Summer Kicks show promises fun

Summer Kicks 2011 concert series begins

There are different ways of being original.

At least that’s what Mike Pecora thinks in how he describes what will be a great show this Saturday at the Spirit Square as the Summer Kicks concert series kicks off for 2011.

“Everything we do is original, originally done by somebody else,” laughs Pecora in talking about what people can expect from this Saturday’s concert.

Pecora’s group Retrofied, consisting of Mike Pecora, Chris Duijts, Sebastion Fouron and Ron Smeelee, will be playing modified versions of some classics. Billy Idol, Grand Funk, Elvis and Buddy Holly are only a few of the musical tastes you’ll be singing along to when the show starts at 7 p.m.

“We play music from the 60s and 70s and we modify it. Retro plus modified equals Retrofied,” added Pecora.

Retrofied’s music may be old but their band isn’t. Formed in October, the band quickly became popular in town playing in such venues as Taps, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and the Masque Parade.

“I was asked to sing a song for the 40th anniversary of Kicking Horse Culture. For anyone who knows me, they know I wouldn’t go in lightly. I recruited three of my musician friends to accompany me and after the show we were asked to play some Christmas parties.”

The ball began rolling from there for the band, which went from knowing three songs to three hours worth of songs in the matter of three weeks.

Aiming to please the public, these locals have no problem dressing up in various costumes. Their silly attitudes and great musical vibe is what earned them the opening act for this years Summer Kicks Concert.

But Retrofied won’t be the only local band playing on Saturday. A tweener set will be played by the Pickering Trio. The Pickerings, a well known musically inclined family of Golden, have been playing shows in Golden for years. Their personable attitudes and great original songs makes the audiences keep coming back.

If you want to be part of that audience, bring your lawn chair to the Spirit Square on June 25 at 7 p.m.