The band Come Back Buddy kicks off Payson Parks and Recreation's 2007 Saturday night Concert Under the Stars series at 7 p.m. June 9.
Mike Randall (not of the Rim Country Randalls) takes the vocal lead on Buddy Holly classic songs about girls such as "Peggy Sue" and "Maybe Baby" at the band shell in Green Valley Park.
Randall also plays guitar. Janine Randall is on the upright and electric bass, while Don Rinehart drums.
Buddy Holly and the Crickets inspired the group, even though they were very young, the day the music died.
Other 50s rock 'n' roll tunes in the cover band's repertoire include "Memphis" made famous by Chuck Berry and "Wipe Out" recoded by the Surfaris.
Come Back Buddy's website is: http://home.earthlink.net/~comebackbuddy/index.html.
The next performers play blues to knock you off your feet and on your head on June 16.
They are Big Daddy D and the Dynamites.
Big Daddy D is Darryl Porras. He picked up a guitar when he was 17 and never looked back. He has followings in Prescott and Flagstaff.
In 1998, Porras decided it was time to front his own band and is joined on stage by Anton Teschner on saxophone, Carlos B. Jones on drums, Steven Ayers on electric sax and Drew Hall on bass.
Teschner's Selmer Reference 36 with an Otto Link #8 mouthpiece, kicks on "Damn Crazy Woman" about a real, good-looking woman who dresses real fine," but henpecks her poor husband.
The band plays the blues, soul and Cajun music including their original songs, "I Just Wanna Play," "Have You Seen My Baby," and "I Gotta Girl."
Their website is: http://www.bigdaddydblues.com/index.htm.
The Rim Country's own Junction 87 takes center stage on June 23.
The band's roots date back about a decade to Sunday jam sessions at the Rye Creek Bar and Restaurant.
Patrons of the Buffalo Bar and Grill in Payson have enjoyed listening to Junction 87 jam for the past five years.
Bass and rhythm guitarist player Robert Lewis is the band's most recent member. He sings leads vocals.
Jim Norman plays bass, rhythm guitar and sings backup vocals.
And, Billy Ichida sets fire to any song he plays with his fiddle.
Junction 87's play list includes country and western standards such as "Orange Blossom Special" and "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" some rock 'n' roll tunes from the 50s and 60s and frequently requested "hoe-down" numbers.
If you have not caught their act around town, hear for yourself at: http://www.junction87.com/.
Did the Fab 4 make you scream with teenage delight?
Do you long to go back to the USSR?
Then the Rave's June 30 performance may be just your ticket back to the 60s and beyond.
The Rave was the official band of the Phoenix Suns during the 1996-98 seasons.
Joe Salamone founded the band from an international touring group, 21 years ago.
Currently The Rave is Salamone on bass, Peter Storn on lead guitar, Thaddeus Rose on keyboards and Geoff Hurley on drums.
"We came out of the Beatlemania craze, so we try to duplicate voices," he said. "It's that attention we pay to detail, that makes it fun. It is what I really love about the band."
When The Rave sings the "Sultans of Swing" by Dire Straights, then they sound like Mark Knopffler, if they sing "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" they sound like Freddie Mercury of Queen.
You can hear a sample of their songs at http://www.therave.info/.
On July 4, GVP is the place to be for games and fireworks and in-between, John Carpino and the high energy five-piece rock band, the Hot Cappuccinos, will fill the park with a mix of classic rock, country, reggae, Motown and original tunes -- "New Mexico Bound," "Evolution" and "A Heart in the Rain."
The Cappuccinos are: Nate Wright on lead guitar, Jerry Wright on drums, James Altstatt on bass and Lu Carpino on keyboard, percussion and vocals.
The band was voted "Best Musical Group" for 2007 by the readers of the Payson Roundup. This is the 13th year in a row Carpino has won a performance award from readers/listeners.
Carpino's CD can be found at: http://www.johncarpino.com/
Even with a new staff at the helm of Parks and Recreation, variety was still a key factor in the decisions about what bands to bring to Green Valley Park.
They chose a mix of local talent and musicians from around the state, to entertain music lovers at Green Valley Park.
On July 14, funk is coming to Payson's ponderosa pines.
Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns' veteran musicians will drive up from Phoenix to play a mixture of jazz and funk.
The eight-piece group boasts a rocking rhythm section and a three-piece horn section.
Their Web site is: http://www.coldshott.com/.
The next band played for the Mogollon Health Alliance's fund-raiser, and concertgoers from 2005 may recall how band members filled the stage and tunes from the Big Band era filled the park. Sonoran Swing returns to Payson on July 21.
"Sonoran Swing is a dance band composed of people who enjoy making music," business manager Stan Albert said. "All the members donate their time and talents because of their love of music and the enjoyment they derive from playing for an audience."
The 20-member band includes two vocalists, five saxophones, four trombones, five trumpets, piano, bass, guitar, vibraphone and drums. "Jump, Jive and Wail," "Kansas City," "Blue Skies," "American Patrol," "As Time Goes By" and "How High the Moon" are typical of the band's repertoire of songs made famous over the last six decades.
What band will close out the series on July 28?
The Parks and Recreation department staff has not decided yet, but musicians will definitely take the stage and fill the jewel of Payson with music.