As The 2 For 1 Band takes the stage in the cleanup position for the annual Rock and Remember concert in Marathon, they will have more to remember than most.
One of northwest Iowa's up-and-coming party bands cut their teeth with well-known Storm Lake area rockers Wild Childhood some years ago, and when the Rock and Remember concerts were started to honor the memory of Wild Childhood bass player Paul Sievers, they were there from the beginning.
"We sort of grew up in terms of music appreciation watching those guys. We started following them, and they were kind enough to help us out a lot," said 2 For 1's guitarist Pat Crotty. "I can still remember Paul telling us constantly to never stop practicing. He was great at encouraging us and others."
Their influences include two veteran bands with whom they will share the stage at Rock and Remember - The Ski Band and the Cave Band.
Four years ago, Crotty and Joe Wirtz started playing guitar together, and soon met Vinnie Kolb, a native of Fonda. After a couple of lineup changes, they hooked up with charismatic front man Steve Paulson and the band started to click. Dave Allen came on board this winter to complete the classic guitar rock sound.
"We're a pretty mainstream band - from classic stuff to the new stuff," Crotty said. "We feel like the music should be fun, and we have a great time on stage and we try to make sure our audience has fun to. We didn't start this as a career, but because we love the play music for people."
Hobby or otherwise, they are catching on. 2 For 1 has opened for Black Oak Arkansas, played RAGBRAI twice (including a 9+ hour marathon show for the bikers in Titonka), and have the opportunity to open for Sawyer Brown July 10th in Algona.
This will be their fourth Rock and Remember, and they are excited about the chance to honor the memory of Sievers, who passed away in 2000 - and to help raise money for area school music programs.
They hint that they might remake an old Wild Childhood song for the show, and have a surprise or two in the works this year.
The band is also working on some original stuff in preparation for a future CD, and they will trot out a few of their own songs for the Marathon show, including "Red Moon Risin'."
To book the boys, ring 712-776-2687.