of the house band on Radio Station 104.5 GOLD All Oldies All the Time,” Truver said. “They played opening (shows) for The Spinners, Neil Sedaka and other national acts appearing in Indy. He now owns Reno’s Music in Fishers.”

The band plans to perform more concerts in the future.

“The concert was just terrific,” Truver said. “The comments and compliments have been nonstop. We are going to stay together and already plan to do another concert in 2020.”

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