Grand Funk Railroad will bring foot-stompin’ music to Biloxi

Grand Funk Railroad will be at the Hard Rock Live on Saturday at 8 p.m.
Grand Funk Railroad will be at the Hard Rock Live on Saturday at 8 p.m. Courtesy

Don Brewer, Grand Funk Railroad drummer and vocalist, said it’s all about love.

“I love doing what I do and I love to jump up on that stage making a fool out of myself and singing ‘Locomotion’ and ‘Some Kind of Wonderful.’ It still gives me a thrill,” Brewer said in an interview with the Sun Herald.

Brewer and Mel Schacher, his bandmate for more than 40 years, will be bringing the hard-rocking GFR to the Hard Rock Live in Biloxi on Saturday at 8 p.m.

“We’re looking forward to getting back to Biloxi,” he said. “We always have a good time and the crowd is always into it, and they seem to like Grand Funk Railroad’s music, so it’s a good time.”

Brewer and Schacher started GFR with former guitarist Mark Farner in Flint, Michigan, in 1969. Through the years, the band had hits with “I’m Your Captain” and “We’re an American Band.”

The current incarnation of the band also features former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, former 38 Special vocalist Max Carl and keyboardist Tim Cashion (Bob Seger).

“We’ve had this incarnation going for about 18 years now,” Brewer said. “It’s a great band — Max is one of the last blue-eyed soul singers on the planet, and he works out really well as our front guy.”

During his downtime, Brewer has his night job, which is playing drums in the Silver Bullet Band.

But with his night boss (Seger) on hiatus, Brewer said he enjoys spending his time with his family.

“I like to be with the grandkids and hang out with them,” he said. “The years that I’m doing both Grand Funk and Bob Seger, those are really busy years.”

If you go

Grand Funk Railroad

Hard Rock Live at 777 Beach Blvd. in Biloxi

8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17

Tickets start at $10 and are available at Ticketmaster.com