It’s nothing but a party when House Party, the homage of the Avon-based J. Geils Band, performs.
This is exactly what band founder and singer Kelly Goodwin discovered after feeling audiences were eager to relive the music of the classic ’70s and’ 80s rock band known for the radio hits “Looking for a Love “,” Give it to Me “, The Showstoppers cover” Ain’t Nothin ‘But a Houseparty “,” Must of Got Lost “,” Love Stinks “,” Freeze Frame “and” Centerfold “.
“All the time I was leading a band called 10 From 6, which is a tribute to Bad Company, I thought about wanting to do The J Geils thing,” said the Lorain native who currently lives in Avon.
“Every once in a while I would try to put it all together, but it’s hard to find the exact right combination of people because you have to have the Hammond organ, a great harmonica player and stuff like that. It just did not happen. Then the third time I tried, I finally found the right people.
It was about two years ago when House Party – Goodwin (vocals), Jarred Goldweber (harmonica), Nick St. King (keyboards), Mike “O” (guitar), Rob Hill (bass) and Marc Alu (drums) ) – was ready to start playing just as the pandemic hit.
It wasn’t until this year that the outfit finally started to play more. This included a memorable concert at Rockin ‘on the River in Lorain.
Despite the fact that The J. Geils Band was a popular band at the time, appearing at a World Series of Rock show and headlining the Richfield Coliseum (where Goodwin first saw the band), the outfit over the past 20 years has definitely fallen into semi-obscurity with a younger audience.
Goodwin hopes to remind fans of the fun and funky music.
“It’s a cross between Motown and rock ‘n’ roll, so it’s really dancing,” Goodwin said. “If you don’t dance, you stamp your foot. And we drew big crowds. When we played Margaritaville in Sandusky a couple drove from Cincinnati because they saw it on Facebook.
The one ubiquitous topic of conversation among baby boomer fans of the J. Geils Band is when the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will finally induct the eligible group for more than a quarter of a century.
“This is why I have never visited Rock Hall,” said Goodwin. “Bad Company isn’t here. Grand Funk isn’t here. Yes isn’t here forever. They snub half the people I love so I don’t visit them. They put on people like Jay. -Z and rap instead of rock’n’roll when it’s called the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, so that puts me off a bit.
When it comes to arousing her, maybe Goodwin can answer if love really stinks?
“Love is good for me right now, but it stinks over the years,” Goodwin said with a laugh.
The band tribute to J. Geils Band House Party
When: 8 p.m. 18 Dec.
Or: Lorain Palace Theater, 617 Broadway Ave., Lorain
Tickets: $ 12 ADV / $ 15 DOS
Info: 440-452-1050 or lorainpalace.com