EBI PARTY in Holland
THE 2003 EBI PARTY
year's was one of the few EBI Parties on a cold and rainy day.
one was better all the way. The weather was wonderful and the Party was the
best one in many years, one of the best ever......and I have been at all of
them and met many fans who come close to that record!
arrived at the venue at 12:00 sharp to get seats and tables organized and put up
some nice decorations. Incredible how fast this whole 'ceremony' is done
nowadays, setting the equipment up, sound check, the whole deal. After 36 or 37 times
experience kicks in!?!?
Blokland and my son Mark arrived at my house exactly on time in the morning and
everything up to the start at Spakenburg worked like clockwork, including the
traditional late start.
started pouring in earlier than ever. Quite a crowd at 2:30!! Meanwhile we
continued working on the seating and stands.
Of course we allow all those people getting in so early. This is a once a year chance to meet in person, talk to each other while having a drink. Yes, romances start here!?!? It is like a simple birthday party gotten out of hand and I can now officially state that there is no one who wants to make any changes to that years old menu.
we start at 4:00 but most experienced fans know that I always wait till 4:30 for
the official opening speech. Easier to talk when all people sit and listen!?
course most important news was about the success of the role of the Everly
Brothers during the Simon and Garfunkel concerts. Also the fact that we had more
attendants for this Party than we had had in years, got my attention. You
could hear a pin drop during my short talk.
enough compliments to describe our audience. Quality Guys.
The girls and Henk of the Party Center gave it their best as always. Real good service, fast and friendly. Everybody got his coffee, soup and buns as efficient as ever.
Trail opened the live music segment. The magnificent duo mostly do several
blocks of 25 to 30 minutes of Live Everly harmonies throughout the
evening. Although we feared for Fred's voice as a result
of a slight flu attack his voice held pretty well all through the evening. This was their 11th appearance and the duo succeeds in staying fresh time and again. The audience loves them and gave them a lot of praise
first block was followed by four more, each almost half an hour. They play
Everly classics but fortunately mostly other jewels, like 'Less Of Me'.
This time they did a special rendition of 'Am Abend Auf Der
Heide' for Jürgen Nowak and his friend who came all the way from Kassel in Germany to present us with a DVD with wonderful Everly clips to show the fans gathered there. Very good and special as always.
These video clips were shown by Rob Blokland on a very big screen in between the live performances. Clips like of course the part from the Bravo documentary where Jason is presented as a son of famous father
Phil. Many other clips that we had never seen before were shown all through the evening.
Luc Benistant sang solo and did a few Cliff Richard, Buddy Holly and Everly songs for almost half an hour. Nice variation, Luc.
After videos and the lottery draw, Mike Brambles did his genuine Roy Orbison Tribute performance for more than half an hour, including the suit, the very hot long-haired wig, the very dark glasses and the guitar.... the whole shit. Songs we all know like 'Pretty Woman' and 'You Got it', but especially Roy's Everly songs 'Love Hurts' and 'Claudette'. They all went down very well with a very appreciative audience.
in the evening Mike came out as 'himself' and did 5 Everly songs that again had
a special, different sound to them. So funny how some did not know that this was
the same person that they had seen and heard a few hours and a bingo
round earlier. He got the audience going at several moments and even got some
people to do handclaps and dance!?!?
the end of the Party, Harmony Trail did a few songs to introduce the Sing-
Along. A series of very well-known Everly songs were sung by all and the
set was ended by Fred who soloed on Rod Stewart's 'Heart'. Again some
dancing and handclapping......are we getting loose here?
For some reason everybody knew the words.
son Mark presented the Kentucky Shop where people could buy very special vinyl
albums and singles, lots of CD's etc. He did a very good job again and took some
nice photos during the whole evening.
Yvonne van Rooijen presented a lottery and bingo round half way the evening, divided in between performances. Last year she introduced Rob van Enter as the new Lottery man. This year unfortunately he could not be with us due to health problems of his wife Yvonne (now this is a different Yvonne.......getting complicated?). We hope the couple will enjoy a much deserved vacation.
van Rooijen not only has done the lottery and bingo for many years, she also
takes care of the biggest part of the organization of the whole event. At the
end of the evening I highlighted Yvonne in my send-off speech and thanks to
Karin I could present her with a nice bouquet of roses and gift to show our
gratitude for all she does. She phones the restaurant to reserve the venue,
she phones the people who want to perform, she buys prizes for the
bingo and lottery, she designs and prints the coupons that are handed out at the
entry....and she's there as one of the first to help set the seating and
tables, and put the program for the
evening on a large card board for all to follow the time schedule!
Yvonne also bought some nice small plants in an orange Halloween pumpkin pot to give to all the people who helped make this Party successful. A hell of a job, all done with a smile though I can tell you, the whole evening was one constant headache for her.....literally.
all of this I thought it was about time that we asked for a loud, well-deserved
Ooh, it's not that I do not do anything for this Party, but my 'job' is easy. What I do is important. Many people have convinced me of that....plus I really do know myself!?!?!?? I've been around during all these 37 years, during more than 36 of these parties. Everybody in this Everly world knows me. All are there at the spot at the Restaurant in time to do the job and the evening apparently roles by itself. There's a togetherness behind it all, like I always say. I'd like to think that that's what I had a stake in for all those years. It does not role just like that, you see, it's years of enjoyment and togetherness, tolerance.
So if Mike Brambles feels he would love to perform at our party and comes all the way from England for this with his lovely girlfriend, one or two E-mails with me do the trick. I hardly have to do anything for this but he's there in time and gives us all a lot of joy. Terrific fan, his Girl too......11 hours to get there, hats off!
would like to thank the personnel of the restaurant ' 't Haantje', Jacqueline,
Marijke, Jolanda and Henk who always look forward to this evening and enjoy it
very much. Our own Lydia, John, Rob Blokland and Bas Siewertsen,
my son Mark, all the people there, thanks so very much.
MAKE A NOTE OF THE NEXT ONE, 16th OCTOBER 2004
do you get this service and entertainment for only US $10.00? Ridiculous price
really! But 128 attendants can't be wrong!
Lauren's Roy Orbison Tribute CD 'You Got It' is very much worth buying. Thanks
to the Rocky Top Music Group you can order it at EBI for only US $13.50 plus
shipping......if you send us a donation for EBI we will cover the shipping!
Martial F. Bekkers
With special thanks to Piet Piekstra and Mark Bekkers for their photos !
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