Ed MacDougall is returning to his rock ‘n’ roll roots.
The mayor of Cutler Bay will reunite with his band, the Mosquitoheads, to close out the ninth annual Deering Seafood Festival on March 24.
MacDougall,64, and his friends began the music group in the early 1990s, playing local clubs and private parties. The band practiced from MacDougall’s living room every Thursday.
“It was like church. We even met sometimes during our anniversaries. We all formed a really tight bond,” said Ron Derrick, lead guitarist for the group, who works as a mortgage broker for Choice One Cos., which is owned by MacDougall.
The group will play songs from the 1960s until today, everything from Van Morrison to Kings of Leon.
The band began to go their separate ways, as some of its members moved away and MacDougall pursued his political career.
“We had a great 15-year run with our original Mosquitoheads line up,” said Derrick. “When we began to replace departing band members, the original feel was gone. Finally in 2011, we stopped playing as a group.”
Then, earlier this year, Derrick was contacted by organizers of the festival asking if the original band would be interested in playing this year’s festival.
“I told them ‘Let me call the boys,’ ” Derrick said.
He says it wasn’t too hard to convince MacDougall to come back to play with the group.
“I left the band in 2002 for politics. There was so much to do to rebuild the Cutler Ridge community, and I wanted to focus on that opportunity,” said MacDougall. “But I love music and love the chance to rejoin my old band mates.”
MacDougall and Derrick will be joined onstage by: Russ Rog, owner of the National Karate Academy in Cutler Bay , on the keyboard; Robert Wechsler, who works at The Collection in Coral Gables, on bass; Timothy Lee Cromer on drums; and vocalist Jason Hively, who resides in Atlanta.
The festival will be held from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. March 24 at the Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave. in Palmetto Bay. It will feature live music, art and nature activities, as well as fish and seafood prepared by local restaurants.
Admission for adults is $15 in advance online and $25 the day of the event. Children 4 to 14 years are $5. Members of the Deering Estate Foundation are free. Proceeds will benefit the foundation.