Popular Geneva band to reunite for performance at Club 86

The Echomen will reunite again for a special performance.

The band will be celebrating the 52nd anniversary of their first performance at Club 86 in Geneva by returning there for a show on Friday, July 21.

The group members — lead guitarist Gary Ventura, drummer Steve Cocola, bass guitarist Jim Harrison, saxophone and lead vocalist Jim Richmond and keyboardist Don Damick — first started playing together when they were in the eighth grade; they are members of Geneva High’s Class of 1970.

Part of the proceeds from Friday’s show will go to Family Promise of Ontario, an agency whose mission is to unite religious and other organizations in responding to the needs of homeless families in our community. Uniting hearts and hands, the network provides a way for homeless families to receive temporary shelter, meals and assistance while seeking their own independence.

The Echomen modeled themselves after another popular Geneva band, Wilmer and the Dukes, and played a number of their songs as well as a lot of 1960s classical, soul, R&B and classic rock covers, including tunes by Wilson Pickett, James Brown, the Rascals and the Temptations.

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