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Rockin' night planned in Medina

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    Stylee Wild will perform a free concert on Public Square in Medina on June 10. From left, bass player Dave Tindell, left, singer/guitarist Mark Skoda and lead guitarist Mike Gallucci. Drummer Frankie Rusiecki is not shown.

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Stylee Wild, billed as Medina's premier rock band, will perform June 10 on Medina's Public Square as part of a music show.

The three-hour concert starting at 8 p.m. is free and sponsored by the Medina Community Design Committee.

The show will follow the South Court "Rockin' the Court" daytime music event, providing Medina with what organizers hope will be an extraordinary day of music.

"It's going to be a big event," Stylee Wild singer/guitarist Mark Skoda said. "It's going to be on the Square. We're all exited about it."

Skoda said the band has been together since 1982. All are from the Medina area. Other members of the band are lead guitarist Mike Gallucci, bass player Dave Tindell and drummer Frankie Rusiecki.

Skoda said the band will sell CDs, including some original music.

He said the band's concert docket includes two Medina dates at Rally in the Alley — June 2 and Sept. 2 — behind Main Street Cafe.

He said the band came close to making it big in the early '90s, drawing interest from a Los Angeles record producer.

Unfortunately, it didn't happen. Yet Skoda said they've opened for some big acts like Big Brother and the Holding Company at Rockin' on the River in Lorain, and for Fran Cosmo, lead singer of Boston at the Thirsty Cowboy in Medina Township. Big Brother was Janis Joplin's backup band.

"We've done some neat things," Skoda said. "When we were back in our heyday, in the late '80s and early '90s, we used to play a lot down in the Flats (in Cleveland)."

He said the advent of the Seattle grunge period diminished their popularity.

"The Seattle grunge period came in and no one wanted to hear classic rock anymore," Skoda said.

He said the band still has a strong following in the county.

"What we do classic rock-wise is unique," Skoda said. "We do songs that a lot of bands don't play."

It'll play Grand Funk, David Bowie, Queen, Alex Harvey and even Uriah Heep, among others.

Medina At-large Councilman Bill Lamb said Stylee Wild is popular and has a big following.

"I expect we should have quite a large turnout," he said.

Lamb said he and his neighbor, Dave Edmonds, have talked about having a concert to cap off the "Rockin' the Court." But playing loud music in the neighborhood later in the evening would not work.

When he was mayor of Medina, he said he used to have rock bands play at various locations, including the gazebo.

"So I thought we could follow up on our original idea by putting the band on the Square," Lamb said.

"We were looking for the best band to anchor the South Court event — to put an exclamation mark on the day — and Stylee Wild was the exceptional band to serve up that crescendo," Lamb said.

Lamb said funds for the lights and sound were contributed by Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack, Cool Beans Café, Laura Parnell and himself.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.



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