In 1977 Kenny Poe performed with Pacific Orchestra on a Hammond organ, a Fender Rhodes piano, a clavinet, and a Mini Moog synthesizer. With contemporary jazz leanings, Kenny pushed the band in a progressive direction centering on dance music and funk. When Kenny moved from Key West to Marathon he left the band and we lost track of him until he wrote a note to the PO Facebook page in March of 2016, nearly 40 years later, letting us know he been performing in Scottsdale, Arizona. He sent a time capsule of lost photos and a live tape from Capt. Tony's Saloon which will soon appear in the "Listen" section of this website. Enjoy the trip through time. Thanks Kenny!
Pacific Orchestra 1977 ~ Gene Taylor (drums and vocals), Rick Fraley (bass and vocals), David Khan Johnson (guitar and vocals), Dwight Washington (congas), Chuck Talbert (trumpet and vocals), Kenny Poe (keyboards and vocals), John Gladstone (sax, flute and vocals)
Taken next to a wall at the Navy Base down the street from Capt. Tony's.
Pacific Orchestra in action on stage at Capt. Tony's. Unfortunately all that can be seen of Kenny is his Rhodes piano, the back of his Mini Moog, and his Hammond organ in the right hand corner.
Chuck "Lips" Talbert puts down the trumpet and takes a turn at the microphone.
Chuck is wearing a particularly nice PO shirt painted by Key West legend Tony Gregory.
Dwight Washington ripping it up on the conga.
Rick "Fretless" Fraley punching his Gibson bass.
John Gladstone wailing. Note the Echoplex unit on top of the crate which John used to create his sonic sculpture "Aura."
David Khan Johnson debuts the very first hipster beard decades before the world catches on. Note the beautiful painting on the pick guard of his Gibson SG by Key West artist Barry Lee (see Barry in the photo of the Key West Reggae All-Stars in the "Photographs" section of this website).
Captain Tony joins the band onstage.
Captain Tony shows Khan some chords.