Performance will feature Coasters member Dennis Anderson

The Las Cruces super-group led by former Las Cruces Mayor Ruben Smith, will be taking over the Rio Grande Theatre on Thursday, September 21.  Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the show begins at 7:30 pm.

Performing songs from the 50’s and 60’s, Remember Then captures the genuine sound of yesteryear that all audiences of that era and contemporaries alike continue to love.

The group is comprised of 6 professional musicians. Guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, and saxophone, plus incredible voices and vocal harmonies. The group has also opened for and backed up performing with the world-renown Coasters and Platters. Remember Then has performed multiple times at Music in the Park and has had many sold-out shows at the Rio Grande Theatre and venues from Albuquerque to El Paso.

The group has a versatile and varied repertoire that is fun, upbeat, entertaining and gets audiences on their feet dancing!

  • Thursday, September 21, doors open at 6:30 pm, and the show begins at 7:30 pm.
  • Tickets are $5 per person, cash only
  • The RGT now serves beer and wine

Meet the Band

Ruben Smith
Tenor Sax, Alto Sax/Vocals
Ruben started out playing sax in the 5th grade only to be convinced he needed to switch to bassoon in the 7th grade. Although he was very involved in politics for over 25 years, he continued to pursue his musical endeavors. He has performed as principal bassoonist with the Colorado Springs Symphony, El Paso Symphony and the Las Cruces Symphony. He began playing sax a few years ago and presently plays lead alto sax with the Jazz Unlimited Band, El Paso. When the opportunity came up to join the Remember Then Band, he had to go out and buy a tenor sax which he had never played before. “I’ve never had such a blast musically in my life.”

Barb Edmonds
Barb started playing flute in the 7th grade and knew at that point that music was an important part of her life.  Continuing with flute and piccolo through high school and as a music major at NMSU, she was always singing.  People urged her singing, telling her, “You should be singing.”  Barb has performed through many venues:  nightclubs, dance band/big bands, NM State Fair, along with special performances on stage in Albuquerque for the Academy Awards Gala and the mayor and city councilmen.  Her biggest thrill was singing with Dennis Anderson of The Coasters, recording 2 duet CDs with Dennis.  Barb says she is “living the dream”!

Bill Bell
Lead Guitar/vocals
Bill grew up listening and playing along with the Beatles, British bands and the Beach Boys. Although he learned to play guitar by ear, he had some instruction from Louis Manulla and also studied classical guitar with Joseph Mancilla. He started out playing slide trombone in junior high in Las Cruces. His musical training was enhanced by being in high school and university choirs, and classes in music theory, classical jazz and elements of jazz. Bill served time in the US Navy and Army Reserve National Guard. He was also influenced by groups such as Iron Butterfly, Jimi Hendrix, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, along with country-western favorites Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins. He has played vintage rock with Crystal Ship and other local groups.

Phil Holmes
Bass Guitar/vocals
Phil grew up in Las Cruces. He attended Las Cruces High School, NMSU, and University of Phoenix, San Ramon, CA. He was on the road for 15 years, starting out with the Four Dimensions, later the Keymen, Phil and Bess and Anybody’s Guess, and private Club Circuit in the Midwest. He has shared the stage with such notables as Phyllis Diller, Morey Amsterdam, Gloria Loring, Skiles and Henderson, Charlie Pride, the Brothers Four, to name just a few. Phil is well sought-after for stage back-up both as a bassist and vocalist along with recording studio work.

Miguel Torres
Miguel Torres is a Las Cruces resident that has been a part of the local music scene since 2000. He plays a variety of instruments in a myriad of Las Cruces-based groups. His main instrument is piano and his favorite genre is Jazz. He has played with the Border Jazz Quintet, NMSU Jazz Ensembles, MST Jazz Trio, Footprints with Dr. Pancho Romero, the Border Jazz Orchestra, Big Band on the Rio Grande, and other local Jazz pick-up groups. He has also played with Play Me – the Music of Neil Diamond, Remember Then – A Class Act, and is currently gigging regularly with the variety band, UnLyshed, which is comprised of his uncle and cousins.

Ruben Galvan
Ruben Galvan is a Las Cruces native who has played drums & percussion for over 30 years and whose versatility has allowed him to perform and/or record with such local artists such as Caliente, Steve Smith, Billy Townes, Border Jazz Quintet, Footprints with Dr. Pancho Romero, The Border Jazz Orchestra, The Big Band on the Rio Grande, The Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, NMSU Jazz and Percussion Ensembles and has been part of opening acts for The Coasters, The Platters and RUN-DMC. Ruben is a mainstay in the Las Cruces/El Paso jazz scene and is currently a member of Noteworks (smooth jazz/R&B) and Remember Then – A Class Act.

With Special Guest

Dennis Anderson
Dennis Anderson has an extensive singing career. He started singing at a young age in a musical family. He had his own 10-piece band for some years, and also sang the role of Judas in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

He has worked with such acts as Billy Brown of Ray, Goodman and Brown, and the late, great Clarence Clemons in the New York/New Jersey area.

He continues to perform on stage with such groups as the Shirelles, the Crystals, Drifters, Platters, Crests, Lou Christi, Ronnie Spector and many other Doo Wop groups. Also touring regularly with The Coasters.