a decade of performing, Alan Langolf still isn't tired of Mustang
end up playing Mustang Sally at least four times a night,"
said Langolf, founder of Voo-Doo Doctors.
said the Wilson Picket classic is Voo-Doo Doctors' most requested
played it 1,000 times.," he said. "Every time i play
it, it's like the first time."
the popular oldies band, which will celebrate its 10-year anniversary
in summer, ends its long reign as the house band at the St. Clair
Inn with a final performance at the hotel's New Year's Eve party.
With the new year comes a new home at the Pilot House restaurant
in Port Huron.
THE START: Alan Langolf formed the
Voo-Doo Doctors almost 10 years ago.
THE STICKS: Dave Klink plays drums for the Voo-Doo Doctors. Starting
in 2005, the classic-rock band will be playing at the Pilot House
in Port Huron.
started Voo-Doo Doctors to provide music for his son's high school
graduation party. Originally a duo consisting of Langolf and his
uncle, Rick, they were known as The Deck Brothers. The band gradually
grew into a quartet, with Langolf on bass, Greg Kobe on keyboards
and sax, Dave Klink on drums and Dave Walker on guitar.
is unable to play for several months because of surgery, so guitarist
Glen Cichoracki is filling in.
guys are a great bunch,' said Cichoracki, who played in the local
band Southern Comfort in the '70s. "(Kobe) and (Klink) are
practically legends in this town."
two were professional musicians for many years, touring the country
in the '60s and '70s. Kobe briefly was a member of country legend
Jack Scott's backing band.
lucky to be playing with these guys," Langolf said.
Doctors has had bar gigs every Friday and Saturday night for almost
the entire 10 years of its existence, Langolf said, plus the occasional
private party, wedding reception or class reunion.
one point, "I was probably averaging 120 gigs a year,"
said that band's success lies in its song selection, which includes
such classics as Blue Suede Shoes, Brown Eyed Girl and I Saw Her
ON: Voo-Doo Doctors' saxophonist Greg Kobe toured the country
in the '60s and 70s playing music professionally.
you look at our song list, it's mostly '60s and '70s, and people
love it," he said.
a whole class of people that are looking for that type of music
to dance to."
them are Bob and Jane Rouseau of Grosse Pointe Woods.
least once a month, we get in the car and drive up to the St.
Clair Inn and dance to them all night," Bob Rouseau, 78,
not mechanical, and I think that's what makes the big difference,"
he said. "They seem to have the knack to give you a dance
might say it's that old Voo-Doo magic.