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STEVE FLORES: A Majestic Hall of Fame for East Bakersfield High


From left to right, Adam Acevedo, Johnny Molina, Raymond Chavez, Phil Villanueva and Steve Candelaria were the original Thee Majestics.

Surviving several incarnations, Thee Majestics have been a musical staple here in the Central Valley for 48 years. Very few bands in Kern County can lay claim to a performing longevity of this length. All five original members attended East Bakersfield High and will be inducted into the East Bakersfield High School Hall of Fame May 22 at the Marriott Hotel.

Original band members include Johnny Molina on guitar; “Lil” Phil Villanueva, lead vocal; Raymond “The Professor” Chavez, drums; Steve Candelaria, bass guitar; and Adam Acevedo, guitar.

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