New band are hosting a free concert on Mother’s Day – The Royal Gazette

Created: May 04, 2022 07:50

RNB will perform a free concert on Mother’s Day at Bungalow 56. Left to right: Cleveland Astwood, Kevin Maybury and Jonathan Walker (Photograph by Jessie Moniz Hardy)

Some people finish at 65; Kevin Maybury cranks up the volume.

On Sunday, he and longtime friends Cleveland Astwood and Jonathan Walker will perform a free concert as they debut their new band, RNB.

Their weekly shows at Bungalow 56 will feature 60s, 70s and 80s music from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and other artists from that era.

Mr. Walker will sing and Mr. Astwood will play bass and guitar.

RNB members from left, Jonathan Walker, Kevin Maybury and Cleveland Astwood (Photograph by Jessie Moniz Hardy)

“It’s going to be live, and it’s going to be very raw and exciting,” he said. “Our sound is going to be very solid and beat-driven. Jonathan has a very raspy and moving vocal side. He did some backing vocals for Bobby Brown a while back.

According to Mr. Maybury, the target is people aged 40 and over.

“That’s not to say people under that age won’t enjoy it. But we are targeting a market that we believe is not getting quality professional live entertainment. These are middle-aged people. DJs can handle younger audiences.

He has been best friends with Mr Astwood since he was five when they met at West Pembroke Primary School.

Norman Astwood, Mr. Astwood’s father, was a musician.

“I mess around on the drums. His dad heard me and thought I had some rhythm. So he suggested that I take lessons.

At 16, he signed with “the father of drums”, Clarence “Tootsie” Bean.

“He lived just opposite TCD in a house at the top of the hill,” Mr Maybury said. “He was a very patient and easy-going teacher. He made you feel at ease. Clevie also took a few lessons with him.

A year later, Mr Maybury was in his bedroom when Stefan Hinds knocked on the door and invited him to audition for his band, F Troop, which backed a male trio, Formula Three.

Kevin Maybury will perform a free gig with his band RNB on Mother’s Day (Photograph by Jessie Moniz Hardy)

“We also became the house band for the old Rosebank Theatre,” Mr. Maybury said. “At the time, the Rosebank Theater looked like the Apollo Theater in New York. You had people lined up outside. They had Battle of the Bands and Battle of the Groups. Secondary schools formed groups. In a show, there would be at least 12 participants.

“There were a lot of house parties. There were a lot of bands coming in and the promoters were bringing in R&B artists and reggae artists. Bermuda was exploding and tourism was exploding. Those were the best years of my life. »

During this time, Mr. Astwood began playing music with his father and fellow musician, Al Davis, at the old Clayhouse Inn. He then worked as a sound engineer and producer here, in the United States and in Israel.

For a time in the 1980s, the couple separated.

RNB at Bungalow 56. Left to right, Cleveland Astwood, Kevin Maybury and Jonathan Walker (Photograph by Jessie Moniz Hardy)

“We have both been on tour,” said Mr Maybury, who is retiring as a cleaner from Somersfield Academy in August and draws a weekly political cartoon for The Royal Gazette.

“I toured on cruise ships with Jimmy O’Connor and his band, The Happening BDA. We went to 15 islands in the Caribbean, Europe, South America and Africa. That was around 1984 It was a great time. We saw the world and grew as musicians. There was a lot of exposure when you travel like that.

The pandemic has been tough on everyone, especially musicians who haven’t had “many venues to play in the last couple of years,” he added.

Mr Maybury led the Bermuda Drum Academy until March 2020 when Covid-19 closed the business. On the plus side, the downtime gave the trio time to strategize for their new band.

“We’ve had a directory in place for a year and a half,” Mr Maybury said. “It was turned on and off.”

His advice to young artists and musicians arriving today is to “find your style”.

“We are all individuals. There are six billion people in the world and six billion fingerprint designs – that’s what I call variety.

Unplugged Sundays with RNB Live begin at 4 p.m. at Bungalow 56. Admission is free. For more information: [email protected]; 536-4316.

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Christy J. Olson