Grand Rapids, Michigan – June 1, 2019 – 80 people gathered to enjoy a birthday party for Ralph and Ruth Johnson.
Aunt Ruth invited friends, extended family, and next of kin to Reds at Thousand Oaks just off the East Beltline 5 miles North of I-96. We enjoyed a Champagne toast, salad, roast beef, chicken, and cake. A friendly “Share a Sentiment and Roast” followed where family and friends shared encouraging words about Ralph.
Then 41 West and the Koulband kicked in from 7 to 9p. Steve Azkoul played guitar. Dominique Azkoul played bass. Luke Noordyk also sat in on bass. Steve’s friend sang. Bennie Keys played the drums. And I had a ball rockin’ my 1948 vintage Hotrod Hammond BV with Trek Percussion, and Twin Tube 144 Leslies with 147 amps.
We played the Good ole tunes like Mercy Mercy, Fly Me To The Moon, Sweet Potatoe, This Masquerade, Have You Seen The Rain, Spooky and many more. Aunt Ruth and Uncle Ralph even were inspired to dance together.
Happy 90th Uncle Ralph!