If you lived in Ashland in the 1970s, were between the ages of 21 and 35 at the time, and liked to go out on the weekend to listen and dance to live music, then you might recall some of the bands that entertained you back then: The Rhythm Method, Sweet Release, Studebaker Hawk, Homegrown, Bodhisattva, Ademas, Tempest, Deadly Virtue, PJQ and Molasses.




PJQ recently reunited for a string of performances at the Avalon Bar and Grill in Talent. Two of the musicians from that band, Tom Freeman and Paul Jenny, will be performing this weekend when Molasses reunites after 30 years. The 7-piece, jazz-rock, horn band will play once again at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland.




A year ago David Salisbury called Freeman and said, "How about a Molasses reunion? Can you find us a room?" The reply was an enthusiastic, yes! All the rooms where the band used to play are gone: The Boar's Head, The Cinema Inn, aka The Pony Express, or The Oak Knoll, Jazmin's, The Vintage Inn, or Brooklyn. Event organizers chose the Ashland Community Center.




Former band members will be coming to town from places in Oregon and California &

and even Australia &

to play the music that brought them together over 30 years ago. Band members and where they live now include: Freeman, drums, Ashland; Jenny, trumpet, guitar and vocals, Ashland; Mark Anderson, trombone, San Francisco Bay Area; Lee Combs, bass, Stockton CA; Steve Elmer, guitar, Griffin Creek; Greg Gavin, piano and vocals, Grass Valley, CA; and David Salisbury, woodwinds and vocals, Queensland, Australia.




Joining this core group of players will be David Pinsky, Ron Benoit, Hank Schwarts, John Mazzei and Pi Kim.




Tickets to the "Dinosaur Dance Concert" are $10.




Call 482-7183 or 261-9799.