The Cadillac Cowboys will reunite for a special one-night only benefit show at Dante’s in Frostburg Friday, April 20. Gina Powell and Cool & Breezy (Chris Gay and Amy Moran) will open. Proceeds benefit the family of Craig A. Cross.
The Cadillac Cowboys were local favorites and played a variety of well-known rock, country, and alt-country material. Their last performance occurred approximately five years ago. Most of the band has gone on to perform in other projects. Eric Baker and Randy Bandura perform in The Shunpikers. Baker, Bandura and Randy Ruhl perform in National Road and Rob Marker currently plays drums for Gina Powell. Marker will sit behind the drums for both acts.
Proceeds from the show will benefit Craig Cross’ family. Craig died in a swimming accident last Labor Day weekend. He was a selfless man who was quick to assist others whenever possible. The Carnegie Hero Fund recognized him for his quick call to action after rescuing a neighbor from a burning building. Following the fire, Craig organized a benefit show for his neighbor to help with medical costs. Craig left behind a wife and young son. He was a friend and fan of the band.
“We immediately talked about performing a benefit show,” Marker said. Scheduling and practice ultimately decided when the show could take place.
“We wanted to do it right,” Baker added and quickly joked, “The Cowboys name is a hallmark of top quality… professionalism… and we didn’t want to jeopardize that through lack of preparation.”
Asked how it felt to play with the Cowboys again Baker replied, “After practicing that first song, it was just like riding a bike.”
Advance tickets are on sale at Dante’s and at http://cadillaccowboys.eventbrite.com/. The show will take place Friday, April 20 and starts at 9:00 p.m. (21 and older).