DENNIS WILSON BASH!
The DW Bash…Thanks to all who bashed.
Major thanks to our list of DW family and celebrity friends…Barbara Wilson, Carl B. Wilson, Michael Wilson, Scott Wilson, Gage Wilson, Marilyn, Diane, and Ginger…the fabulous Honeys, Billy Hinsche, David Marks, Stephen Kalinich, Eddy Medora of the Sunrays, Mike Kowalski, Mike Meros, Eddie Roach, Garby Leon, Alan Boyd, Trisha Roach Campo, Susan Lang, Jason Penick, Domenic Priore, Mark London, Brian Chidester, David Bash, Lee Dempsey, Margaret Dowdle-Head, John Zambetti, Tom Vier, the amazing Beach Toys, and the great Jay Fiondella. Also thanks to those who managed to pitch in even though they weren’t there physically…like Hal Blaine, Fred Vail, David Beard, Adam Webb, Felix Brenner, Paul Crawford, and Alan Jardine. My total respect and gratitude for my wonderful partners Dan Addington and Betty Collignon cannot be exaggerated...you two are the best. And to all the fans who were there to celebrate…you made the bash…Bash!! Dennis loves you all.
Thanks for a day that was one in a million.
Love, Jon Stebbins
A collectibles tent was also set up in the parking lot, with buttons (like the one you see at the top of this page) for sale, as well as t-shirts, a few pairs of Dennis Wilson Drumsticks, posters by Mark London, a painting of Dennis by Dan Addington, CDs and press photos, and other memorabilia.Above left, the amazing Beach Toys entertain the parking lot crowd, photo courtesy Will Thompson.
The doors opened a little after 12:00, and people began to fill the restaurant. The center tables had been cleared out, and a makeshift performing area w/ a PA, keyboard and microphones was set up. Framed, poster-sized images of Dennis Wilson covered the walls, and smaller, handbill-sized images of Dennis, the Beach Boys, and vintage illustrations from HotRod magazines were taped to the walls and spread on the tables. Wherever you were in the room, the presence of Dennis was felt. People milled about and struck up conversations, and soon a line formed at the buffet table in the back of the restaurant. An amazing meal was provided by the Chez Jay's kitchen staff, and behind the bar, Pete, the bartender, moved fast and kept everyone happy. Above right, Steve Kalinich and friends, photo courtesy Paula Friedman. (That's David Marks in the background!)
Scott Wilson, Paula's friend from Jersey, Ed Roach, Paula Friedman, Jon Stebbins, Jason Penick, Betty Collignon, Dan Addington.
Photo courtesy Paula Friedman
Meanwhile, conversations continued outside. David Marks was seen hanging out with fans and friends, reminiscing about the early days and discussing current projects. Ed Roach held court in a back table by the memorabilia tent, regailing people with stories, meeting new friends, and enjoying the great weather. Dennis' sons all arrived together, and they all spent time inside and outside the restaurant shaking hands, taking pictures, and meeting people who loved and were touched by their dad's music.
The Wilson brothers: Carl B., Scott, Michael, and Gage.
Photo courtesy Scott and Sherry Wilson
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