Bravo | July 11, 2019

By RICK BROWN Hub Staff Writer KEARNEY — In the early 1960s, Gary Lewis’ mother, singer Patti Palmer, helped her son purchase equipment for his band without telling his dad. She thought Gary’s father, the world famous comedian Jerry Lewis, might not approve of his son playing rock ‘n’ roll. Gary began his interest in music at an early age. World class drum- mer and band leader Buddy Rich gave him lessons. “I was so young,” Gary said. “I originally met him when I was 5. For seven years I didn’t know who he was. I thought he was just a friend of my dad’s because he came over all the time.” Those lessons continued. “Every time he came over, he said, ‘Hey, kid, let’s go out to the drums and let me show you some stuff,’” Gary recalled. “And then when I was about 12, I realized, hey, this is Buddy Rich, my God. Seven years of lessons from Buddy Rich. He was wonderful.” The entertainment world knew Rich for his impatience and arro- gance — both in music and life. “I never wondered if he was being nice to me or not,” Gary said. “He was just showing me some stuff on the drums, but I know he wasn’t ever very nice to anybody. My dad used to call him Mr. Humble.” Gary and his band found suc- cess in the mid-1960s with hits such as “This Diamond Ring” and “Everybody Loves a Clown.” Gary Lewis and the Playboys will perform at 8 p.m. July 18 at the Merryman Performing Arts Center as part of Cruise Nite. Tickets are $26-$36. Growing with famous perform- ers for parents both helped and hindered Gary. “I guess you can say it was an advantage in my younger years,” he said. “We went to the best schools and we didn’t have to want for anything. But on the other hand, it didn’t set me up for life as it really is. Real life is not having everything you want all the time. When I got drafted and went into the Army, that’s when I grew up. Those guys were not going to take any sense of privilege or anything like that.” Gary knew that instantly. “I just wanted to be one of the guys,” he said. “The growing up process was weird because when KEARNEY HUB — THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2019 DIVERSIONS 3 WHEN AND WHERE What : Gary Lewis and the Playboys perform as part of Cruise Nite, pre- sented by Central Nebraska Auto Club When : 8 p.m. July 18 Where : Merryman Per- forming Arts Center at 225 W. 22nd St. Admission : $26-$36; Contact : 308-698- 8297; www.merrymancen- . SPANNING DECADES Continued on page 8 A music career spanning decades 83 Plaza Blvd., Kearney • 308-234-1529 Email: • Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, this musical tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest – and then some! The story shifts between two timelines. In the present-day real world, sixty-year-old Edward Bloom faces his mortality. In the storybook past, Edward ages from a teenager, encountering a Witch, a Giant, a Mermaid, and the love of his life. Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Suitable for all ages. Sponsored by Music & Lyrics by Andrew Lippa; Book by John August Directed by Alex Schwarz Thursdays-Saturdays July 11-July 28* BIG FISH Doors Open: 6:45 pm Show Time: 7:30 pm *Matinee Show: 2:00 pm Doors Open: 1:15 pm $18 Per Person TicketsOnSaleNow! Matt Myers FARM BUREAU AGENT 308-234-4922 5810 2nd Avenue Kearney, NE 68845 Cameron Clausen SALES ASSOCIATE FOR RICH PETERS & MATT MYERS 308-234-4922 5810 2nd Avenue Kearney, NE 68845 One deductible per occurrence. Securities & services offered through FBL Marketing Services, LLC + , 5400 University Ave., West Des Moines, IA 50266, Member SIPC. Farm Bureau Property & Casualty Insurance Company + *, Western Agricultural Insurance Company + *, Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company + */West Des Moines, IA. + Affiliates *Company providers of Farm Bureau Financial Services MC032-NErr-2 (2-14) When things go wrong, you need your insurance to go right. Contact us to see how our one deductible advantage can help provide you peace of mind when you need it most. Gary Lewis, courtesy GARY LEWIS and the Playboys started the mid-1960s with gold records. Seven years later, he dropped out of the music business, disillusioned and discouraged. “I didn’t want to play hard rock just for the sake of staying in the business,” he said. “I got out of it and bought a music store in Los Angeles.” Now back on the road, Lewis and his band will perform at 8 p.m. July 18 at the Merryman Performing Arts Center as part of Cruise Nite. Gary Lewis and the Playboys perform July 18