The last Revive@5 concert doesn’t signal the end of summer — and this summer was the hottest on record — but it certainly marks the beginning of the end. With KIN being the last group with some lineup changes (Nickole Isakson was out of town), the Revive@5 Old Town pavilion concert went out with a bang, not a whimper, thanks to some virtuoso guitar work and expressive singing by Kade Isakson. His original song, “Yodel#5,” was a showstopper. Isakson was backed by Cody Simkins on bass and Bob Daulton on drums. Kade Isakson will be leaving soon for the music scene in Austin, Texas, and there will be a detailed article on him before he exits Inkom and the Pocatello area for the big time. He will leave well-equipped, musically.
Bono of U2 once said that rock music illustrates Darwin’s famous theory: “survival of the fittest.” Certainly U2 coming from the north of Dublin, considered the poor section of that famous Irish town, has survived.
Some Pocatello groups, including the Kyd J band, have managed to survive and even thrive. The annual End of Summer bash just after the last Revive@5, featured the Kyd-J band, an eight-member group with a big sound. They do covers and originals, including a poignant “Chinook Wind,” and have two strong female vocalists, Shelby Azzola Hess and Mendi Serpa.
Best by Yesterday, considered an alternate rock band, with frontman Chris Henrickson on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, is still performing and will have a busy month. On Sept. 25, they will play a benefit, they will warm up for the enduring Braun Brothers, and they will join the lineup for the Oktoberfest at Portneuf Valley Brewing on Sept. 27. Best by Yesterday does a mix of originals (“Fall on Me,” “Maze”) and covers, including stirring interpretations of “Come Together” by the Beatles and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising.” Chris Henrickson has a unique blues voice and a vibrant stage presence. His lead guitarist, Jon, provides a stinging counterpoint to the band’s driving rhythm section.
Soul Full of Blues is a well-known, well-named local band with Bob Miron on lead guitar and Ramona Awes as the featured vocalist. When Ramona sings “Blues is my Business,” there is no doubt she means every note and business is good. Miron gives sensitive backing on guitar and Steve Howard plays bass. Perhaps some night, Ramona and Chris will sing a duet.
Steelhead Redd is an Americana band that does covers and powerful originals with Bob Picard as the frontman and Steve Byers on bass and additional vocals. Picard delivers John Prine’s haunting “Angel from Montgomery” and Byers is particularly effective interpreting the songs of Neil Young. Danielle Bagley provides a rich second vocal.
The Oktoberfest is also a street party fundraiser, “Dollars for Danny,” and will feature Best by Yesterday, Soul Full of Blues and Steelhead Redd on the same day. Danny Paz is suffering from testicular cancer and proceeds from the admission will go to Danny and his family to help with his medical expenses. It is $10 at the gate. Kids under 12 are free. Additional donations for Danny are appreciated. The gate opens at 4 p.m. Here is the schedule:
Friday, Sept. 27
Portneuf Valley Brewing
4 to 11 p.m.
Bands to perform:
Best by Yesterday: opening show on the street, 5 to 7 p.m.
Soul Full of Blues: headliner set on the street, 7 to 9 p.m.
Steelhead Redd: closing show in The Loft, 9 to 11 p.m.
Here is a chance to eat, drink, dance and hear three talented bands on a September afternoon going into the evening, with proceeds benefiting a humane cause.
Michael Corrigan of Pocatello is a San Francisco native and a retired Idaho State University English and speech communication instructor. He studied screenwriting at the American Film Institute and has authored seven books, many about the Irish American experience.