Cedar Rapids-based Nite Moves have certainly “been there” and “done that.
In fact, after 31 years of gigs, they’ve started playing at the wedding dances of the grandchildren of some of their first weddings.
These days they have 10 to 12 gigs a month within a 100-mile radius of Cedar Rapids. It’s nowhere near the hectic schedule of the past. In their 31-year run, Nite Moves has performed at virtually every major event and or function in and around the Cedar Rapids and Eastern Iowa — including the All Iowa Fair in Cedar Rapids, the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, RAGBRAI, the BBQ Roundup in Cedar Rapids and 16 straight years at the Great Jones County Fair in Monticello. They also have the distinction of being the very first local band to play at Cedar Rapids’ annual Freedom Festival.
Formed in early 1980, the band borrowed their name from the 1976 Bob Seger hit, “Night Moves.” Original members Don Daugherty and Glenn Dean were both in the Iowa Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame bands the “Legends,” and later the regional favorite “American Legend,” dating all the way back to 1962. Nite Moves evolved after that group disbanded in 1979. Randy Combs joined several years later, after playing all through the south with his groups. Kim Bean was formerly with “The Toys” and other bands in Cedar Rapids for many years.
They’ve been honored with a number of awards and accolades over the years, but they are particularly proud of the ones bestowed upon them by every governor of the state of Iowa since the early 80s. Don and Glenn were even honored by the Senate and House of Representatives on the floor of the House with the passing of House Resolution No. 56 for lifetime musical achievement in the state of Iowa.
“We truly love what we do, and appreciate the opportunity to keep entertaining live audiences where ever it may take us,” says Don Daugherty. “Because for us it has always been about the journey. If we can keep repeating gigs at these wonderful clubs and events and along the way pick up a few new ones that always seem to pop up, then were are happy and hope to see you all there sometime.”
– Pete Looney
- WHO: Nite Moves – Glenn Dean (lead vocals), Randy Combs (guitar, vocals), Don Daugherty (bass, vocals), Kim Bean (drums, vocals)
- WHAT: Classic Rock, country and blues
- WHEN & WHERE: 9 p.m. Saturday (9/3), 3 Finger Saloon, 115 W. Main, Lisbon; 9 p.m. Sept. 23 , Rumors, 400 F. Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids