What do you get when you mix some local teachers, drums, guitars, a keyboard and couple of kazoos? The answer is the iconic, family friendly band that has been entertaining fans at special events and festivals since 1973. The Rejects, however, are disbanding as a couple of members are moving out of state for retirement. All good things must come to an end.
As a result, Friday, Sept 25th from 4pm – 7pm, The Rejects will play their last Happy Hour concert at The Soft Rock Cafe at 877 E. Franklin Street in Centerville. Free Pizza will be served to attendees.. and of course there will be drink specials.
Known for playing classic rock, oldies and even some new hits, The Reject’s shows are never short on talent, humor or fun.
It all started 42 years ago when some Centerville teachers Dan Hill and Steve Flaum, joined with Dan’s brother, the drummer. Over the years the lineup has changed slightly, but the basic core have remained. Gary Knight of “The Fries” was once a part of the band, and the addition of Beth Hill many years ago allowed keyboards and more vocal variety into the repertoire.
In 1994, the band was inducted into the Kazoo Hall of Fame for their special contributions to “Kazoo Rock.” But make no mistake, this is a great live Rock n Roll band. People of all ages dance and sing along with the hits of the group. Lots of gags apply such as Mr Flaum aka Dr Humm’s “severed mannequin hand” holding the microphone to the mic stand. Or a suitcase marked BRAIN in a humorous misspelling of Brian Hinder’s name. Who can forget the “You’re Sixteen” sing-a-long” where the band holds up signs of “60” during the lyrics, suggesting ” You’re 60, you’re beautiful and you’re mine” as a sign of the times.
From festivals to parties, from amphitheaters to bars, and even gymnasiums, The Rejects have kept a busy schedule over the years. They have entertained thousands and thousands of people from the Miami Valley and beyond. First performing to friends and students, to family members and just overall fans, the band now finds themselves performing to kids of their students and the band’s grandkids. Far from rejects, the band members have proven themselves as pillars in the Dayton area communities.
My how time has flown and The Rejects fan base has proved strong through each generation. Make sure you don’t miss this final concert celebration at Soft Rock Cafe with free pizza!
DON’T FORGET or MISS THIS SHOW !
HERE’S THE SKINNY:
WHAT: REJECT’S LAST HAPPY HOUR CONCERT
WHEN: FRIDAY NIGHT, SEPT 25th 4pm-7pm
WHERE: SOFT ROCK CAFE in Centerville at 877 E. Franklin Street.
We are former students and fans, and it is with heartfelt sadness and admiration that we will be attending the band’s last Centerville performance tomorrow. But, we also want to say “Thank You,” to Dan, Steve, Beth and the rest of the band. Thank you, for teaching us about life, music and so much more. Best of luck in all you do, from your adoring fans … THE REJECTS RULE !