Another Runabouts concert coming up May 19

  • The Runabouts, a popular 1960s Havre de Grace band, will hold another reunion concert on May 19 at the Havre de Grace Community Center.
The Runabouts, a popular 1960s Havre de Grace band, will hold… (Record file photo, Patuxent…)
May 09, 2012

Members of the 1960s band The Runabouts will once again rock in their hometown on Saturday, May 19, at the Havre de Grace Community Center.

All members from the final lineup of The Runabouts will perform: Jim Skrivanek, Joe Pascuzzi, Don Laye, Lew Rothlisberger, Dennis Trimble, Mike Lynch, Ed Kelly and Tom Vincenti.

The Runabouts, Then and Now 2012, will also feature guest appearances by musicians from other popular bands of the era including The Monterays, The Rogues, Soul Expedition, Congressional Rock, Orange Wedge, The Cautions, Dr. Soul and the Interns, State of Mind, The Epics, Jamtrax and others.

Scheduled to appear are Todd Cole, Danny Dominick, Jay McSpadden, Frank Snyder, Tom Lofland, Howard Latham, Paul Ross, Gary Kirkendall, Larry Brinegar, Steve Riddle, Vivian Perkins and perhaps a few surprises.

Another musical set will feature family members of The Runabouts.

This year's dance runs from 8 p.m. to midnight at the community center, 100 Lagaret Lane in Havre de Grace.

Tickets priced at $25 apiece have been going fast, Don Laye, The Runabouts lead singer, said. Only 100 were left Tuesday.

All proceeds from the dance will be donated to local charities and nonprofits.

Tickets are available at several local businesses, including: Havre de Grace branch of Harford Bank, 960 Revolution St., 410-939-0300; Havre de Grace Office of Tourism & Visitors Center, 450 Pennington Ave., 800-851-7756 or 410-939-2100; Java By The Bay Coffee Shoppe, 118 N. Washington St., 410-939-0227; and Vincenti Decoys, 353 Pennington Ave., 410-734-7709.

You can also visit the band's website, http://www.therunabouts.com, to find out more about the upcoming dance and the band's history.

The Runabouts was originally formed by Havre de Grace area high school students as a five-piece guitar, bass and drum combo in 1966. The Runabouts played local teen dances at venues such as Teen Town at Aberdeen Proving Ground and Fiddler's Green at the old Bainbridge Naval Training Center.

After a couple of lineup changes and the addition of horn, sax and keyboard players, the eight-piece version of the Runabouts was active in 1967 and 1968 playing local dances and events and even cutting one 45 rpm record: "Way of Life," written by guitarist Jim Skrivanek, backed by "All in All," written by guitarist Joe Pascuzzi and keyboardist Dennis Trimble, on the independent CEI label out of Ohio.

With graduation, military service and work commitments taking members to far flung locations, the band split up after two years but then got back together for a successful reunion concert in Havre de Grace in 2006.

An even bigger reunion concert and dance, The Runabouts and Friends Reunited, followed at the community center in 2010, when an estimated 500 people danced to music by the Runabouts and guest musicians from other local bands of the era.

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