Hundreds showed up at the new development on Cypress Road on a warm afternoon to enjoy McLean's music, plus food, drinks and a vintage car show of classic Chevys. The day was billed as "Chevy to the Levee" in honor of McLean's "American Pie" lyric, and the fact that Shea did a great deal of levee work in order to create Summer Lake.
Prior to the beginning of the concert, Shea Homes representatives awarded prizes to those who walked through the models. David Wallington received a $200 Home Depot certificate, Margie McGinnis won a 30 gig iPod, and $50 gift certificates to various local restaurants were also given away.
But McLean was the big draw and he didn't disappoint, performing numerous songs. "I only wrote one song that had the word Chevy in it, and you may have to wait quite a while before you hear it," he told the crowd. But he did sing it later in the concert - to thunderous applause.
Photos by Ray Carter
A large crowd drove their Chevys to the levee at the Summer Lake development.
"The thing I like about 'American Pie' is the fact that having done it, I'll never have to work again," he told Brentwood resident Dave Lawrence as he signed "American Pie" sheet music that Lawrence has owned since 1973.
"I was thrilled to get his autograph," Lawrence said. "I was amazed that he can still hit the high notes. He's a classic."
Bethel Island resident and Realtor Matt Anderson, who was there with wife Sydney and 2-year-old son Evan, said, "The event was very well put together by Shea, and I hope they see some real benefit from their efforts. The concert was very entertaining - we really enjoyed it."