The Chaps, a musical group that had its origin in Arkadelphia at Ouachita College in 1961, will reunite for a concert on Wednesday from 8-11 p.m. at Harbor Oaks Golf Course & Restaurant in Regional Park.

The Chaps, a musical group that had its origin in Arkadelphia at Ouachita College in 1961, will reunite for a concert on Wednesday from 8-11 p.m. at Harbor Oaks Golf Course & Restaurant in Regional Park.

The group’s home base for most of their years, except when they were on the road, was in Pine Bluff, and the group continued playing with varying personnel through the mid-1970s. The group’s original name was The Chapelles until 1966, when they signed with Stan Lewis’s Paula Records label out of Shreveport, La., and shortened their name to The Chaps.

The Chaps is a five-piece group consisting of Don Bochette (vocals, rhythm guitar, mandolin and harmonica), Stueart Matlock (vocals and keyboards), Jim Woodfield (vocals, lead guitar, dobro and harmonica), Mac Heird (bass guitar), and Doug Fulmer (drums and other percussion). This is the same group, intact, who recorded the original songs “Forget Me” and “Tell Me” that were released on Paula Records back in 1966. The Chaps, in addition to playing their music on all the recorded material, do all of their harmony and back-up vocal parts themselves, as well.

They performed and rocked all over the state of Arkansas and the Southwest prior to 1966 and after 1967, plus spending their road time in 1966-67 in South Carolina, Florida, Louisiana, Wisconsin, and North Carolina. They played gigs — college fraternities, night clubs, colleges, high schools, teen centers — with their high energy show and music ranging from rockabilly/pop, blues, rhythm & blues, to the British sound. “Brutal, Savage Rock” was the descriptive term applied by many of their fans. Some of the other notable performers they appeared live with over the years included Roy Head, The Newbeats, Louisiana’s Boogie Kings, The Uniques, D.J. Fontana(Elvis’ drummer)and a band in Wisconsin that later evolved into The Electric Flag.

The group actually reunited in October 2007 in Santee, S.C., at vocalist Bochette’s home where they played for people live two nights and then rerecorded five of their original sides that had previously been released/recorded on Paula Records back in 1966. Heird, who had been in the recording business back in Arkansas, engineered the session.

After really enjoying their South Carolina weekend, the group then decided to meet and record more material — old and new — at Heird’s studio in Jacksonville, Fla., including writing some new, original songs and producing the sessions themselves. With these efforts, listeners can hear how The Chaps have evolved over the years. With these 20 plus new tracks and the old tunes as well, they have proven that they’re “Never Too Old To Rock.”

Admission to the concert is $5 per person.