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Daybreak enters the pipeline when The Ventures visit for summer concert series

Jul 20, 2018 04:04PM ● By Keyra Kristoffersen

The Ventures play music worth dancing to. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

By Keyra Kristoffersen | [email protected] 

The LiveDAYBREAK Summer Concert Series on SoDa Row featured the seminal surf rock band from the 1960s, The Ventures, on June 22.  

The free concert was attended by several hundred people from around South Jordan and beyond to enjoy the band's most famous songs like "Walk, Don’t Run,” which hit Billboard’s Singles Chart on July 18, 1960, and peaked at No. 2.  

One Daybreak teenager heard about the concert and decided to check it out saying they were unfamiliar with the music, but enjoyed it. 

While many of the audience might have been too young to know the band, they were familiar with a number of the songs played, like "Tequila" and one of the band's best known songs, "Pipeline". 

"We've never been to a concert like this before as far as that sound, but I knew a lot of the songs," said A.J. Young. 

The Ventures began in 1958 with Bob Bogle and Don Wilson, who later added Nokie Edwards (who passed away in March 2018), Mel Taylor, Gerry McGee, Bob Spalding and recently, Leon Taylor, who took over on percussion when his father passed away. 

Taylor has been a Daybreak resident for the past 10 years. He moved there to be close to his granddaughter.

"I think it's awesome to play music that I grew up on," said Taylor. "It's awesome to carry on the legacy into another generation." 

The Ventures have just released a new album in June and left in July for a summer tour across Japan. 

The LiveDaybreak summer concert series happen outside of SoDa Row every Friday night until Sep. 1. The calendar of bands can be found at