Will Ravenstein

Wellington Daily News

Memorial Auditorium was rocking with classic hits from the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and Herman’s Hermits Saturday evening as ‘Across the Pond’ performed their cover songs as part of a fundraiser hosted by the Memorial Auditorium Advisory Board.

The five member band performed in Wellington last summer as part of the Kansas Wheat Festival, and with the response from the town, Mark Green thought of no greater band to assist in the fundraising efforts.

“I’ve known a few of them for a long time,” Green said. “When they were here for the Wheat Festival, people just loved them. So, I thought it was a great start and I knew they were high quality. Where are you going to get that kind of quality for that kind of money.”

‘Across the Pond’ delivered for the audience in attendance Saturday. On lookers could be seen dancing in their chairs as they performed all the hit songs from the “British Invasion” of the 1960’s and 1970’s.

“Those guys were very good,” Maria Holverson said. “Loved it. It was amazing. It brought back a lot of memories. I hope they come back, they got to come back. It was a good concert, it really was.”

Audience members could also be heard singing along with songs like; “Henry the Eighth”, “Another Brick in the Wall” and “Sgt. Peppers Lone Heart Club Band.”

Lead singer Jay Cape said they were glad to be back in Wellington.

“It was a lot of fun,” he said. “We had a great time the first time. We had an even better time this time. Wellington is a nice little town.”

The heat inside Memorial Auditorium did not bother the band as they performed for nearly two hours straight.

“Well it’s a little warmer in here, but that is the reason why we wanted to help out,” Cape said. “This is a great venue. We’ve love to help them get some air conditioning in here, cause we would love to come play again.”

Green realized when he was approached that finding name recognition would cost more, but he hopes that with this show in the books people will want to come out to see other talent in the future.

“I would like to see more, but what do you do,” he said. “That’s the question. I know names, but that could cost a lot of money. So, that’s the fine line of bringing in names and not costing a lot of money. People need to realize the talent level we can get, but they have to be willing to come and see it.”

For Steve Kemp, friend of John Weaver - guitar player and backup singer for 30-years, it was a fun night.

“It was a great show,” Kemp said. “It’s a great thing to have in Wellington. This is music of our era. They did it well.”

Kemp also had words for those that missed the show Saturday.

“They missed a good time,” he said. “It’s not too often that this type of talent comes to Wellington. Hopefully people will come out and support live music.”

Kemp praised Green and fellow sound guy in town, Kevin Dodds, for what they do to bring talent to Wellington on a regular basis.

“We are very fortunate to have them in this community,” Kemp said. “We need more of this, the town needs more of this.”

After the show there was no indication if another show would be booked for Memorial Auditorium, but the people leaving the concert all seemed to want to have more.