Justin Ploof and The Throwbacks performing Creedence Clearwater Revival for benefit

Concert to benefit Morrison County Food Shelf

by Jennie Zeitler

Justin Ploof and the Throwbacks perform a number of different shows each season. These have included the Beach Boys, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and The Monkees. Pictured above at a recent concert are (from left): Bill Lydeen, Justin Ploof, Jason Ploof, Dan Ploof and Peter Day.

Justin Ploof and the Throwbacks perform a number of different shows each season. These have included the Beach Boys, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and The Monkees. Pictured above at a recent concert are (from left): Bill Lydeen, Justin Ploof, Jason Ploof, Dan Ploof and Peter Day.

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The Morrison County Food Shelf received an addition in 2013, housing a large walk-in cooler, several freezers and additional shelving. A benefit concert performance will be held March 15 to raise funds for that addition.

Little Falls native Dan Ploof and two of his three sons will be performing with two other band members in a tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival.

“This show is our chance to give back to the community of Little Falls,” said Ploof. “Creedence has been a real winner of a show wherever we’ve gone with it. We thought it would be a good fit for the Food Shelf.”

After graduating from high school in Little Falls, Ploof attended St. Cloud Technical College before spending a year or two in the Twin Cities. He and his wife, Deb, returned to St. Cloud to raise their three sons, Jason, Jamie and Justin.

Ploof reminisces about playing guitar in the eighth grade at Our Lady of Lourdes.

“Sister Sarah taught me some chords,” he said.

While in eighth or ninth grade, Ploof and his brothers Dave Ploof, Tommy Vosen and Donny Vosen along with their friend Greg Zylka started a band in the Ploof/Vosen basement.

“We wore stocking caps like Mike Nesmith of the Monkees,” Ploof said. “We thought we were hip.”

He started playing bass guitar during his high school years when no one else wanted to.

“We were a proverbial garage band, playing in people’s basements at parties,” he said.

For a while he played guitar in an old-time band, polkas and waltzes. He got back into rock ‘n’ roll when he started playing with a cousin and some friends.

“I played all the time with different bands,” Ploof said. “We played at local clubs, at weddings and parties on weekends. With children and a house, the extra money was appreciated.”

As his sons got older, their interest in music grew. Ploof believes he pushed a little too hard, teaching them to sing, how to entertain, how to do harmony.

“My wife suggested I lighten up and just let it develop,” he said. “They backed off for a while and later came back.”

The family listened to a lot of different types of music, exploring other musical tastes.

“Their fingers have gone even further than mine,” Ploof said. “They have reached for other styles of music.”

Eventually Ploof and his sons formed “Justin Ploof and The Throwbacks.” All three sons live in the Twin Cities.

“Jason, Justin and I have always been in the band. James has been our drummer the last couple seasons but is taking a break now,” Ploof said.

Currently, the band’s drummer is Peter Day of the Twin Cities and bass player is Bill Lydeen of St. Cloud.

The band performs tribute shows — theme shows — to various groups including the Beach Boys, Tom Petty, Paul Simon, “1967 and The Summer of Love” and The Monkees.

“Some of those shows take more band members to produce,” said Ploof. “We usually do four shows per season.”

“1967 and The Summer of Love” was produced as a “rockumentary,” telling the history of that time with narration and footage.

Jason and Justin are in their own band, “Sellout Stereo,” and sometimes play at the Red Bull Bar upstairs, Ploof said.

“I’m very excited about coming back to Little Falls,” Ploof said. “I haven’t played in Little Falls for 30 – 40 years. I hope to see some old classmates.”

The March 15 benefit show will be held at the Little Falls Ballroom. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets, contact (320) 632-5667.

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