|Our friend Rick is quite the talented songwriter, guitar player and music producer.|
|Stuart and Rick of Group Therapy obviously enjoyed every moment of entertaining their many avid followers and friends at the pavilion at Anini Beach on Sunday afternoon. We couldn’t have been more thrilled to be included in this special event.|
From the band Group Therapy’s Facebook page: “Local north shore musicians on Kauai comprises of Rick Robbins – Guitar, Al Overton – Keyboards, Stuart Hollinger – Bass & Vocals, Jerome Camposeo – Drums, and Debra Drayton – Percussive arrays and Vocals”
|Stuart, on bass and vocals, has an amazing voice. Last year, Stuart won the 2014 Hawaiian Hoku Academy of Recording Arts Award for rock album of the year.|
|Al, on the keyboard.|
|Debra, on percussive arrays and vocals, is going on safari with Cathi and Rick to South Africa within weeks.|
|Jerome, on the drums.|
“Rick Robbins is a guitar player, a producer, and songwriter. Born Rick Beilke in Tulsa, Oklahoma he spent most of his high school years going to classes during the day and playing gigs from 9 p.m. until the wee hours of the morning. “That was really rough,” he said. “I just couldn’t wait to be done with high school.” In fact, the day after graduating from Memorial High, Rick left Oklahoma to go on tour. Still in his teens, he came to Los Angeles and built a reputation as a session musician working with recording artist Phil Driscoll then spent the next three years as a session player at A & M records. Not a bad beginning for a bright-eyed kid from Oklahoma!
He toured Europe, the United States, and Canada with rock legends Leon Russell and Joe Cocker and has played with many of the guys from Eric Clapton and Bob Segar’s bands. He toured with Joan Armatrading and joined John Lennon in studio recordings and also worked with George Harrison. As a touring musician, Robbins played stages all over the world with Rick Danko, The Band, Paul Butterfield, Richie Hayward, Little Feat, Ray Parker, Jr., Andy Gibb, and Phillip Bailey, Earth, Wind & Fire, just to name a few.”
We met Cathi and Rick at our first full moon party we attended in February. The fact that they are soon returning to South Africa for safari immediately connected us with our shared passion for wildlife.
|The pavilion at Anini Beach was the stage for yesterday’s fabulous performance by Group Therapy, our friend Rick’s band. In the center is lead singer Stuart, to the right is Debra on percussive and vocals. The support beams prevented a good photo of the entire group.|
With Cathi gone for almost a month in March for the birth of another grandchild, we missed an entire month of getting together. With the intense connection we all experienced, we knew we’d end up spending as much time together as possible as our days in Kauai wind down.
This past Wednesday we had a fabulous dinner and evening at their home here in Princeville sharing the details in this post on Thursday. They also invited us to attend the concert and beach party on Sunday (yesterday) at Anini Beach.
|Speaking of hippies as in yesterday’s post, many now seniors, flock to the beaches to enjoy the continuation of a life of decades past, along with the rest of us more traditional folks.|
Rick and his professional band, Group Therapy, were performing a free live concert at the Anini Beach pavilion, not only for invitees but also for the enjoyment of anyone who happened to be at the beach between 2:00 and 5:00 pm.
|Anini Beach is a local favorite.|
As it turned out, there were about 100 in our group and more dancing and rocking and rollín’ to the beat. Need I say the band was terrific, talented, animated, playful, and totally engaged in offering this complimentary venue. That’s the people of Kauai, for ya,’ friendly and inclusive. Its like nothing we’ve ever seen!
|Rick’s favorite fan and wife, Cathi, and my new friend with whom I share a unique kinship.|
In addition, there were other new friends in attendance making us feel further included and a part of this amazing community of many retirees, like us, from the mainland and other parts of the world. We couldn’t stop smiling.
|There’s my guy, grinning from ear to ear, as always having a great time.|
Many danced on the grass including the adorable Cathi. She and I have determined we are “sisters of another mother” and with more time, surely we would have become “glued at the hip.” I’ll miss her.
|Anini Beach is our favorite beach in the area, easy to access with ample parking and of course, beautiful views.|
To hear her beloved husband Rick (married 32 years), experienced guitar player, songwriter, and producer, play along with his band was both exciting and reminiscent of day’s long past when many songs they played were familiar from our younger days.
|More new friends, from left to right, Steve and Susan who hosted our first full moon party in February at their lovely home. Then we have Alice and Travis, with whom we dined out over a week ago. We look forward to seeing them all again.|
The music and lively response from the audience were refreshing. It was an entirely new experience for us in our travels. Neither of us can recall the last time we attended a live outdoor concert. Was it decades ago?
|Richard, our friend, and personal social director.|
Although Tom and I sat glued to our chairs with Richard at our side for the first hour or two, we had an opportunity to mingle at the break while from time to time, I wandered about taking photos we’re sharing today.
|This adorable couple perhaps well into their 80’s were dancing along the shore while the band played. We all cheered them on. This is what Kauai does to seniors! Keeps them young!|
What a fun event! Our lives in Kauai continue to be filled with one memorable experience after another. We’ve never been bored for a moment thanks to our friend Richard, our personal social director, who ultimately is responsible for us meeting many of the fine people we’ve met in these past three months.
|A guest had brought along a bouquet of flowers, reasons unknown but pretty none the less.|
As for Cathi and Rick, we’re looking forward to spending time with them again, as well as the other fine friends we’ve been fortunate to meet in Princeville.
|A windsurfer provided additional entertainment.|
Today is my workout day requiring a trip to the Makai Club and a stop at the Princeville Shopping Center to purchase a few items at Foodland. I’ve already spent a little over $300 on groceries this week so it’s no surprise that another trip to the market is on the agenda as we run out of vital ingredients for preparing our next meals.
|A Hawaiian woman thoughtfully lined the edge of the stage with the flowers for “good aloha.”|
However, the quality of our lives has made the higher costs of living in Kauai worth every dollar spent. No complaining here. Besides, we budgeted for that!
Happy Monday for those who work and a happy “What day of the week is it?” for the rest of us!
Photo from one year ago today, April 20, 2014:
|Many cats live throughout the souks cared for by the shop owners and food offerings from tourists. For more on this date’s story, please click here.|