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Page 8 The Region News Wednesday, August 12, 2015 The Brothers Odd start things off Thursday Night Most bands look for venues- The Brothers Odd was created by one of the most popular venues in central Illinois - Pony Express days. It all started at Pony Express Days 2014 when Percy, Dexter, Lil Ed, Cooter, Fred and Lamont, and Stickler put their combined musical talents together with vo- cals from Everett, Delmar and Pete for the most unique sound is history. Debuting at Pony Express 2015 The Brothers Odd's first outing is tinged with the anticipa- tion of Crosby, Stills and Nash's debut at Woodstock. The band first played together during a massive jam session at Pony Express 2014 which was only witnessed by a few patrons. Pony Express is also the site of an annual meeting of repre- sentatives of native American tribes. Held in Mt. Zion because of its historic significance as the eastern most route of the Pony Express, tribes from all over the country send representatives to observe unity of the Indian na- tions. It all started when founding band member and pedal steel guitar player Percy F, who is a member of the Sioux nation. Left at a gas station in Sioux territory during a family vacation, Percy spent months with the Sioux learning their ways and sneaking off to the casino at night. There he first heard famous steel guitarist Aldo Ray who showed the young musician a few tricks. When Percy returned to Mt. Zion he played in the first Pony Express back in 1981. He later started jamming with Cooter, who learned his slow hand style of lead guitar by playing with the greatest bands of the bayou country. Cooter U was born on the Arapahoe reservation with a gui- tar in his hand. He spent day and night growing up with the guitar by his side, He added strings to the native dance and brought the "~a'p'afi~ Sound into'the main Sfi'eam before landing in Mt. Zion Dexter's soulful rhythm gui- tar influence came from the deep south when he visited his great aunt of the Seminole tribe. Dur- ing those summers his great aunt let Dexter C buy an acoustic from the used guitar shop near Macon Georgia. That's where he met the young Duane Allman (Allman Brothers Band) Duane offered to show Dexter a few chords on the new instrument and the rest is history. Lil Ed K was raised on the Al- gonquin reservation. A direct de- scendant of Tecumseh the great organizer of the Indian nation, Lil Ed was destined for tribal greatness. However he went a stray and was sent to live with an Anglo family. Therc he learned to construct poetry and play acoustic guitar. Stickler, the group drum- mer, spent a long and illustrious career working every Native American casino in the country. Known far and wide among in- siders this Apache learned the skins by stretching his own back in tribal camp days. Stickler played to the beat of a different drummer influenced by Buddy Rich and Ringo Starr. That unique blend brings an odd beat to the band. Bass players Fred and Lamont traveled from Champaign and the lllini tribe. There Chief Ilini- wek danced while they drove the beat with their eletricfying bass riffs. The father and son bass team were original basket weav- ers but trsded the baskets for basses to roadies for Arrowsmith and taught each other to play. The three vocalists: Everett, Delmar and Pete were recently released from the Vandalia Penal Farm. They served six months for impersonating a famous star -they appeared at an East St Lou- is strip club claiming to be the Jackson Five minus two. The three are descended from the Shawnee tribe of southern Il- linois and hitchhiked to Mt. Zion for the native American confer- ence. When pickedup on the road by Percy who brought them to Pony Express Days. The rest of the crew gathered under the pav.ilion where the vo- cal oddSbegan singing curtis Lowe, the remaining fiaembers joined in as the song went on and a band was born. So this August the official de- but of The Brothers Odd at Pony Express Days. Linda Roberts Best Trips Ever Call 864-4666 or 855-1877 Call For 2016 Trips January 21 Hawaiian Cruise To 4 Islands June 2 Alaska Cruise Tour August 7th Castles On The Rhine October 9th Best Of Eastern Canada October 29 Venice and Tuscany Vineyard Tot Rod Pedal Pulls Saturday, Full Throttle Friday Bike Night Aug. 15th 2:00-3:30 PM 6-7:46 PM Aug. 14th Mueller Distributing/Miller Lite, 106.7 The Fox, and Coziahr The Tot Road Kiddie/Adultsumption, IL based group pro- Harley-Davidson Full Throttle Friday comes to Pony Express Days Pedal Tractor will take place vides fun for all ages. Children Saturday, August 15th 2:00 pm- 3-12 and adults at their own risk! 6:00 PM-7:46 PM Friday, August, 14th. 3:30 pm in the Special Events For more information check out Mt, Zion's own Third Shift Saturday Arena. Registration 1:30 PM. or Check out the Crankenstein, call 217-820-9868 or e-mail At 6 pm Pony Express, Gotta Go Green, and the Intimidator. This As, Third Shift (Ethan Gorrell, everything else is added along Jake Garner, Deckard Elder, the way! They're fresh off their 2015 MZ Odds Bags Tourney on Dalton Goebel, and Austin WHEELER ROAD - EP release Volpe) is a country rock band and look forward to showing unaay from Mount Zion Illinois! you what they're all about! The Though they stay to their party doesn't start until Third The Mt. Zion # 300 Oddfel- all levels, Payout to Top 3 places country roots a, little bit of Shift clocks in! lows will host a Bags fundraiser (payout based on 50% of amount on Sunday, August 16th under raised from team entry fee plus !! Fun with Biek & dane" Saturday the pavilion in the Special Events additional $250.00 donated by Garden. Check-in time 11:30 MTZ Lions Club), 50/50 raffle. Night 4 PM-7 PM am-12 Noon. Tournament will For more information contact "Fun With Bick and Jane" fed- of acoustic arrangements from take place 12:30 PM-3:30 PM. Brian Gee at 217-972-7102 or at turing Greg and Brenda Bickers rock, folk, and classic country. Cost is $40.00 per team (pre- Also see with local favorite, percussionist Best described as "lawn chair register by August 10th). Several the Oddfellow website @ www. Jeff Kunzeman bring a variety music"...with an edge. Bag Sets will be available for the tournament. A competition for Precious Baby Contest Sunday, The Matt hits the Aun. 16th m 1it ~ stage Friday Night at 8 pm The WDKR/WXFMPreciousBabyContestwilltakeplaceSunday, August 16th 4-6 PM with Registration 3-4 PM. Participants will have If you have ever driven over filled, tear-inducing ballads and a chance at 1 st, 2rid, and 3rd place trophies and all children participat- the train tracks that run through butt kicking, autobiographical ing will receive a certificate. Boys and Girls will be judged separately. the State of Illinois, then you middle-finger-in-your-facePlease dress children accordingly to the weather as clothing will have have no doubt been very close anthems, Matt is a poet of the nothing to do with the judges' final decisions. Proceeds to go towards to crossing paths with the Matt common man. The vision is Mt. Zion Lions Club Service Projects. Carter Band. You see, those clear as the day the band first tracks are not just a mode of set out on these highways and transportation, they are the dirt roads-give each venue veins that run up-and-downeverything they've got, and a the Illinois State Lines, where little more...And hey, if there's a for the past decade or so Matt Rumple Minze or two involved, Carter and his American music even better. shooting machine-gunners have Mud Drags Sunday ................. - Miller Lite/Mueller Distributing and OMRO Motorsports bring you the Truck Mud Drag Races on Sunday, August 16th Noon-6 PM in the Special Events Arena. Thousands of spectators will gather Sunday afternoon from noon to 6 p.m. to watch 4 x 4s battle each other and the mud to the finish line.' Over $2,200 in prize money and trophies will be awarded cannot run in any other class. Registration for Sunday is from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Racing begins at Noon sharp. All participants must register at the Pony Express Grounds on the day of their event. The entry fee is $20 for Stock, $25 for Diesel, Mod. Stock, Powder Puff, 4/6 Cyl, and Property Trucks, $30 entry fee Hot Street, $35 entry fee Super Stock, $40 entry fee Pro Stock. $10.00 Pit pass. Besides The classes of vehicles that trophies, first, second 0nd third will be running:Stock Class ($125-75-50), Small Blk Mod. Stock ($150-$100-$50), Big Blk Mod. Stock ($150-$100-$50), Hot Street ($200-$125-$75), Super Stock ($225-$125-$75), Pro Stock ($275-$150-$100). Property, Powder Puff, Diesel, and 4/6 Cylinder pay 100% of entry fees. Property Trucks place winners in each class will receive cash awards. Double elimination for all classes . Located at Mt. Zion Lions Community Center/Pony Express Grounds, 1595 W. Main St, Mt. Zion. No Alcohol allowed in pit area. OMRO Motorsports general rules will apply. Mt. Zion Region News Pony Express Baking Contest Saturday, August 15 at Lions Club Contest At Noon, Registration At 11:30 Categories are breads, cakes, cheesecakes, cookies and pies. 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