‘Bring it on Home’ set for May 3-4

Music festival to reunite local bands of the ’60s-’70s

‘Bring it on Home’ set for May 3-4By BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writers

“If you remember hanging out at junior high and high school dances, EM Club, Officers’ Club, Sandquist Spa, The Gutter, The Lodge, street dances and desert parties – you’re going to enjoy this reunion,” said Karen Mather, organizer of a festival featuring local bands from an earlier era.

Dozens of members from more than 20 bands from the 1960s-’70s Ridgecrest music scene are returning to their roots for a weekend of stories, memories, laughs and – of course – live music. The two-day event is May 3-4 at Triple T’s Tavern. Live music sets are Friday, 7-11 p.m., and Saturday, 1-3 and 7-11 p.m.

Long-time residents might remember local bands like The Pacers, Diamonds, The Reason Why, Progressive Movement, The Raw Meat Blues Band, Badge, Red Rocks, Stumpbreakers, Quarter Bullett, The Better Way, The Patriots, The Four Dimensions, The Lovin’ Kind, Looney Tunes, The Silvertones, The Coachmen, Shades of Youth, The Burners, Station Street and Andrew Ryan Band – all of which will be represented at the festival.

Mather said it all started when a smaller group had a reunion about 15 years ago at Triple T’s, known then as Tommy T’s Sports Bar.

“We were all talking and just thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun to have everybody come and play a desert party or something?’” said Mather. “And I said, ‘Why don’t we just have them come play at the bar? Some don’t play anymore, some have passed away, but Steve Roberts and Paul Hupka called as many of the old musicians as they could, and now we’re having a concert.”

Mather said performers are coming from all over California as well as Washington, Oregon, Utah, Nevada and Arizona.

“They’ll be playing songs by The Eagles, Credence Clearwater Revival – all the songs we grew up with,” said Mather. “All of us old timers, and a lot of the not-so-old timers, are going to love the music.”

Barbara Mcgovern, another volunteer organizing the event, said members of the community are invited to a “live mic” portion of the event from 3-7 p.m. on Saturday. “People can just spend a few hours telling stories,” said McGovern. “They can sit down, pass the mic around and share memories and history.”

Saturday’s festivities will also include a car show starting at noon.

“Classic cars and classic songs,” said Mather. “This will be an exciting event that all are welcome to attend. There has been a good response and we anticipate a good crowd. We know those who have passed away will be there in spirit.”

Pictured: Chris Kelly, Joe Stone, Danny Miller and Paul Hupka of “The Patriots” get ready for their 1965 performance on Bakersfield TV’s “Teen Tele Time.” Some of the band members will perform at the “Bring it on Home” reunion concert next weekend at Triple T’s Tavern. — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2019-04-26