MARQUETTE - You can hear the smile in Jayne Letts' voice when she talks about Scene & Reheard.
"I get to greet old friends at the door," Letts said. "And we generate funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters. What could be better than that?"
Scene & Reheard 2013 marks the third edition of a special weekend of music, bringing some extraordinarily talented musicians and bands back to the area for two nights of rock'n'roll greatness, raising money for the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
The Queen City Rockers roll at last year’s edition of Scene & Reheard. From the left: Dean Moilanen, Rick Bissonnette, Ed “Fast Eddie” Consolmagno and Mike Letts. (Photo courtesy of Michael Krieg)
Members of Beyond Ambition, from the left, Scott Kirtley, Greg Sandell and Michael Krieg, play at 2012’s Scene & Reheard at the Holiday Inn in Marquette. (Photo courtesy of Michael Krieg)
"Last year we raised $1,500 and the first year it was $500," said Letts, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette County. "Raising $2,000 in two years is great. The people involved are all old friends who wanted to get together to play. They were looking for a charity to help and I am grateful they chose us."
This year's event will be Aug. 9 and 10 at The Holiday Inn of Marquette. The suggested donation is $5 at the door, with all proceeds to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette County.
Presented by Pictured Rock Group with Sunny FM 101.9, Scene & Reheard 2013 will be an open mic-jam session Friday, Aug. 9, with "Fast" Eddie Consolmagno leading the way and Walt Lindala as host, starting at 9 p.m.
BAND Aug. 10 schedule and lineups
- 9 to 10 p.m. Trout Revenge: Jim Simmons (guitar), John Bingel (guitar, vocals, harp), Tim Preston (drums, vocals) and Rick Bissonnette (bass)
- 10 to 11 p.m. Queen City Rockers: Ed Consolmagno (vocals/harmonica), Dean Moilanen (guitar), Michael Letts (guitar), Rick Bissonnette (bass) and John Kumjian (drums)
- 11 p.m. to midnight Beyond Ambition: Brian Geshel (guitar, vocals), Scott Kirtley (guitar, vocals), Mike Krieg (drums), Greg Sandell (bass, vocals)
- midnight to 1 a.m. King Kenny Allday & Lazybody: Karl Crosby (rhythm guitar), "King Kenny" Wilson (bass), Mark "Ham" Hamari (vocals, harmonica), Jim Supanich (lead guitar) and Terry Meden (drums)
Then Saturday, Aug. 10, again starting at 9 p.m., bands performing will be Queen City Rockers, Beyond Ambition, Trout Revenge and King Kenny Allday & Lazybody.
Those bands feature a plethora of talented veteran musicians, including Consolmagno, Jim Simmons, John Bingel, Tim Preston, Rick Bissonnette, Dean Moilanen, Michael Letts, John Kumjian, Brian Geshel, Scott Kirtley, Mike Krieg, Greg Sandell, Karl Crosby, "King Kenny" Wilson, Mark "Ham" Hamari, Jim Supanich and Terry Meden.
Marquette resident Hamari - the lead singer of King Kenny Allday & Lazybody - is making his initial appearance as a Scene & Reheard scheduled participant.
"This is my first time as an S&R performer, but I have attended them all in the past as a spectator," he said.
"I think the musicians - and fans - keep coming back not only because of the great music scene, but it also gives us all a chance to catch up with old friends and rekindle memories of the days when we played in bands together.
"For instance, this year I am performing with one of my very first bands from the late '80s, King Kenny Allday & Lazybody," Hamari said. "They are all great friends of mine, and we don't get the chance to see each other that often, so when we do get the chance to get together and perform songs we wrote long ago it always produces cherished memories."
Having experienced Scene & Reheard in the past, Hamari does have a particular moment that stood out.
"My favorite memory is from the one they held at the Wooden Nickel, when everyone was jammed in together. It was hot, hot, hot, the whole crowd was dancing and the All-star jam session was smokin' hot," Hamari said.
The first edition of Scene & Reheard took place at the Wooden Nickel bar in Marquette in 2011.
Hamari said he knows he'll see familiar faces, including people who have attended S&R in the past, but also is hoping newcomers come out for a weekend of musical fun.
"For a first timer, it's about three things," Hamari said. "You'll hear great music, you'll catch up with some old friends and you'll help raise money for a great cause. What more can you ask from rock and roll?"
Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.