I don't usually go to the park on Friday's but I really wanted to be there to see the final performance of the Green Team. I made it to the final three shows of the day 2:35 PM, 4 PM and 5:15 PM. They did something pretty special at the end of the final performance at 5:15 PM which I have a video of.
First of all I just wanted to show you that the big blue construction thing that had been on the East side of the hub is now gone
Most of my photos are from the 2:35 PM show with a few others to make up the total package.
First up we have Rick Dunham. He is one of the subs. The regular Green Team Billy, John David, is now gone. His last day was last week. Rick is a fabulous banjo and guitar player.
Billy John Eaden showing us his sexy moves
Jamin on the banjo
And on the bass
This is Duane Michaels, John Eaden and John Marshall
John E. gets down on the washboard for surfer music
And John M. picks up the bass and plays it like a guitar
Just havin fun
Rick can really play the guitar too
A nice shot of John Eaden. He is with Laughing Stock and will continue with them.
John and Duane having fun as Duane shows us the different ways he can play the fiddle
Just a nice shot of the group
One of the things the Green Team did was bring people up from the audience so they will have a fifth member. This girl from the 2:35 show really got into it
This man was brought up at the 4 PM show and had fun
And then this girl was brought up at the 5:15 PM show and she went along with the whole thing really well
The final number that the Green Team did was the Hillbilly Stunt Band. They link arms and each one fingers the fret area of the other's instrument.
This is the ending of the 2:35 show
and then end of the 4 PM show
The special ending for the 5:15 will be in the video below.
After each show the Billies came out to talk with their fans. Many Billy fans were there including those who have fan sites for the group like Jan and Dennis. Dennis posts here on MiceChat as Wb6uce. I'm sorry the picture I took of you did not come out - too bright and blurry. I hope you'll post a link to your photos here on this thread. It was nice to meet you and your wife.
Good job John. We'll miss you as a regular Billy.
Here's a photo Richard (another new friend) kindly took of me with John Eaden.
Now for the videos (and the quality is just so so, sorry).
The first one is of their surfer routine ("we are Hillbillies from the hills of Santa Monica")
The second video is the finale. As the Hillbilly Stunt Band was ending everyone rose to their feet to give them a standing ovation. Then the curtains did not close and Farley (he's the "cowboy" who plays the fiddle in Frontierland) came out and played "Happy Trails". It was quite the choking up moment.
I'm really glad I went to see this. It is always sad when a group has to wind it up and hit the trail. But we'll still see Duane and John M. with the Gold Team on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and John Eaden performing with Laughing Stock who will be coming into The Golden Horseshoe and performing on the stage on Tuesday and Wednesday.