Band Plays Blues That Are Anything But Sad

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As the sun sets Saturday night, the blues band Big Daddy D and the Dynamites promises to light up the stage with high-energy dance music. The band is the next in the Concert under the Stars series, sponsored by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department.

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Big Daddy D and the Dynamites will perform a free concert from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday, June 16 at Green Valley Park Amphitheater.

"A common misconception is that people think blues are nothing but low-down," said Darryl Porras, the group's singer and guitar player. "A lot of upbeat stuff can be played. Swing, soul and Cajun are all under the blues umbrella."

Formed by Porras in 1998, the band consists of Anton Teschner on saxophone, Carlos B. Jones on drums and Steven Ayers on bass. Drew Hall, the band's second frontman, shares guitar and vocals with Porras.

"It is a collaborative effort," said Porras, who first picked up a guitar at 17.

Staples of the band's set include classics such as "Shotgun" by Jr. Walker and the Allstars, "The House is Rockin'" by Stevie Ray Vaughan and "Hold On, I'm Comin'" by Sam and Dave.

"We'll throw in some Beatles tunes and even (some) James Brown," Porras said. "It's a real good mixture."

The music, including covers, is "totally improvised," Porras said. "No song is ever done the same."

Although Porras said the band "specializes in other people's music," listeners will hear plenty of originals.

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