The Walking Phoenixes Perform
It was a Poway-infused late Feb. night, as The Walking Phoenixes, a Johnny Cash tribute band, performed at Poway Center for the Performing Arts. Opening with film clip of longtime Poway Wrestling Coach, Wayne Branstetter, uncle of the lead singer, Drewin Young, and leading into a high energy set list in honor of Johnny Cash’s 80th birthday. Band mates, Nick Ineck, Jared Miller and Greg Karagianis blended guitar works and harmonies, with the booming voice of Young as Cash. The second half of the performance opened with the “Johnny Cash Spirit Award” for Wayne Branstetter, followed by a touching dedication of awards in honor of Chelsea King and Amber Dubois that were presented to Jen Strachen of the Chelsea’s Light Foundation, and Carrie McGonigle, mother of Amber. Guest performers included: Laurelyn Arrington (as June Carter), Michael Gill on the saxophone and Elvis impersonator, James Kruk. Marines from the Miramar Base were present watching their fellow comrade, Josh L’Heureux, wail on his harmonica. For more information on The Walking Phoenixes, visit thewalkingphoenixes.com.