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Ravelers bring back classic rock

Guitarist Martie Echito and guitarist/lead singer Hai Muradian of the Ravelers perform in Morgan Auditorium Friday. The group has two other members, Pat Naish on guitar/vocals and Rob Haerr on drums. The group has been playing for 25 years and just came out with a new album, “Ravelers II.” / photo by Zachary Horton

Guitarist Martie Echito and guitarist/lead singer Hai Muradian of the Ravelers perform in Morgan Auditorium Friday. The group has two other members, Pat Naish on guitar/vocals and Rob Haerr on drums. The group has been playing for 25 years and just came out with a new album, “Ravelers II.” / photo by Zachary Horton

Veronica Sepulveda
Metro Editor

Twenty-five years of playing together has not hindered the amazing performances of the classic rock cover band the Ravelers.

The Ravelers performed another entertaining and comedic concert March 8 in the Morgan Auditorium.

Although small, the crowd did not lack in enthusiasm throughout the night, as they listened to the acoustic renditions of classic hits.

“It was a nice intimate crowd, very responsive and interactive, just like we advertised it,” Pat Naish, guitar player and vocalist said.

The audience consisted of many loyal followers that have dedicated their time to attending as many Raveler concerts as possible.

These loyal followers include Jana Lunsford, Craig Bowman, Chris King and Wendy Tusher who have been attending their concerts for over 20 years.

One family made their commute from Riverside to see the performance.

“The performance was great and we enjoyed every minute of it,” Sandra Solis, resident of Riverside said. “That is one of the reasons why we made it a point to come tonight.”

Audience members cheered loudly after every song hyping the band and making it easier for them to make the show interactive.

There were several sing-a-long portions where the audience was asked to repeat certain parts of the song, during “These Boots are Made For Walking” and “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” which made the audience feel like they were a part of the performance.

Muradian continued to make the show his own by incorporating his quirky personality and reacting with banter that had the audience laughing.

The banter between the members of the band as they introduced the next songs was so well done that it nearly seemed rehearsed.

“We have a basic blue print of the performance, but we don’t ever know what is going to happen,” Marti Echito, keyboard player and vocalist said. “We have what is called the ‘Hai factor,’”

The “Hai Factor” refers to the energetic, random and witty style of Muradian. The band members follow along with him and create a comedic atmosphere that has the audience laughing, and it definitely makes the show more exciting.

“I want to have personality, not just playing song after song,” Muradian said.

Although the band usually plays cover songs, in this performance Echito and Muradian sang a song which each one wrote.

Muradian made the audience “aww” as he described how he always wanted to write the perfect love song and said he found his inspiration by looking at his wife. He then performed his song titled “My Oh My” for his wife, Leslie Muradian, who was in the audience.

Feeling honored to hear this song again, she enjoyed this rendition even more due to the show’s more jazzy setting, which she said makes it more special to her, since she is a jazz musician herself.

“They are great together, they are anticipating each other’s mood and it’s a recognizable collaboration,” Leslie Muradian said.

She also said she enjoys watching them because although they have so much going on throughout their days, such as work and personal life, they are still able to perform as if there are no other worries.

“It’s their form of release,” Leslie Muradian said. “I go to Pilates, they do this.”

Overall the performance showed the level of musicality and how they can take the classic rock they usually play and make it their own with the acoustic version, showing how versatile they are.

“I am grateful and lucky being with these guys who don’t want to be rock stars,” Echito said. “We are past being rock stars, we just want to play music and have fun.”

Their next performance will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Central Park in Rancho Cucamonga.

Visit ravelers.com for more information about upcoming events.

Veronica Sepulveda can be reached at veronica.sepulveda@laverne.edu.

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