On July 1, the blues rocked Baker City, Oregon during a special concert at Geiser-Pollman Park featuring world-renowned Jimmy Lloyd Rea & The Bluesmen.
The band performed a live 2-½ hour concert in front of 60 adults and 20 children to help raise money for the construction of a new 1,200-square-foot bandstand pavilion in the center of Geiser-Pollman Park.
Young and old alike sat under the cool shade of several large trees in the park while listening to the rhythmic joy of roadhouse blues and rock and roll.
The audience eagerly appreciated the music as they smiled or bobbed their heads to the soulful tunes. However, approximately 1-1/2 hours into the concert, the warm Sunday afternoon quickly turned a little overcast as a strong Northern wind blew across the park.
Jimmy Lloyd Rea, the band's lead vocalist, had to push his hat down on his head to prevent the wind from stealing it. The Bluesmen members consisted of Ron Carnes (guitar), Russ Hunt (saxophone) and Wayne Dyke (drums).
Despite the sudden appearance of the wind, neither the band nor the audience wanted to leave. The music was really great, and the band was on a mission to help raise money for Baker City’s new pavilion. So the music continued and the audience graciously applauded for more.
Because of his professional reputation for playing the blues, Jimmy Lloyd Rea has performed in many countries around the world, including Australia, and his music is recorded on several CD’s, with a new one coming out very soon.
The special concert in Baker City was hosted in part by Powder River Music Review, which arranges a number of local and visiting bands and singers every year to perform every Sunday afternoon at Geiser-Pollman Park from June to September. Musicians and singers donate their time and talent at the concerts as a fundraiser for the pavilion.
Soroptimist International of Baker County (SIBC) is the non-profit agency in charge of the bandstand pavilion project. Powder River Music Review is organized and supported by volunteers from the Baker City Herald, the SIBC, and The Bandstand Committee.
The Bandstand Committee consists of volunteer members including artists, musicians, singers, local media, small business owners, the Baker County Chamber of Commerce, the SIBC and citizens at large.
To help raise money for the bandstand pavilion, Powder River Music Review sells individual bricks during each concert in the park. The bricks can be engraved with a name or short message on it and will be set into the stage of the new pavilion. It is unknown at this time when the actual construction of the pavilion will begin.
Powder Music Review also welcomes corporate sponsorship grants. A corporate donation of $10,000.00 or more includes a sponsor logo and/or name on one of the support columns of the bandstand pavilion.
When the bandstand pavilion is finally constructed, it will be used primarily to provide open space for outdoor concerts that can hold up to a 40-piece orchestra. It will also be used for multiple, other purposes, such as stage performances, dances, art exhibits, weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties, rallies and conventions.
You can learn more about the bandstand pavilion fund raising project by visiting them on Facebook. You can learn more about Jimmy Lloyd Rea by visiting his website or follow him on MySpace.