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The Paisley Fogg Rocks Rhythmz Opening Night

Rain drove downtown Farmington concert-goers indoors Friday, but didn't dampen their spirits.

We're bringing you this week's Viewfinder on Saturday in order to capture the opening of this year's Rhythmz in Riley Park, the spring/summer concert series.

The opener was moved indoors, to on Grand River, but the day's heavy rain and predicted thunderstorms Friday evening didn't dampen anyone's spirits.

The Paisley Fogg – brothers Tom, David and Keith Birchler all on guitar, bassist Ron Graham, drummer Tommy Anderson and vocalist Dawn Dehring – has become a favorite for Farmington concert-goers. In addition to the Friday night concert series, they provided music for the opening of the downtown streetscape in October, 2009.

The group's repertoire included tunes from The Beach Boys, The Monkees, Janis Joplin, The Mamas & the Papas, Creedence Clearwater Revival and a rendition of the Rolling Stones' "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" that delighted an audience that ranged from school-agred children to senior citizens.

Why Fogg with "two 'g's"? According to the brothers, it's an acronym: Four Old Guys and a Girl. All four of the men are grandfathers, so Four Old Great Grandfathers would fit, too.

The Friday night concert series will be back in the next week, featuring Annabelle Road.

Let's hope the weather holds.

Correction: The June 17 Rhythmz in Riley Park band, Annabelle Road, was incorrectly reported in the original version of this story.

Dolly Moiseeff June 11, 2011 at 08:52 PM
We attended the concert and loved it, loved it, loved it. I'm so thankful that United Methodist Church opens it's doors to the concert when weather is bad. What generous hearts they have there.
Tom Birchler July 28, 2011 at 02:40 PM
We enjoyed this show tremendously. The crowd was really into it and the acoustics in the church lent a certain elegance to our brand of rock n' roll. Stay in touch with us at thepaisleyfogg.com. Thanx again Farmington for a great time! Tom Birchler of The Paisley Fogg

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