Toys For Tunes Made History

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The second annual toys for tunes made history.

The grand finale of the second annual Toys for Tunes that took place on Friday at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino is one for the record books. Appearing in the brand-new showroom was Sounds Unlimited, the John Scott Band, Junction 87, Waterking, and the KRIM All-Star band.

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Performing for the Tunes for Toys were Bill Reeder from Waterking (best rock 'n' roll drummer), Billy Ichida from Junction 87 (best country lead guitar), John Scott from the John Scott Band (best blues lead guitar), Desi Walker from the John Scott band (best blues bass guitar), Denny Marek from Waterking (best rock 'n' roll lead guitar), Jim Norman from Junction 87 (best country bass guitar), Suzanne Michaels (the patron saint of musicians), Bob Lewis from Junction 87 (best country rhythm guitar), Cindy Frausto from Sounds Unlimited (best female vocalist), Lupe Frausto from Sounds Unlimited (best keyboards), Curtis Taylor from the John Scott Band (best blues drummer) and Jimi Harris from the John Scott band (best blues rhythm guitar).

A live auction was hosted by Eddie Armer, along with a silent auction, with proceeds going to Public Safety Christmas for Kids and Payson Community Kids.

The event was well-attended and patrons begged for more from the top four bands in Rim Country.

The event, organized and founded by KRIM station manager, Suzanne Michaels became even bigger this year than last.

Michaels said "We had eight bands performing last year, and when others heard how great it was, suddenly, we had 13 bands that wanted to be involved this year."

The first event was held at the Main Street Grille with Carl Anthony, Can-Indo, Joe Miracle and Kate and Sue.

The second event was held the following week at the Ox Bow Saloon with Silver Star, the Ron Gibson Band, Lee Silby, Diana Marie and Flashback, and of course, the finale at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino that evening concluded with the KRIM All-Star Band, comprised of all the bands appearing that night, performing together on one stage.

"It was very emotional for me," said Michaels.

"This was the best of the best, and it was history being made in Rim Country."

The bands presented Michaels with an autographed guitar signed by each band with a special engraved "thank you to the patron saint of musicians."

"I will cherish that all the days of my life," says Michaels, who in turn, at the end, presented every musician with their own "Best of Payson" certificate.

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