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Still Crusin'

Pablo Cruise Rocks Blue Goose In Loomis Chamber Benefit
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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The good ship “Pablo Cruise” sailed into Loomis last Friday night and the feel good rockers who topped the record charts and air waves some three decades ago showed that they haven’t lost any luster off their shine. Playing a benefit at The Blue Goose to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Loomis Chamber of Commerce, Pablo Cruise, with three of the original four members of the band on stage, played all their hits and then some in entertaining an appreciative full house at the Goose estimated at 500. “We had a blast,” said drummer Steve Price who resides in the Loomis area and helped bring the band to town. “We’ve been wanting to do a concert here for awhile and the timing was just right for last week. It was a lot of fun.” Pablo Cruise, comprised of Price, guitarist-vocalist David Jenkins, keyboard-vocalist Cory Lerios and bass-vocalist George Gabriel, went through its complete repitore of hits topped off by chart busters “Love Will Find A Way” and “Whatcha Gonna Do”. Lerios, who has spent much of the past two decades producing award winning sound tracks for such shows as “Baywatch” and several feature films, provided much of the show’s entertaining banter with the crowd that also led in to Cruise staples such as “I Go To Rio”, “Island Woman”, “Cool Kind of Love”, “Atlanta June” and “Zero To Sixty In Five.” “We try to do as many of the old ones as people want to hear,” added Price who like fellow band-mates Lerios and Jenkins grew up on the Peninsula in the Bay Area and then for years called Marin County home. Currently in the midst of a summer tour, Pablo Cruise had recently played Northern California stops in Folsom, Rancho Murrieta and Brentwood before venturing to Hawaii for three shows. The band then heads to Oregon and the San Joaquin Valley for some casino and county fair shows before ending its summer run in October with the Doobie Brothers and Journey this October at Cohn Winery in Sonoma County. Price, who in sits occasionally with Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers at Constable Jack’s in Newcastle, loves the area. “I love it up here,” said Price who moved to the Loomis Basin four years ago. “The people here are great.” Michelle Jahnsen of the Chamber of Commerce noted that the show was more than expected and that the only drawback was selling out of tickets. “Hopefully, we’ll have Pablo Cruise up again to rock the sheds,” said Jahnsen.