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Glory Days Music to resume weekly in-store concerts

July 18, 2014

By Joe Hadsall, The Joplin Globe, Mo.

July 18--JOPLIN, Mo. -- The staff at Glory Days Music have been working their business as usual. Musicians demonstrate guitars, drums and other instruments. Music is sold; lessons are taught.

But something has been missing.

"For eight years, we played every Saturday night," said owner Ben Peterson. "We had live music shows, and we usually had a good crowd. The last one we played was on May 21, 2011."

This weekend, the store will resurrect the popular concert series. Peterson and his family members will put on concerts today and Saturday, and will resume playing weekly Friday concerts.

The tornado destroyed the music store's former location in the 2100 block of Main Street. During those days, the band performed as Radio Dial.

Peterson said that band (and family) members, including guitarist and keyboardist Dave Peterson, vocalist Buffy Peterson and guitar and bassist Benji Peterson, haven't decided on a new name yet. But they've had plenty of time to play, practice and work up a new set of songs.

"We have a pretty solid repertoire of classic rock right now," Peterson said. "It's all brand new material that we've been rehearsing for a year. No one has heard us play any of this before."

After struggling with litigation and a difficult search for a new location, the store reopened last October in the Chase Colton Plaza, located at 420 N. Range Line Road. Since then, the family has worked to get the foundations of the business going again, such as instrument sales and lessons. It took a while for inventory to build up, Peterson said.

But the concerts were also a part of their business plan.

"We want people to know that we can play what we sell," Peterson said. "We play the very brands. We answer questions, work on guitars, demonstrate for people."

It's not all about selling instruments, however. Peterson said that a large part of concert attendees aren't musicians in the market for new instruments but are simply music fans.

And the Petersons love to play. Being able to resume regular concerts at the store means a lot to the family, he said.

"This is what we do," Peterson said. "This is our golf. It's what we love to do."

Want to go?

Glory Days Music will kick off weekly concerts with two shows from 8 to 10 p.m. today and Saturday. The store is located at 420 N. Range Line Road, in the Chase Colton Plaza.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the store's cafe-style seating. Concessions available.

Admission: $7.50, $4 for children.

Details: 417-206-2525.


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