THE DIVE AND SHENANDOAH
I told Becky we were going to Goose Creek to “The Dive” yesterday and we needed to leave about 4:30. At 4:00 Becky walked out in her bikini with a bath towel around her shoulders. I assured Becky the Dive we were going to had nothing to do with aqua sports; unless you could consider drinking an Olympic event. Becky changed and off to Charleston we went at the invitation of my friend Stan Munsey.
The show opened at 8:00 with a good young group “The Shane Clark Band”
The audience was a very receptive and spontaneous group that ranged from 18 year olds to old codgers like me. Well, let’s just say somewhere over sixty.
At 9:05 Shenandoah took the stage and the crowd by storm – this Shenandoah was not a valley; but they were sure in the groove. And it was mountain of applause that greeted them as they started their show.
From the opening moment that Mike McGuire started his bass drum thumping the Joint went to jumping and a rocking good evening was under way.
The antics of a miniature version of Elvis Presley (Stan Munsey) dancing behind the keyboard and occasionally waving a towel over his head was instrumental in whipping the 500 or so folks packed in “The Dive” into a state of frenzy.
Jims Seals lit the place UP when he took off on a guitar lead that made Jimmy Hendrix sit up in his grave and applaud. Mike – The Bass Man- Folsom picked it up with a lead on the bass- The crowd went ballistic when Stan kicked in with a great piano run followed by Mike M. on the drums – That hide on the snare was wishing it was back on the goat after the licking that Mike put on it. Jimmy Yeary then took the microphone and showed why he is considered to be one of Country Music’s top vocalists.
All in all it was a great show put on by a great band.
My Dad told me as a boy that “Character will take you where Talent only dreams of going”!
“Their Character”; that is what impressed me the most about Shenandoah. From a license plate that sates “Jesus Is Lord” to the attitude and actions as they interfaced with their fans. Shenandoah Is a Class Act.
Thanks Stan-for inviting us- we would not have missed it for the world!