The summer is beginning to heat up and it’s about to get a whole lot hotter, as the Breeze Band prepares to take the stage at the Sounds of Summer free concert series presented by the city of Navasota.
A band consisting of mostly prison retirees involved in prison ministry, the Breeze Band has over 100-years of music experience combined. Four of its members are at least 60 years old and one is in his fifties.
They began playing oldies and branched out to playing a lot of classic rock from the 60s, 70s and 80s but also play music from the 90s up to the present day.
“This is a dream come true for us” explained Gilbert Barron. Barron plays guitar and provides some vocals for the Band. “We don’t play a lot of gigs because none of us really want to play every week. We enjoy playing but we also enjoy doing other things as well and don’t want this to turn in to more than a hobby with a few gigs from time to time.”
Their love for music shows in the diversity of genres they play. You may hear them playing anything from blues, jazz or rhythm and blues.
This will be the second performance for the band in Navasota. They played several months ago outside of Classic Rock Coffee Company.
“We just love this town,” explained Barron. “The last time we were here everyone welcomed us, and we had a great time. I’m excited to return and play outdoors for the Navasota crowd.”
The band consists of five additional members other than Barron. David Pequino plays bass, James Cooper has a jazz background and plays drums. Phillip Vivar is the man on the keyboard and Sergio Alvaraz is a percussionist.
The Breeze Band performance next to city hall in downtown Navasota is the first of four free concerts presented in the Sounds of Summer series.
Randy Pavlock takes the stage Friday, June 14, followed by Grupo Vital June 21 and Brown Sugar Band June 28.
All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and coolers and lawn chairs are welcome.