Monday, August 15, 2022
 
Click HERE to sign up to receive our Daily Email News
 
Stonewheat to Have Mega Musical Reunion
Loading
   
Sunday, July 31, 2022
 

BY KAREN BOSSICK

A musical reunion will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday when members of Stonewheat reunite for two reunion shows.

The free concerts featuring Johnny Valenzuela and others will be held Wednesday, Aug. 3, at The Wicked Spud in Hailey and Thursday, Aug. 4, at Mahoney’s in Bellevue.

“It is shaping up to be quite a big event, with several special guests showing up to sit in with us, and a lot of people are coming in from out of town for the week,” said Valenzuela.

Valenzuela and Brian Carney were high school students when they founded Stonewheat in the early 1980s. After they moved to Los Angeles for college, they teamed up with fellow Loyola Marymount University students Steve “Joe Bass” Mackel, Jim “Red” Warner and Steve Bauer.

They pursued a major label record deal from 1986 through 1997, playing sold-out shows throughout Southern California and releasing two critically acclaimed albums on their own independent label.

And each year they made two annual pilgrimages—one to a different wilderness area each year where they played purely in nature for themselves and the other to the Wood River Valley for what became legendary and, sometimes infamous, New Year’s Eve shows.

Stonewheat was the first rock group to play at the nexStage Theatre when it opened on New Year’s Eve in 1992. And they did several New Year’s Eve shows at The Saloon and Tequila Joe’s in Elkhorn. Bruce Willis took his harmonica to a house party they played that ushered in the 1990s but he never got the chance to play—no one informed members of Stonewheat that he was ready to sit in.

Stonewheat shut the guitar cases on their act in November 1997 after 11 years. Carney moved back to the Wood River Valley and Valenzuela followed a few years later. Bauer moved to Nova Scotia where he began teaching at Dalhousie University after completing his PhD in Musicology.

Bass and Warner stayed in Los Angeles where the former became a triathlon coach and Warner took up teaching.

All remained friends and in 2012 they released their third album and performed the first Wood River Valley Stonewheat reunion show.

This time around, they have invited several special guests to sit in: Kim Stocking and Ember Jensen from The Kim Stocking Band; Jason Montgomery, Stonewheat’s first lead guitarist and now a pedal steel player in Portland, Ore.; Bryan Richardson, Stonewheat’s original bassist, and Chip Booth, who plays music locally.

The gang will have all three albums for sale on CD and T-shirts, as well.

 

 

~  Today's Topics ~


‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ Presents Demon Dog, Dead Body and Plenty of Laughs

Lisa Horton Turns Leaves into Nature-Inspired Necklaces

Check Out Proposals for Sun Valley’s New Lifts and Ski Run
 
 

 

 

 
Advertising /Marketing /Public Relations
Inquiries Contact:

Leisa Hollister
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
(208) 450-9993
leisahollister@gmail.com
 
Got a story? Contact:
Karen Bossick
Editor in Chief
(208) 578-2111
Karen@EyeOnSunValley.com
 
Website problems? Contact:
Michael Hobbs
Webmaster
Mike@EyeOnSunValley.com
 
ABOUT US
EyeOnSunValley.com is the largest online daily news media service in The Wood River Valley, publishing 7 days a week. Our website publication features current news articles, feature stories, local sports articles and video content articles. The Eye On Sun Valley Show is a weekly primetime television show focusing on highlighted news stories of the week airing Monday-Sunday, COX Channel 13. See our interactive Kiosks around town throughout the Wood River Valley!
 
info@eyeonsunvalley.com
 
P: 208.720.8212
P.O. Box 1453 Ketchum, ID  83340
Login

© Copyright 2022 Eye on Sun Valley