The reunion was a huge success, from every
point of view.
It was standing room only . . . 200 plus packed the University
Club . . . we raised almost $4,700 for Cassie and Olivia . . . heard
lots of great music . . . laughed with old and new friends . . .
left the floor wet with tears . . . what more could you ask.
The reunion featured opening sets by Kevin
Welch, Libby Harding & Gary Johnson, and George & Linda
Barton (Pat's sister) with Mike Long (his brother), followed by
the main attraction, Blue Rose Cafe. The band's reincarnation included
Kevin, Gary, Steve Grunder, Mike McCarty, John Arnold, Bob French,
and guests John Hadley, Mark Dulac, Nick Rorick and Lora Larson.
Greg Johnson, an old friend of the band from the Blue Door
in OKC, emcee'd the show and handled promotion and advertising.
Articles in the Tulsa World and the Daily Oklahoman, along with
radio shows and flyers posted in Norman and OKC, packed the house.
Thanks to Greg and all his folks for a great job!
The band finished their set with "Train to Birmingham",
a John Hiatt song that Kevin learned from Pat, and later recorded.
Mike McCarty played a video montage of old pics of Pat on the big
screen TV as Kevin led the band. There are two shots of that moment,
Jack's and Linda's.
Each of the following links will
open a photo album in a new window. You can view large size pix
individually by clicking on the thumbnail. Or you can click on "slideshow",
and control the speed of presentation. When you are finished viewing
the album, close that window and you will be returned here to choose
are Jack's pictures of the rehearsal.
are Jack and Barbara's from the reunion itself. Excuse the quality
of those shot in stage lighting without flash . . . I need more
experience with that.
are Mike Long's pics of the rehearsal and reunion.
are Mike Masterson's.
are Nancy Dillon's.
Thanks to Jim Best (and Becky) here
are the only pictures we have of the gathering of friends and family
in our back yard on the night of Pat's memorial service, just three
days after he left us. It was a somber, but joyous, celebration
of his life.