Rod Deal and Ty Anderson (Do You Miss Them Like We Do?)
On Saturday, March 12th, the I-Deals and their many friends will pay tribute to local legends Rod Deal and Ty Anderson at the Mateel Community Center in Redway. These performances benefit the Redway School Music Program.
For Cher Spencer and Asia Anderson the idea was brewing since the previous summer. They wanted to pay tribute to Rod Deal and Ty Anderson and the greatest way they thought to honor them would be to ask the I-Deals to get back together. What could be better than to turn the event into a benefit for the Redway School Music Program? After a few meetings with music teachers, Andy Barnett and Hal Lepoff, from Redway School, the tribute and fundraiser began to take shape. “I’m sure Rod and Ty would have loved this,” said Cher Spencer, “because ultimately it is about the children.” Asia Anderson noted, “Music has always been an important part of my childhood and adulthood. The future generations of our community need music in their lives. In such a small town with not that many activities, creativity is extremely important.”
“Contributions to the Redway School Music Program support classroom instruction for every kid at Redway School. Funds will help with the purchase of song-flute style recorders, instruction books and other instruments and supplies for at-school use,” said Hal Lepoff (K-3) and Andy Barnett (4-6) with gratitude.
Featuring original I-Deals members, Doug Cox on bass, Randy Clark on drums, Jimmy Durchslag on trombone and vocals, Kathryn Lobato on keyboards and vocals and Peggy Andrews on saxophone, as well as Charles Lewis on vocals, Brody Forester on guitar and vocals, Brian Sykes on guitar and vocals and Orlando Morales on percussion. Also performing will be Irie Rockers, formerly known as, The Demolition Squad, Lisa Sanders, Asia Anderson, Artist Laci Coelho, and the children of the Redway School Music Program. Witty wordsmith Little Kidd Lost will MC the evenings events.
Rod Deal was a well-known political and environmental activist. He sang about many of the injustices facing the Northern California community, issues that are still relevant today. “Rod embodied a lot of the biography of growing up in Humboldt. His songs tell the stories of what it was really like during those years,” said Brody Forester. Rod Deal’s message has reached far and wide to other communities dealing with similar conflicts, and many people with these struggles find solace in his lyrics and music. Through conscious music Rod Deal and the I-Deals have given a voice to many.
Both Rod Deal and Ty Anderson were beloved members of the Southern Humboldt community. Ty Anderson was a well-respected and inspirational guitarist and he loved all the local musicians and all styles of music. His encouragement was contagious. He was also a great guitar teacher and was held in awe as he shredded his solos. He was a musician’s musician.
You can’t get much better than Rod Deal and Ty Anderson and the music they were a part of creating with the rest of the I-Deals. All were legends in their own right. “Special shout out to Brian, Brody, Charles and Orlando for bringing these So Hum classics to the stage again. Their talent and great vibes make this project a joy,” corresponded Randy Clark of the I-Deals. “Never thought we’d be playing these songs ever again after Ty’s memorial,” wrote Peggy “Sax” Andrews of the I-Deals, “I love these songs, local politics you can dance to. I also love the people in the band, including Brian and Brody, they show real love for the songs and the band. It is a pleasure to play for everybody again.”
This special I-Deals reunion is both exciting and very much anticipated by the community who hold the contributions that Rod and the I-Deals made to Southern Humboldt culture in their hearts.
Hailing from the coastal ridges of Humboldt County, Irie Rockers, formerly known as, The Demolition Squad is a powerhouse band of experienced musicians rooted in Reggae. Assembled in 2015 by producers/songwriters Stevie Culture and Brody Forester. The two shared a vision to create music that represents the ideals of the communities in their area, ideals to spread ideal love, peace and unity. Featuring Stevie Culture on vocals and keyboard, Brody Forester on guitar and vocals, Cyrus Weissman on bass, Brian Sykes on guitar, Jimmy Durchslag on trombone, Justin Schwartzman on saxophone, trumpet, keyboard and backing vocals and Jeremy Hoenig on drums. Listeners can expect high-energy danceable grooves.
It is a treat to have San Diego-based Lisa Sanders perform. She is a People’s Choice award winning singer/songwriter and well known in many musical circles, not just for the Americana/ Country Soul style she is renowned for, as well as, a National Women Living Legacy Association award winner. Besides numerous local performances and a growing fan base, Lisa Sanders is Ty Anderson’s sister and an honorary member of the Southern Humboldt community.
Asia Anderson will make a special acoustic appearance, accompanied by Brian Sykes, Michael Beyer and Brody Forester of The Hum Bros.
There will be a silent auction featuring a twelve-string guitar, two acoustic guitars, a glass piccolo, a gift certificate from Cypress Grove, assorted art pieces by Holly Sweet and Layne Murrish, as well as four grab bags donated by Trim Scene Solutions.
The night’s line-up is as follows; 7:00 pm the doors open, 7:30 pm The Children of Redway School perform, 8:00 pm Lisa Sanders performs, 9:00 pm The I-Deals perform, 10:30 pm Irie Rockers, formerly known as, The Demolition Squad perform. Food and drink will be available for purchase, including a full bar. Moses Danzer will serve Mexican cuisine. All proceeds go to the Redway School Music Program. $20.00 at the door. The Mateel Community Center is located at 59 Rusk Lane in Redway. For more information call Cher Spencer at 707-223-0422. Also check out facebook page Rod Deal & Ty Anderson Tribute & Redway School Music Fundraiser.