Frank Bock and Ron Mclean were a simple two piece band playing at the Steamy Bean a couple days a week. That is until they bumped into blues guitarist Pete Cooper one day who went on to tell them how he had just acquired a 1968 Fender Pedal Steel from a friend.
The three men immediately hit it off and before parting company, made arrangements for a garage jam session. It was during that jam session that Frank said to himself, “Wow… that is the sound I’ve been looking for!” By the end of the session, the AlgoRhythms were formed.
Frank Bock: vocals & guitar
Ron Mclean: bass, volcals & sound management
Pete Cooper: pedal steel, lead guitar, lap steel and vocals
The AlgoRhythms began playing at afternoon matinee gigs at Reggies West. To this day, they still play there about once every three weeks.
In addition to their pursuit of music, not to mention each having jobs to go to everyday, the members wanted to do more for our great community.
In the summer of 2011 they started raising funds for the Sault Ste. Marie Community Soup Kitchen at the Big Moose Ice Cream Parlour, located within the Chippewa Trading Post complex. This was the perfect opportunity to put their talent to good use and the trio managed to raise $2,000 over four summers!
The success of their fundraising efforts encouraged the group to forge ahead and choose yet another community organization in need of support. They continued their fundraising efforts in the summer of 2015 at the new Mike Case Memorial Stage, constructed next to the Big Moose Ice Cream Parlour.
This past spring, the AlgoRhythms had the pleasure of welcoming a new band member to the group. Kelly McGillvary brought a soulful bluesy sound on board giving the band a better sound texture with a whole new approach. Kelly provides vocals and plays guitar, harp as well as an assortment of other musical toys.
On Wednesday August 7th, 2017, the AlgoRhythms invited representatives from ARCH Hospice, yet another local charity organization that relies on community support, to join them at the Mike Case Memorial Stage for their weekly performance. Band members presented ARCH with a cheque for a staggering $3,000 which had been raised over the past 3 years.
Band members couldn’t have raised these funds without the huge outpouring of support from individuals that had come out to enjoy some music, ice cream and fellowship with friends over the years. They also give credit to the generous support of community partners such as O’Sullivan Funeral Home and Krush Clothing who also helped out by way of cash donations.
In addition to Reggies and the Mike Case Memorial Stage next to the Big Moose Ice Cream Parlour, the AlgoRythms have played for the Summer Concert Series at the Roberta Bondar Pavilion, opened Friday evening for this past Rotaryfest, Ride for ARCH, as well as for Toystock which is a popular Christmas Cheer Event hosted by Maxx Entertainment.
When asked what community charity they will support next, SaultOnline was simply told… “It’s a surprise… you’ll have to wait and see!”