School Dances Were Great Fun


I had the absolute pleasure this past Friday to provide entertainment for two elementary school dances — Tonto Basin School’s annual Valentine’s Dance and Julia Randall Elementary School’s Country Hoedown.

Wow! What great, clean fun it was for all the kids, teachers, staff and family members who boogied on out to the Chicken Dance, Cha Cha Slide and some good, old-fashioned Arizona two-steppin’. You can check out pictures of the dancing fun we had at these two Friday the 13th parties at my Web site, which is listed at the end of this column. You just might see yourself captured in a picture shakin’ your tail feather!

Another great evening of musical entertainment is coming our way this Saturday, Feb. 21, brought to us by the combined efforts of the Optimist, Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs.

Lip Sync Competition

The first annual high school Lip Sync Competition will kickoff at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Ten groups of high school students will be competing for very handsome cash prizes. A silent auction, featuring 37 great items (including a three-hour party from yours truly) will begin at 6 p.m. Proceeds from the evening will provide scholarships for higher education. So, please come out and support our local teens. Be there or be square!

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the 1986 country song popularized by Marie Osmond that would surely be a hit in this Saturday’s Lip Sync Competition? Was this top five hit by Osmond titled A) Lips Of An Angel, B) Read My Lips, C) Lucky Lips or D) These Lips Are Made For Talkin’?

This week, if you’re caller number 6 and have the correct answer, you’ll be the winner of a $10 gift certificate to Macky’s Grill, courtesy of Cari Day, Macky’s gregarious and generous owner.

Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you name the 1970s rock ’n’ roll group that kids were infatuated with more so because of the look of this band and than for their music. Decked out in outrageously flamboyant costumes, this foursome fashioned a captivating stage show featuring dry ice, smoke bombs, elaborate lighting, blood spitting, and fire breathing that captured the imaginations of thousands of America’s youth.

Was the name of this group A) Kiss, B) Heart, C) Love Unlimited or D) Love And Kisses?

The correct answer was A) Kiss. The group Heart was a very popular rock group from the mid-1970s through the early 1990s; Love Unlimited, a female R&B vocal trio, enjoyed brief recording success during the early 1970s and Love And Kisses was a Disco studio group and one-hit wonder with their 1978 song “Thank God It’s Friday.”

Music trivia winner

Congratulations to this past week’s first-time music trivia winner, James Bruner, happy winner of a classic rock CD.

James told me this week’s music trivia question was easy for him as he has had personal contact with each member of the group Kiss. In 1987, he met them backstage on their concert tour in Dallas.

After being born and raised and working for a short time as an electrician in Texas, James moved to the West Coast, where he was a California State Peace Officer for 25 years. Before he retired, he also worked as a rock ’n’ roll photographer for 22nd Century Rock magazine.

In 2005, James moved to Payson to enjoy our area’s climate, scenery and fishing. And as James states, “I am now very happily divorced.”

His interests include photography, fishing, traveling, professional baseball and going to rock concerts. He enjoys listening to late ’60s and early ’70s rock ’n’ roll and classical music and his favorite artists are Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Cream.

If you’re into hard-rock from the early ’90s, then you are probably familiar with James’ brother, Jeff Keith, lead vocal singer for the band Tesla.

Have a great week, everyone. I hope to see you at the Lip Sync Competition!

You can reach me at (928) 468-1482 and on my Web site at


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