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Longtime friends find musical connection
Many members of The Last Minute Band have been friends since high school, but they have all found even more in common through music. The band plays Friday night at Wild Wing Cafe in Gainesville.
Last Minute Band
10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday
Where: Wild Wing Cafe, 311 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville
How much: Free

With about 150 years of music experience between them, The Last Minute Band has plenty of history to rock you this weekend.

“At this age I never thought I would be doing this,” said frontman and guitarist Dwight Carder. “Since everyone is singers we have really good harmonies.”

Carder is one of five members of the local band; other members include guitarist Jerry Armour, drummer Danny Smith, bassist Mike Gaddy and pianist Michael Bennett.

“We sort of emulate our favorite bands in this band,” Carder said. “Mine are the Allman Brothers, Lynryd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker ... then we throw in some Elvis.”

The five men came together a little more than a year ago, and from the first night they played together, he said, they connected.

“We got together 24 songs for our first show ... Then the next night we tore the roof off the place,” Carder said. “And we never even played together before.”

Most of the band members always have been close, since they attended North Hall High together.

“Actually Jerry and I started our first band together in the seventh grade. We were called Southland Band ... we thought we were superstars back then,” he said. “We really have a good time.”

Up next for the Last Minute Band is a show on Aug. 27 at Loco’s Grill & Pub in Gainesville.

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