Jake Pilewski is bringing his band back to its roots of Perrysburg tonight at Music at the Market when The New Fashioned rocks out on the pavilion at the corner of Louisiana and Indiana avenues.
The 2003 Perrysburg High School graduate and band‘s lead singer said growing up in Perrysburg was a “game changer” for both himself and guitarist Mike Haskins, as it relates to their music careers.
“We both were athletes growing up but always had a love for music,” Mr. Pilewski said. “Perrysburg has great arts and performing arts. They have opportunities there and great teachers. We learned so much about it before we even realized how far we were going to take it.”
The two Perrysburg graduates are excited to play together at home. Mr. Pilewski and Mr. Haskins are expecting to run into former teachers and supporters, especially because a wide ranging audience is expected to attend as the event follows after the farmer’s market.
Robin Ballmer, who coordinates the Music at the Market, said a rough estimate has about 400 to 600 people in attendance each week. The music series is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. each Thursday at the Commodore Schoolyard and runs through August.
“I think this is big for us,” Mr. Pilewski said. “We are used to playing in different bars and this is nice because it is closer to a concert. Everyone is there on the lawn to listen to the music instead of it being background noise.”.
Music from the 1920s to 1950s are some of the favorites for the band to play, including Dean Martin. But the band will also play newer songs like “Maroon 5‘s jagger with a vintage twist,” is how Mr. Pilewski describes it.
“Actually the cool part is we’ve been doing music in the area for quite a while but haven‘t played much in Perrysburg, where we came from,” he said.
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