OK Fine! used to be a familiar name on the local original music scene.
After five years and five local tape releases, the hard-rock band, featuring drummer Steve Nelson, singer-guitarist Bob Patterson and bassist Paul Felicijan disbanded in 1994.
“We were working so much together,” said Nelson. “We were in the studio during the day, we traveled together, we played nightclubs five or six nights a week, and we, like any relationship, didn’t keep it on fire.”
The band went quietly.
In fact, no one really knew the band had bagged the project. Most fans only realized the band had disbanded when weeks passed without OK Fine! surfacing on stage anywhere.
“Ever since we have broken up, there’ve been a lot of disappointed friends and fans out there,” the drummer said.
Those friends and fans will be pleased to hear that OK Fine! has regrouped for two shows today and Saturday at The Shed.
And the band, which will perform all original material, is excited to play before its loyal following again.
“We’ve been together for a couple of rehearsals and we’ve dug back into some of our early stuff, stuff I haven’t listened to in three or four years,” said Nelson. “It’s going to be fun.”
So is the band back together? No.
“If this is a successful thing, we’ll do it again,” said Nelson. “We’ll see what happens.”
After the upcoming shows, the three members of OK Fine! will continue with other projects.
OK Fine! quit perhaps prematurely. At the time, the band was working on its first CD release, a project Nelson calls the band’s best recording. And during the course of its substantial career, OK Fine! came close to landing a couple of record contracts.
“We got a few nibbles but that was it,” Nelson recalled.
Unfortunately, the band wasn’t able on its own to break through nationally and so remained a regional act.
“It was really frustrating, especially listening back now,” said Nelson. “We had a lot of good songs; we don’t really know what the problem is.
“Maybe we should have just moved to L.A., but we didn’t want to. We wanted them to come to us.”
Nelson isn’t dwelling on missed opportunities, though. Instead, he is pouring all of his energy into a multitude of other musical projects.
Catch OK Fine! at The Shed at 9:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday. The cover is $2. Bring your ID.
Elsewhere in the Night
Three brass-knuckled bands, the Makers, Velvet Pelvis and Guitarded, will rumble at the Mica Flats Grange in Coeur d’Alene on Saturday at 8 p.m. The show is allages. Admission is $3.
Believe it or not, the Makers will appear in an upcoming movie. We’ll have more on that at a later date.
At the Big Dipper, Lazy Susan, which opened the Page and Plant concert at The Gorge in May, and Buddha Leadbelly play tonight. The cost is $5. Saturday, Shoveljerk, which recently completed its debut album for Capricorn, takes the stage. Admission is $7. Bring IDs.
The Waterin’ Hole in Coeur d’Alene has J.R. Boogie tonight and Saturday. The cover is $3.
xxxx Virtuoso guitarists The El Toreador, 336 W. Riverside, has assembled quite a show for tonight. Renowned guitar virtuosos Brian Gore and Antonio Calogero will perform at 7:30. Gore is adept at a style spawned by guitarists Alex deGrassi and Michael Hedges known as the “California guitar.” Calogero, from Messina, Italy, charts a more worldly path, nodding to genres such as modern jazz, folk and Mediterranean music. Tickets, $10, $7 for students and $5 for children, are available at Dutch’s, Street Music and El Toreador.