By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — As they like to say, “No one is left out when The Dweebs come to town.”
And in fact, The Dweebs will be coming to Colfax on Saturday, July 19, playing — where else? — in downtown Colfax for the Colfax Sesquicentennial celebration.
Traffic will be detoured around the downtown area all day, and The Dweebs are scheduled to begin playing at 9 p.m.
“A 150th celebration should be an event that stands out from any other annual event.
One of the things we are hoping to do to make this event special is our headline musical entertainment,” said Scott Gunnufson, chair of the Colfax Commercial Club.
The Dweebs are a band made up of family members and family friends who play a variety of music that has “something for everyone,” from “grandparents to grandkids, from teenagers to adults,” according to the group’s website.
The band’s members are from New Richmond, and the band features Michael “Papa Dweeb” Blue, daughter Claire Blue, two sons, Michael Jr. and Benjamin Blue, cousin Chris Berger and family friends Brianna Tagg and Trevor Radtke.
“The Dweebs’ live concert offers the entertainment experience of a lifetime. Enjoy the classic hits of the legendary Johnny Cash and The Beatles to the modern hits of Fun, Pink, and Katy Perry. The Dweebs provide a fun memorable performance full of stage antics, crowd participation, mock rock icons, confetti, flying toilet paper and more! People from all over are expressing their inner Dweeb like never before,” wrote band member Trevor Radtke in response to an e-mail from the Colfax Messenger.
“Most of the community can go and watch a local country band or a local rock band that they have seen (many times). However, we wanted a band that the community does not normally get a chance to watch and a band that can entertain all ages of young and old,” Gunnufson said.
“On another note of important consideration, we wanted a band known well enough to draw masses of people that don’t normally get a chance to visit our community. We believe we have done all of these things by inviting The Dweebs. Sometimes the price tags for these things can be a little higher than what normally would be desired for an annual celebration but we are confident that the entertainment value and the people coming to the community will help support our decision and create a successful celebration,” he said.
According to an interview included on The Dweebs’ website, “Papa Dweeb” started out in a hard rock band in 1987, but was not completely satisfied with the experience.
Then he saw friends playing in The Rockin’ Hollywoods and thought, “I can do that.”
Blue said he saw an article in the National Enquirer talking about “nerds” and decided the band could call itself “The Nerds” and could play the role “to the hilt.”
The band changed its name to The Dweebs in 1994.
All of the band members who were interviewed said when they play a concert, what they enjoy most is the families coming together to enjoy the performance.
For more information on The Dweebs visit their website: www.thedweebs.com.
For more information on the Colfax Sesquicentennial celebration, visit www.colfaxcommercialclub.com.