Monday, September 19, 1977

I would like to take an entry to briefly describe the Michael Stanley Band concert I recently attended (Saturday night) at Oberlin College. My friends and I watched near the door of the ancient Finney Chapel until they burst open and we rushed down the aisle to the second pew. After an hour of playing Frisbee in the church, the band came on and were greeted with a deafening uproar. On the whole they were quite good, and the lead guitar player, Jonah Koslen, was especially impressive. He was almost the group leader ahead of Michael Stanley and had everyone singing and clapping on “Strike Up the Band” and was all over the stage during the Beatles' “Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey,” playing guitar enthusiastically and going generally crazy as we did likewise. The drummer was much better than average and the keyboard player was excellent. The seats were the best ever, only about ten feet away, and we could even read the names on the guitars.