What a great night of music! The weather was beautiful and as Michael X-Ray would say, “A large time was had by all!”
The Texas Tech Jazz Combo I, directed by David Dees, joined us and blew us away. We met and heard two more of our scholarship recipients – Dirk Stromberg on guitar and David Hamilton on saxophone.
The awesome music continued with Bobby Shade, Mark Philbrick, Bobby “D” McDowell, Matthew McLarty, Dangerous Dan Earnest, Jimmie Lee Mason, Jeffrey Duke Patterson, and Miz Ayn. The Kliffnotes made a welcome appearance, and Dangerous Dan’s Band finished out the evening. Wow, what a lineup. Thanks to all of you for sharing your time and talent for the jam!
Donnie Allison was out of town for the weekend, but sent his love. Sister Ingrid was also missed, but she was tied up at home with her new pride and joy. Johnny Sweet and Arlita are still living the good life in Nashville, and they said to tell everyone how sorry they were to miss the jam. Elvis T. Busboy was also out of town, but also sent his best wishes.
Larry and Pat did an incredible job of decorating and hosting the Belly’s reunion, complete with the Belly’s neon sign glowing outside The Red Door again for the evening. What memories for all of us…
Many thanks go to FMX, 98Kool, and Bill Kerns and the Avalanche-Journal for supporting this event. Our thanks also go to FMX, Graves Harley Davidson, Ralph’s Records, Jeffrey Duke Patterson, Jackie Woods, Buzz Rutherford and Billy Chandler, Cody King and Rob Becker, Statements, Red Raider Outfitter, Jamie’s Hallmark, Wherehouse Music, The Stockpot, Adobe Traders, the Cookie Lady, and Buffalo Trading Co. for their generous contributions to the silent auction and door prizes.
And a great big thank you to Larry & Pat Simmons at The Red Door for hosting the jam, Bobby Shade for organizing the musicians and (in between playing some excellent music!) running the stage, and Brynda the Cookie Lady for running the auction.
Most of all, thanks to all the friends and fans who joined us for a wonderful night of music and memories.