Most of us, at one time or another, have likely attended a fund-raising event, where most of the money raised was derived from the many silent auction items present. In the Rim Country, there are dozens of wonderful organizations and other causes that benefit from the generosity of our local businesses that, through the goodness of their hearts, donate these items. And we, the bidders, always get a good deal, as well.
This Saturday, we can turn things around and show our support of our local, benevolent businesses.
From 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturday, March 16 at the Mazatzal Casino Event Center, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its 21st Annual Business Showcase.
“This year, we’ll have more than 40 business and organization booths, plus an additional seven student booths,” said chamber manager, John Stanton. “Admission fee is only $1 and is free for those under 12 years of age.
“With your admission ticket, you’ll not only have the chance to visit with all of our friendly businesses, but you’ll be given a coupon to win one of four $50 gas gift certificates from Safeway. We’ll draw at closing time.”
The Business Showcase not only offers browsers a unique opportunity to learn about area business products and services, but it also presents a great opportunity for us Rim Country residents to support our local “Mr. Business Man.”
This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the singer who recorded the 1975 song “Mr. Business Man”?
Born Leslie Charles in Trinidad on Jan. 21, 1950, this Caribbean artist moved to
England at the age of 8, and by his teenage years, was singing regularly in London clubs. During this time he paid the bills by working at Ford Motors, but continued to pen songs and perform, as he issued an obscure debut single in 1974 under the name of Scorched Earth.
By 1975, the singer had dropped that alias and had adopted a new recording alias (that he still goes by), resulting in a self-titled debut that spawned the singer’s first hit single, “Love Really Hurts Without You,” peaking on the singles chart at No. 2 in England and No. 22 in the United States.
But it wasn’t until 1984 that this artist would find breakthrough success when he scored a massive hit single with the release of “Caribbean Queen,” a track that shot to the top of the charts worldwide.
In all, this week’s music trivia artist has placed 12 singles in the Billboard Top 40, including his
two other No. 1 hits, “There’ll Be Sad Songs To Make You Cry” (1986) and “Get Out Of My Dreams, Get Into My Car” (1988).
Is this Caribbean artist A) Robert Palmer, B) Billy Ocean, C) Huey Lewis, or D) Bobby McFerrin?
This week, if you’re the fifth caller and have the correct answer, you’ll win a CD of your favorite artist or music genre, which you may pick up either at the Business Showcase or at my house. Good luck.
Last week’s question
This past week’s music trivia question asked if you could name the Latin funk-rock band that scored a Billboard Top 10 hit with the recording of “Why Can’t We Be Friends.” The choices were A) Grand Funk, B) War, C) Rhythm Heritage, and D) REO Speedwagon.
The correct answer was the group War.
The other three options were also top recording groups in the 1970s and ’80s.
Grand Funk achieved two No. 1 hits in the early part of the 1970s with “We’re An American Band” and “Loco Motion” (a remake of Little Eva’s 1962 hit).
In 1975, Rhythm Heritage, a studio group assembled by producers Steve Barri and Michael Omartian, scored a No. 1 hit with its “Theme From S.W.A.T.,” from the TV series S.W.A.T.
The rock band REO Speedwagon had two songs peak at No. 1 with “Keep On Loving You” (1981) and “Can’t Fight This Feeling” (1985).
Congratulations to last week’s multiple-time music trivia winner, Bill Corwin, who won an album of his choice. Bill elected a greatest hits of Jimmy Buffett CD.
A final note
New pictures that I’ve added to my Web site are from last Saturday’s Scott Harris-Mariah Oney wedding. Friends and family gathered at the Assembly of God Church for the wedding ceremony, then enjoyed an evening of celebration at the Mazatzal Casino. Mariah’s parents, Mike and Valerie Pierce, live in Round Valley.
And last, it’s happened once again. I’ve found myself glued to the TV set watching “American Idol.” And now that the singing competition is down to the final 10 (as I write this) — the show has gotten a lot more serious for me.
So, who do you think will wear this year’s crown? One of the guys — Burnell or Devin? Or do you think this will be the year when one of the girls breaks through — maybe Kree or Janelle?
I’d be interested in knowing what you think. Shoot me an e-mail and let me know who you’re rooting for. And, also, let me know what you think of this year’s set of Idol judges.
Have a great Rim Country week — and I hope to see you at the Business Showcase.
— DJ Craig