HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – The 7the The annual “Microwave Dave Day” will take place on Sunday October 24e at Stovehouse. We sat down to talk with the man behind the music. For years, people have followed Microwave Dave and the Nukes.
Dave Gallaher moved to Huntsville in the 1980s. But his love of music began in childhood. “It goes back to my own experience in Dallas in fourth grade when this band came to our school and performed,” he said seated at a Stovehouse picnic table, “The band had been on the show. ‘Ed Sullivan and they came and played for us. ”It changed his tune.
Dave now shares that love with students in the Tennessee Valley. “It was a moving experience, so I try to give that back to the kids as much as possible, not to train musicians from them but to form an inspiration,” he said.
For many, this is their first exposure to live music. “Being there in front of them and dealing directly with them as a central part of the public, not just the children brought in by their parents. They are there and we are playing for them, ”he said,“ The show is for them. “
Dave and the band recently performed for children as part of a summer program at Owens Crossroads. “They answered everything. They listened to everything, ”Dave said with a smile,“ They took all the information including the historical part of the blues we’re talking about, how the beats work, how the music works. They got it all. They’ve paid a lot of attention so it’s hard to beat an audience that’s focused on what you’re doing.
But this is not a solo act. Dave works in harmony with the Microwave Dave Music Education Foundation. “Jerry, I don’t think it’s really fair to say it, my name’s on it, but it’s really not my foundation,” he said humbly, “I’m not voting on this. I don’t run it. I don’t charge him with anything. They did this independently of me, which was part of my deal when we started it because I don’t want to be involved in board meetings and the like. I’m not a good person with this stuff. I’m an artist. And the bluesman knows how to do that.
The foundation launched Microwave Dave Day to honor a local musician and singer for what he has given back to the community for over 30 years. He also publishes a book sharing Dave’s stories and photos from the past 60+ years. “The photos that I saw and that I think are in there, there are some good ones. They came back and took my baby photos. No bearskin rugs or anything, “he said with a laugh,” All the way back when my family was young and most of the bands I’ve been in are over there. and most of the stories about them are there too. “
“I’m a Roadrunner” highlights his musical journey. “The group I was in Vietnam I was an intelligence person there and during my off hours I played in a group. To be honest, that’s really part of what kept me sane there and I found some of the pictures I had of these guys that I hadn’t seen in a long time, ” Dave remembers. It’s a perfectly synchronized crescendo, it’s a career that inspires others.
The music for “Microwave Dave Day” begins at 2:30 pm and will last until 10 pm that night. Microwave Dave and the Nukes will take the stage at 8 p.m. The event is free to the public, but donations to the Microwave Dave Music Education Foundation will be appreciated.
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