What began with a Craigslist ad seeking like-minded middle-aged guys looking to play music for fun became the trio that goes by “Low Standards.” Kim Abell, MD, a family physician at the University of Rochester’s Penfield Family Medicine, and amateur drummer, found other like-minded musicians, who weren’t driven to play the bar scene every weekend. The first gig was a 13 song set, performed in the basement for the Abell’s 2008 winter holiday party. Jason Cornwell, a banker from Lyons Nation Bank, delivers wide-ranging lead vocals and guitar, and Boris Mijhailov, a Wegman’s Information Technology employee, plays bass. With occasional special guest appearances by Deb Abell, MD, on violin, the group tackles anything from Rush to “Devil Went Down to Georgia”. Gigs have included backyard deck and pool parties for friends, a benefit performance for a hospitalized Newark community member, and venues that are no more, including the Blue Room in Rochester and McGhan’s Nearly Famous Pub in Victor. With sayings like “That sounded good; we should practice less often,” it’s clear that if you’re not having fun, you may need Low Standards.