Rukkus rocks out at first 2021 Friday Fest

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More than 200 people turned out to hear the pop-rock sounds of longtime Perry favorites Rukkus at the Pattee Park bandstand Friday evening for the first of two 2021 Friday Fests.

The group’s core members have played together nearly 50 years since they banded together in seventh grade. They include lead singer Mark Einck of Perry, rhythm guitarist Jim Wuebker of Grimes and lead guitarist J. C. Wilson of Des Moines.

Filling out the ensemble were Michael Scoon, Ben Einck and Nick Hermann, with special vocal soloist by Emi Einck Grimm. Among the highlights was Wuebker’s sustained 12-minute guitar solo on “Rock and Roll Fantasy” by Bad Company.

Half a dozen vendors served a variety of food and beverages to the festive folks. The next Friday Fest is scheduled for Aug. 6.

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