By Jim Nickerson
High Desert Daily Music
(Apple Valley)– The five members of “Mojave “Yacht Club” sailed into the Civic Center Amphitheater in Apple Valley Thursday night with an eclectic mix of music that pleased every age group. From “Chantilly Lace” by the “Big Bopper” to “Blondie” not only was the music selection but the instrumentation offered a broad mix. Two guitars, bass and drums would have been a good mix; but the addition of a fiddle took the band in a completely different direction.
While Barbara Curry was right at home playing fiddle on country songs from Lady Antebellum and Sugarland, the really surprising piece was a lead normally taken by guitar on Guns and Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine”. And the availability of a female vocalist for lead vocals and harmonies with Todd and Mike brought another dimension to the band.
Mojave Yacht Club has been together for about four years. Lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Mike Buckhave said when they lost their keyboard player a few years back they looked for someone to give them a little added variety from the standard four piece rock band. Someone suggested that drummer Blake Curry’s wife Barbara might play violin on a song or two, and it just clicked. Trading back and forth from acoustic six and twelve string acoustic guitars and a screaming electric guitar, lead guitarist Todd Larson also added harmonies and some lead vocals to the mix and bass guitarist Richard Pedersen even added his baritone to “Chantilly Lace” and the J. Geils Band hit “Love Stinks”.
Mojave Yacht Club can be contacted at 760-953-4798 or you can friend them on facebook.
As usual, the food vendors both on and off site provided nourishment, and the Apple Valley Rotary Club raised money for their Youth Programs by providing Adult Beverages at the Beer Gardens. Vicki Brown, longtime Apple Valley resident and regular attendee at the Summer Concert Series said she felt like she was back at the Apple Valley Pow Wow Days held by the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce in the 1960’s. “The food, the crowds. Seeing people you haven’t talked to in a while” all added to the ambiance.
Next week closes out the Summer Concert Series with the Country styling of Justin Foutz. Remember to bring lawn chair or a blanket and keep your pets in designated areas.