|John & Popee|
|Ron Kalina & Carolyn Martinez|
Tuesday night, January 24 an overflow audience came to Vicky's of Santa Fe restaurant in Indian Wells to honor the memory of one of the most unique individual who lived in the desert, Ruth Gibson. Ruth recently past away at the young age of 91 and Tuesday night was a chance for her many friends to remember her bigger than life personality and remember how she surrounded herself with music and laughter. Even if you never knew Ruth, after listening to her songs, stories related by her friends and music played throughout the night by some of the best musical talent in the desert, you would have to leave this tribute feeling like one of her friends.
One reason so many musicians turned out to honor Ruth was not only for all her talents and her positive, zany personality but because she was a very giving person. All the musicians and friends attending related stories about how Ruth had reached out to help them time and time again. Ruth has left a void difficult to fill but if her friends continue to live by her example, her spirit will continue.