Bob Strader was a friend and a classmate of mine at Whitworth University. He was a musician, a drummer, starting with rock ‘n’ roll bands in the 1960s. He died in April at the age of 60. He was a drummer in 1969 for The Porky Pig Show with legendary Spokane guitarist Sid Fisher; others in the group were Aaron Bochee, Jerry DesVoignes, and Tom Ogle.
The Porky Pig Show played the March 28, 1969 benefit for Locksley Hall at the Grotto, Pacific and Browne. Performing that night were Cold Power, Free, (from Lewiston), United States of Mind and Tendergreen.
They also headlined their own show on a Sunday afternoon at High Bridge Park advertised in the Spokane Natural as “a concert at Hybridge Park,” on Aug. 3, 1969, and billed as a concert with The Porky Pig Show & Friends & Relations from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
A memorial for Bob will be held Friday June 7th at 7 p.m. at Bethany Presbyterian Church, 2607 Ray Street, Spokane. As was the character of Bob, casual dress is appropriate for attending the memorial, your best Hawaiian shirt is called for at this event.