Time will turn back musically to the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s Saturday night at Kansas City’s Reunion Jam II at the Independence Events Center. The four-hour event aims to raise $50,000 for clinical trials at the Leawood, Kan.-based Parkinson Foundation of the Heartland.

They’re calling it a reunion for a good reason.

Time will turn back musically to the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s Saturday night at Kansas City’s Reunion Jam II at the Independence Events Center. The four-hour event aims to raise $50,000 for clinical trials at the Leawood, Kan.-based Parkinson Foundation of the Heartland.

Among the musical groups of decades past scheduled to perform include The Classmen, Danny Cox, Ray Hildebrand of Paul and Paula, Larry Henley from the New Beats, Lupe and Poppin’ Fresh. The Brody Buster Band, a group known for its appearances on “The Tonight Show” and “Late Show with David Letterman,” also will perform.  

Drew Dimmel, member of The Classmen and a nationally known voice artist, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2001 and serves on the Parkinson Foundation of the Heartland’s board of directors.

Several of the bands’ members are traveling across the United States for the gig, including Lupe’s original keyboard player, Mike Wetherwax, who now resides in Los Angeles. The group’s current keyboard player, Leo Johns, also will take the stage.

“I’m really looking forward to the fact that when it says reunion, it’s really a huge reunion for us,” said Lupe Munoz, who now lives in Overland Park, Kan. “To everybody who’s coming out: Make sure you have your party hat on because we’re going to have a good time.”

Munoz says he’s known Drew Dimmel and Drew’s younger brother and The Classmen drummer, Doug Dimmel, for years.

“We were all very shocked when we found out that Drew had (Parkinson’s disease), and we didn’t even hesitate when Doug called all of us to participate in this event,” Munoz says. “We said ‘absolutely, positively, we’ll be there.’”

Ray Hildebrand, also of Overland Park, Kan., and known as Paul in the group Paul and Paula will join The Classmen in singing “Hey Paula,” a 1963 hit song that reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Elizabeth Dimmel, Doug’s wife, will fill in as Paula.   

“I’m just a retired oldies guy here in Kansas,” Hildebrand, 69, says. “I know Drew, and I know he’s been fighting it pretty hard. We practiced last week and to watch him stand up there for hours and singing and playing the bass guitar, he’s amazing.”

In addition to supporting clinical research toward a cure, the Parkinson Foundation of the Heartland also offers a wellness center, exercise groups, speech classes, medication assistance and other programs. Visit www.parkinsonheartland.org for more information.

“Everybody talks about treating Parkinson’s – and, believe me, it’s important to treat Parkinson’s – but I think where our foundation is headed is ‘Let’s talk about curing Parkinson’s,’” Drew Dimmel says.

“That’s where I will – until the day I die – continue to put my money and my work.”