A triple header of classic 70’s “yacht rock” hit the Twin River Event Center last Friday (7/12/19). The Sunshine Tour was headlined by proverbial 70’s act Pablo Cruise, and included genre favorites Orleans and Firefall.
All three bands performed with many original members, bringing the audience back some forty-plus years. Solid sets from all three bands, as well as the venue’s superb acoustics and sound, delighted the large crowd.
Firefall opened the evening, led by original members Jock Bartley (guitar/vocals), Mark Andes (bass/vocals), and David Muse (keyboard/flute/saxophone), joined by Sandy Ficca (drums) and Gary Jones (guitar/vocals). The band played fan favorites “Just Remember,” “You Are the Woman,” and “Strange Way.”
Orleans took the stage next, led by founding members John Hall (guitar/vocals) and Lance Hoppen (bass/vocals), and supported by Dennis “Fly” Amero (guitar/vocals), Lane Hoppen (keyboard/vocals), and Brady Spencer (drums). The band performed their classic hits “Dance with Me,” “Love Takes Time,” and their signature “Still the One.”
Pablo Cruise capped the night off, with band originals David Jenkins (guitar/vocals), Cory Lerios (keyboard/vocals), and Steve Price (drums), backed by Larry Antonio (bass/vocals) and Robbie Wyckoff (vocals). The band’s entertaining set included a horde of its hits “Whatcha Gonna Do,” “A Place in the Sun,” “I Go to Rio,” “Don’t Want to Live Without It,” and “Love Will Find a Way.”
In the end, it was a great evening of classic 70’s rock music. What’s Up Rhode Island was there to capture this special event. See the slideshow below for photos.[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”52″ display=”basic_slideshow”]