Movin’ and groovin’ and rockin’ to the beat of the 1970-80s, Yachty by Nature brought its energy and enthusiasm to last week’s Concerts on the Green at the Calimesa Event Center.
“I am loving you guys,” Captain Carl said as he took the helm at his keyboard to start the July 25 concert. “I think we have a few more people on the boat.”
He then danced his way into the crowd, exchanging high-fives and singing with concertgoers to the likes of the Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan and Toto.
“I like ’em,” said concert regular R.J. Bryan, “because they have the horns, the drums, the whole works.”
Besides the saxophones, a double jazz flute, keyboard, drums and bass guitar, Yachty by Nature’s nautical costumes kicked it over the top for Bryan.
“I love their outfits,” Bryan said, with a smile, noting the striped shirts, captain’s hats and uniforms worn by the six-piece group.
“Their good,” said Kim Gopperton, of Yucaipa, as she relaxed with her dog Bella. “They remind me of junior high and high school.”
Virginia Smith enjoyed the concert with her three grandchildren – Gracelyn, Amelia and James, who tossed a nerf football back-and-forth and ran around together.
“I try to come a few times a year,” Smith said about the Concerts on the Green. “But, this is the first one this year. I usually try to go to the Yucaipa concerts, Redlands Bowl and Calimesa.”
“Come on Grandma, let’s go,” young James said, begging for her attention. “I want to go look at the old cars.”
As they wandered off, Helen and David Alban pointed out their favorite vehicle.
“The Rocket 88 over there,” David said, indicating the vintage Oldsmobile. “Yes, I think so because of the song.”
The song he was referring to was the classic Ike Turner and Jackie Brenston rhythm-and-blues hit recorded in 1951.
“They’re an added feature,” Helen said about the addition this summer of the classic cars from members of the local Past Pleasures Car Club.
The remaining schedule for the free eight-week series is Aug. 1, Irish, Americana sound of Alehouse Fire; Aug. 8, beach party classics from the Hodads; Aug. 15, retro beat from the Buddy Holly Review; Aug. 22, country-rock mix from Kelly Boyz; and Aug. 29, classic rock ‘n’ roll from the popular Ravelers.
The Concerts on the Green take place each Thursday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Calimesa Event Center, 1300 Third St. in Calimesa. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket to sit on.