‘Whatcha Gonna Do’ …… when Pablo Cruise jumps on stage?

Vintage band to play ‘timeless’ songs during Saturday’s concert

Photo courtesy of PabloCruise.com Guitarist and vocalist David Jenkins, left, with bass player and vocalist Larry Antonio perform during a Pablo Cruise concert.

MARSHALL — The Pablo Cruise repertoire is pretty “timeless,” says the band’s keyboard player Cory Lerios.

And it is bringing those “timeless” songs to the stage in Marshall Saturday night for Sounds of Summer.

Pablo Cruise will perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday in Schwan’s parking lots in downtown Marshall. Saturday’s concert also includes Patrick Mahoney at 6:30 p.m. and the Killer Vees at 7:30 p.m.

Lerios said he, David Jenkins (guitar, vocals) and Steve Price (drums, percussion) were all part of another band before forming Pablo Cruise.

“The three of us decided to start our own band,” Lerios said. They added a fourth member, he said. Bud Cockerel played bass, according to the Pablo Cruise website.

When asked about the band’s name, according to the band’s website: “the well-rehearsed answer went something like this, ‘Pablo,’ represents an honest, real, down to earth individual, and ‘Cruise’ depicts his fun loving, easy going attitude toward life: In essence that’s what Pablo Cruise music is all about. Honest, real down to earth vocals, accompanied by fun yet elegant, infectious grooves.”

The band’s first album came out in 1975, and for a decade it toured the United States, Canada and Japan. It hit the top 10 with such hits as “Whatcha Gonna Do?” and “Love Will Find a Way.” Pablo Cruise also appeared on many television shows, including “American Bandstand,” “The Merv Griffin Show,” and “The Dinah Shore Hour.”

By 1985, after releasing seven studio albums, the band decided to take a hiatus, the band’s website said, one that lasted nearly two decades.

“I personally took a lot of years off,” Lerios said. Lerios wrote and produced music for film and television, including “One Crazy Summer,” “Baywatch,” “Max Headroom” and “Police Story.”

According to the band’s website, Jenkins continued to tour with the country-rock band Southern Pacific. He also connected with Kapono Beamer and the duo released the album “Cruisin’ on Hawaiian Time.” Price went on to provide e-learning for many companies around the country as the CEO and founder of LearnPort Inc.

The band reunited in 2005, which included core members Jenkins, Price and Lerios. Since then, it has released two live CDs and a DVD.

“One of the great things about playing shows after all these years is that the core band, David, Steve and myself are still here and loving it,” Lerios said on the website.

“This sort of led into it might be fun to do this,” Lerios added.

The band’s new members are Larry Antonino on bass and vocals and Robbie Wyckoff on lead vocals and percussion. Antonino has played with several performers, including Air Supply, Jeff Beck and Barry Manilow.

Wyckoff toured with The Roger Waters Band and has shared the stage with Michael McDonald, Jackson Browne and Barbara Streisand.

The year 2019 has been “our most active year yet,” said Lerios. Lerios said Pablo Cruise will perform about 45 shows this year.

“It’s been gratifying to be on the road with the same guys,” Lerios said.

He said a lot of the original fans of the band come to the shows and then they bring their kids. Plus, he said, there’s been a resurgence of younger kids liking music from the ’70s and ’80s. He said the band recently played to a crowd of 15,000 in Reno, Nevada.

“Our audiences have really grown,” Lerios said.

Lerios said the Marshall audience can expect a great show, with Pablo Cruise playing all its hits along with a bit of humor.

“(We) bring a lot of joy and fun — a lot of audience engagement,” Lerios said.


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