The Night People are a musical group who won't need an introduction to those Quad-City people who were around in the 1960's and spent many of their weekends at the legendary Draught House and the COL Ballroom. They were the house band five nights a week at the Draught House, also playing every Sunday night at the COL, and opening for many of the big stars of the time; most notably for Jimi Hendrix in 1968. Through the 80's and 90's the band hosted several "Night People Reunion" concerts, including the first one in 1984, which was sponsored by WOC/KWQC and happened to be the first event at Davenport's new River Center. That event had three thousand people inside the center with another thousand waiting to get in. The $10,000 net proceeds from the event went to the first restoration of the old RKO and helped to bring an entire generation of people into the fundraising necessary to help bring the Adler Theatre into being. The second reunion was also sponsored by WOC/KWQC and was held at the Davenport band shell. It drew over twelve thousand people.
In late 2010 the band re-adopted its old name after coaxing original bass player Gary Pearson out of his happy 15-year retirement. Gary rejoins founders Robert Dahms and Mike Stroehle; Suddenly it's like old times again; at the same time it's all new ... still playing much of the music that made the Draught House so successful.
Jim Stroehle. Mike's younger brother, is practically an original member himself, as he started playing drums with the group on various gigs back in 1967 while still a junior in high school (he was snuck in and out of the house to play on school nights). Jimmy has played all of the Night People reunions, except for the first two.
Mike Stroehle, who along with Robert Dahms founded the band in 1964, has been a keyboard whiz since infancy, appearing on television at the age of six. Mike is a Quad-City legend that has been inducted into the Iowa Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame (Enoch Smoky), and has played with many famous acts including Chuck Berry, and for a while co-owned (with Gary Pearson and Rob Dahms) a nightclub in Bettendorf called "Strawberry Fields".
Gary Pearson, recently yanked out of his retirement bliss, also owned another nightclub, "The Longbranch", for many years in Davenport's East Village. Fortunately for the band, he's kept his bass all these years. Gary has always been an exciting singer and player, and having him back is a real joy! He, along with Robert and Jimmy, spent some time in the 1970's traveling around the country with an "Elvis Impersonator Show" starring Johnny Harrah, who played Elvis in the "This Is Elvis" motion picture. Gary was also inducted into the Iowa Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame (with Mike for the band Enoch Smoky).
Robert Dahms and his guitar left for southern California in 1977 and stayed for 27 years, playing all over the west coast and working with the likes of Freddy Fender and Bill "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" Medley. Rob also recorded with Mr. Medley and did a couple of tours of the United States and Canada.
The Night People recently decided to add another member to the band, who had to be someone who could both sing and play great and possess a similar degree of experience. In this regard the band is quite fortunate to have Rick Maddelein on guitar and slide guitar, who has been playing in Quad-City bands since 1963 and was Rob's stand-in on several occasions. Ricky brings an added dimension to the band with the jingle-jangle sound of his 12-string guitar and the drone of his electric sitar, both integral parts of the music of the 60's.
After performing together and separately for so many years, the members of the Night People have played most every kind of music along the way (with the exception of opera and rap). Although the band specializes in 60's music, anything is possible.
Rob Dahms (Guitar/Vocals),
Gary Pearson (Bass/Vocals),
Rick Maddelein (Guitar/Vocals),
Jim Stroehle (Drums),
Mike Stroehle (Keyboard/Vocals)