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Columbus classic rock band reuniting for gig at Bistro 310

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The Dark Syde, a classic rock band dating to the early 1970s in Columbus, will reunite to play a three-hour concert beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday at a free, outdoor block party at Bistro 310, at 310 Fourth St. in Columbus.

Band members are drummer and Nashville resident Barry Johnson, keyboard player Steve Lindeman of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Columbus guitarist Dan Dritt.

Johnson and his bandmates, now in their late 50s, jammed at fraternity and sorority parties at Indiana University and elsewhere from 1969 to 1972.

The 1972 Columbus High School graduates reunited for the first time in 39 years before a packed house in August 2011 at The Garage Pub & Grill, next door to Bistro 310. Guest vocalist Don Williams joined them then, and will join them again Wednesday.

“Picked up right where we had left off,” Nashville’s Johnson said.

“With these guys, it’s just like riding a bicycle. We just know each other so well.”

They also gathered for a performance at a Nashville winery recently.

The group expects to play tunes ranging from The Doors’ “Light My Fire” to The Grass Roots’ “Midnight Confessions” to Alice Cooper’s “I’m 18.”

“It’s been a great and wonderful experience (getting together),” Lindeman said. “But it’s slightly bittersweet, too. Because we were such good friends and had such a nice band back in the day.

“It’s kind of sad we had to go our separate ways and couldn’t keep it going.”

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