The Wretched Group to have one-time performance this summer

The Wretched Group is coming – one night only this summer – as the Wretched Reunion 2013 Tour rolls through the Dunkirk/Fredonia area for a special one-time performance on July 26.

The classic 1960s rock group, The Wretched Group, invites everyone to join them that Friday at Rookies-On-The-Lake in Dunkirk. The music will start at 9 p.m. and continue till 1 a.m.

The Wretched Group is an authentic 1960s rock and roll band formed originally in 1965 and consisting of members of the Fredonia High School Class of 1968. The Wretched Group performed regularly between 1965 and 1968 at local 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 school dances. The band broke up after high school graduation in 1968 as the members left Fredonia for college.

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 famed Colony Cafe in Woodstock and in Waterbury, Vt.

It is always a special night when these old friends get together to recreate the music of the 1960s.

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 of the 1960s including The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, The Animals, Bob Dylan, and many other classic 1960’s bands.

The Wretched Reunion 2013 Tour celebrates the 45th reunion of the Fredonia High School Class of 1968. They would like to invite everyone to join them at Rookies-On-The-Lake in Dunkirk on July 26. The event is open to the public.

Additional information about the Wretched Group may be found on their Facebook page.