Litchfield Park resident continues long musical journey with weekly gigs

From left, Mark Foster, Larry Keen and Bob Sheade perform as The Fabulous Keen Brothers every Saturday night at The Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park. [Submitted photo]

At the age of 16, now-Litchfield Park resident Larry Keen had his first brush with music fame when he traveled by train from his northern West Virginia home to Los Angeles to visit his uncle. Getting off the train in LA his uncle saw the guitar that was strapped to Larryn’s back and asked, “Are you any good?”

After hearing Mr. Keen play in the train station, his uncle stopped, with the teenage Larry in tow, by the Troubadour nightclub in West Hollywood where he knew the owner. Moments later, Larry was on stage with his guitar doing a solo performance. Following that performance, he was offered an opportunity to sit in with their house band while he was in the LA area. That band was headed by two relatively unknown musicians at the time, Glenn Fry and Don Henley. The band, of course, later became The Eagles.

His musical journey was just beginning.

Today, Mr. Keen leads The Fabulous Keen Brothers, who perform 7 p.m. every Saturday at the Wigwam Bar inside The Wigwam Resort, 300 Wigwam Blvd.

Following his trip to LA, Mr. Keen returned home, continued developing his musical skills and eventually went on to college. After obtaining his Master’s Degree, he decided that, despite being accepted to medical school, he wanted to pursue a career in music instead of the medical field and was on his way to New York City where he played on the famed New York Coffee Circuit from 1972-75, becoming one of the most popular artists on a roster that included Jay Leno, Jim Croce and Don McLean.

After moving to the West Valley in 2012, he eventually met Bob Sheade, who was born and raised in Chicago and is a master on the piano and keyboard. Mr. Sheade, now a resident of Goodyear, has stated that meeting Keen, forming Two Lane Highway and performing with him has revitalized his music career and brought joy to his life.

Fast forward to 2018 and Two Lane Highway performed Saturday nights at The Wigwam Resort as a duo act with Mr. Sheade and Mr. Keen, and more recently as a trio with Mark Foster on drums, as well as a four-piece band with former Creedence Clearwater Revival and BB King lead guitarist, Steve DeVoss joining in.

Now performing as The Fabulous Keen Brothers, the band’s sound is augmented by Tommy Benson, formerly with Tower of Power, on electric guitar; Travis Snowberger on bass; and saxophonist TJ Johnson.



Who: The Fabulous Keen Brothers

When: 7 p.m. every Saturday

Where: Wigwam Bar inside The Wigwam Resort, 300 Wigwam Blvd.

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