By Jim Nickerson
High Desert Daily
(Apple Valley)–“The High-D Boys”, a local musical quartet, performing music and comedy along the lines of “The Smothers Brothers., these versatile musicians and vocalists kept a crowd of over 200 entertained at the third in a series of “Concerts in the Courtyard” at the Lewis Center Courtyard shops in the Apple Valley Target Center. Featuring Robert Blomker on vocals, Patrick Summers on Ukulele, Daniel Reyes on Guitar and Phil Clevinger on Washtub Bass, the band ranged from gospel tunes like “Amazing Grace” in four part harmony to the classic folk song “Boil the Cabbage Down”, with a side trip to satire in the Jim Stafford tune “My Girl Bill”. The band members are very busy these days. As “The High-D Boys” they have a concert at the High Desert Center for the Arts in Victorville on Tuesday, May 24, where they will be giving away a copy of their debut CD to every paid audience member. But in addition to performing with this group, Robert and Patrick are currently appearing in “Seussical” at the High Desert Center for the Arts, Daniel is getting to release a CD with “Diversity Rising” and Phil has a show coming up at Granite Hills High School on May 27 with “Phat Cat Swinger”. These are very busy guys. Their popularity from these other endeavors carried over Thursday night as several of their loyal followers and associates showed up to enjoy this alternate persona. Jeremy Nelson, lead singer of “Diversity Rising” stopped by to listen and was pulled onstage to sing a song. Rosalie Mastaler, former pianist for “Phat Cat Swinger” and currently performing in Seussical” brought her son to enjoy the music and fun.
The Town of Apple Valley again gave away gift cards from Panda Express and Target Stores, and the “Panda Express Panda” made an appearance, as did “Yomie” from Rainbow Frozen Yogurt. The Concerts in the Park will conclude next week with “Desert Reign”, a Classic Rock and “Journey” tribute band. Julie Gilmer has promised to have more great gifts to give away. Round Table Pizza, Panda Express, Rainbow Frozen Yogurt, Quiznos, Fresh Wok, Del Taco and Carl’s Jr. are all open during the concerts to serve the public with specials and their usual great fare. Don’t miss out on this last opportunity to enjoy the “Concert in the Courtyard” at the Lewis Center’s “Courtyard Center”.