Green Valley Park Concert Features Top Pop, Rock ’N’ Roll, Motown Hits This Saturday


If you are a fan of the golden oldies music of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s; this Saturday evening’s Parks and Rec’s concert at Green Valley Park is for you. The Higher Power Band, out of Phoenix, will be performing some of the top pop, rock ’n’ roll, Motown and country hits from yesteryear.

The Higher Power Band, with outstanding lead vocalist Licia Ware and world-class guitarist Johnny Carasca, first formed in 1983 and has performed throughout the country.

It regularly plays twice a year at the Rim Club and Chaparral Pines and also entertained in Payson as a part of the 2005 summer concert series. Orlando Mundez, the band’s leader, told me that this year we can expect to hear the band play some of the top hits by Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Patsy Cline and Santana.

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the country music artist who recorded the 1965 hit, “Green, Green Grass of Home” — which is one of the High Power Band’s favorite songs to perform?

This popular singer/songwriter/guitarist was born and raised in West Plains, Mo. He was well known for his flashy outfits and blond pompadour. He introduced a young Dolly Parton on his own long-running television show, where his stage alter ego was Skid Row Joe.

He and Dolly were a well-known duet team throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s, achieving 20 charted hits together. In all, this artist charted 81 singles, including his three No. 1 hits, “A Satisfied Mind” (1955), “Misery Loves Company” (1962) and “Please Don’t Stop Loving Me” (1974).

Some of this country artist’s top achievements were his introduction into the Grand Ole Opry in 1957 and Country Music Association’s Vocal Duo Award (with Dolly Parton) in 1970 and 1971.

Is this country music icon A) Porter Wagoner B) Billy Walker, C) Conway Twitty or D) Buck Owens?

If you are caller number three this week and have the correct answer, you’ll win a CD of the top hits from either the 1940s, ’50s, ’60s or ’70s. Your choice!

Now, let’s check out last week’s question, which was: Can you name the artist who sang the 1990 No. 1 country hit, “Friends in Low Places? Some of this artist’s other top hits were “Unanswered Prayers,” “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House,” and “The Thunder Rolls.” In December of 2005, he married country music star, Trisha Yearwood. Is this country music icon A) Clint Black, B) Alan Jackson, C) George Strait or D) Garth Brooks?

The correct answer was Garth Brooks.

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Carole White, who calls in very regularly and has won our music trivia contest several times in the past. For her efforts, Carol has won a $10 gift certificate from Gasoline Alley, courtesy of Mike and Debbie Stuart, owners. If you haven’t recently been in Gasoline Alley, located on beautiful, historic Main Street, you really should stop in and see its nice inventory of antiques and collectibles.

If you had a chance to visit the Relay for Life cancer walk this past Friday night, I want to thank you for your support of this great cause. And a BIG “thank you” goes out to Mayor Kenny Evans, Vice Mayor Ed Blair, Suzanne Michaels, Cindy Kofile and Duke Wilbanks for their participation in the dunk tank.

The Relay was both a fun and emotionally moving evening. If you were there until the very end of the event at 6 a.m. Saturday, do you remember the last song I played? It was by the 5th Dimension — “Last Night I Didn’t Get To Sleep At All.” Please give me a call if you would like to be involved with next year’s fund-raiser.

New pictures I have added to my Web site are from the Relay for Life and also from this past Tuesday’s Dustin Marsh-Erin Neal wedding held at the Payson Golf Course.

DJ Craig — Phone: 468-1482



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