Bands ready to rock for Community Nurse benefit in La Grange
(Left to right) The members of Far-Sighted, Mitch Galgan, Nathan Zaworski and Christian Naval, all from LaGrange Park, rehearse at Zaworski's home September 3, 2012. | Curtis Lehmkuhl~Sun-Times Media
IF YOU GO
When: 5 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 15
Where: Gordon Park, La Grange Road and Ogden Avenue, La Grange
Tickets: $15 online until Sept. 14 and $20 at the door
Bags contest: $25 per team of two players
Bartender tips: $5 to $100 online
Raffle tickets: $5, or 5 for $20
Updated: October 14, 2012 12:14PM
LA GRANGE — The opening act of Rocktoberfest is old school, yet the performers are still in high school, embracing rock and blues standards pounded out decades before they were born.
Far-Sighted, a trio of Lyons Township High School sophomores, will open the signature fundraiser of the Community Nurse Health Association Sept. 15 in Gordon Park, which, last year drew 1,800 spectators to La Grange.
“We’re mostly excited. We don’t get nervous,” said guitarist Christian Naval of LaGrange Park. “We’re used to it. We’ve been performing for a long time.”
Naval and bass player and vocalist Mitch Galgan met in grade school playing cello and stand-up bass, respectively, in La Grange Elementary District 102 orchestra rehearsals.
The two formed a rock and blues group as seventh-graders at Park Junior High School in and later added drummer Nathan Zaworski as freshmen following LT’s fall talent show.
The three were blessed with family members as musicians and parents who shared their musical tastes.
“Mitch grew up with the Beatles, and my mom played Rush CDs,” Naval said. “Newer music doesn’t really appeal to us that’s computerized and auto-tuned. We prefer the oldies and mostly enjoy playing for adults.”
Next up on stage following Far-Sighted is the Bad Dads, a quartet of fathers from La Grange and Western Springs, specializing in “meat and potatoes party rock” and back for their third appearance.
“Whenever we get the opportunity to play in front of our friends and family here in town, it always makes for a great time,” said bass player Dan Laczynski of La Grange.
“Block parties have a limited sense of space, but a festival like this creates a dramatic Woodstock-effect, though I haven’t been there,” Laczynski said and laughed. “It’s open, you get people dancing and the chance to really enjoy the outdoors, combined with music, food and friends.”
Headlining the evening, which runs from 5 to 10:30 p.m., is Infinity, a Journey tribute band also playing other ’80s hits.
The evening also features a bags tournament, raffle and a friendly competition among celebrity bartenders raising money for the La Grange-based agency, which provides health care to low-income area residents.
Patrick Meyer from Western Spring will be defending his bartending title and tip jar against a variety of challengers including four Lyons Township High School assistant principals, representatives of three banks, four media personalities and several area business people.
Community Nurse is a primary care health, dental and social service agency for low-income working families in several communities including Burr Ridge, Countryside, Hinsdale, Indian Head Park, La Grange, LaGrange Highlands, LaGrange Park,Westchester and Western Springs.