By Jim Nickerson
High Desert Daily Music Critic
(Apple Valley)–The Working poets brought Classic 70’s and 80’s Rock to the near 1,000 person audience at the Apple Valley Sunset Concert Series Thursday night with music from the Eagles to Steely Dan, with a little Wilson Pickett on the side. Despite some issues with the sound system, the trio produced a constant flow of top hits with a sound that belied their small size.
Dancers and listeners all enjoyed the music, food and fun provided by the Town of Apple Valley.
Rob McLeod works guitar and vocals like a master, carrying the melody lines of jazz fusion hits like “Josie” as well as the flowing riffs of “Lyin’ Eyes”. And he is just at home with Santana hits like their medley of “Oye Como Va” and “Evil Ways” as he is with the funky “Mustang Sally”.
Rob is a local boy, having lived in the High Desert since 1965. He also plays solo at local venues on acoustic guitar and writes his own tunes. The bottom is held together in style by bassist and vocalist Michael Capetta. Michael began his musical career in Redondo Beach and has performed all over Southern California, including the Star Theater at Universal Theater. He is also an “On-air” radio personality and blows a mean harmonica.
The percussion section is handled by the most musically versatile member of the band Kevin O’Neal. Kevin is not only a great drummer and vocalist, but he plays guitar, keyboards and does sound design. He has released a solo album “Reverbnation” which is available through Amazon.com or iTunes.
Walking down the “midway” vendor area reminded me of the days of the old San Bernardino County Fair. Kettle corn, Hot Dogs and Corn on the Cob were available from the vendors and folks took constant advantage of the diverse culinary opportunities.
One of the new food vendors this week was Hi-desert Events who offered Root Beer Floats and Cupcakes from a booth that featured a small scale Model T. Again on site were David and Ollie O’Dell’s “Ole Town Dogs”, Repiccis Italian Ice with their delicious and refreshing Italian desserts, Daniel “the Big Lemon” Alexander and the Lemonade Express with ice cold fresh lemonade and Archuleta’s Appetizers provided a full menu from ala carte items to combo plates.
And returning after a week absence was Mike and Joann Gill with “Gills Mini Donuts and Sandwiches”. And of course, after a hard day at work the Apple Valley Rotary Club was there with an ice cold beer at the Beer Garden.
Next week “Four Shadows Fall” brings positive alternative to the Amphitheater. August 4 also marks the new Town policy prohibiting dogs from the concerts for safety and sanitation reasons.
For further information on this new policy or for any information regarding the Town of Apple Valley contact Town Public Information Officer Kathy Martin at 760-240-7000.