On October 17, 2015 The Greg Golden Band headlined the Jeff Keith (Tesla) Ride for Reason 2015 Charity Bike Ride at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley CA.
Also performing at the event were J.T. Loux and Madi Gold from “Lux” and Jen Christensen & Janeice Sanders, both doing acoustic sets. Also, doing a drum solo was Joe Bob Keith (Jeff Keith’s young son).
The day started out with 500+ riders that left Harley Davidson of Folsom and rode the Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley CA. After they arrived at the park, had lunch and rested for awhile the show started.
The concert started with J.T. Loux playing an outstanding version of “The Star Spangled Banner” which brought the crowd into a roar of applause, (to see the The Star Spangled Banner footage, click here). Then Madi Gold joined him on-stage and the two did a three song acoustic set that went like this,
“Californication” (Red Hot Chili Peppers cover), “Wax” (original by Madi Gold) and “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” (Cage The Elephant cover).
These two youngsters did a very good job, J.T. Loux, (only 15 years old) played guitar like a seasoned professional, keep an eye out for this one, you’ll surly hear his name again in the near future.
Up next was the duo of Jen Christensen & Jenience Saunders. These two gals rocked with a three song acoustic set that went like this,
“Only God Knows Why” (Kid Rock cover), “Simple Man” Shinedown version) and “Hand In My Pocket” (Alanis Morissette cover).
These girls also did a fantastic job that set the stage for the main event, The Greg Golden Band.
Also doing a drum solo was Jeff Keith’s young son Joe Bob Keith who really wooed the audience with a incredible solo.
And now for the main event. As soon as The Greg Golden Band hit the stage the crowd went wild. The boys played well over two and a half hours of rock and roll songs including songs from the bands new self titled album along with some great covers.
Members of The Greg Golden Band include, Greg Golden (lead guitar), Jeff Montgomery (guitar/backing vocals), Richard Wagner (bass), Boris Tavcar (drums) and on a rotating basis, Paul Holdgate and Randy Scoles, both former Montrose lead singers.
The band also had a couple of special guest appearances including Jeff Keith from Tesla (also the host of the event) and Larry Hart (bassist from Montrose).
The set, which was amazing, went just like this (from the set list on stage),
“Rock Candy” (Montrose cover), “Long Way Home”, “Cherokee”, ‘Maybe I’m a Leo” (Deep Purple cover), ‘Helter Skelter” (Beatles cover), “Smoke On The Water” (Deep Purple cover w/ Hart on bass), “Born On A Bayou” (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover w/ Keith on vocals & Hart on bass), “Rock The Nation” (Montrose cover w/ Hart on bass), “Good Rockin’ Tonight” (Elvis Presley cover w/ Hart on bass ), “Voyager” (Montrose cover w/ Hart on bass), “Bad Winter”, “Red House” (Jimi Hendrix cover), “Wishing Well” (Terence Trent D’Arby cover), “Far Away”, “Old School”, “Jumping Jack Flash” (Rolling Stones cover w Keith on vocals), “Honkey Tonk Woman” (Rolling Stones cover w Keith on vocals), and “Tush” (ZZ Top cover w Keith on vocals),
During the set in between songs, Kelly Quinn (Throttle Girl) and the promoter of the event Ryan Fleenor (Higher Purpose Events) pulled the tickets with the numbers of the winners of the raffle that they had. There were all kinds of prizes, from shirts, hats, leather jackets, signed memorabilia from the band Tesla and much more. The biggest prize was an Ibenez guitar signed by all members of legendary rock band Tesla. The lucky guitar winner was Andrew Arellano. The guitar was donated by Greg Golden and Bizarre Guitar in Reno.
The event sponsored by Higher Purpose Events was a huge success with all the money donated going to local foster agencies who support at-risk children in the community.
All in all this was a great day of rock and roll music, lots of awesome motorcycles and best of all helping lots of under privileged kids.
A great time was had by all.
To see all the photos of the Greg Golden Band from this event (click here).
As with all this examiners reviews and feature stories, I always say, “The photos are what it’s all about, so check out the photo slideshow and enjoy the show”.
All photos by JOHN TUCKNESS
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