Daily Archives: July 13, 2009

The Week Ahead – July 13-19

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No promises, but I am going to try to start giving a heads up on activities and events for the week.  Of course, this will be a lot easier if you let me know of any important dates coming up – so feel free to email me (recoveringteacher@gmail.com) or leave a message if you have something you think others should know about things in and around Santee.

Santee Chamber of Commerce After-5 Mixer: Thursday, July 16, from 5:30-7:00 pm at PakMail, 9890 N Magnolia Ave.

Santee Summer Concert Series: Thursday, July 16, from 6:30-8:00 pm at Santee Trolley Square – featuring Spectrum.

Simply Spa Santana Special: This week Simply Spa is giving members of the Santana Class of ’89 a $20 discount on either a 50-minute spa treatment or a 50-minute facial treatment in preparation for their upcoming Class Reunion.  For more info you can check out their Facebook page or call them at 619-258-5810.

Frubble Presents: Saturday night, July 18, the teen band The Mayors of Sexy Town will play at Frubble from 7:00 pm to whenever.  Frubble is located in the Pathways center at Mast Blvd. and Carlton Hills Blvd.

Night Fishing at Santee Lakes: Thursday night (a big night, apparently), July 16, Santee Lakes #1, 2, 3, and 4 will be open for night fishing from 5:00-11:30 pm.  You don’t need a state fishing license, but you do need a Night Fishing Permit – $8 for Adults, $6 for Juniors, $3 for a second pole – and a lantern.  No radios – you don’t want to scare the fish!

Mission Trails Regional Park: Multiple events all week, culminating in their Summer Twilight Walk starting at 7:15 pm on Saturday, July 18.  Call ahead for reservations if you want to attend.

Again, if you know of something else going on that you think is worthwhile, let me know and I’ll try to get it up.

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Southbound Jonny Kicks Summer Concert A**

Southbound Jonny

Last Thursday, July 9, the Santee Trolley Square amphitheater was jumping to the sounds of Southbound Jonny, “San Diego’s Most Wanted Country Band.”  The crowd was large and raucous, the music was loud and intense, and this “rowdy country band” was at its finest.  The group, fronted by John Watson on vocals and acoustic guitar, played a wide variety of music, from Brooks & Dunn to Bob Seger to a “drunken redneck” version of the Beatles “Things We Said Today.”  Watson was joined by lead guitarist/vocalist Glenn Wolff, drummer/vocalist Dave Largent, bassist/vocalist Tom Carper, and violinist/mandolinist/vocalist Dave Edelman.

John Watson

Watson, a Virginia native, came to the San Diego area in 1997 following a successful solo acoustic career in and around Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland.  The tall Virginian is a commanding presence on stage, but what really keeps the crowd’s attention is his personality – a little bit redneck, a little bit comic, and a whole lot of fun.

Glen Wolff

If Watson is the focal point of the group, lead guitarist Wolff is the power pack.  Another product of the VA-DC-MD region, the Baltimore native brought his high-energy guitar work to San Diego in 1991 and definitely puts the “rock” in country-rock.  It was the pairing of Watson and Wolff that first created Southbound Jonny, and it’s easy to see the chemistry these two crazy musicians have together (see below).

Dave Edelman

Perhaps the least “country” of the group is New Yorker Edelman, who grew up in view of Central Park and originally trained in classical violin.  But one blast of his foot-stompin’ fiddling leaves no doubt that, if not country born he certainly has country in his soul.  After the concert he talked about trying to do something about his “grimaces” while playing, but those just accentuate the fervor of his playing.  His mandolin playing, while it doesn’t have the passion of his fiddle, was a great accent to several songs.

Dave Largent

Every good band needs that solid backbeat to keep the music running smoothly, no matter how crazy the front line might get.  The rock of that beat is Miami-born drummer Largent, a talented singer and song writer in addition to his prowess on the kit.  The second-most “local” of the group, he moved to San Diego as a boy and grew up to play opening act for the Beach Boys, Tom Johnson, and Dave Edmunds, among others.  The group plays several of his songs in their performances.

Tom Carper

The second half of the backbeat is bassist and San Diego native Carper – a multi-talented musician who cut his musical teeth on the trumpet in high school and later went on to play bass with numerous country artists.  While his on-stage presence is overshadowed by Watson, Wolff, and Edelman, his playing more than holds its own.

Southbound Dancing

As always, the dancing bug was biting full-force.  Impromptu line dances were the norm, but partner and free-style had their place as well, as did circle dances with Miss Santee and her First Runner Up.  The hit of the night, though, was one very young couple that had their moves down in spite of their age.

Winners of the “Cutest Couple” Award

"Cutest Couple" Winners

Miss Santee, Sierra Billock, and First Runner Up, Kimberly Swank

Sierra Billock and Kimberly Swank

Watson and Wolff Clown Around

Watson & Wolff

“Kickin’ It” with Southbound Jonny

"Kickin' It" with Southbound Jonny

Next week Spectrum brings its high-energy dance music to the Summer Concert Series.

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