- 2019 -
Saturday, Dec. 7 - Dumbfounded will provide the music for Washington C.H. Shriners’ Christmas Party at the Mahan Building on Fayette County Fairgrounds.
Saturday, January 5: Join Dumbfounded at Catch 22 Sports Pub in Greenfield. Music 9:00 p.m. to midnight. Join us for "A Night of Classic Rock, Garage Style!"
Saturday, March 23 - "Fur Ball" sponsored by Fayette Regional Humane Society at Mahan Building on Fayette County Fairgrounds, 5:30-10:00 p.m. This event features some amazing auction items and should make for a fun evening!
Saturday, May 4 - Denim & Diamonds fundraiser to fight cancer, 5:00-10:00 p.m. at Mahan Building in Washington C.H. Join Dumbfounded in this important battle against cancer.
Saturday, May 25 - Join Dumbfounded at Lake Waynoka in Brown County. Music from 8:00-11:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 15 - Benefit for Central Ohio Alzheimer’s Association, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in downtown Washington C.H. featuring car show, farmers market, scavenger hunt and other activities. Dumbfounded will perform from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on North Main St. Free admission! Come and support a worthy cause!
Saturday, June 22 - Toast of Summer at Fayette County Airport. Dumbfounded is scheduled to play from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Many other activities are scheduled during the day. Sponsored by Fayette County Chamber of Commerce.
Saturday, July 6 - Classic rock at the Walnut Hills Campgrounds, 8-11 p.m. featuring Dumbfounded.
Saturday, July 20 - Join Dumbfounded at the Greene Countrie Towne Festival in Greenfield, sponsored by the Greenfield Rotary Club. Time approximately 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 27 - Pelotonia fundraiser to fight cancer, Streetside 62. We are happy to be back on schedule for this event. Our own Mark Fisher is a driving force behind the annual event in WCH.
SONGS YOU MIGHT HEAR
AT A DUMBFOUNDED SHOW!
Ain’t Too Proud to Beg
As Tears Go By
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Black Magic Woman
Boot Scootin’ Boogie
Born to be Wild
Bring it on Home to Me
Brown Eyed Girl
Dance to the Music
Do Wah Diddy
Eight Days A Week
Gimme Three Steps
Hang On Sloopy
Hold On, I’m Comin’
Honky Tonk Women
I Feel Good
I Got a Line on You
I Saw Her Standing There
I Want to Hold Your Hand
I’m a Believer
Joy to the World
Knock on Wood
Listen to the Music
Long Time Lovin’ You
Long Train Runnin’
No Matter What
Old Time Rock & Roll
Oye Como Va
People Like You
Show Me the Way
Smoke on the Water
Take it Easy
Takin’ Care of Business
The Breakup Song
Try a Little Tenderness
Two Tickets to Paradise
What I Like About You
Whiter Shade of Pale
Best wishes to Mark Fisher
as a great bandmate says adios
After nearly 20 years as a band, the composition of Dumbfounded keeps changing. We are getting older, and sometimes a little wiser. Over the years some band members have decided to move on to pursue other interests, or even retired to preserve their backs, joints and ears. To be sure, lugging heavy equipment around, staying out late, and struggling to understand what others are saying are valid concerns, especially now that we have reached a certain age.
The latest such departure decision came about in late August when singer Mark Fisher informed the band that he is hanging up his microphone. Mark first performed with the band at a neighborhood block party in the early 2000s when he asked if he could take a crack at singing “Born to be Wild.” Mark did a great job, and has been with Dumbfounded ever since. He demonstrated a flair for singing lots of classic rock numbers and connecting with the audience in a special way.
Later, after his daughter was diagnosed with cancer, Mark championed the successful Washington C.H. Pelotonia fundraiser that takes place each July at Streetside 62. The 2019 event raised more than $38,500 to fund cancer research, and Mark has worked tirelessly to battle this deadly disease. Needless to say, the band is very proud of Mark.
In an email to the band, Fisher thanked us for “letting me crash your party for the past 10 years plus.” He described being in the band as a “thrill of a lifetime,” saying “I would have never thought in a million years I would ever have the opportunity to front a rock band, but you all made that happen. I wouldn’t trade the memories for anything and will cherish them forever.” Looking ahead, he wished Dumbfounded the best of luck.
Likewise, the band wishes Mark and his family all the best. He plans to show up at our gigs now and then, and perhaps we can even coax him onstage now and then to perform one of his signature songs.
It’s been a great ride for all of us, and we never know when a health event or some other circumstance will cause us to hang up our instruments. In a sense, perhaps being in a band is an attempt to hang onto our lost youth. While we know we can’t win that battle, we have found that it’s great therapy!
For now, as long as we can have fun and re-create some of the music we grew up listening to, Dumbfounded will press on, providing our take on classic rock, garage style.
Dumbfounded welcomes Steve Marple into the band
Steve Marple of Greenfield is one of the finest drummers our area has produced. He has played with the likes of Johnny Paycheck, George Jones, the Adams Brothers, Ralph May, Scott Cossu and a host of other fabulous musicians.
Dumbfounded’s lead guitarist Ron Coffey first got to know Marple in the late 1960s when both were members of Ralph May’s band, the Dead End, that also included, John Wilkin, Rick Knisley, Buck Young and Russell Baxla. Marple’s musical journey has taken him to many places and to many different styles of music, from rock to country to gospel and more. It’s fitting then, that perhaps Steve Marple has now come full circle as a member of Dumbfounded, playing music of the 1960s and ‘70s with the local garage band.
“We are thrilled to have Steve in the band,” said lead singer Lanny Bryant, who also has performed with Marple in the past. “Just a few years ago he anchored the rhythm section when the Adams Brothers and others put together a great band for a country music show at our Greene Countrie Towne Festival.”
Coffey remembers those days with Ralph May, an outstanding singer who made many recordings and was featured in a show at the Ohio Theatre in 1969. “Ralph was -- and is -- a great talent, and could sing any style of song. He did a lot of gigs with the Dead End, and I was fortunate to be a part of that group for a while. In addition to Ralph’s voice, we had a horn section consisting of Buck Young on saxophone and Russell Baxla on trumpet, and a great rhythm section. Steve Marple was born to play the drums and always kept us ‘in the pocket’ as he laid down a danceable beat at places like Mr. B’s in Wilmington, where we played a lot. It’s a real treat to be in a band with Steve again!”
Dumbfounded has taken on a kind of “Spinal Tap” identity in the 20 or so years the band has been together. Marple is believed to be the seventh drummer in the band’s history, although unlike the fictional group Spinal Tap none of the previous drummers died under mysterious circumstances such as spontaneous human combustion or a bizarre gardening accident.
George Smith, one of Dumbfounded’s drummers, devotes his time to playing the keyboards and harmonica these days, but is an excellent percussionist in his own right. Smith gave Marple his stamp of approval, calling him “a great drummer with an outstanding sense of timing and the ability to find the grove on anything that is being played.”
And so, the current lineup of Dumbfounded is:
Lanny Bryant - vocals
Mark Fisher - vocals
George Smith - keyboards and harmonica
Ron Sexton - bass
Steve Marple - drums
Ron Coffey - guitar and vocals
We look forward to bringing our brand of “Classic Rock, Garage Style” to help liven up your next event.
Reflections on the Fur Ball
Dumbfounded had a great time performing at the March 23 Fur Ball, a gala put on by the Fayette Regional Humane Society. The event took place at the Mahan Building in Washington C.H. and featured food, music, a silent auction and a live auction for fantastic trips including Tuscany, Italy, Jackson Hole, WY and other lovely places.
There were also videos of animal rescues, testimonials from advocates, and a live visit by a dog that had been rescued from difficult circumstances, was nursed back to health and now has found a home as part of a loving family.
The Fayette Regional Humane Society raised a lot of money that will be used to help build a new facility in Fayette County, and hundreds of supporters showed up to support the fundraising effort.