“The Bodleys,” the acoustic ensemble which was until quite recently known as “Saint Billy Bodley,” has begun summer, 2018, in earnest with 12 booked gigs ranging from elevations near sea-level to the astral heights of the San Gabriel Mountains and Mammoth Lakes. In various configurations this summer, the LBC-based ensemble is booked to perform at Bixby Knolls’ Dutch’s Brewhouse on June 30 and July 28, at the Mt. Baldy Resort’s Top of the Notch restaurant on Sundays, July 22, August 12, and September 16, and once again at Mt. Baldy on Friday, September 21. The Bodleys will also appear at three Mammoth Lakes venues on their second 2018 Eastern Sierra road trip; a private shindig or two will round things out.
The Bodleys will return to Mammoth Lakes to close out the summer with three back-to-back performances on the Labor Day weekend. The Saturday, September 1 performance at the East Side Bake Shop will be the final seasonal dinner service at the warm and woodsy venue. Black Doubt Brewing Company, Mammoth Lakes’ only nano-brewery, will host the ensemble on Sunday, September 2. To round out the road trip, Shelter Distilling in the Village at Mammoth will feature The Bodleys in a rare early-afternoon appearance on Labor Day, Monday, September 3.
The Mt. Baldy Resort performances are part of the venue’s newly-inaugurated “Battle of the Brews: Sunday Sessions,” which feature local craft brewers, with the exception of the “Moonlight Hike” event on Friday, September 21. The ensemble has figuratively “gotten high” at the 7,200′ Top of the Notch restaurant many times in its four year existence. The August 12 appearance will feature the contingent of Wasyl Bodnar on rhythm guitar, Max Komine on bass, John Stradley on percussion, and Mat Summers on lead guitar.
The ensemble provided musical entertainment for the Los Cerritos Neighborhood Association’s “Speakeasy Alley,” a Prohibition-themed ticketed event, on August 4. As longtime St. Barnabas choir members, The Bodleys will also fete the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Ted and Terri Furlow, friends of the ensemble and fellow parishioners, at an August 19 private celebration.
The ensemble was the de facto house band of Dutch’s Brewhouse for much of 2017, and these recent bookings are the first since management chose to scale back the band’s former twice-monthly appearances to monthly performances.
Known for four years as “Saint Billy Bodley,” an amalgamation of the names of charter band mates St. Pierre, Billy Traber, Bodnar, and Stradley, the ensemble truly needed a new name with the quick exit of Traber and the eventual additions of first Summers and later Komine. This led to a spirited and contentious debate on potential band names: “Saint “Butch” Bodley,” “The Strads,” “Switched at Birth,” “The Hymnknots,” “The Pink Straddlac,” “The Cool Guys & Also John,” “Ashkom Sumbodley and the Lime-Lighters, “”The Piekomers,” and many, many other ribald (and downright gross) monikers were floated, but the ensemble has, it seems, settled upon “The Bodleys,” an appellation close enough to the original to not be too problematic.
Click on the “Upcoming Performances” link above for more information on these summer appearances. – TB