It was evident by last Friday night’s Keller Williams Concert at Kings Harbor that not everyone leaves town for Spring Break. In fact, there were several hundred people who thought that an evening with friends and neighbors down by the water in Kingwood was the perfect way to spend their break.
The featured entertainers, the 5th Avenue Band Trio, ended up being a quartet with the last minute addition of Steve Pickels from Katy on vocals. He was accompanied by Kingwood residents Terrell Tipton on bass guitar and Bill Phillips on acoustic guitar along with Chris Benton on keyboards. The group sat on bar stools and performed in the center of the Harbor Plaza close to the crowd, giving the concert a more intimate, coffee shop vibe.
The band’s renditions of the Eagle’s “Peaceful Easy Feeling” and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound” matched the relaxed, holiday mood of the crowd. The group even took requests from the audience, but stopped short of playing Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” a second time for one of their fans.
Around 8:30, the emcee for the evening Keller Williams Team Leader Buddy Wall announced that he had a special treat for the concert goers. He asked the crowd to look to the star filled night sky for the Space Shuttle flying overhead. Was it really the shuttle or just a plane? It doesn’t matter. Some flying object definitely flew over Kings Harbor and gave everyone in attendance a story to tell those who missed the concert.
As a spokesperson for the featured charity, Theresa Johnston from Including Kids, Inc. had many wonderful stories to tell about the work of the Humble-based educational center which helps children with autism and related disorders. She explained to the crowd that autism has grown to affect one in every 110 children.
She noted that Including Kids has several upcoming fund-raising programs to raise money to help defray the high costs of one-on-one therapy to treat autism and other related developmental delays.
She spoke about the 2nd Annual Wash Out Autism Washers’ Tournament fundraiser this Saturday, March 27 at Norton’s Sports Bar & Grill on Lake Houston Parkway in Atascocita. She encouraged the crowd to try out a game of washers at the Including Kids booth at the concert. She also announced that Including Kids’ largest fund-raising program of the year, Boots & Bling gala, will be held on April 10 at the Humble Civic Center complete with a special visit by Barbara Padilla, a runner up on America’s Got Talent.
As the band played John Mayer’s song “Dreaming With Your Eyes Closed” everyone agreed that it was a perfect night to do just that. The next Keller Williams concert at Kings Harbor is slated for April 16 and will feature Elvis Tribute Artist Vince King.