WE”RE BACK!

Hello Classic Country Family Friends, Fans,

Yes I know I don’t keep up with this in the winter but since we the band have taken winters off there is not much to say when it comes to the band. On a personal note I could tell you lots but it would probably be boring. You are all in our hearts when we are not together. But Since some of our band members have moved so far away and it is really hard to find replacements that want to play and drive in the winter. So we take what we can and do it.  Clubs are not booking good bands they would rather book CHEAP and less QUALITY and only think that most bands do the playing for fun and that it is not considered a real job just a hobby. That might be true for some but not for this band  these band members want to play but they also want to be respected in their field. There are bands who play just for the money and not for the love of the music or venue itself. We all know that this has hurt the live band venue its either DJ’s or Karoke and for the older classic country music lover that is not for them for the most part. However they are pushed into listening or participating in this if they want to go out for a nice evening. None of the older people care to go out at night any more as their night life as been forced to change, Not because of their age but because of the music scene itself.  Yes some chose not to go out because of night driving, drunks on the road medicine that needs to be taken at a certain time that makes them not be able to have a couple of drinks and still enjoy the night out. So as a band we chose to play early evenings or Sunday afternoons and the crowd fans, friends loved that. But with time that changed as some of the venues decided that cheap and not great quality was the way to go. The crowds dropped off the venues could not see what they were doing was hurting them.  A $250 or 300 dollar band who drew only 20 or 30 people for them was an ok crowd.  Well our band  with its experience with the quality players and the following it has built and all of the BEST CLASSIC COUNTRY MUSIC  out there decided we would never play for Under price as we were and ARE the REAL Deal!

Now this may offend some but I hear this from the crowd itself, by emails, by letters, by phone calls in person and so I am not saying anything that is not true.  But when a following has to chose to listen to a band not of their choice is because there is no other choice they do it to be able to get out and enjoy dancing and being with their friends. It should be something they really like and not just do it because its the only thing available! Thousands of you have all said this over and over again that why wont they hire a good band and we tell them its because the DO NOT DEMAND A GOOD BAND FROM THE VENUE THEY ARE GOING TO. The Bands CAN NOT make a place hire them with out the crowd or following wanting it and strongly letting the venue know that you and your friends will not participate in a crappy band line up.   So as your Classic Country Band you want to see us you have to come to the venues that will have us and  think they are getting the best in this band.

Well, some personal news Alan had a ANKLE Replacement Surgery on March 25 of this year.  It was the best decision he could have made. NOW pain free. So, a few aches and pains like everyone and this winter and early spring and forever wet spring has had everyone complaining. But as we all know it will not be long and we will be complaining on how hot it is and can’t wait for the winter. I’m not sure I am one of them I like it hot and sunny and at the same time love our Minnesota seasons so living in a state that’s does not have the seasons is not for me!  Our grandkids have grown with our oldest turning 23 and the youngest being 4. Our 15 year old grandson now driving and waiting to get his license, dating wow and being 6’3 tall and giving his parents the sassy mouth we sit back and just say oh really.  Nothing has changed Alan still has a huge garden and had all of his plants in the dining room longer than expected but they have now been evacuated to the big Greeeeen  House. Planted 100 Pine trees and have some nut trees to get in the ground. Getting that compact  tractor last fall  has helped get his garden ready early only now we need the ARK to get to the garden so unless it dries out those plants may just end up staying in the Greeeen House! Our remodeling job is still underway some siding left to put on as well as some windows to finish I hope we get it done this summer as the winter projects he started as far as remodeling got put on hold due to the ankle surgery. So I have a bedroom 3/4 done.  The garden comes first and while the garden is growing the other projects get inline to get finished.

Well friends its time to get your DANCING shoes out and your GPS tuned in to where ALAN GODAGE & SUNDOWN are playing as there are not many gigs for you to join us on before the fall rolls around and my guys go back into hibernation.  The schedule is updated on the web and we are looking forward to seeing all of OUR  band family, friends, and fans in the coming months, Untill then we hope this finds you all in good health and ready to dance to YOUR favorite Classic Country Band Alan Godage & Sundown!

SEE YOU SOON,

YOUR FRIENDS IN CLASSIC COUNTRY MUSIC,

Barb

Alan Godage & Sundown

 

BELLE PRAIRIE HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH FESTIVAL

Sunday, June 9, 2019         1:00PM – 5:00PM

18777 Riverwood Dr. Little Falls, MN

 

SWANVILLE MID SUMMER FESTIVAL

Sunday, June 30, 2019  2:00PM 6:00PM

Located in Downtown   Swanville, MN

 

 CROW WING COUNTY FAIR/ MILLS FREE STAGE

Wednesday, July 31, 2019   6:00PM – 10:00PM

2000 SE 13th St. Brainerd, MN 

 

 

CONCERT IN THE PARK / Sturges Park – Park Shore Pavilion

Thursday,  August 1, 2019 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Located on Hwy. 25 and 2nd Ave. S on BUFFALO LAKE, Buffalo, MN

 

NOWTHEN THRESHING SHOW

Saturday, August 17, 2019  5:00PM – 9:00PM

7415 Old Viking Blvd. NW   Anoka, MN      

 

NOWTHEN THRESHING SHOW /Sunday Gospel  Service

Sunday, August 18, 2019 8:00AM – 11:45AM

7415 Old Viking Blvd. NW   Anoka, MN

 

 

COUNTRY GOSPEL SERVICE IN THE PARK /REC PARK (Alan Alone)

Sunday, August 25, 2019 10:00AM Service

Milaca, MN 

Bring your Lawn chairs and stay for the picnic after word

 

PRIVATE PARTY/ANNIVERSARY

Saturday, August 31, 2019  7:00PM-11:00PM

Britz Hilltop Farm

28874 173 Rd. St. Pierz, MN

 

 

PRIVATE PARTY/PRINCETON VFW

SUNDAY, September 8, 2019  1:00PM-5:00PM

133 Rum River Drive, Princeton MN

 

PRIVATE PARTY/PRINCETON VFW

SUNDAY, September 8, 2019  1:00PM-5:00PM

133 Rum River Drive, Princeton MN

 

Sunday, June 30, 2019  2:00PM 6:00PM

Located in Downtown   Swanville, MN

 

 CROW WING COUNTY FAIR/ MILLS FREE STAGE

Wednesday, July 31, 2019   6:00PM – 10:00PM

2000 SE 13th St. Brainerd, MN 

 

 

CONCERT IN THE PARK / Sturges Park – Park Shore Pavilion

Thursday,  August 1, 2019 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Located on Hwy. 25 and 2nd Ave. S on BUFFALO LAKE, Buffalo, MN

 

NOWTHEN THRESHING SHOW

Saturday, August 17, 2019  5:00PM – 9:00PM

7415 Old Viking Blvd. NW   Anoka, MN      

 

NOWTHEN THRESHING SHOW /Sunday Gospel  Service

Sunday, August 18, 2019 8:00AM – 11:45AM

7415 Old Viking Blvd. NW   Anoka, MN

 

 

COUNTRY GOSPEL SERVICE IN THE PARK /REC PARK (Alan Alone)

Sunday, August 25, 2019 10:00AM Service

Milaca, MN 

Bring your Lawn chairs and stay for the picnic after word

 

PRIVATE PARTY/ANNIVERSARY

Saturday, August 31, 2019  7:00PM-11:00PM

Britz Hilltop Farm

28874 173 Rd. St. Pierz, MN

 

 

PRIVATE PARTY/PRINCETON VFW

SUNDAY, September 8, 2019  1:00PM-5:00PM

133 Rum River Drive, Princeton MN

YES it is 2018!

Hello Country Music fans,

It has been a while since I have updated this site. Many reasons for the long wait but am glad to be back at it again. As many of you know Mr. Jims and Alan Godage went their separate ways , however that was not our choice but the choice of Jim before he got killed in the car accident.  That was back in November of 2016, So all of 2017 we were not in the Foley area but we did play all of our long term jobs that we have had. So with playing out all the dates we had and for the first time in 40 years Alan decided to take the winter off. This winter was a good one to take off bad roads lots of snow  ice, and freezing cold weather.  Not to offend any one but the age of our fans is not your 30 year olds who don’t really worry about the risk in the weather conditions but we thought it best for us to watch out for our fans and hope that on the days that the weather was not good they did not have to prove their loyalty and drive 100 miles to see and hear the band. As we have seen it over the years no matter how bad the weather we had the core group of fans that made it out every time we played. So to them we say thank you but hope you understand Minnesota WEATHER is very unpredictable just sayin’!  The crowd who is not in a band may not always see that the band members must leave a couple hours earlier than usual to get to the job just to bring in the band equipment which has sat in the trailer all week  in below zero weather  and now has to be brought in to a 70 degree club and this equipment has to be warmed up before it is turned on to keep from blowing it up.  So when it  has been the third coldest winter on record I guess we did the right thing  not just for equipment , fans but also for the band members who have to do that extra early drive.

There is lots to talk about grandkids have all gotten bigger another one graduated, all of them passed their grades and are looking forward to summer vacation some that  are out of state are coming to visit on vacation with the parents.  I always heard that when you retire that you are busier then when you had a full time job, well we are finding that out everyday you think you are going to get so much done and you get half of what you really wanted as time just goes so fast. They tell you to stop and smell the roses but some days you don’t even have the time for that. Winter lasted forever this year snow yet on the ground just a month ago, it goes and we get 90 degree summer weather when we have not even had spring. Now we are getting spring rains and cool weather  come on Mother Nature Make up your mind please.   I want more hours in my day and these days to slow down so we can get things done. It seems like we start one project and have to let that go to get another going but never get back to the first fifty things we wanted to get done or started.  But it will still be there tomorrow right so you do the important things and spend time with family and friends and get back to the projects when the time is right. I do know that Alan is looking forward to playing all the summer dates and did not mind not playing in the winter. However he is not a snowbird type who could live in a warm climate 6 months out of the year and fly coup when cold weather returns.  He always says its nice to visit but I love the Minnesota Seasons even if they happen in one day.  So maybe we will hit the road and do some traveling come fall check out some warmer places to play during our Minnesota winters for a couple of weeks out every month but that is in the talking stages. However, I like the idea as I like it warmmmmm!

Alan Godage and his band members are looking forward to the summer gigs and having missed our crowd looking forward to seeing all of you at one or more of them. At time of this writing I am getting those dates on the schedule on the website, on paper to hand out and on face book so I hope you all come out to one of your favorite spots to hear  the CLASSIC COUNTRY MUSIC of Alan Godage and his Great Sundown Band!

Hope to See You all Soon,

Your Friends in Classic Country Music,

Barb