Winona-based Bus Boys to play in Perry October 9

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The Bus Boys will play in Perry Sunday, Oct. 9. Photo by Andrew Nyhus

The Bus Boys is composed of mandolinist Wayne Beezley, left, guitarist Mark Christensen, center, and bassist Dedrick Benz.

The Perry Fine Arts Series will present the Bus Boys on Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. in the Perry Performing Arts Center at 1200 18th St. in Perry.

The Bus Boys are a musical ensemble from Winona, Minnesota, comprised of three former school bus drivers — although one of them only lasted two weeks. One by one, they realized that bus driving was not their true calling in life. So they did the obvious thing: they became an acoustic jam trio.

Since they all enjoyed the music of the Grateful Dead, the Band, Bob Dylan and the like, they said, “Yes, we’ll play that kind of music.” They also decided to mix in a substantial amount of bluegrass and folk-type music. A few original tunes have snuck in over the years.

The result has been distilled into a unique blend with their own twist on things. Since 1997, the Bus Boys have been Mark Christensen on guitar, lead and harmony vocals; Wayne Beezley on mandolin, big mandolin, lead and harmony vocals and Dedrick Benz on bass and harmony vocals.

Perry Fine Arts concerts are free and open to all. Donations are accepted. The Perry Performing Arts Center is handicapped accessible.

For more information, contact Cathy Clark at 515-681-6184 or cecat49@msn.com.


Las Bellas Artes de Perry presentará a Bus Boys el 9 de octubre, 2022 a las 2:00 de la tarde en el Perry Performing Arts Center, 1200 18th St., Perry, IA.

Bus Boys es un conjunto musical de Winona, Minnesota, compuesto de tres ex-conductores de autobuses de escuelas (aunque uno de ellos solo lo hizo durante dos semanas). Uno a un, se dieron cuenta de que el manejar autobuses no fue su llamamiento verdadero en la vida. Así que hicieron la cosa obvia: se hicieron un trío acústico de jam.

A todos les encantaba la música de los Grateful Dead, The Band, Bob Dylan, y tal, así que dijeron, “Sí, tocaremos esa clase de música.” También decidieron mezclar una cantidad substancial de bluegrass y música folk. Unas canciones originales se han colado durante los años.

Ha sido destilado en una mezcla únicas con su propia manera de presentación. Desde 1997, los Bus Boys han sido Mark Christensen, guitarra, cantante principal y armonía; Wayne Beezley, mondolina, mandolina grande, cantante principal y armonía; y Dedrick Benz, contrabajo y armonía.

Los conciertos de las Bellas Artes de Perry son gratis, donaciones aceptadas, y abiertos a todos. El Perry Performing Arts Center es accesible a los discapacitados.

Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Cathy Clark al 515-681-6184 o cecat49@msn.com.

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