The Wretched Group will perform one night only in the Fredonia/Dunkirk area this summer on Saturday. The theme for this special performance will be "Let's Rock The Lake - One Wretched Night!"
The classic 1960s rock group invites everyone to join them when they "Rock The Lake" on Saturday at the Clarion Hotel Dockside Cafe in Dunkirk. This "One Night of Wretchedness" will begin at 8 p.m. and continue until midnight.
The Wretched Group is an authentic 1960s rock and roll band. The band formed originally in 1965 and consisted of members of the Fredonia High School Class of 1968. The Wretched Group performed regularly between 1965 and 1968 at teen dances in Chautauqua County at local venues such as Fredonia's Teen Center The Hub, St. Anthony's CYO Youth Center and all area high schools. The band broke up after high school graduation in 1968 as the members left Fredonia for college.
The Wretched Group in Barker Common in 1967.
The Wretched Group reunited for the first time in 1999 to perform at their high school class reunion and has continued to reunite for performances regularly over the past 13 years.
The band has performed locally in the Fredonia and Dunkirk area as well as in Albany, Latham, at the legendary Colony Cafe in Woodstock and in Waterbury, Vt.
The current members are literally spread across the United States. Current Wretched Group members, or "Wretchies," include Tom Benton of Woodstock on lead guitar and vocals, Hank McKee of Waterbury on lead vocals, Mike McEntarfer of Fredonia on organ and keyboards, Jim Modisher of Boulder, Colo., on bass guitar and vocals, Vince Gaeta of New York City on drums, Mickey Mamp of Fredonia on guitar and vocals, Rob Nichols of Cicero on guitar and vocals, and Ken Colby of Woodstock, Vt., on guitar and vocals.
The Wretched Group plays the classic songs from bands of the 1960s including The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, The Animals, Bob Dylan and many other classic '60s bands.
The "Wretchies" encourages all fans to check out the Wretched Group Facebook page and to attend the Saturday event.