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Many residents of Florida’s Heartland consider California Toe Jam to be the area’s most well-loved Good-Time Oldies Band. Their family-friendly shows have brought smiles to countless faces over the last three decades. California Toe Jam was formed in 1984 by Harry Havery and Rodney Hollinger. Harry was a Senior at Sebring High School and was asked to put a band together for the school’s Homecoming “Thunder” Celebration.
The faces have changed over the years, but the founding members remain, Harry Havery on vocals and guitar, and Rodney Hollinger on keys, sax, trumpet, guitar and vocals. Bass player Richie Shepard moved away and was replaced by long-time local musician TJ Kinyon. Roger Nubern and Mike McElfresh also moved away and were never replaced. Rodney Havery took over on the drums in 2006. In The Fall of 2013, Toe Jam drummer Rodney Havery retired. Former Toe Jam drummer Joe Colangelo stepped up and took over. Longtime Toe Jam Sound and Lights Guy, Bil Kovacs moved to Jacksonville in 2016. Harrison Havery stepped in and has been making the band look and sound great.
A couple of years ago, Toe Jam hooked up with an old friend, Joe Gallimore. Joe was best friends with Harry’s brother Charlie and is the General Manager for Sun Coast Media Group. Joe booked Toe Jam for a few concerts, and that has grown into a great relationship. These SCMG concerts have introduced California Toe Jam to new audiences in South Florida, and the band absolutely LOVES doing SCMG concerts!
Now beginning their 33rd year, California Toe Jam continues to play concerts all over the Heartland, shooting for their lifelong goal – to make people happy, even if just for a little while. It has always been, and always will be about the joy of making music, and there are no signs of slowing down.
The Venice Community Center (VCC) is a beautiful 45,000 sq. ft. regional facility that serves the needs of residents and visitors in Sarasota County as well as counties to the north and south. VCC is home to many expos, weddings, seminars, concerts, proms, and a wide-variety of educational, recreational, and social activities.