Tequila Mockingbyrd opens fall concert season

Blake Warman, City Editor

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Tuesday night, Tequila Mockingbyrd opened up the fall season by bringing the audience at the Daum Amphitheater in Kiwanis Park back to the 1960s and early 70s.

The band included Diana Ingram on acoustic guitar and vocals, Jeff Dericksin on acoustic guitar and vocals, Tim Mills on electric guitar and Dano Reible on bass guitar.

The music was predominantly from the 1960s and early 70s.

The group opened their performance with a rendition of “He Don’t Love You,” originally performed by Tony Orlando.

Dericksin lead the group with his lead vocals and his tenor voice while Ingram managed to bring low alto vocals to harmonize.

Another song that stood out was “Drift Away,” originally performed by Dobie Gray.

The audience roared in applause with Ingrams taking point. Ingrams low alto voice successfully brought life to the song by bringing vocals similar to the original artist.

“Let’s Work Together,” originally performed by Canned Heat, was another hit with the audience. Reible, on bass guitar, took center stage. Reible also brought his harmonica talents to this song, which proved to be an intricate part of the song itself.  This would be the only song of the night that Reible would play harmonica.

While the group came off with a professional attitude, having a planned set list for the night, they also brought a laid back environment for the audience. This showed with the band having conversations amongst each other and with the audience with in between sets of songs like when one of the members was casually looking for a pen to change the set list around.

Reible said at times they will interact with the audience by just having conversations with each other and the audience. 

Other times, Reible said they have trivia night with the band to create some audience participation.

Audience members who attended the concert said they enjoyed the group. 

Charleston resident Lauren Buttram said she enjoyed the concert especially because of the wide variety of 60s and 70s music that the band is known for.

Reible added every member of the band has a love for music that came out in the 60’s or 70’s. 

Reible said he believes music during that period of time brought the world a collection of music many people love no matter what generation they belong to.

Reible said tonight was a successful concert, but what made the concert even better was the beautiful weather that was presented with Tuesday. 

Kiwanis Park has another concert on Tuesday, Sept. 23 with Motherlode Bluegrass playing at 7 p.m. 

The concert is free.

Blake Warman can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]