LAYTON -- What started out as a one-night gig has turned into a 10-year Mid-Life Crisis.
Layton's own Mid-Life Crisis will once again provide the music as city residents enjoy a night with their sweethearts and families at the city's Valentine's dance tonight.
"Most of the songs we play, with the exception of a few, once we get started, people go to la-la land," said lead singer Dave Thomas, who is the recreation supervisor for Layton city.
"They're back somewhere where they heard that music before. When you start playing a song, people will jump up and want to dance. It's something out of their memory."
The Annual Family Recreation Valentine's Dance is from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Central Davis Junior High School gym, 663 N. Church St. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.
There will also be prize giveaways throughout the evening and a sweetheart photo booth.
It is the 10th year for the dance and the 10th year that Mid-Life Crisis will be on stage playing hits, mostly from the 1960s and 1970s.
New to the band this year is organ player Gary Romer, who will be making his debut with Mid-Life Crisis.
He joins veterans Thomas, Brenda Cooper (lead singer), Sherm Macfarlane (rhythm guitar), Tyler Blackner (bass guitar), Doug Pierce (lead guitar) and Barry Sanderson (drums).
The purpose of the band has never been to make money, but that doesn't mean it is not rewarding for the musicians.
"If you can do something like this, it keeps you centered," Macfarlane said. "We don't take ourselves too serious. I think all of us are there for the same reason, and that is a diversion from everyday life and some of the stresses that you have."
All of the veterans, except Cooper, were on stage in August 2001 at the Kenley Centennial Amphitheater to kick off the city's Family Recreation program.
The band started out as the Verdlin Park Hillbilly Rangers, a group of 10 friends Thomas put together to play that one-night-only gig.
He had graduated from Layton High School in 1970 with Macfarlane and Blackner. The two guitarists were in a band called The Glass Web in high school, and Thomas figured they would be interested in playing for the occasion.
Pierce also is employed with Layton as a full-time cartographer, and Thomas noticed several guitars in Pierce's office. That led to another invitation.
Sanderson's wife, Teresa, works for the Davis Arts Council and volunteered him.
"Anything to get him out of the house," Thomas said.
The Verdlin Park Hillbilly Rangers expected to be done after that one night, but after multiple requests to play at weddings and parties, the five decided to stay with the band.
But it needed a new name.
"We were kicking around a bunch of names. Past Our Prime was one," Macfarlane said. "Someone came up with Mid-Life Crisis, and we all voted on it."
Since then, with the addition of Cooper, the band has played in venues such as the Salt Palace, Disneyland Hotel and more weddings than the members can remember.
They even played for 5,000 deaf people at the International Deaf Olympics, which Thomas called "a riot."
"They love the music," Thomas said. "They can't hear it, but they can feel it and they don't want to leave."
Mid-Life Crisis loves the music as well, which is why there is no end in sight.
"We'll play until they put us in a rest home, and then we'll probably play every Saturday night for a dance," Thomas said.
That will only work, he joked, if they all go to the same place.
"There's probably only one that will accept us," Thomas said. "We'll go to the rest home for rock 'n' rollers."