Saturday, April 2, 2011

Covenant Which Doctors among 28 bands set to play Saginaw on Stage

by Janet I. Martineau

Forget about doctors who wield scalpels and stethoscopes and are dressed in surgical  blues.
Come Saturday, April 23, during the 8th Annual Saginaw on Stage concert, they’ll sing, play electric guitars and saxophones, and probably be dressed in blueJEANS.
“We call ourselves the Covenant Which Doctors Musical Consortium, and we formed about two years ago,” says spokesman Larry Daly, one of four members of the group who are not doctors but who work for the 4,000-employee Covenant HealthCare system. “We showcase a lot of talent not usually displayed in the operating room. Collectively there are 12 to 14 of us.”
Some of the Covenant Which Doctors performing
And yes, it is Which Doctors, not Witch Doctors, because they’re never sure who will perform during a planned concert due to, well, a medical emergency.
The Covenant Which Doctors are new to this year’s Saginaw on Stage roster, which features 28 bands performing on five stages at the Apple Mountain Resort and Conference Center in Freeland,
Running from 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., the concert is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Saginaw as a fund-raiser benefitting local charities and groups. The Which Doctors will perform a mix of folk, blues and rock, but also on the bill from the other bands are country, Cajun, jazz, bluegrass, acoustic, Celtic and world music.
Daly, who is the director of planning and business development at Covenant, says the Which Doctors formed on a whim to participate in a Covenant employee talent show and then got hooked on the idea of continuing the concert gigs. 
They split into a variety of acts, he said, “because it would be a sound nightmare to have nine guitarists up there playing all at once. We have a couple of solo and duo acts that are acoustic/folk, a bluesy band and a rock band, all of which will perform at Saginaw on Stage.”
Among the Covenant-employed performers, besides Daly, are: 
-- James Bersalona, a MedExpress physician.
-- Guy Boike, a oncological/gyn surgeon and advanced robotic surgeon.
-- Erica Canales, an OB/GYN physician.
-- Tim Eckstein, the medical director of the Covenant Occupational Medicine Program.
-- Peter Fattal, a cardiologist with MCVI and Covenant,
-- Chris Jarema, a surgical technician.
-- Tom Minnec, an OB/GYN physician.
-- Brent Racca, a surgical technician.
-- Brian Schroeder, medical director of the Covenant Hospital Medicine Program.
-- Al VanArsdal, director of human resources.
“Dr. Boike’s wife, Kris Ciesliga, joins us on harmonica and keyboards. Dr. Canales performs with her mom, Carol  Levack. Terry Mohn joins us on vocals, and he is married to a Covenant surgical nurse.
“For Saginaw on Stage, we’ll start with the folk and solo acts, then do the blues group and work up to the rock band,” says Daly, noting the rock ranges from Frank Zappa to the Black Crowes.
They’ll play a 90-minute set, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Bierlein Room.
Getting the consortium together to rehearse is nearly impossible, Daly admits, “so there is a lot of homework, learning the lyrics and the music.” Their ages range from 30s to late 50s.
Other than hospital-related events, the Which Doctors have played in the Blue Line Club before Saginaw Spirit hockey games. Daly recalls  that at one of those gigs, a girl in the audience was celebrating her seventh birthday.
“I brought her up on stage and gave her a (guitar) pick and talked with her. We found out then not only was she she born at Covenant but she was delivered by Dr. Minnec. So it was a reunion of sorts!”
For Saginaw on Stage, there is a link as well. This year’s beneficiary is the Sleepsack Project at Covenant HeathCare. It provides every newborn with a sleepsack designed to reduce the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Tickets to Saginaw on Stage are $20 for adults and $5 for students in advance; $25 and $10 the day of the concert. To buy, call (989) 776-9425 or stop by the White Crow Conservatory of Music, 3636 Mackinaw; Westside Decorating, 3505 State, or Flagstar Bank, 4975 Bay Road.
For information on all the bands playing, log on to www.saginawrotary.org/sos2011
Among the sponsors of Saginaw on Stage are Covenant HealthCare, Bierlein Companies, Stevens Worldwide Vanlines, Ziba Medical Spa, Merrill Lynch, and Hausbeck Pickles & Peppers.


Saginaw on Stage performance schedule
(subject to change)

Merrill Lynch Atrium
Silent auction
4:30-6:30, Bob Barcalow & Eva Stone (Strings & Things)

Covenant Room
4:30 Argontos (world music)
5:30 Equinox (Celtic)
6:30 Saginaw Teens on Stage
7:30 New Reformation Band (jazz, Dixieland)
8:30 Brush Street featuring Julie Mulady (jazz, blues)
9:30 Laurie Middlebrook Band (country)
Stevens Room
4:30 Jazz 101 (jazz and fusion)
5:30 Fabulous Retreads (rockabilly, early R&B)
6:30 Muzyka! (folk, gospel, bluegrass) 
7:30 Red Hawkins Band (Americana)
8:30 Siusan O’Rourke and Zig Zeitler (Irish, Americana)
9:30 Eastside Mike and Friends (Americana, folk, blues, country)
Bierlein Room
4:30 Cornpone (hillbilly swing)
5:30 Dick Case & Friends (jazz)
6:30 Covenant Which Doctors (rock, blues)
8:00 Doodads (bluegrass)
9:00 Tosspints (punk/rock-influenced Celtic)
10:00 Robert Lee Revue (smooth jazz)
White Crow Chapel
acoustic mix
6:00 Bob Hausler
7:00 Zydeco Ziggie and Oz Oswald 
8:00 Bob Buchanan
9:00 Open Mic with Fred Eurich, Addie Riebschleger, John Tulppo and More
10:00 Siusan O’Rourke and Zig Zeitler
Ziba Ski Lodge Clubhouse
4:30 Riptide (classic rock)
5:30 Zydeco Ziggie and Oz Oswald (Cajun, roots, blues)
6:30 The Reivers (Americana, folk, rock, blues)
7:30 Carrie Traeder (acoustic singer/songwriter)
8:30 The Bearinger Boys (rock, Americana)
9:30 The Holy Gun (funk, rock)

4 comments:

  1. Janet,
    Please replace the forward slash in the URL with a period so the URL reads as follows:
    www.saginawrotary.org/sos2011
    and please leave off the period at the end, because when people cut and paste that period as part of the URL it also will direct them to the wrong site.
    Thanks.
    Red

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  2. BRENT RACCA IS A NO GOOD PATHETIC ASSHOLE THAT RUNS TO HIS MOM WITH HIS PROBLEMS CAN TAKE THE BLAME FOR WHAT HE DOES AL;WAYS HAS TO BE SOMEONE ELSES FAULT. HE IS A WORTHLESS PIECE OF SHIT NOT WORTHTY OF TOILET WATER. GET A LIFE YOU LOSER BAWAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

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  3. Brent Racca if you don't keep your damn mouth shut and stop your damn lying on my friend which never did anything to you you will end up getting what you deserve you damn worthless douchebag!!!! I don't see how your family puts p with you or even likes you. devil worshiper,shooting up with needles, well no matter if you don't do it now its like they say once a drug addict or alcoholic always one. why don't you go back to your drug habit and we can get rid of another pathetic piece of sit in this world. you are a chicken shit bastard that can't take blame for your own actions and things you do wrong. You will never be a man and your half way to 50 PATHETIC!!!!
    CAN YOU SAY AND UNDERSTAND ALL YOUR DUMB BULLSHIT OR DO WE HAVE TO WRITE IT IN CRAYON FOR YOU!!!! Apparantly you will never have a life thank god you didn,t spread your spawn and had an innocent child that world have grown up with mass problem!
    YOUR WORTHLESS!!!!

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