By Bob Weaver|
The members of The Grind, a local high school rock band, were obviously
nervous as they took the Main Street Stage at the 39th Annual Wood Festival
Friday night. Drummer Derek Roberts said the group had been up all night,
practicing fourteen sets performed for the crowd, which had been "tuned" by
a well-paced country and gospel group "The Country Mountaineers."
"We really love playing the music," said a band member, "Most of the time it
has been for ourselves and friends," said a another member, as they toted
their instruments and equipment to the stage.
Vocalist and guitarist announced to the spectators "We're just a high school
band whose gonna give it our best version," after which vocalist Morgan
Graham began to belt the tunes.
They did, with all the energy of great rock 'n roll bands, deliver a fine
performance. One could not help remembering some of the outstanding local
rockers like "Big Money" and its various incantations over the years, most of
which have played a tune on the Wood Festival stage.
The Grind: Derek Roberts, drums; Chad McDonald, bass guitar; Jake Walker,
guitar; Randall Richards, guitar/vocals and Morgan Grahame, vocals.
The Grind - L to R (front) Derek Roberts and Jake Walker
L to R (rear0 Chad McDonald, Randall Richards and Morgan Grahame
Derek Roberts (L) and band members "tune-up"
Grahame delivers her first song
Music kicks-off Center Stage
Rockers please the crowd
Roberts is "Drummer Man"