Drs. Matt Yoak and Chris Polen enjoy playing 1980s rock music in the dance band Hit Parade.
Last week, they performed in Parkersburg to help a fellow Parkersburg South High School graduate.
In their day jobs, Yoak is a plastic surgeon at Marietta Memorial Hospital and Polen is an intensivist, a physician who specializes in the care of critically ill patients in the intensive care unit, at Camden Clark Medical Center.
Both physicians/musicians graduated from Parkersburg South High School-Yoak in 1985 and Polen in 1987.
When Yoak found out his friend Polen had moved back to the area from North Carolina, he asked Polen if he wanted to start a band. Polen returned home in September 2010 and the two South grads starting playing music together in January 2011.
Yoak is lead guitarist and Polen lead vocalist in Hit Parade, which also includes drummer Cody Bauman and bass player Danny Parsons.
Polen described Hit Parade as a 1980s rock cover band playing hits from Journey, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Billy Idol, AC/DC and others. They perform regularly as the house band at the Adelphia Music Hall in Marietta and at private parties. Hit Parade wants to get bookings in places like Cleveland and Put-in-Bay, Ohio, Polen said.
Last Friday night, Hit Parade played at a meet-the-candidate event for Barry Murphy, Wood County magistrate candidate, at the Eagles Club ballroom on Avery Street. Murphy graduated from Parkersburg South in 1985. "We wanted to help Barry," Polen said. The following night, the band played at Yellowbeards in Vienna.
Hit Parade has received a good response from local audiences, Polen said. It's been fun, Yoak said.
Belpre native Tamara Schrader said she felt "intimidated" at first to be around all the celebrities at the 20th annual Academy Awards viewing party to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation in Hollywood Sunday. But Schrader said she felt comfortable when she started dancing in the huge tent set up for Oscars' night. Schrader, a choreographer/performer at Hollywood Pop Gallery in New York City, loves to dance and is recognized for her dancing skills. Her mother is Velma Schrader, founder/director of Schrader Youth Ballet Co. in Parkersburg. Schrader and Brett Galley, owner of the Hollywood Pop Gallery, began watching the 84th annual Academy Awards at the Hollywood venue previously known as the Kodak Theatre but they soon moved to Elton John's viewing party as did many celebrities who did not have front-row seats. Although not a "super starstruck" person, Schrader admitted to being wowed by the sight of so many celebrities in one place, the five-course dinner, the exquisite gowns and shoes at John's party. Schrader, who wore a gold sequin dress, sat at a table with Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth and several musicians, and talked to Steven Tyler, Katy Perry, Heidi Klum, Quincy Jones and Kim Kardashian, among others. Topping off an exciting night, Schrader said she attended Madonna's "secret" Oscars after party nearby. "Los Angeles people are friendly and nice," said Schrader.
A Ladies Day Out fundraiser at J.P. Henry's last Saturday afternoon has pushed the Humane Society of Parkersburg closer to reaching its goal of building a spay and neuter clinic. Vendors Michelle Willoughby of Thirty-one bags, Kim Flesher of Scentsy candles and Debbie Tipper of Silpada jewelry donated a portion of their sales, while J.P. Henry's donated food, beverages and the room, to help the humane society's project. Carrie Roe, president of the Humane Society of Parkersburg board of directors, said $280,000 of the $300,000 needed to start building the spay and neuter clinic has been raised. She hopes construction can begin this year. A donation in memory of George "Skip" Hill, former Wood County Circuit Court judge, by his children was received at Saturday's fundraiser.
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