A band of local “good guys” will headline the Dormont Street Fair this year.
The Good Guys Band is Joe Morrone and his son Mike, Jim Hedge and Ed Palma—all Dormont natives and Keystone Oaks graduates, and all happy to be performing at one of their hometown’s favorite festivals.
“It’s very surreal for us,” Hedge said. “We played back when we were younger, but I think the only time we played in Dormont was for the Fourth of July at the pavilion in Dormont Park when we were in high school.”
Hedge still lives in Dormont, but Palma now lives in the North Hills and Morrone lives in Baldwin.
The Good Guys Duo, an offshoot of the band that features Hedge and Morrone, performed at the Taste of Dormont on Sept. 15.
Palma, Morrone and Hedge are original members of the band Hausen, which opened for Sha-na-na and Steppenwolf when those bands came through Pittsburgh in the 1970s.
More recently, Hausen has performed at Dormont’s Hollywood Theater with another local band, Silent Partner. Hedge said the Good Guys Band has a heavy performing schedule throughout the area, and found it hard to get back to Dormont to play. But performing at the Hollywood opened a new door.
“We did the Hollywood show a few months ago and then got a lot of interest for the wine tasting,” Hedge said. “When the street fair hit, I just threw our name in the hat and said, ‘Hey we’d love to play.’ We’re happy to have the chance, let alone get to headline it.”
The Good Guys Band and the Good Guys Duo frequently perform in the area, mainly in the North Hills. Hedge said the band often played at Magoo’s in the North Hills. Magoo’s has since closed, but Hedge said playing there brought opportunities for the duo to play at Siba-Cucina, Fresco’s, Restaurant Echo, Sieb’s Pub and Narcisi Winery.
The band also performs at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino, Nemacolin Resort, and in Deep Creek, Maryland—not bad, Hedge said, considering that all of the band’s members juggle the performing schedule with fulltime jobs.
He's said he's glad their touring schedule has brought them to Dormont.
“We’ve all grown up in this community together,” Hedge said. “There’s room for music everywhere. It’s great to be back.”