In the beginning......
On May 29th, 1978, Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts played for the first time together at a party we had planned. As a party gag and telling no one, we put together a band consisting of work associates who happened to be also our friends. To our surprise we were a "hit?" Several parties later, we thought it be fun to play a club or a bar. We found a couple of clubs that were not necessarily known for live music, and it was at one of those clubs that we were "discovered". With occasional time off, we played the next 18 months of Sundays at the Red Lion in Downtown Portland, Oregon and we were "let loose" on the public. As they say, the rest is history, 35 years of it!
What started off as a party gag has taken us from the West to the East coast and in between. It has taken us around the world with our Far East tour (Japan, Korea, Philippines) for the Air Force. We have done the opening day of baseball season for the Oakland A's and were guests of Nike to perform at a special party at the Los Angeles Olympics. We have opened for and shared the stage with such
classics as The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Chubby Checker, Ricky Nelson, Herman's Hermits, The Righteous Brothers, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Jan and Dean,The Ventures, The Mamas and Papas, Three Dog Night, The Turtles and Johnny Rivers, to name a few. What a thrill!
From the beginning our goal was to have fun. This hasn't changed in 35 years and of course, as always, you are invited to join in the good times!