TKO All Stars Capture Capacity Crowd

By Jim Nickerson

High Desert Daily Music Critic

(Apple Valley)–With an amazingly eclectic mix of music, the TKO All Stars played to a capacity crowd of over 1,000 at the Civic Center Amphitheater in Apple Valley Thursday night.

From the 80’s funk “Play That Funky Music White Boy” to “Linus and Lucy-the Peanuts theme” TKO All Stars kept the crowd dancing and clapping for the entire show.

Folks of all ages from Senior Citizens to children in strollers came out to have a great time, and they were not disappointed. And I have to admit this was the first time I have ever seen a crowd line-dance to Smokey Robinson’s “Heard It Through The Grapevine”.

Gip Noble, the keyboard player for TKO All Stars has had a stellar career touring with such blues and R&B all stars as The Brothers Johnson, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Teddy Pendergrass and Shalimar.

Now a resident of Hesperia, Gip still keeps his hand in music. He has just released a new album “In The Lite Of Things” which was on sale at the show.

The Sunset Concert Series is more than just a concert in the Park. The Apple Valley Rotary Club sponsors the Beer Garden, raising money for local charitable work, and several merchants offer their wares from booths along the rear of the amphitheater area.

The Sunset Concert Series began in Apple Valley several years back as a few people with classic cars and a small crowd of enthusiastic music lovers listening to live bands in front of the Town Hall to the incredible event the Parks and Recreation Department is currently proudly hosting.

The Concert Series continues next Thursday, July 22 with Phat Cat Swinger, another hugely popular local band. Phat Cat Swinger has one album on sale currently with another being prepared for release this year. This band has a massive following in the High Desert, so get to the concert early

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