By Mary Bullwinkel, Beacon Correspondent
Hey all you classic rock music fans, there's a new local band in town playing all of your favorite rock and roll hits. Never heard of Doug fir and the 2x4s, you say? Then head over to the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale this weekend and enjoy the show.
The five-member band is made up of two father and son duos and a close friend. Griffin Bacik, 22, is lead singer and keyboardist, and a biology senior at Humboldt State University. His father Frank Bacik, president of Town of Scotia Company, plays lead guitar. Fortuna resident Michael Chapman plays bass and his 16-year-old son Ryan (a junior at Fortuna high School) is on drums. Good friend Rick Poe does some vocals and plays rhythm guitar and harmonica.
According to Frank Bacik, he and Michael Chapman have known each other and played together with other friends in jam sessions and at parties for at least ten years. "Beginning about three or four years ago we started playing more often," Bacik said, "and building a rock and rock repertoire." The band played this year at the Fourth of July event in Old Town Eureka and at Wildwood Days in Rio Dell. Doug fir and the 2x4s will perform at the Humboldt County Fair on the main Midway Stage Saturday, August 18th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
"We're working hard to have fun," Bacik said of the band. "As we do, we also have a rare chance to listen to our sons, as together we fashion a voice. Foremost, we employ that voice to entertain the audience with pulse pounding, family friendly, classic rock and roll."
Bacik said he and Michael Chapman got involved in music a bit later in life than many musicians. "Whether as a hobby or full time job, I think the time and effort you put into learning and playing music pays dividends more assuredly than most things in life," Bacik said. "I have never calculated a moment spent playing music as 'wasted time,'" he added.
When it came time to decide on a name Bacik said they wanted to relate the band to a job, an industry, and something simple, true and reliable. "The timber industry surrounds us here in Humboldt County," Bacik said. "It's the reason Scotia exists. And what could be more reliable than the ubiquitous Doug fir or more simple and true than a 2x4?" he asked. "A 2x4 is pure potential, like a single note of music. What it could become is limitless; what you make of it depends entirely on how hard you work at it."
The group practices every Tuesday night at the historic Winema Theater in Scotia from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. "We're currently adding more material to our classic rock repertoire," Bacik said, "which can be a little like watching someone make sausage, but generally, we welcome visitors, watchers and musicians, to join us at rehearsals." He said band members welcome constructive criticism and feedback from the audience at the rehearsals.
The group can be found on Facebook, and has both live and studio-recorded samples of their music at www.reverbnation.com/dougfirandthe2x4s and www.soundcloud/doug-fir-and-the-2x4s.
Photo by Mary Bullwinkel/Beacon
The local band Doug fir and the 2x4s perform at the Old Town Eureka July Fourth celebration. Pictured from left: Frank Bacik, Griffin Bacik, Michael Chapman, and Rick Poe. Playing drums behind Griffin Bacik is Ryan Chapman.