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THE VOICE of VOO-DOO
Local Band Shows What a History of Classic Rock Can Do
by JORDAN CLIMIE, TIMES HERALD SPIN
Contact Jordan Climie at jclimie@gannett.com

Live music might be a young man’s game, with shows winding down in the wee morning hours and a new place to lug instruments and equipment to every weekend. But The Voo-Doo Doctors are showing music is like a fine wine — it only gets better with age.

The band consists of Alan Langolf, 61 from Marysville on bass guitar, Gary Holmes, 69 from Port Huron on guitar and Don Martin, 45 from Marysville on drums.

“I started the band in 1995. We were doing a variety of old music,” Langolf said.

The band plays a mix of classics from the ’40s all the way through the ’80s. Their set list includes musicians such as Bob Seger, The Beatles, Billy Joel and Hank Williams.

The sound of The Voo-Doo Doctors is relaxed, and they admit they’ve toned back to a lighter style of playing as their fanbase ages with them. Holmes leads the vocals with Martin backing him up, usually at a higher pitch. Holmes’ sound is smooth with the years of experience heard through his voice, and whether he’s singing a Jimmy Buffett song or crooning an Elvis Presley hit, he adds a bit of Gary Holmes to each without compromising the nostalgic sound.


Alan Langolf plays as Don Martin sings during
a set at Alexander's. / VOO-VOO DOCTORS


Don Martin beats his drums during a set at Alexander's in
Marysville. Martin, the newest member, has been with the band
for 8 years. / VOO-DOO DOCTORS

They even throw in their knowledge of the Spanish language in “La Bamba” from their 2010 album.

This is why, Langolf said, they have such a large following. “We play a variety of music,” he said. “We do country, oldies, ballads and nobody else does them.”

The experience also can be seen just by looking at the trio. In front, Langolf’s and Holmes’ heads of full white hair don’t try to hide their age in a business where most frontmen try to grip fast to their youth.

The current formation came together after several years, with former members retiring and old friends joining up.

“Gary joined us (eight years ago). I’ve known him since I was 12,” Langolf said.

“I just came back from a mission trip to Australia, and I started doing solo stuff at The Raven,” Holmes said. “(Alan) called and asked if I wanted to play.”

Holmes added that it only took 15 minutes for them to decide it would work.

UPCOMING AREA SHOWS
The Voo-Doo Doctors
June 15 and 16 at the Eagles Club, Port Huron, 2645 Howard St. from 8 p.m. to midnight.
June 22 at the Sanilac Courthouse Gazebo for the Lawn Chair Music Series in Sandusky, 60 W. Sanilac Rd. from 7-9 p.m.
June 24 at the Birchwood Mall parking lot for the Fort Gratiot Classic Car Show from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
June 29 and 30 at the beer tent at Marysville Days at Marysville Park from 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
For a full schedule of shows and more info on the band, visit: www.voodoodoctors.com

The Voo-Doo Doctors are Alan Langolf, left, bass, Gary Holmes, lead
guitar and drummer Don Martin. / MELISSA WAWZYSKO / TIMES HERALD