Seems Like Every Week There Is A Great Musical Event Taking Place


We certainly are very privileged in the Rim Country to have so much musical talent available for our entertainment, aren’t we? It seems like nearly every week there is a great concert or some other type of musical performance in the area that’s coming our way.

Last week’s high school Lip Sync competition was a ball of laughs, and showcased the wonderfully creative talent of our high school youth.

On tap this coming Monday, March 2, as a part the Tonto Community Concert Association Series, The Duttons will be joining us in the high school auditorium. This talented family group, in which each member plays at least six different instruments throughout the show, has toured the world over and hosted their own PBS special.

This multi-talented family promises to bring us beautiful vocal harmony and high-energy dancing that will leave us with a smile on our faces.

And speaking of “family,” let’s get right to this week’s music trivia question. Can you name the 1970s-1980s dance vocal group that recorded the big 1979 hit “We Are Family?” This Philadelphia, Pa. based quartet first worked as backup vocalists. Some of the group’s other top hits were “My Guy,” “Got To Love Somebody” and “He’s the Greatest Dancer.”

Is the name of this group A) Big Brother and the Holding Company, B) Sister Sledge, C) Every Mother’s Son or D) Daddy Dewdrop?

This week, if you’re caller number 3 and have the correct answer, you’ll be the winner of a $10 gift certificate to Peggy’s Payson Place. (And a lot of great deals will be awaiting you there!)

Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you name the 1986 country song popularized by Marie Osmond that would surely have been a hit in last Saturday’s high school 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’?”

The correct answer was B) “Read My Lips.” “Lips of An Angel” was a 2006 hit for the alternative-rock band Hinder and a 2007 country music hit for Jack Ingram.

“Lucky Lips” was recorded in 1963 by rock and roll pop singer Cliff Richards. Don’t hold me to it, but I believe “These Lips Are Made For Talkin’” was a rare recording in the 1960s by Lucy “The Lip” Sinatra, second cousin twice-removed of Nancy Sinatra.

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Kari Parker.

Just as country music legend Lefty Frizzell sings about in his 1964 number one hit, Kari was born and raised in “Saginaw, Michigan.” And she proudly says she’s still a huge Michigan Wolverines fan.

Kari’s family moved to Arizona when she was 10. She attended high school in Buckeye and then lived in several different cities in the Valley. She has been married to her husband, Chuck, for 16 years. They have one son, T.J., who is 15 years old.

When I asked Keri why she and her family moved to Payson 12 years ago, it didn’t take her long to respond, “To get the heck out of Phoenix!” She also told me she thinks it is very beautiful here in the Rim Country.

For the last nine years, Kari has worked as a teacher’s aide in kindergarten at Frontier Elementary School, where she is affectionately known as “Miss Kari.” After finishing her school day, Kari works as a teacher at the SonShine Club, the afterschool program for children at the United Methodist Church.

Her interests include painting, reading and crafts. She regularly attends Sunday service at the Methodist Church and volunteers her time and talents in the nursery.

She says her favorite music is rock and classic rock and places Pink, Aerosmith and the Bee Gees at the top of her favorite artist list.

Have a great week, everyone. I hope to see you at The Duttons concert on Monday!

— DJ Craig

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