"Top of the Morning," the 1966 single by Phoenix garage rockers The Hobbit starts off with a simple rhythm, the sound of a clamped high-hat tapping out a simple 4/4 beat. Then it blows up: white boy soul vocals, bobbing and weaving organ, clanging guitars, and racing bass, all the while anchored by forceful, dead simple drums.
|Harold Aceves, drumming for The Hobbit in 1966.|
Harold Aceves was the guy behind the kit, and on Monday, February 27, he passed away. But not before living a life full of music -- after his garage rock days in Phoenix he made his way out to San Francisco, where he played with Country Joe & The Fish and Quicksilver Messenger Service. Eventually he found his way back to the Valley, and where he was a staple at downtown Tempe hangout the Sail Inn.
That's where his friends will gather on Sunday, April 15, to remember him and raise money for his mother Olivia. Restless Natives, Steve Larson, Ruth Wilson, Mansaray Blue Pony, Charles and Dylan Bond, legendary Phoenix bluesman Hans Olson, and The Noodles featuring Country Joe and the Fish guitarist Barry "The Fish" Melton will perform in Aceves' honor. More »