By Jim Nickerson
High Desert Daily Music Critic
By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)–Classic Rock rose “From The Ashes” at the Apple Valley Summer Concert Series to a very appreciative crowd. Offering an upbeat mix of Classic and Southern Rock, Funk and some more recent Country tunes the band kept the crowd clapping and dancing through the night.
The band was recently formed after lead guitarist Chad Michael and vocalist Alan Barbish reunited after several years with other bands. Tommy Bogdis came along on bass and the band recently added two new members, Luke “Skywalker” Massee on drums and a regular on the High Desert music scene, Jaye Sooter on bass guitar. Thursday night concert also offered a guest performer from Las Vegas, Gina Diane who also happens to be Allen Barbish’s sister. The siblings combined on a duet of Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away” that included audience participation and Gina thrilled the audience with her version of the classic “Black Velvet”.
The second set revealed the singing talents of the other musicians on some acoustic versions of Eagles tunes and a “Lady Antebellum” tune just for balance.
The band mentioned that this was a bittersweet concert, as this was the last time they will appear as “From The Ashes”. The newly formed band will now go by the name of “Badd Daddyz”. They can be found on the internet at www.badddaddyz.com.
The cool evening breeze did not slow the line of customers at the Apple Valley Rotary Beer Garden, and the food vendors also did a brisk business. May people were also seen with Round Table Pizza as the concert-goers took advantage of the local merchants as well as onsite vendors.
Next Thursday the Town of Apple Valley presents the “Mojave Yacht Club” performing Oldies and Classic Rock. Be sure to get there early for the best seating, and bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Justin Foutz will close the 2011 Summer Concert Series with great Country music. If you have not yet attended a concert, make it a point to attend these last performances before the series ends. It is a family event, but please keep your pets in designated areas.