LIMA — Lima’s The Indoorfins are celebrating 30 years as one of the area’s most notable bands, and guitarist Doug Druckemiller and drummer Dave Robinson are excited to take the main auditorium stage for the official anniversary show at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ohio Theatre.
“It will be fun to get back in a room with all the members that have been in the band at one point,” Robinson said. “It’ll be great to see all of our old friends and the faces of people who went to our gigs back in the day to relive some memories and bring them to the forefront again.”
Druckemiller said that he is looking forward to seeing fans of the band share their enthusiasm and investment in the band.
“It’s been long enough that it almost transcends the band and the members,” Druckemiller said. “People love the Indoorfins on an ownership level. It’s like Kewpee and I love that.”
That dedication was already on display when the Indoorfins took the stage to open for Al Jardine at opening weekend for the Pangle Pavilion and Greater Lima Region Amphitheater and Park in August.
But preparing for this show, in which they will be the main act and taking the audience through their history, was a different animal.
“That was a great show and a good time,” Druckemiller said. “Going into the theatre, though, we’re rehearsing and doing our thing, but we have to cover as many things as we can in that period of time. What songs do you select after whittling down from potentially hundreds of songs?”
Robinson said that the band will do its best to “make a show out of it.”
“We’re going to try to do three decades of music and styles of music that we did from beginning to the end,” he said. “We’re going to get the original members on stage and play like we used to play.”
But that does not mean the band will not consider the meaning of the night.
“You want to feel like things are appropriate after the pandemic,” Druckemiller said. “You want to feel like you’re appreciative. It’s been a good run and a lot of fun and we are thankful.”
Robinson said that he just hopes the fans soak up the memories from the show.
“I run into people all the time and they’re still talking about certain gigs and certain memories and moments,” he said. “I don’t know how we got so big, but we brought something different when we came out. A lot of bands in the ’90s were playing Genesis and Asia or hair metal and we were totally different and I hope we still reflect that.”
As for the future of the band after this milestone, 30 years is a long time, but it does not feel like the end.
“I don’t think we’re going to be gigging three nights a week every other weekend, but I think we want to stick to what we’ve been doing,” Druckemiller said. “I’m sure opportunities are going to happen and we’ll do stuff with that and we still have social media. Everybody is busy and doing something different post-pandemic, but we have all very much obviously enjoyed playing and being together.”
“I don’t know where it’s going to take us after this, but I’m hoping it’s not the last show,” Robinson added. “It’s easy to get to that milestone, but where do you go from there? We never say never, though.”
The Indoorfins were originally started by Robinson, singer Carl Smith, Tony Reindel, Tony Newman and Rob Layton.
Today Smith and wife Sheila, Robinson, Layton and Druckemiller comprise the group.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Ohio Theatre website, ohiotheatrelima.com.
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