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This summer marks a momentous occasion for the Cadillac Cowboys, a beloved local band from Ann Arbor. After half a century of creating music together, this group of eight musicians is celebrating their anniversary with their dedicated fans and community. 

Reflecting on their remarkable journey, bassist Gary Munce says, “The fact that the band has been around for 50 years is truly something special. I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I weren’t a musician.” For the Cadillac Cowboys, music is not just a passion but also a way to connect with the community that surrounds them. 

Formed in 1974, the Cadillac Cowboys have witnessed the ebb and flow of musical trends, evolving alongside the ever-changing landscape of the industry. Over the years, the band has undergone many member changes, yet their dedication to their craft and the strong bond they share have remained constant. 

The group covers a repertoire that defies categorization, spanning a diverse range of genres from Texas swing and country to rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm and blues, and boogie-woogie. Their music pays homage to musical icons, including but not limited to Chuck Berry, Willie Nelson, and k.d. lang. “There’s something for everybody,” says Munce. 

When asked about the impact of the local communities, Gary says, “All of us listen to music. It’s such a huge part of our life. It lets our imagination run wild. As a performer, you get that same sensation about the power of music. It’s a community of people. Some have been with us a long time, some are new, but all of us are gathered around this concept of music.” 

Gary gives credit to the profound connections within the band, which has formed over the 50 years of playing together. “What makes a great band [are] the relationships you have with the other musicians in the band.”  

On Sunday, June 2nd, the Cadillac Cowboys will perform at the Ark in Ann Arbor starting at 7:30 p.m. They invite their fans to join them in celebration, as well as those who haven’t had a chance to see them in the last 50 years. They’ll also perform at Chelsea’s Sounds and Sights on June 27th and at the Dexter Gazebo Concert on July 5th 

As they gear up to commemorate their 50th anniversary, the band acknowledges the profound impact music has had on their lives and the lives of their fans. Through their performances, they have impacted those around them and created shared experiences, which in turn produced fond memories for both themselves and their community.  

Band members: 

Kevin Brown      guitar/vocals  

Pete Falkenstein   Keyboards/vocals  

Hugh Huntley   Percussion  

Kevin Lynch        Guitar /vocals  

Gary Munce       Bass/vocals  

Alan Pagliere      Pedal steel /Vocals  

Michael Smith     Guitar/vocals  

Elizabeth Stern    Vocals  

 

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