jumping jack flash

Jumping Jack Flash, a Rolling Stones tribute band, performed Aug. 6 in Banning.

Jumping Jack Flash, a tribute band to The Rolling Stones, kicked off Banning’s Summer Concert Series, on Aug. 6, with energetic classic rock that took the audience back to the 60’s and 70’s at Repplier Park.

The weather was not the best, as it was muggy and overcast, but did not stop the band’s performance.

The whole concert series is sponsored by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.

Raffle tickets were being sold and donations collected to help raise money.

Most of the attendees had heard of the Rolling Stones. Some had even seen The Rolling Stones when the band was still really new.

“When I was much younger, in the late 70’s, I went to two Rolling Stones concerts,” said Don Smith, a Playhouse Bowl Association volunteer.

Two other guests, Richard and Cheryl Lopez, said they grew up listening to The Rolling Stones.

“It brings back good memories,” said Richard when asked what they liked about their music.

In response to the same question, Cheryl added, “And it’s true Rock n’ Roll.”

However, few attendees had heard of Jumping Jack Flash or were unsure if they had seen them play.

“I don’t know whether we have or not. We’ve been coming for about 25 years and we might have seen them. Can’t remember,” said Denver Biby, who is also a big fan of The Rolling Stones.

To start the event, Joanne Lapointe introduced Espinoza, who apologized for the lack of food. They opened the concert with the pledge of allegiance, which was followed by Adrian Madden, who sang the national anthem.

After the national anthem, Jumping Jack Flash made their entrance, which was introduced with recorded narration.

Jumping Jack Flash mimicked The Rolling Stones in sound, rhythm and style, even with their outfits.

The band is composed of Joey Jagger Infante as Mick Jagger, Young Hutchinson as Keith Richards, Pat Hennessy as Ron Wood with drummer Jon McCracken and bassist Matt Quilter.

According to the band’s Web site, McCracken and Quilter help emphasize the grooves and rhythms The Rolling Stones are known for.

The band performed a lot of well-known classics, such as “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “Brown Sugar,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” and “Ruby Tuesday.”

Each band member played their role very well, and there was rarely a moment they were standing still, especially Infante.

“I think they’re really good. They sound like the real band,” said Val Rexhepi, who is also a really big fan of The Rolling Stones, which motivated her and those with her to attend.

Along with their energy, the members also gave the songs character through different poses. This made their performance very upbeat and energizing.

While singing, “Waiting on a Friend,” Infante sat, crossed-legged, on the front of the stage and sang as if to a specific person.

Infante and Hutchinson would also often sing really close together, to the point that their faces almost or did touch.

Before going on break, Infante squirted the audience with his water bottle.

During the break, Espinoza and Lapointe raffled off a Hadley’s gift basket and the first of two $129 winnings.

After the break, another recorded narration, which described the band’s history going into the 70’s, came on and Jumping Jack Flash returned, but in different costumes. They performed with the same vigor and energy as the first half.

In fact, during “Miss You,” Infante went offstage and walked in front and among the audience, even going in back. He often danced with them, among them, and in front of them.

Jumping Jack Flash performed the songs very energetically and so well that they ended up playing three encore songs.

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