As the members of 3 Day Weekend hit the final note of the classic Guns and Roses tune, “Sweet Child of Mine,” their audience was clearly blown away. In fact, it took a moment before a rousing applause filled the porch of Jekyll Island’s Tortuga Jack’s beachfront restaurant, a clear sign that the fans were enthralled by the four man band.
“The worst part is packing up ... just because it’s over,” bassist and vocalist Dale Shadron said.
It’s the same among his fellow band members, all of whom are equally as passionate about playing music. In addition to Shadron, the group includes Paul Yawn, lead guitarist, vocalist and keyboardist; Randy Mason, rhythm guitarist and lead singer; and Bruce McCullough, who plays drums and also sings. The group members, who have been playing together since the spring of this year, find they jive as well as they jam together. That is true even though they all have taken different paths in their musical careers.
But it began with connecting to specific sounds and bands, later hoping to emulate their sounds. For Yawn, the inspiration was courtesy of one very influential group — Kiss.
“I was four years old, walked into my uncle’s bedroom and he had their posters on the walls ... and they scared me to death. A year later I loved them,” Yawn said with a laugh.
“Mine was the same as his except it was a cousin ... he was big into Kiss,” Mason added. “We listened to a bunch of different bands. We lived in the same neighborhood but (playing music), it’s like a disease that antibiotics just won’t get rid of.”
McCullough agrees. The drummer, who doubles as a Glynn County Sheriff’s Deputy, started playing in his high school band. Back then, however, it was a different instrument.
“I started with the trumpet in middle school but I liked the drums better. So I switched,” McCullough said. “I was probably about 13 or 14. I played in bands then I stopped when I went off to the police academy.”
Of course, all of the members hoped to sound like the rock stars they idolized as youngsters.
“You hear someone and you think, ‘I want to play like that.’ But of course it takes a lot of time and effort. And a lot of patience,” Shadron said.
That patience has paid off. Each individual honed his skills over decades of dedicated practice before being serendipitously drawn together. Since then, they formed both a tight sound and developed a close bond.
Each member would prefer to praise another’s talents more so than his own. And they work together to plan where and what they play. These days most of their shows are at tourist hot spots as well as some local eateries.
“We play at Toucan’s a lot, Rafters, Gnat’s Landing,” McCullough listed. “This Black Friday we’re playing our first gig out at Zachry’s which will be really fun. We also do a lot of private parties and weddings. We’d love to do some more of those.”
Regardless of where they play, their objective is always the same — to have fun. And they certainly do.
“We really love it,” Yawn said. “We have a good time.”
“And we want the people who come out to hear us to have a good time too,” Shadron added. “That’s why if someone has something they want to hear ... we’ll definitely make a point to learn it.”
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