If you're a local like me, you know that the best time to visit Put-In-Bay to hear a little live music and avoid the crowds is during the week. I've never seen The Stan Wayne Band live, so my bride, my son and I headed over to "the bay" on Monday night.
The music from outside the Beer Barrel sounded interesting. Once we got inside for the visual effects, the fun started. The band members all pretty much look like normal band dudes. The vocal and dance members were a different story. The male back up singer looks like that guy in the Prince movies who holds up the mirror. The female back up singer was dressed in a variety of outfits. Tim from the Menus would also look good in her outfits. While we are on the subject of the female back up singer, I think it would be a good idea for her to learn the lyrics of the songs she sings when she takes over the lead microphone. She totally butchered the lyrics of Shania Twain's "Man, I Feel Like a Woman." Stan Wayne himself is quite a story. His looks reminded me of a combination of Tom Jones and Tom Arnold. Stan was also flanked by two dancing girls. These two won't be finalists on "So You Think You Can Dance."
The show itself was more of a review type show. It combined music types and eras consisting of rock and a little bit of country. My son initially described the show as something from Vegas where the band plays and the people are paying more attention to the slots than the band. My initial thought was that this is probably the cheesiest show that I have ever seen. The entertainment level reminded me of something that I had seen when my buddies and I used to sneak (underage) into the old Roxy Theater on 9th street in Cleveland. I told my family we were going to leave after the first set and go to the Round House and listen to long time island favorite Bob Gatewood and Calabash.
I felt I needed to stay for at least a set in order to write a fair review. We sat there a little longer and a strange thing happened. My attitude changed and the band actually started to grow on me. I found myself being entertained. I don't think it had anything to do with the additional beverages we consumed. Believe it or not, I am actually going to sit here now and tell you that I liked The Stan Wayne Band. But then again, I have a good sense of humor. My son said he enjoyed them as much as any band he had seen at "the bay" this year (He has only been there once this year). The Stan Wayne Band returns to the Beer Barrel stage on August 18. If you go to see them, be sure to wear your cheese hat.
You can check out the Beer Barrel's entertainment calendar at www.beerbarrelpib.com.
I give The Stan Wayne Band 3 and 1/2 out of 5 stars.
Written by Craig White, Huron