The Pearson Lakes Art Center presented “Rock your ‘60s and ‘70s Memories” last week, and we got triple our money’s worth.
Three outstanding musical groups of that era took turns on the Lauridsen Performing Arts Theatre stage, and we spent well over three hours remembering the classics they gave to us years ago.
The Classics IV were first up. As soon as I heard them singing the words “sweeter than the day before” I was immediately brought back in time. The group paid homage to Joe Cocker by singing to us “Unchain My Heart.” The harmonies were great.
Instruments on stage included drums, saxophone, keyboards and guitars. The sax player was fantastic, and the drummer really rocked the stage.
We all sang along to “Stormy” of course. I enjoyed a new release of theirs called “Teenage Lovers.” “Traces” was so pretty. I think the one I like best of all was “Spooky.” It was a hard choice because the Classics IV did nothing but classics. It was so fun to hear.
Next on stage was The Association. These guys opened with “Windy,” and we all were immediately drawn to clap to the beat. There were six musicians on stage: four guitarists, keyboards and drummer. The keyboardist was the son of one of the original group. He has a beautiful singing voice. The newest musician to join the group was the short bass player. He performed a song he dedicated to his 102-year-old mother in Hawaii as well as first responders, our troops and the veterans in the audience. It was beautiful.
Their rendition of the Mamas and Papas hit “California Dreaming” was a real crowd pleaser. The video clip on the background while they did “Never My Love” was interesting. They didn’t have to do any introductory explanation for their next song. “Cherish” with all six on vocals was stunningly done. After they performed for us one of our all time favorites, “Along Came Mary”; they finished as they started with “Windy.” It was a pleasure to see and hear them.
The final group of the evening was Gary Puckett and the Union Gap. In Civil War style military attire, they started right out with “Young Girl.” There were two guitarists, one person on keyboards, the drummer and front man Gary Puckett. Since they were famous from the 1960’s on, he is not exactly a spring chicken. But he is so charismatic, and his voice is still strong. He moves gracefully across the stage and we loved every minute of his show. He can still rock!
I loved his version of “Love Somebody.” He did Neil Diamond’s “Kentucky Woman” with skill. The Union Gap’s first hit was “Woman Woman” and we all sang along very enthusiastically to that number.
Puckett sang “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” in memory of his late friend Glen Campbell. It was beautiful. He gave us a little pep talk before singing “Home” to us.
Puckett and his band of outstanding musicians gave us what we wanted: memories and beautiful music. We reluctantly left the theatre after a memory making rendition of “Over You.”
All three were excellent shows individually, and we got to see them all in one evening. That sold-out show will be remembered and talked about for a long time to com.