This Saturday, September 20th marks the last Music on the Mountain concert of 2014. It’s become something of a tradition for The Missing Link Band to close out the concert series, and the band will return again to play the last show. It will be a special show for a variety of reasons.
It’s been a year of big changes for the band, whose bass player, Paul Barker, moved to Florida to be closer to family. “We spent the last six months trying to fill his shoes, and it wasn’t easy,” says Nick Kuhlmann, the band’s drummer and sound engineer. They finally found Doug Whitney, who hails from Marble, to fill the roll. “He’s shown a lot of capabilities,” Kuhlmann says.
Paul Barker is returning from Florida to perform at Music on the Mountain on Saturday. “The show is going to be a farewell to Paul,” says Kuhlmann. “He’s an original founding member, we’ve been playing together for over 14 years. He’s more than a band member; he’s a brother.”
The show will also be the introduction of Doug Whitney to the band’s fans. “Glenwood Caverns is our biggest show,” Kuhlmann points out. “It’s really the proper venue to introduce Doug and let him know what he’s in for!”
There are other new additions to the band, too. Glenwood Caverns’ own Restaurant & Retail Manager, Bob Stepniewski, has joined the band on percussion. Additionally, Louie Girardot of the popular local band Louie and the Lizards is the band’s new keyboard player. “We were going to hire him as the bass player until we found out how good he was on keyboard. He really rounds out the sound,” says Kuhlmann.
“I like to call it the evolution of The Missing Link Band. We’re going to keep playing the same music. People love our diversity, that’s the main compliment we get. With the additional percussion and keys, we’re going to be able to go to places we haven’t gone before. We can cover parts now for material we’ve always wanted to play. But we’re still all about the stuff that would make my mom dance, as I like to say. That’s what is the most important–to keep playing music that everyone can enjoy.”
Kuhlmann encourages everyone to come out to the show to have fun, enjoy the new, fuller sound and say goodbye to Paul Barker. “Having Paul be leaving feels a bit like having my right arm cut off. But we wish him well, and as Paul would tell you–it’s not goodbye, it’s just til’ next time.”
Bring at least one can of food to donate for a free tram ride to the top! We are still trying to reach our goal of 10,000 cans donated to Lift Up, and we need all the help we can get! Even after the music stops, Glenwood Caverns will continue to collect cans at the base of the tram until the end of the month (although you will no longer get a free tram ride for donating after this Saturday). Visit Music on the Mountain for more information.