Doug and Sally McQuain, of local band Spectra, started performing at Chataqua in 1982 and still look forward to the festival 30 years later.
Spectra will perform on Friday, July 13 at 3-4:30 p.m. at the Chataqua 2012 CenterStage.
Spectra is a four-member family band that consists of leader Doug McQuain on keyboards, Sally McQuain on bass, and their two grown sons, Silas McQuain on drums and Craig McQuain on guitar. They all sing as well.
They play jazz, blues and originals, in addition to old favorites. It’s uplifting music, Doug McQuain said.
Although Doug and Sally McQuain are originally from the Seattle area, they raised their family in Chewelah and still call the small town home.
Silas and Craig McQuain were 3 and 6 years old in 1982 when their parents first performed at Chataqua as a band named “Chameleon.” Doug McQuain said he remembers playing on the park lawn before the stage had been built.
They work up to the Chataqua performance each year, he said.
“It’s our most favorite festival of all; it’s the community we live in, people we live with, work with, and relate to on a daily basis,” McQuain said.
He said their name, Spectra, refers to the spectrum (or variety) of music they play. A spectra, which is a wave of light or sound, also represents the quality and tone of the music and how it changes throughout a performance, McQuain said.
The McQuains also work to adapt to as many audiences as they can, appealing to several types of people.
“We try to keep it as interesting as possible,” McQuain said.
Besides this project, Doug McQuain currently plays drums with “Anita Royce, Forest Govedare, and the High Rollers,” and Silas McQuain is the drummer for “Oceans Divide.”
Sally and Doug McQuain have owned Flowery Trail Coffeehouse in Chewelah for over 10 years.
By Kellie Trudeau
The Independent Staff
In This Photo: Spectra will perform Friday, July 13. Pictured here: Silas McQuain on drums, Doug McQuain on keyboard, Craig McQuain on guitar, and Sally McQuain on bass.