Fourth Flavored By Hot Cappuccinos


Over the Fourth of July, everyone in the Rim Country has a free ticket to hear one of its own, John Carpino, perform live with his "band by committee" the Hot Cappuccinos.

Singer, songwriter, guitarist and sometime deejay -- Carpino has been named a "Best of Payson" local musician for 13 years in the Payson Roundup reader's poll.


John Carpino and the Hot Cappuccinos will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Green Valley Park.

He will be joined on stage at Green Valley Park by four local musicians.

"Musicians have regular gigs with their own bands, so I pick and choose from whomever is available on a given weekend," Carpino said. "I get to draw from a wonderful pool of talent."

On stage with Carpino at Green Valley Park from 7 to 9 p.m. before the fireworks begin will be Landon Fitch, drummer, Marty Tkachyk, Junction 87 lead guitarist Billy Ichida and bassist Dave Yoder, of Brooks and Yoder. John's wife, Lu Carpino, will play keyboard, percussion and sing.

The Hot Cappuccinos play a variety of rock 'n' roll tunes --country rock, reggae, Motown and Carpino's original compositions are on the set list.

"We'll debut a brand-new song no one has heard before at the Fourth of July," he said.

The lyrics to the new anthem are a secret, but Carpino likened the sound to "Bob Seger meets John Mellencamp meets Bob Marley."

Carpino pulled his "band by committee" together in 2005 when staff at the Mazatzal Casino wanted a band for an Elvis birthday party dance.

Other "outstanding musicians" that have played as members of the Hot Cappuccinos are drummer Chris Campbell, bassists James Alstatt and David Brooks, and guitarists Nate Wright and Don Gibson.

"Payson should be really proud of these musicians," Carpino said.

The moniker Hot Cappuccinos came, not from the drink, but from a question Lu's family would ask her in college.

"Are you still dating that Johnny Cappuccino guy?"

Those days were spent at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., where John got his degree in music education.

Yet, when it came to picking up an instrument, John, at 16 years old, was a late bloomer.

"I wanted to play football but I was small for the team," he said. As he kept breaking bones, "I thought, this is silly, I'll start playing guitar."

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