Concerts In The Courtyard Closes Successful Season With Desert Reign

Fans of Desert Reign were not disappointed Thursday night. All Photos By Jim Nickerson/High Desert Daily.

By Jim Nickerson

High Desert Daily Music Critic

(Apple Valley)–The fourth and final Concert in the Courtyard was also the best attended, with over 250 visitors enjoying the music of Desert Reign at the Courtyard shops on Dale Evans Parkway and Highway 18 in Apple Valley.

The series, sponsored by the Lewis Centers and the Town of Apple Valley has offered a wide variety of musical entertainment at no charge to the public. In addition of the great musical entertainment, there were drawings for Target Gift cards, Panda Express and Round Table Pizza Gift certificates and more.

The band “Desert Reign” has been together for about five years, focusing on Classic Rock with a particular interest in the music of Journey. With songs from “Pink Floyd and “Super Tramp” Desert Reign proved they are not limited to the confines of a single genre or style. Unusually for a rock band, most of the vocal duties were carried out by the drummer Al Manzano, with vocal backup from his brother Sam Manzano who doubled on bass. Guitar duties are shared by Rick Altmire and Doug Reynolds, who demonstrated a well practiced ability for double leads on songs like the Eagles “Hotel California”.

Theresa Chandler said she had seen the band about five times, most recently at Johnnie Fingers in Victorville where they often headline. “I have known Rick for about seven years” she said.

As always, the local merchants were very supportive of the Concerts with specials at Quizno’s sandwich shop and Round Table Pizza. “Yomie” the life size frozen yogurt treat made a special appearance sponsored by Rainbow Frozen Yogurt.

Although the Concerts in the Courtyard series is over for this year, the Town of Apple Valley continues the local music presentations with the Sunset Concert Series every Thursday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm beginning on June 23 and continuing through August 25. The opening band is “Latin Express” offering Latin and Top 40 music.

Also appearing in the Sunset Concert Series is Southern Spirit, who opened the Concert in the Courtyard series this year and Mojave Yacht Club. Phat Cat Swinger is scheduled to appear on July 21.


For those who can’t wait until then to see Phat Cat Swinger, they will be performing at the Kiwanis Scholarship Fundraiser at Granite Hills High School Gymnasium Friday May 27 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15.00 per person and will be available at the door.

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