July 25, 1997 in Seven

Oasis Marks 15-Year Reunion With Performance At Casey’s

By The Spokesman-Review
 

The veteran Spokane cover band known as Oasis will regroup for a 15-year reunion performance Saturday at Casey’s Restaurant.

The band, which formed well before the British artists by the same name, spent 12 years playing a variety of music, from country to Top 40, with ‘50s and ‘60s music being their mainstay.

Bill and Dawn Latronica formed the band in 1981, with Bill on guitar and vocals and Dawn on percussion and lead vocals.

They will be joined Saturday by Oasis members Carl Whiteman on drums, Steve Sackett on bass and vocals and Len Volpe on sax.

The group gained notoriety from 1982-92 while performing at numerous establishments throughout Spokane. But Oasis broke up in 1993 after Whiteman injured his shoulder and knee and was unable to drum on such an intense basis.

“When he left, the heart kind of left,” Bill Latronica said.

The Latronicas currently perform Friday and Saturday nights as a duo called Beauty and the Beast at Casey’s Restaurant.

Steve Sacket performs with his wife, Kathy, as a duo called Canned Music and can be heard at Lindaman’s every Friday night at 8 p.m.

Saturday’s reunion show also will feature comedian Don Gillespie.

Show starts at 9 p.m. Casey’s Restaurant is located at 2126 N. Monroe.

“If we all live long enough maybe we’ll do a 20th reunion,” Latronica said with a laugh.

, DataTimes

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