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Live on the Levee
Headliner: The Esquires, Openers: Lost Cause
WHERE: Haddad Riverfront Park
WHEN: 6:30 p.m.
Everybody wants to quit his or her day job, except maybe Lost Cause. The local party band, which helps kick off this summer's Live on the Levee series at Haddad Riverfront Park Friday, seems pretty happy being just a couple of optometrists, a lawyer, a teacher and assorted others who get together to play what they want when they want.
'The core of the group is pretty much Vicki and Whitney Hess," keyboard player B.J. Nibert explained. "Vicki grew up singing in church and has a natural gift, a beautiful voice. Whitney has been in music all his life.
"They were casually playing with some people, and about 10 or 11 years ago decided to throw a band together."
It was actually more of a lob. Lost Cause began with the Hesses, but guitarist Monty Vickers soon joined them.
"Monty and I used to play tennis," Whitney said. "There were a couple of us, and we just played around for a while, then somebody invited us to their house to play a birthday party.
"At some point, we decided we needed a keyboard player. Monty said he knew another optometrist, a friend of his, who played."
"Yeah, Monty said 'Oh, B.J. can do that.' I hadn't played in 25 years, but that's Monty. He includes everybody."
Lost Cause plays cover songs: a little classic rock, some music from the 1980s (which seems to be back in fashion, they said) and whatever the crowd is hungry for.