October 26, 2014

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Pink Floyd tribute band closes out Rally in the Alley season

Mark Brennan, lead guitarist of Wish You Were Here, a Cleveland-based Pink Floyd tribute band, and Jon Darling, drums, perform at the final Rally in the Alley of the season Sunday night behind Main Street Cafe on Medina’s Public Square. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Mark Brennan, lead guitarist of Wish You Were Here, a Cleveland-based Pink Floyd tribute band, and Jon Darling, drums, perform at the final Rally in the Alley of the season Sunday night behind Main Street Cafe on Medina’s Public Square. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Rylee Deluna hasn’t missed the annual Rally in the Alley show featuring the Cleveland-based Pink Floyd tribute band, Wish You Were Here, in nine years. That’s her entire life. Rylee is 9.

Since she was a baby, Rylee’s been rallying in the parking lot behind Main Street Cafe, 17 Public Square, on her favorite daddy-daughter date in Medina.

“I brought her here when she was 8 months old,” her father, Andy, said. “She’s already becoming a groupie.”

Rylee said she has a collection of guitar picks from the band, her favorite.

“They give me guitar picks every year, and I also have two drumsticks from them,” she said.

She and her father stood in front of the stage Sunday for the final concert and Rally in the Alley’s last hurrah of the season.

Wish You Were Here has been performing the final rally in Medina for 12 years.

Many of the fans who attend each year say the sound and show is “spot-on” to the original Pink Floyd.

Hank Trocchio said he remembers seeing Pink Floyd perform in several different cities across the nation.

“It relates to life. It has the ability to take the music, the message, emotion and mood, and combine it together to where it really touches in here,” he said, pointing to his heart.

Tyler Glueck, 15, and Kyle Gentile, 16, from North Royalton, and their friend, Chris Pauley, 17, from Cleveland, all wore Pink Floyd T-shirts for the show.

Tyler said that even though they’re too young to remember the original band’s shows, Wish You Were Here is the next best thing.

“It’s great music with great lyrics,” he said.

Main Street Cafe owner Gary Quesada said people travel from out of state to see the show each year.

“Pink Floyd had this cult-like following,” he said. “They were the first ones to do this type of light show back in the ‘60s and ‘70s.”

This year’s proceeds will go to the Mallet Creek Foundation, which raises money for Medina’s Boy Scout Troop 500. Parents of the Scouts volunteered to manage the drink and food stands.

“We’ve been doing it the last couple of years,” Scoutmaster Alan Pratt said. “It’s a good money-maker.”

Quesada said this year’s Rally in the Alley concerts every Friday night have had a larger attendance than the past few years.

“It’s been probably the best weather we’ve had in years,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of rain, but it has stayed clear on Fridays. We’ve been very fortunate.”

Quesada said he’s only had to cancel three nights this year due to weather instead of the six to eight cancellations per year over the past three years.

Quesada’s assistant rally organizer, Rose Ryba, said the rallies attract about 2,000 people on average, with all of the proceeds going to a different local charity each week.

“People come and go throughout the evening, but everybody donates to the charities and it’s great for the square.”

Contact reporter Katie Anderson at (330) 721-4012 or kanderson@medina-gazette.com.