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» Boys of summer: One of the hottest fetes in recent months happened at the West Chester-area home of Hooters guitarist John Lilley and his partner, Bob Lohrmann. Over 100 friends and family members assembled Aug. 23 to help the pair celebrate their 30th anniversary together. Among the guests were John and Lisa DeBella, Steve and Cindy Mountain, Jack and Yvonne McFadden (of The Gables fame), WHYY’s Amy Salit, restaurateur David Fields, designer Barbara Blair and rock photographer Lisa Schaffer. WMMR’s Pierre Robert was there in spirit, thanks to the enormous floral arrangement he sent.

Merrill Simon-Johnston of West Chester’s Delightful Desserts & Culinary Creations served up an impressive summertime spread that featured a bruschetta bar, items hot off the grill, and a salad buffet. Desserts included Creamsicles and a lemon-raspberry cake.

Longtime bandmates Eric Bazilian, Rob Hyman, Fran Smith Jr. and David Uosikkinen were on hand to supply a few Hooters tunes—and celebrate the band’s near-30-year anniversary as well. The headliner, though, was Lilley himself, whose solo debut, Lucky Kinda Guy, hits the Web this month.

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Catch Lilley live upstairs at World Café Live in Philly on Oct. 3, and at Steel City Coffee House in Phoenixville on Nov. 14.

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