Music Lovers Have Many Choices This Weekend


Choices, choices, choices. Should I do this or should I do that?

That’s what music lovers are again faced with this weekend.

This Saturday night, those who love the beat can opt for one of three different concerts that will be going on in Payson at the same time.

If you enjoy Christian music, you can attend a free concert at Uptown Espresso, featuring Robin Mark, a Northern Irish Christian singer, songwriter, worship leader, and recording artist based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mark is currently on a nationwide tour of the United States, with a stop the week before Payson in Omaha, Neb. and a gig the following night after his Payson concert in Buffalo, N.Y.

If up-tempo modern rock music is more your thing, you can enjoy a free concert by the Phoenix-based Technicolor Band, who will be performing at Green Valley Park. This five-member group includes guitarist Michael Fanizza, a 2004 Payson High School graduate and brother Ryan Fanizza, the group’s road manager and a 2003 PHS graduate.

Michael told me, “We’re currently on our 18-stop nationwide tour, with concerts in Washington, D.C, Atlanta, the Carolinas and Austin. It’ll be great to come home and entertain the people in Payson.”

If music from the 1960s is your “bag,” then you may want to surf on over to the Mazatzal Casino this Saturday night and check out the five-member band, Surfin’ Safaris, which will pay tribute to the Beach Boys. You’re sure to hear “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” “I Get Around” and “Help Me Rhonda,” which helped the young men from Hawthorne, Calif. become America’s most popular rock ’n’ roll group. (I checked out the Surfin’ Safaris on YouTube music and they look and sound just like the Beach Boys. Memories await!)

This week’s music trivia question is: Which of the following songs was NOT a Beach Boys hit? A) “Kokomo,” B) “Surf City,” C) “In My Room” or D) “Barbara Ann?”

If you’re the sixth caller this week and have the correct answer, you’ll win three terrific prizes: A copy of the Techicolors’ debut album, “Who Are You,” a “Best of the Beach Boys” CD and a certificate for three combo meals at Cousins Subs, courtesy of owner Rob Fanizza (and proud father of Technicolor band members Mike and Ryan.)

Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question: Can you name the Brooklyn born singer/songwriter whose first charted hit was “It Might As Well Rain Until September?” She also scored top five hits with “Jazzman,” “Nightingale” and “It’s Too Late.” Was this “Tapestry” artist: A) Carly Simon, B) Carole King, C) Marie Osmond, or D) Penny Marshall?

The right answer was Carole King, who in addition to her own recordings, either wrote or co-wrote a whopping 118 Billboard hits.

Congratulations to this past week’s first-time music trivia winner, John Wakelin, who won an assortment basket of fine hair products and valuable coupons for discounts on haircuts and other services from SmartStyle Hair Salon, located inside Walmart. John said, “I think I know a young lady who will really enjoy this prize.”

A little about John: He was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. In this 20s, he left our northern neighbor and headed to Santa Monica, Calif., where he began a search for his real mother. John was happy to tell me that his search had a very happy ending.

For many years, John worked for the Kemper Insurance Co., which allowed him to see many different parts of the country.

When working in the L.A. office, John’s underwriting eyes were drawn to a young office worker, Maria. John remembered very clearly, “The first time I saw her, I told my office partner, ‘This is the girl I’m going to marry.’” And just as his search for his real mother turned out, the tale of John and Maria also has a happy ending. His office partner became the best man at their wedding 18 years ago.

A decade ago, John and Maria moved from Mesa to Phoenix to enjoy the Rim Country’s cool mountain air. John is now retired, but keeps very busy with volunteer activities. Among the agencies to benefit from his benevolence are the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank, the Rodeo Committee and the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce. John has enjoyed 12 years as a Big Brother in the Big Brothers Sisters program and just this past week joined the Payson board of directors.

John’s favorite music is rock ’n’ roll, jazz and blues and he particularly likes the music of the Beatles, the Eagles and Captain Beyond (a 1970s stoner rock band from L.A.)

Have a great week!

DJ Craig

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