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Regrouped BOP(harvey) makes its way back to Detroit area

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BOP(harvey) has quite a bit to celebrate these days.

The East Lansing-formed ska-rock group -- once championed by Max Weinberg of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band -- reunited in 2009 after 15 years apart. The group plays its first Detroit area show in 20 years this weekend, and will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of its formation this year.

"We're loving it," says bassist Dan Stechow. "The guys and I collectively realized that the feuds and 'get the hell out of my face' stuff had long since faded. We were very much open and itching to get together and make some music.

"And like all bands with muscle memory in our DNA, put is a room and we're still damn good. So that's been a pleasure."

BOP(harvey) formed while its members were students at Michigan State University. The band, which relocated for awhile to Providence, R.I., established itself with four albums and hard touring, but by 1994 "we all needed to take a break from each other," Stechow says. When he returned to the Detroit area after living in New York, however, BOP(harvey) began playing together again and is now even talking about resuming its recording career.

"There's a couple things we've been working on that are making us crack our knuckles a little bit," says Stechow, 50, who by day is the marketing director for a Novi company that offers insurance for mobile devices. "I think we're going to concentrate on trying to begin some new creations in the spring or summer and get some stuff done.

"All of us have been very productive over the years in music and the arts. A couple of guys are still full-time in music, so there's still plenty of playing and writing and creativity in us. I'm predicting some fun stuff ahead."

BOP(harvey) and Shotgun Soul perform Friday, Feb. 7, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave, Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $13. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

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