Concert review: The Ravyns in Ocean City, Maryland
Sadly, so many of our band heroes from the ‘80s have long since hung up their microphone cords and left the challenges of the road far behind. But Stuck in the ‘80s correspondent/historian Robert Jordan magically got a chance to see one of his favorite bands of the decade - The Ravyns - perform live over the holiday weekend. Here’s his concert review.
The Ravyns reunited this past Saturday night for the first time in 2016 where they performed a blistering two hour, 23 song set for the sparse crown at the Roland E. Powell Performing Arts Center in Ocean City, Maryland. The low turnout on the Fourth of July holiday weekend may have been disappointing for the band and promoters, but for the fans who attended, it turned into one special evening.
A little insight into the Ravyns: They are Baltimore’s band and far more than a 40-second sound clip from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. For those of us lucky enough to have followed them, they were a soundtrack to life, love and fun that we had as a generation back in Baltimore in the ’80s. The girls were there for the band, the guys came for the girls and the music was the price of a cover charge and a Ravyn Maniac pin.
The Ravyns hit the stage with Kyf Brewer (synthesizer and vocals), Rob Fahey (guitar and vocals), David Bell (guitar), Lee Townsend (bass) and John Tracey (drums). A lot of bands would have looked at the small crowd - around maybe 300 people - and could have mailed in a lackluster performance, but they were hot out of the gate. There’s a twist to the age-old question: What do they close with?
“Cool Boy,” the second song into the show, featured Lee Townsend’s classic bass riff and John Tracey pounding drums. Any nervousness I felt about their performance was quickly put to rest. While Rob was nailing his guitar solo, Lee and David were sneaking over to the drum kit for some shenanigans. Almost on queue, Lee and David started to grab the crash cymbals. John wasn’t fazed. Sure the crashes were muted, but John didn’t miss a beat.
The Ravyns performed as a cohesive group throughout the show. All night the heads were bobbing. While the ladies headed for the corners of the stage to dance, the rest of us did our best to sing along without being louder than the band.
They played nine songs from their debut album The Ravyns, but also took a second off to goof around on the Romantics “What I Like About You,” “Louie, Louie” and “Stairway to Heaven.” The show was great from beginning to end - not a sour note to be had for a band that hadn’t played together in a year.
The Ravyns Setlist - July 2, 2016
- Incidentally Baby
- Cool Boy
- One Fallen Angel
- Second Hand
- Like Her So
- She's Such A Drag
- Gone Too Long
- What I Like About You, Louie Louie and Rock in the U.S.A. Medley
- Rhythm of the Heart
- I'll Be Waiting For You
- History Repeats Itself
- Oh Nakia
- I Ain't Holdin' You Down
- Ready for Romance
- I Like You
- Penny Tight
- Rock 'n' Roll Bitches
- No Regular Woman
- Love or Suicide
- Raised on the Radio
- Don't Leave Me This Way