average white band

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July 4th, 2009

Fort Monroe Hampton, VA


No ticket or pamphlet


     We went to see the Average White Band in person for the Independence day holiday.  It was a free (ticketless) event. We didn't stay for the fireworks due to worrying about traffic.  It was bad enough the traffic after the concert because of people who had the same idea as us. We thought we'd know a lot of the songs but we didn't for this band.  I remember them way back in the 70's when I was a teen.  There were two local groups in front of them and I made pages for them as well (see below).  It was "alright" but not one of my favorite shows.  However, it was cool I did get a signed CD as the band came out and signed... See photos of that below as well as photos of the show.  There was no ticket as this was a free concert, so nothing for that.  However, I'd like to mention that Fort Monroe is on the BRAC list and will be closing down.  Many issues popped up about the historic base and much of it will be torn down.  I am asking people to write your congressmen and women as well as your Senators.  We must save this base because it's a historic place. 

    Fort Monroe has ties to everyone from Abraham Lincoln who spent time there, to Native Americans, slaves, and Jefferson Davis who spent time in a jail cell.  In addition, Edgar Allen Poe wrote some of his most famous works here and this was inspiration for some of his work.  In addition to the, General Lee lived in a house on the base which is being used now for regular housing!  In addition to that, Fort Monroe is the only in tact (and I mean fully in tact; it's so very well preserved and looks like it was built not long ago!) 5 sided fort in existence!  It's also surrounded with a moat and that too is the only one. It's very unique and during it's time, it was one of the most important Forts in US Civil War history.  In addition to that (in case that is not enough for you), it's got a small lighthouse which is from the period too... and a lighthouse keepers house.  Trees that are on the base are totally unique as well.  They are very very old, and are full, oddly placed and they are all "leaning" which gives them are really neat look.  So please, help save Fort Monroe!

   Before the Average White Band came out, there were two other bands that played called "Gator Almond and the Spice of Life Band" and "Tidewater Drive". I've made pages about them as well.  See links below or go back to the concert main page. 

   By the way, the prices were NUTS for food.  5.00 for water!  8.00 for a Indian Fry Bread... I would recommend eating before you go to this event.  However, much of the funds went to support the troops in some fashion or another; so you could consider it charity I suppose. Bring bug spray, sunscreen, blankets/chairs.  Cameras and video allowed provided it's not professional.  Parking on gravel but free...expect a long walk to the car depending on how late you arrive.  The later the longer the walk.

   Well that's about all.  Enjoy the photos etc!


   Well that's about all.  Enjoy the photos etc!

   Since I did not label the band photos below (sorry, no time) I am including the info...

Alan Gorrie -- Bass, Guitar, Lead Vocals

Onnie McIntyre -- Guitar, Vocals 

 Klyde Jones --  Keyboard, Bass, Lead Vocals 

Fred ' Freddy V' Vigdor -- Saxes, Keyboards, Vocals 

Rocky Bryant -- Drums


From left to right: 1) You can see the Fort between the booths (one side of the Pentagon shape) 2) Booths of food and Jewelry etc sellers 3) Signing autographs



From left to right: 1) The stage from far 2) The stage from where we were 3) Closer view of Keyboards and guitar 4) Guitarists 5) Band   6) Lead I think


From left to right: 1) Signatures of the band 2) Cover of the CD and 3) Signatures of the band


Links that might be interesting (some of the bands that played):

Fort Monroe

Tidewater Drive

My Tidewater Drive Band page

My Gator Almond and the Spice of Life Band page



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