by Frank Lewis
A new band called the Champagnes will some familiar faces makes its debut at the Beachland Tavern at 8 p.m. this Sunday, October 4.
Given the variety of the four members’ backgrounds, it’s a little hard to guess what the Champagnes will sound like. Scott Hanson made his mark in the mid-late ’80s and early ’90s with poppy new wave bands like Slam Bamboo, Son of Slam and Hanson: The Movie. At the same time, guitarist Dave Baker was establishing his musical credentials in the hair-metal scene; since then, he’s played with a variety of rock, pop and country projects, demonstrating his versatility. Bassist Bill March was bassist for popular Cleveland ’80s melodic rockers Beau Coup (“Born and Raised on Rock and Roll,” “Sweet Rachel,” “Still in my Heart”). And drummer Don Krueger broke into the upper echelons of the music scene with top-drawing mid-’70s cover band Magic, which became the Eric Carmen Band when the Raspberries singer went solo in 1975. Since then, Krueger (who also played with Beau Coup) has been in too many bands to recount.
For only $5, you’re sure to get your money’s worth.
Those who remember the infamous Johann from the ’90s as the Agora’s marketing director and host of the local-music show Inner Sanctum on alternative rock station WENZ 107.9 FM might want to stop by and say hi. He and his wife Milda, who run an ethnic specialties market in the Michigan resort town Union Pier, will be in town for the show. — Anastasia Pantsios