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Local Spotlight - Danny Kristensen

Galveston Local Musician Danny Kristensen, in 1969, (14 at the time) was playing in his  garage band “Proper Circle” and signed with Picture Records. Danny  met  another well-known Galveston Musician, Neal Witwer. The two  Musicians hit it off and they soon formed with local musician Phil Ochoa,  the band “1900 Storm” and were signed with Texas Revolution Records. Throughout the next decades the “1900 Storm” became one of the  most successful rock bands in Texas history. In  1976 Danny joined a group called "Circus" that had a rotating cast of  characters including Richard Morant, Bruce Moody, Craig Beasley and  drummer Dick Ross. Ross who would later go on to play in Austin bands, the Vendettas and F-Systems before a stint with Joe  “King” Carrasco. From 1984 to 1991, Danny (along with Bruce Moody, Ric  Plunk, and Rick Richards) formed the group, Private Numbers. The band  produced and  released three albums, eleven music videos plus two television shows  that featured the band's music videos as well  as interviews. In 1990, the band wrote and recorded a wake-up song for  the crew of NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-31) that was played on the morning they  deployed the Hubble Space Telescope. In 2012, Danny along with Richard  Morant, and John McKay formed the Beach Boys  tribute/classic rock band "Almost Endless Summer" and performed  throughout Houston at festivals and major convert venues. 

For 4+ decades, Danny Kristensen's professional approach to his music and his  performance has earn him the respect of other local musicians. Lead  Guitarist for The Relics Band, Charlie Daughtry said, "Danny  was a few years ahead of me in school. When I first started playing  guitar in the very early 70's, Danny was already playing in the best  bands in Galveston. I always looked up to him. He has been trudging the  musical road ever since. One of the highlights of my musical career  happened recently when I got to play with Danny and members of The Line Up Band at a tribute to Kenny Cordray, another iconic local  musician who passed away recently. Danny is the consummate  musician...great voice and great chops. You can't ask for anything more  than that!"  Texas Singer Songwriter Boo Schaaf recalls "I  knew Danny from our Elementary School Days. The year was  1971 when I entered O’Connell Jr. High and the Beatles had just  released ( Let It Be ). One afternoon the school had an assembly in the  gym. It was Danny who performed a few Beatles tunes. He mesmerized  everyone that day by playing the Beatles's songs Something, Imagine and Let It Be . That  day his fate was sealed by his legendary performance as a Galveston  musical icon . Through the years Danny has continually solidified  himself as a top notch performer in our community."

February 2018,  Danny Kristensen, joined the Beatles Tribute band, The Fab 5. This was  the perfect fit for both Danny and the Fab 5, since The Beatles and  their music has been a large part of Danny and his musical career!  Joe  Baiardi of The Fab 5 said "The  Fab 5 was thrilled when Danny joined the group. He works  very hard at his craft to reproduce the lead guitar parts of those  timeless Beatles tunes exactly as George did."

Danny will once again kick off the Galveston Summer Concert Series, known as "On  the SideWalk".  Danny will be performing solo. "On the SideWalk" is a FREE Summer Concert Series  sponsored by 3 Galveston Businessmen - Ronnie Maceo, Robert "Bubba"  Donovan and Cruz Cortez, also known as The Coconut  Grove Bunch, which is a fundraising group for the Children at Shriner's  Hospital here in Galveston. 



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"On the SideWalk" Summer Concert Series

Free Family Fun, Summer Concerts

presented by The Coconut Grove Bunch 

aka Ronnie Maceo, Bubba Donovan, Cruz Cortez 

and Maceo Spice & Imports.

Every other Thursday 6pm - 8pm

Santa Fe Strong BBQ Fundraiser

Sunday June 3rd 1pm - 6pm

Galveston County Fairgrounds