By Jim Nickerson
(Apple Valley)–The Apple Valley Commons “Concert in the Courtyard continued on Thursday May 12 with “Jaye Sooter and Friends” presenting a selection of Classic Southern Rock. As the lead guitar and bassist of “Southern Spirit”, cousins Joe Eiffert and Jaye Sooter combined incredible instrumental and vocal styles that entertained an audience of close to 200 people. From the opening blues version of Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” to a medley of Lynard Skynard’s “Sweet Home Alabama” and Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long”, the crowd was involved and thoroughly entertained, even requesting an encore number. Sponsored by the Lewis Centers and Town of Apple Valley, the concert series will continue every Thursday through May.
Town of Apple Valley Event Coordinator Julie Gilmer had another great supply of gifts that she gave away throughout the night, including a $35.00 “Panda Feast” at Panda Garden, gift certificates from Fresh Wok, Round Table Pizza and a $25.00Target Superstores gift card.
Jaye and Joe are part of the Sooter family that has brought musical entertainment to the High Desert for two generations, and the third is beginning to come in to their own. Both graduates of Apple Valley High School, these hometown boys have been playing and singing for most of their lives. Jay has played Bass Guitar for 28 years and Joe has played guitar for 30. They have combined their talents in the band “Southern Spirit” for 19 years. They are appearing at the “Cadillac Ranch” on Highway 18 in Apple Valley on Friday May 13, and will be appearing in the Summer Concert Series sponsored by the Town of Apple Valley.
“I have been to both concerts this year” said Rosanne Abolnik. “I think it is great family entertainment. You can listen to the music for free and the kids play and dance. I love it. Everybody should come out”.
Stacey and Cliff Smith said they also love the concerts. “The kids go over and play in the park and we come here to listen to the bands. It’s great fun for all of us”.
Aaron Atkinson, guitarist for the local band “Diversity Rising” dropped by to listen. “It’s nice to be able to hear local musicians perform”. The debut album for Diversity Rising will be available in a few weeks.
Rainbow Frozen Yogurt is just one of the many great merchants at the Commons. They offer diverse flavor choices, including N.Y. Cheesecake, Cake Batter, Thin Mint Cookie, Very Boysenberry and a special flavor called Hi Desert Mix. There are also No Sugar Added flavors for diabetics and the “sugar sensitive”.
And even when there are no concerts, Round Table Pizza has great family features, with a Family Feast Buffet every Tuesday. All you can eat Pizza and salad bar for only $6.99 for adults, $3.99 for kids 4-10. Kids under 4 eat free.