DADE CITY — Country musicians the Bellamy Brothers will hold a benefit concert to highlight Pasco High School’s Reunion of the Decades on Friday at the W.F. Edwards Stadium on the high school campus.
The concert, which will begin at 7 p.m., is open to the public.
The Bellamy Brothers, Howard and David, are Pasco County natives and Pasco High School alumni.
“You might see that boyfriend or girlfriend you wish you had kissed. This might be your second chance,” Howard Bellamy said of the upcoming high school reunion and concert.
There are really two events, the reunion and the Bellamy Brothers concert, said Becky Taylor, an event organizer. The reunion will be at the north end of Edwards Stadium, and the Bellamy Brothers will perform on a stage in the middle of the football field.
Darby natives, the Bellamy Brothers come back regularly to help the school. Howard Bellamy graduated with the Class of 1964 and David Bellamy with the Class of 1968.
“We actually still live in the county we were born in,” Howard Bellamy said. “We’ve traveled for 40 years now, and something always draws us back to the old home place.”
The brothers still live on the same ranch where they grew up.
The duo began singing when they were young at Amelia Baptist Church in Darby. The church is still there, although it no longer is called Amelia Baptist, Howard Bellamy said. It was a country church.
“A horse may stick his head in the window,” Howard Bellamy said. “It was the old-time religion for sure.”
In high school, David Bellamy played in the school band. Howard Bellamy was not a band member, but he played guitar at home. “There weren’t many guitars in the band,” he said.
Their dad, Homer (Howard’s actual name is Homer Howard Bellamy Jr.) was also a musician and a member of a Western swing band. The brothers’ first musical gig was with their dad at a Rattlesnake Round-up in 1968, the precursor of the San Antonio Rattlesnake and Music Festival.
Howard recalled that their father seemed to understand why his sons’ love of music may have interfered with other responsibilities. “Our dad was the musical one in the family,” he said. “I think he understood when we were young why we spent some time with music. He didn’t condone what we did, but he didn’t condemn it.”
PHS’ famous sons do a benefit concert every two or three years, Howard Bellamy said. “The times now are really different,” he said. “It’s tough for schools to exist with all their programs. It makes us feel good as people to contribute back. It’s the right thing to do.”
The Bellamy Brothers are coming up on the 40th anniversary of their first big hit, “Let Your Love Flow,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1976.
After nearly 50 years of performing as a team, they don’t intend to stop just yet. “It never really crossed our minds as long as our health is with us,” Howard Bellamy said. “It’s just what we do. It’s really not a job; it’s a passion with us. We’d be lost without it.”
General admission tickets for the concert are available for $15, and reserved seating is $25. Tickets are available at PHS, 36850 State Road 52; Dade City Animal Clinic, 13117 U.S. 301; Olga’s Bakery, 14117 Seventh St.; and Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce, 14112 Eighth St. For concert information, call Becky Taylor or Cathlee Tomkow at (352) 524-5508.