Elton John, The Early Years tribute band warms the hearts of visitors to The Nature Education Foundation at the Santa Rosa Plateau

Kenny Mecalf playing the famous singer composer Elton John, plays his grand piano and sings at the start of The Nature Education Foundation’s Summer Concert series at the Santa Rosa Plateau. Valley News/Tony Ault photo
Singer Elton John played by Kenny Metcalf brought a sold out crowd to its feet in applause for his renditions of Eltons’ famous songs at the first summer tribute band concert hosted by the The Nature Education Foundation at the Santa Rosa Plateau July 1. Metcalf and his band played a number of Elton John’s best known songs like “Rocket Man,” “That’s What Friends are For” and “Little Jeannie” that brought friends, visitors and children to the dance area in front of the Pavilion stage behind the Plateau’s Visitor Center. Other songs from the era, such as Beatles hits, were also performed. The Early Years Band accompanying Metcalf on the piano included Larry Hampton on guitar, Brian Paulson on bass, Rolly Devore on drums and vocalists Sharlene Lupton and Stefanie Bringno
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