The Staff Council Work+Life committee presents the first of two concerts as part of the Greg Johnston Summer Concert Series on Thursday, July 1 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Betty Sabo Modern Art sculpture, near the south entrance of the Student Union Building. The concert, with support from the UNM Foundation and the Division of Student Affairs, will feature De Villins, a local five-piece, classic rock-n-roll cover band featuring several UNM employees. Grilled lunches will be available for purchase from Chartwells and free ice cream will be given away.
Currently working on a CD of 12 original songs, De Villins consists of Ron Sena (lead vocals and saxophone), Joe Haines (lead guitar), Dario G (bass), Mike Davis (drums) and Jeff Longenette (guitar). Dressed in black suits and their signature luchador masks, the band mainly pools their influences from classic rock, Latino and blues genres. Their look has become a big asset to the band as their fans love it. They have a unique style that combines the soulful sounds of the saxophone with the melodic strumming of the guitar.
The band's play list (approx. 50 songs – they won't play all) is designed to keep people dancing and sometimes singing along. Never a dull moment, their stage antics make every show "a big fun time," that you'll talk about for weeks.
The concerts, renamed the Greg Johnston Summer Concerts several years ago in honor and recognition for Johnston's work as founder of the concerts on behalf of the Staff Council Work+Life committee, are intended to provide a noon hour respite for UNM employees and students. Johnston, who worked in the University Communication and Marketing Department as a Sr. University Communications Specialist, died in February 2007 after a brief battle with cancer.
For more information on De Villins and to sample the group's music visit:
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