(Apple Valley) ~ The Apple Valley Concerts in the Courtyard series ended with their first ever two act concert, featuring The High D Boys and Diversity Rising both popular local bands with very different sounds. The High D Boys who offered up folk music with humor, four part harmonies and a washtub bass headlined the May 19 Concert in the Courtyard Spring Series. Band members Robert Blomker, Patrick Summers, Daniel Reyes and Phil Clevinger are very active in the High Desert music scene, with members performing in other groups, including the evenings closing act Diversity Rising and local favorite Phat Cat Swinger.
One of the band favorites, “My Girl Bill” a comedy tune written by Jim Stafford was also an audience favorite, catching several audience members off guard with its surprise twist ending. Their well arranged harmonies in the Louis Armstrong classic “Wonderful World” mesmerized the closing night crowd of nearly 200.
After High D Boys finished, Diversity Rising took the stage with the energy and fine musicianship they have demonstrated in concerts recently in such prestigious venues as the “House of Blues” in Disney’s City Walk. The guitar stylings of Aaron Atkinson and Daniel Reyes blended perfectly on their original Reggae tunes. Paul Kendall kept the back beat and Zach Reyes filled in on Bass for the travelling Austin Ward. Patrick Summers masterfully laid sax lines and backed up the rhythm section on keys for a much bigger sound than a six man group would normally imply. They Reggae Rock gave way to Country at one point but the band did not deviate from the pure quality musicianship evidenced in their primary genre. This is very clearly a band to watch. They are truly diverse, and they will be rising.
Concert goers took advantage of the local restaurant discount offers, from Pizza Specials at Round Table to discount sandwiches at Quiznos. “Yomie”, the seven foot frozen yogurt from Rainbow Yogurt was on hand to dance and give high fives to the audience, and a “Junior Yomie” made her debut at the concert to the delight of the crowd.
The Concert in the Courtyard series is sponsored by Lewis Retail Centers and the Town of Apple Valley. Julie Gilmer, even coordinator for the Town of Apple Valley said that they are planning to repeat both the Spring and Fall concert series for 2012.