Inland Empire-based SouthBound and Company was last here two years ago with a Buddy Holly tribute. They return in Creedence Clearwater form for Ken Dahleen’s 2016 Idyllwild Summer Concert Series.
Taking the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 14, are SouthBound leader, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Darryl Reed; guitarist and backup vocalist Michael Finn; drummer Mike Hunter; and new bass player Bob Dennis. Reed said a friend, sax player Rudy Villarreal, would be joining the four-man ensemble for its Idyllwild gig and that Villarreal also would fill in on keyboard.
Florida-born Reed said he loves the Southern rock sound that infuses the music of SouthBound and that he has “shared the stage” professionally with music notables Tim McGraw, Travis Tritt, Mel Tillis and the Ozark Mountain Daredevils.
Creedence fans can listen and dance to such hits as “Born on the Bayou,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Down on the Corner,” “Proud Mary” and “Who’ll Stop the Rain.”
There is no charge for the series that Dahleen and his ISCS board present as summer music and fun for locals. Each year, ISCS begins the summer with insufficient money to fund the series. Attendees are invited to bring food, beverages, chairs, blankets and money, especially money, to fill the donation jars passed around by concert volunteers.
Contributions to fund the series can also be sent to P.O. Box 1542, Idyllwild, CA 92549 or contact Ken Dahleen at 659-2229 if interested in being a series sponsor.
Dahleen started the series in 2000 beginning with four concerts, increased the series to five in 2001, to seven in year three and eight after the series moved to its present home on the Idyllwild Community Center site.
Opening for SouthBound at 6:15 p.m. is the local group Heard of Cats.
For more information about the ISCS series, visit www.idyllwildsummerconcerts.com.