Pablo to 'Cruise' into Blue Goose Fruit Shed

Loomis concert is Friday, July 10
By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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Pablo Cruise has been singing “Love Will Find a Way” since 1978, and Steve Price, the band’s drummer and Loomis resident, has found a way to bring the group to his home town. Price is a founding member of Pablo Cruise, which has been described as having a Jimmy Buffett/Beach Boys sound with a Latin beat. Whatever you call it, the music is just right for listening and dancing. Foothill fans can rock to Pablo Cruise – it’s not an individual; it’s the band’s name – when they play the Blue Goose Fruit Shed Friday evening, July 10. “I’ve wanted to do a concert in the Blue Goose” for a long time, said Price, who moved to Loomis with his wife, Nancy, four years ago. “The community and the people — we really like it” It’s because of his wife, Price said, that Pablo Cruise is back together again, doing gigs not only in Northern California but through the West Coast as well. Last week they were performing in Hawaii. Price got the band back together as a wedding present for his wife. “Nancy used to be a big fan and we got married five years ago on June 5,” he said. After 10 years of touring, appearances on television and release of several successful albums and records including mega-hits such as “Love Will Find A Way,” "What'cha Gonna Do?," and "Cool Love,” original band members Price, David Jenkins, Cory Lerios and Bud Cockrell had gone their separate ways. At Price’s wedding concert, Jenkins, Lerios and Price made the decision to reunite. George Gabriel now fills out the quartet. Kirk Jenni, of Loomis, said he first saw Pablo Cruise perform at a Mountain Aire concert in Calaveras County in 1979. “I believe it might have been my very first concert,” said Jenni, 47. He hadn’t seen Pablo Cruise until a recent concert in Folsom. “For me it was a thrill to see Steve perform again,” he said, “I had the time of my life.” Pablo Cruise’s music appeals to the younger set, too. “I’ve been playing it (a Pablo Cruise CD) in my car and house and my wife and 14-year-old daughter were grooving along with the songs,” Jenni said. Bob Clifford, of Penryn, is also a Pablo Cruise fan. “Pablo Cruise music reminds me of vacation time,” Clifford said. “It’s relaxing, you don’t think about the problems of the day … You just enjoy the water and listen to the music.” Don’t expect to get too mellow at a Pablo Cruise concert. Concertgoers, said Price, “will have a high-energy, body-moving experience. It’s hard to sit still when we play.” Next week’s concert is part of the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce’s 50-year celebration. In addition to the concert, which starts at 8 p.m., the chamber is hosting a taco bar and margarita bar that open at 6 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $30 per person and are available at the chamber office, Wild Chicken Coffee, U.S. Bank, and Blue Goose Produce in the fruit shed. Call the chamber at 652-7252 for more information.