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First Friday Plays On This Saturday At Township

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 20, 2013 6:00PM

First Friday at the 1993 stop of the Too Much Fun Tour.

First Friday has been playing together for over four decades. They formed in 1968 as a college rock band, have only released one album (in 1969) and have allegedly recorded a number of follow-ups—one in 1970 (The Lost Tapes), and another in 1997 (The Lost CD)—but they've never seen public release.

So why are we even talking about these guys? Is it because their bass player is Grammy Award-winning producer and engineer Andy Wallace? Well, that is part of it. But we also love the story about how they reunited.

When the singer celebrated his 40th birthday, his wife surprised him by inviting all of his old bandmates to the party and the rout discovered they could still groove, so for the last 25 years First Friday has come back together from all over the country once a year to play a single show on what they have dubbed the "Too Much Fun" tour.

They've still got that classic '60s rock sound going strong—think The Animals or Crem—and this Saturday is a rare chance to see them in a really tiny club when they play Township.

(FUN FACT: Singer and guitarist Bob Ewan's son Jesse is in another band on the bill, Hot Broadcast, so this is a multi-generational family affair!)

If you don't catch them this weekend, well, you'll have to wait another year until the next stop on the Too Much Fun Tour.

First Friday plays Saturday, Sept. 21, at Township, 2200 N California, 7 p.m., $7, 21+