PALMDALE, CA — The Epic Best of PHS 1965 – 1975 Reunion that is about to take over the Marie Kerr Amphitheater in Palmdale on Rancho Vista Blvd., at 30th Street West from 6 to 11 p.m. this coming Saturday, September 1, at 6 p.m. The stage will be flooded with the best musicians to ever attend Palmdale High School. Headlining the evening will be the legendary Rattlesnakes and Eggs of the Antelope Valley. They will be sharing the stage throughout the evening with a myriad of rock and rollers and blues players and accomplished vocalists.
Rattlesnakes and Eggs, is one of the best remembered bands of the late 60s and 70s fronted by Palmdale High School alumni, Marty Prue, Class of 1965. A major influence on the local music scene the band has come out of retirement for a special appearance at the reunion The band’s original members when they were formed in 1969 were Marty “Big White” Prue on Guitar, Sax and Piano; Tim “Merlyn Motors” Myer, on Bass and Sax; Tom “Tommy Tommy” Bryden; John “JT” Thomas, on Piano, Sax; Keith “Duke Limptoshot” Kennedy, on Coronet, Drums; John “Drumbo” French.
The hardest working band of the evening will be the Bobby O’ Band. They will be opening the party setting the mood for partying. Headed by Robert Michael Ormsby on guitar, Robert will be joined on stage by Sal Rodriguez on drums, Jesse Vasquez on bass and David Lewis on keyboards.
Taking time away from their busy recording schedule in the studio where they are currently working on a new CD, the band is graciously standing in as a house band for the evening backing the many alumni musicians and vocalists coming back to town for a few moments with friends.
The Bobby O’ Band is a well-accomplished group of musicians that have come together ove the past few years. Ormsby is well-known around Antelope Valley being an alumni of the Class of 69. He has played music with just about every musician in the valley. A truly seasoned musician he meets the challenge where ever a guitarist is needed.
Drummer Sal Rodriguez also has a string of accolades to his credit including his current gig touring with War when he is not busy with the Bobby O Band. A world-class drummer he has won the Carmine Appice Drum-off four years in a row.
With Jesse Vasquez on the bass guitar the band has a very solid rhythm section. He also played with Malo and El Chicano and Natalie Cole.
Keyboardist, David Lewis is also a Grammy winner. He won two Grammys – one for Best New Artist with a band called Shadow Fax in the late 80s and then he won one in the 90s for Best Solo Pianist new age album. He’s played with the likes of the Doobie Brothers. He got a gig right out of college with Ambrosia., and has been their keyboard player ever since. He has also played with the Edgar Winter Band and a lot of the 70s artists that were pretty big at the time.
There is one other member with the band, but he will not be joining the band at the reunion and that is Lawrence Fryberg or YIKES. He’s a songwriter. He also plays keyboard. According to Ormsby, “He mostly does synthesis type stuff, effects. He mostly goes in for electronica type stuff. David is my main keyboardist, YIKES is my co-song writing partner.”
The Bobby O Band will be taking the crowd down memory lane with tunes like “Hard Days Night”, “Ticket to Ride”, “Honky Tonk Woman”, “Satisfaction”, ”Born to be Wild”. “Red House Blues”, “Love Me Two Times”, “Play That Funky Music White Boy”, “Buddha Child”, “Purple Haze”, “Born on a Bayou”, “Suzy Q”, “Green River”, “Heard it Through the Grapevine”, “What’s Going On?”, and “Get Ready”.
Next on the line-up is Lew Baeky, a graduate of the Class of 1975. Baeky is a professional singer, songwriter, actor, motivational performer and playwright. She has performed numerous leading roles in musicals, plays and operas. Many of her songs are published by Milsap Galbraith Music Group in Nashville, TN. where she learned the craft of songwriting and performed her songs at the world famous Bluebird Café. Her song “That’s The Kinda Love” (That I’m Talkin’ About) was recorded by Mila Mason on Atlantic Records and released as a single in 1996.
Lew’s one woman show,
Unsung was nominated for seven Arizoni awards. Directed by Judy Rollings, Unsung won three Zoni’s for Best Original Script, Best Original Musical Composition and Best Original Production. For the reunion she will perform “Wings of my own” and an original medley of tunes from the 1965-1975 era.
After Baeky, The Victor Crain band is going to play. Fronted by Victor Crain class of 1970, the band is also well-known throughout the valley, the Victor Crain Band is known for strong, no-nonsense blues.
Another group of alumni – Kent Hubbard (Class of 1970), Jim Watts (Class of 1970), Mike Wilson (Class of 1970) and David Reece will be doing a few Beatles numbers including “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Come together”.
Rattlesnakes and Eggs will be on stage next with a full set of the songs they are best known for. Following R & E, several more alumni will join The Bobby O Band on the stage including Class of 1968’s Laura Maeder-Kay of the bands Inquisitor Betrayer and Lacy Blue and Born Blue. Known professionally as Lorraine Kay, the singer-songwriter will perform some vintage
blues including “Summertime” and “Stormy Monday”. She is best known for her years on the Trinity Broadcasting Network’s show entitled “Palabras De Vida” as the featured weekly soloist She is also an actress and film producer and director and screen writer.
Laura was known early after high school for singing and touring with her sister Jeannette Maeder-Howard and her brother Chris Maeder as one of the early Christinan Rock ministering bands on the Maranatha concert circuit. The band later evolved to include her children, Larren and Leon Hunsaker.
Other alumni scheduled to perform some surprises are John Burcher, David Wagstaff, Phil Tynan (Class of 1969), Dennis Huckabey (Class of 1967), Albert Ewing (Class of 1970), Keith Hollar, Jan Ferrin and Dana Tapp (Class of 1971)
Another part of the entertainment at this time will be a custom car and bike show. Jeff Lewis, class of ’72, is organizing this and requests those wanting to display their car or bike to contact him through the website.
Golf enthusiasts are invited to participate in a PHS Alumni Golf Tournament the morning of Sept. 1, at Crystalaire Country Club. A $60 registration fee will include green fees, cart and range balls. For more details go to the website.
Supported by a planning committee comprised of members of several of the classes, Patti Hayman-Rardon solicits alumni to visit the official website to register and visit the Facebook page “The Best of PHS” to participate in the planning set-up of the event by posting suggestions. Requests for alumni contact information can also be posted on the Facebook page. Anyone wishing to participate on the planning committee should email Hayman-Rardon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets for the upcoming Best of PHS 1965-1975 class reunion are still available through the website www.bestofphs1965-1975 at $50 each. There will be no ticket sales the day of the event or at the door. Tickets will include dinner – a catered barbecue – and entertainment. For additional information visit www.bestofphs1965-1975.com.