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Rock and Roll with the Cavemen!

August 17, 2010 - Karin Elton

I’m looking forward to seeing the Cavemen perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the downtown park on College Drive and Main Street in Marshall.

The Cavemen played for our senior prom in 1975. They covered “Color My World” by Chicago which was one of my favorite songs. My friends, Kriss and Margaret, and I would go to Don’s Ballroom in Ghent on weekends to see the Cavemen. Margaret ended up marrying the drummer, Jim Novosad.

When I was a freshman, I had a crush on Jerry “JJ” Jorgensen, a guitarist and singer with the band. He had long blondish-brown hair, wore the latest 1970s polyester button-down shirts with the wide collar and bell bottom pants. Very cute. He was a senior at Lynd High and was really popular. One time in the winter he picked me up and threatened to throw me in a snow bank. So exciting!

Skip ahead a few decades and I’m talking to JJ and Gary Peterson in the Independent conference room for an article in the paper about the Cavemen’s reunion New Year's Eve and New Year's Day gigs at the Marshall Golf Club in 2000. The bandmembers all caught a terrible cold/flu but still played and the concert was still fun and packed. I saw my friends Margaret “Maggie” Novosad and Kriss there.

I also saw the Cavemen perform a couple years ago at the Lyndwood. The place was packed again and a good time was had by all.

Now the Cavemen, mashed up with Tilly and the Time Bombs, are playing Saturday in Marshall for Sounds of Summer. People will hear some good music from musicians who know their stuff.

For the preview story, I talked to JJ who was at home in Omaha, Neb., then I called Steven “Tilly” Thielges who has played in tons of bands around the metro and U.S. including the Gene Pitney band. Tilly is going to be inducted in the Minnesota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in September for his part in the band PJ and the Sleepers, along with Gary Rue and Denny Morgan. Morgan is a country songwriter living in Nashville. He had hits in the 1980s for Barbara Mandrell including “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed.”

I also talked to Jere “Shorty” Polman. He was concerned that there wouldn’t be a “biffy” near the stage. He didn’t want to walk a long way searching for one during a break. He said he was going to call Russ Labat, an SOS organizer, and ask if there would be one and I said I would ask him. Russ said yes there will be a biffy nearby.

The Cavemen/Tilly and the Time Bombs also will play at 8 p.m. Friday at Key Largo in Slayton. For more information and to listen to a few songs, go to the Tilly and the Time Bombs page on

Both performances should be a blast.


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