Concerts In The Park Are Great Entertainment

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With all the weddings and parties for which to play, Ann and I often don’t have many free Saturday evenings from April through November.

But this past Saturday night we found ourselves with an open date in our schedule, which gave us the opportunity to mosey on over to Green Valley Park for the free Saturday night concert that featured the Phoenix-based band Breaking Point.

What a great night it was in the park. The crowd was huge; Frisbees and footballs were spiraling through the air; tons of children were swinging and sliding on the playground equipment; and people throughout the park were chatting, laughing, dancing and seemingly having a wonderful time, as they were enjoying the dry, mild evening air.

And to top it off — the five-piece band was really good. It played a nice mix of music, from the pop sounds of the ’60s (Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally”) to R&B (The Commodores’ “Brick House”) to disco (A Taste of Honey’s “Boogie Oogie Oogie”), all with a unique Latin flair.

This Saturday night’s concert will feature one of the Rim Country’s favorite bands, Junction 87, performing from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Formed in January 2005, this popular trio of Bob Lewis (lead vocal, rhythm guitar), Jim Norman (bass guitar, vocal) and Billy Ichida (lead guitar, fiddle and saxophone) has played in many different venues, including 2011’s Country Thunder.

Bob told me, “We want to thank all of the people of the Rim Country who have supported us since we started. We’re really looking forward to coming back to Green Valley Park to again play the traditional country and ’50s rock & roll music we know people here like to listen and dance to — and this year we hope the monsoon rains will let us finish our performance.”

And can we expect any new music from Junction 87 at this Saturday night’s concert? Bob said, “We’re going to introduce a new song we just last month added to our repertoire — Willie Nelson’s 1978 country version of ‘Georgia On My Mind.’”

It should be a great Saturday night in the park.

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the Georgia-born R&B singer who first scored a No. 1 hit in the fall of 1960 with his pop version of “Georgia On My Mind?”

This legendary singer-pianist amassed an amazing 75 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart from 1957 through 1990, including nine songs that made it into the Top 10. Besides “Georgia On My Mind,” his two other No. 1 hits were “Hit The Road Jack” (1961) and “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (1962).

In 1986, he was enshrined into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the next year was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award. He died of liver disease in 2004 at the age of 73.

Was This “Georgia On My Mind” artist A) Ray Charles; B) Sam Cooke; C) Fats Domino; or D) Charley Pride?

Be the sixth caller with the correct answer this week and you’ll win, compliments of Junction 87, your choice of one of their two CDs, which you can pick up from them at their concert this weekend. (The band will also have their CDs available at the concert for purchase.)

Last week’s Music Trivia Question

This past week’s question asked if you could name the contemporary country music artist who in 1994 scored a No. 1 hit with his song, “Summertime Blues,” a cover of Eddie Cochran’s 1958 pop hit.

The choices were A) Toby Keith, B) George Strait, C) Alan Jackson or D) Neil Sedaka.

The correct answer was Alan Jackson.

Country singers George Strait and Toby Keith, who debuted on the country music scene in 1981 and 1993 respectively, are still producing Top 10 country hits. Neil Sedaka was a pop singer-songwriter, most popular from the late 1950s through the early 1980s.

Congratulations to this past week’s first-time music trivia winner, Jane Ross of Pine, who won a CD of her choice. Jane chose a top hits CD of pop-dance and current Billboard artist, Katy Perry.

A little about Jane — She was born and lived until the sixth grade in Australia. After a few short months living in Canada, the family moved to Livingston, N.J., where Jane finished high school, she then went on to earn her fine arts degree from Marietta College in Ohio. She has lived in Pine for the past 20 years.

Jane has a daughter, Rebecca, who lives in Ohio and a son, William, who is completing his doctoral internship in Wisconsin.

Since living in Pine, Jane has taught special education at the Pine School and has also owned, for a time, the Pine Creek Fudge and Ice Cream Shop (To which I admit, I have been a frequent visitor).

Now retired, Jane says, “I enjoy reading, gardening, dancing and just being around people.” She enjoys all types of music, but “particularly the rock & roll ’70s, blues, some country and since my kids’ weddings last year, the new pop and dance music of today.” Her three favorite artists are the Beatles, Alan Jackson and Katy Perry.

A couple of last things

If you call in your answer to my weekly music trivia question and leave your name on our answering machine and you are not the right numbered caller, I may not return your call. I receive a lot of calls and sometimes time just doesn’t permit me to do that. I hope you understand.

And, as a business or individual, if you would like to donate a prize (item or gift certificate) to be awarded to my weekly winner, I would be more than happy to come pick it up from you.

Thank you — and have a great week!

DJ Craig

(928) 468-1482

But this past Saturday night we found ourselves with an open date in our schedule, which gave us the opportunity to mosey on over to Green Valley Park for the free Saturday night concert that featured the Phoenix-based band Breaking Point.

What a great night it was in the park. The crowd was huge; Frisbees and footballs were spiraling through the air; tons of children were swinging and sliding on the playground equipment; and people throughout the park were chatting, laughing, dancing and seemingly having a wonderful time, as they were enjoying the dry, mild evening air.

And to top it off — the five-piece band was really good. It played a nice mix of music, from the pop sounds of the ’60s (Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally”) to R&B (The Commodores’ “Brick House”) to disco (A Taste of Honey’s “Boogie Oogie Oogie”), all with a unique Latin flair.

This Saturday night’s concert will feature one of the Rim Country’s favorite bands, Junction 87, performing from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Formed in January 2005, this popular trio of Bob Lewis (lead vocal, rhythm guitar), Jim Norman (bass guitar, vocal) and Billy Ichida (lead guitar, fiddle and saxophone) has played in many different venues, including 2011’s Country Thunder.

Bob told me, “We want to thank all of the people of the Rim Country who have supported us since we started. We’re really looking forward to coming back to Green Valley Park to again play the traditional country and ’50s rock & roll music we know people here like to listen and dance to — and this year we hope the monsoon rains will let us finish our performance.”

And can we expect any new music from Junction 87 at this Saturday night’s concert? Bob said, “We’re going to introduce a new song we just last month added to our repertoire — Willie Nelson’s 1978 country version of ‘Georgia On My Mind.’”

It should be a great Saturday night in the park.

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the Georgia-born R&B singer who first scored a No. 1 hit in the fall of 1960 with his pop version of “Georgia On My Mind?”

This legendary singer-pianist amassed an amazing 75 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart from 1957 through 1990, including nine songs that made it into the Top 10. Besides “Georgia On My Mind,” his two other No. 1 hits were “Hit The Road Jack” (1961) and “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (1962).

In 1986, he was enshrined into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the next year was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award. He died of liver disease in 2004 at the age of 73.

Was This “Georgia On My Mind” artist A) Ray Charles; B) Sam Cooke; C) Fats Domino; or D) Charley Pride?

Be the sixth caller with the correct answer this week and you’ll win, compliments of Junction 87, your choice of one of their two CDs, which you can pick up from them at their concert this weekend. (The band will also have their CDs available at the concert for purchase.)

Last week’s Music Trivia Question

This past week’s question asked if you could name the contemporary country music artist who in 1994 scored a No. 1 hit with his song, “Summertime Blues,” a cover of Eddie Cochran’s 1958 pop hit.

The choices were A) Toby Keith, B) George Strait, C) Alan Jackson or D) Neil Sedaka.

The correct answer was Alan Jackson.

Country singers George Strait and Toby Keith, who debuted on the country music scene in 1981 and 1993 respectively, are still producing Top 10 country hits. Neil Sedaka was a pop singer-songwriter, most popular from the late 1950s through the early 1980s.

Congratulations to this past week’s first-time music trivia winner, Jane Ross of Pine, who won a CD of her choice. Jane chose a top hits CD of pop-dance and current Billboard artist, Katy Perry.

A little about Jane — She was born and lived until the sixth grade in Australia. After a few short months living in Canada, the family moved to Livingston, N.J., where Jane finished high school, she then went on to earn her fine arts degree from Marietta College in Ohio. She has lived in Pine for the past 20 years.

Jane has a daughter, Rebecca, who lives in Ohio and a son, William, who is completing his doctoral internship in Wisconsin.

Since living in Pine, Jane has taught special education at the Pine School and has also owned, for a time, the Pine Creek Fudge and Ice Cream Shop (To which I admit, I have been a frequent visitor).

Now retired, Jane says, “I enjoy reading, gardening, dancing and just being around people.” She enjoys all types of music, but “particularly the rock & roll ’70s, blues, some country and since my kids’ weddings last year, the new pop and dance music of today.” Her three favorite artists are the Beatles, Alan Jackson and Katy Perry.

A couple of last things

If you call in your answer to my weekly music trivia question and leave your name on our answering machine and you are not the right numbered caller, I may not return your call. I receive a lot of calls and sometimes time just doesn’t permit me to do that. I hope you understand.

And, as a business or individual, if you would like to donate a prize (item or gift certificate) to be awarded to my weekly winner, I would be more than happy to come pick it up from you.

Thank you — and have a great week!

DJ Craig

(928) 468-1482

www.DJCraigInPayson.com

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