2011 and Earlier / Diversions

Boone Doggies a variety music act

There are a lot of musical trios around, but you’ll have a hard time finding one that’s been playing together for as long as the Boone Doggies – or one that has as much fun.

The Boone Doggies, Jason Elsheimer, Aric Beyer and Nick Foresman, graduated from Traverse City Central High School in 1987.
THE BOONE DOGGIES, from the left, are bassist Aric Beyer, guitarist Jason Elsenheimer and guitarist Nick Foresman. The Boone Doggies play twice a week on the deck at Boone Docks in Glen Arbor in the summers.THE BOONE DOGGIES, from the left, are bassist Aric Beyer, guitarist Jason Elsenheimer and guitarist Nick Foresman. The Boone Doggies play twice a week on the deck at Boone Docks in Glen Arbor in the summers.
“We’re just three guys who grew up together and love music,” Foresman said.
The guys played for dances, proms and parties during high school, although not yet as the ‘Doggies. For the next few years, they occasionally played acoustic songs together, as duos and as solo artists for family gatherings, until Elsheimer and Foresman were invited to play acoustic music on the deck at the Homestead in Glen Arbor.

Soon the man who invited them to play at the Homestead bought Boone Docks in Glen Arbor and invited the musicians to come along. After Foresman and Elsheimer reunited with Beyer, the Boone Doggies were born — named after a drink on the restaurant’s menu.

“It just kind of stuck,” Foresman said.

The Boone Doggies have been playing on the Boone Docks deck two or three times per week in the summer for about 15 years.

Foresman said the band knows about 500 songs. The variety of music helps the band please audiences of all ages. They can swing from Jimmy Buffett for the kids, to Pearl Jam for the twenty-somethings, to The Grateful Dead for the old hippies. They sprinkle in favorites like “Sweet Caroline” and “What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor” to really pull the shows together.

“We play all your favorite and traditional songs,” Foresman said.

The Boone Doggies have played at the National Cherry Festival ball drop in Traverse City, Crystal Mountain in Benzie County, the Traverse City Fall Crawl, in local bars and restaurants and in the Grand Rapids area, where Foresman and Elsheimer currently reside. But as far as Glen Arbor is concerned, the Boone Doggies are loyal to their namesake, Boone Docks. Otherwise, the band is interested in playing more in Leelanau County.

After 25 years of playing together, Foresman said the band has really developed musically. So much stage time has helped the group blend their voices so there’s always a harmony.

“We’re lucky to be together for such a long time,” Foresman said.

All of the ‘Doggies have families and jobs that don’t involve setting up sound equipment, but that hasn’t stopped them from playing music.

“We continue to play music even though we’re getting old and fat and bald,” Foresman said.

Foresman has three children and one due in the fall, Aric has twin daughters and Jason has two daughters. Their wives and families are all friends, and some of their children are also drawn to music.

“Maybe they’ll be the Boone Doggettes,” Foresman said.

If you’re looking for a good night outside listening to your favorite bar songs, look no further than the Boone Doggies, who play on the deck at Boone Docks in Glen Arbor on Sunday and Monday nights.

By Carol Thompson
Enterprise intern
carol@leelanaunews.com

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