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Misspent Youth with Dave “DK” Kolars is the featured performance for the March 9 Stage Left Open Mic. Misspent Youth is a 3-piece, hard-driving bluegrass band based in DeKalb, Illinois.
Misspent Youth with Dave “DK” Kolars is the featured performance for the March 9 Stage Left Open Mic. Misspent Youth is a 3-piece, hard-driving bluegrass band based in DeKalb, Illinois.

March 9, 2022, 7:00 – 11:00 pm – Misspent Youth is the featured performance for Off Square Music’s Stage Left Open Mic on March 9. Many of us know Dave “DK” Kolars, who plays guitar with the group.

Sign up to perform for what promises to be a great evening of live music. Information below.

Misspent Youth

Misspent Youth is a 3-piece, hard-driving bluegrass band based in DeKalb, Illinois. The band features Dave “DK” Kolars on guitar, long a fixture in the music scene, well-known and a friend to many in Woodstock. With Dave in the band are Dale Ludwig and Mike Warfel.

Misspent Youth will play a lot of songs we don’t normally hear, with two- and three-part harmonies. They put their own twist on the music with their cumulative 150+ years of playing music in many styles.

Members of the Band

Dave “DK” Kolars – Dave, known to many as “DK,” started with his music career with piano, moved to snare drum, then guitar and dobro.

After hearing the Hawaiian lap steel Dave was hooked and started playing Hawaiian lap steel in 2005, attending the Maui Steel Guitar Festival.

He was one of the founders of the Northern Illinois Bluegrass Association (NIBA). He ran it for six years, published the monthly newsletter, and promoted three bluegrass festivals during that time.

Dave also builds ‘ukuleles and guitars, and collects, repairs and re-sells used instruments. DK is a world-renowned expert on Slingerland guitars.

DK is a past judge for Off Square Music Harvest Fest contests and a good friend to many in our community. 

Dale Ludewig – Dale owns and operates Woodworks in DeKalb, Illinois. For over 45 years, he has made custom cabinets and furniture and done repair work. He also builds Ludewig mandolins as well as guitars, ukuleles, and banjos and repairs and sets up instruments.

Mike Warfel – Mike is from Sandwich, Illinois. He plays bass in several groups and is well-known in the Fox Valley and suburban area for many years.

Want to perform? Sign up now – here’s how:

Spaces at these Open Mics always fill quickly. If you haven’t already, please visit this page (or use the button below) to complete a one-time informational form. Once you submit the form, then return to that page any time to request a performance spot in any of our venues.

You can also contact the event organizer directly, for Stage Left Open Mics, Keith Johnson, keith@offsquaremusic.org.

We hope to see you March 9

These monthly open mics offer a delightful evening of music, fun, and friendship from 7:00 – 11:00 pm. Save your 2nd Wednesdays to come out to Stage Left Cafe, 125 Van Buren St. on the historic Woodstock Square.

We hope to see you on March 9, performing or enjoying the performances.

Off Square Music requests a $5.00/pp donation to support our many music activities, including these Stage Left Open Mic nights.

Masks and vaccinations recommended but not required. please be thoughtful.

What is the Stage Left Open Mic?

Off Square Music Stage Left Open Mics. Same great event, new day of the week - 2nd Wednesdays of every month.

These Open Mics, brought to you by Off Square Music, are monthly events on 2nd Wednesdays in Woodstock. Performers — musicians, singers, poets, and others — come together to connect with a live audience in a wonderful, family-friendly environment.

Whether you’re just starting out as a performer or are a seasoned veteran, our audience provides a supportive atmosphere. Stage Left, part of the Woodstock Opera House, adds to that ambiance with an exceptional performance space and sound system.

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