Free music in Green Valley Park returns Saturday nights this summer with the first concert June 1.
This is a free family event in the amphitheater area of the park and is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Bring a blanket or chairs.
The first performance of the season is by Sol De Ville, a multi-genre band. It plays country, blues, R&B, soul, funk, pop and original material.
Members include Payson’s John Scott on guitar and vocals; Paysonite Rick Hartfiel on drums and vocals; David Rowell, guitar and vocals; and another Rim resident, Arnold Martinez, bass and vocals.
About the band
Born in the mountains of New York, Scott began playing guitar by age eight. He came to Phoenix in 1980 and by the early 90s began to cut his teeth with local blues bands — most notably, Chico Chism, Hans Olsen, Joey McCall and Backstreet.
Opening up for a variety of acts including, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Guitar Shorty, Long John Hunter, as well as being a guest guitarist for Blues Today Vol. 2 and David Lewis’ first album are just a few of the musical highlights in Scott’s career.
Hartfiel came to Payson when he retired. He performed professionally for 20 years as a full-time nightclub and studio musician. He has opened for national acts such as Tommy James, The Grass Roots, Guess Who, Collin Ray, Billy Dean. He toured as drummer for Bobby Vee, Del Shannon and Little Anthony.
Hartfiel worked for a major bio-tech company for 25 years while still performing part-time.
Rowell began playing guitar at six and was making money at it by the time he was 14. He started playing clubs at 18 and worked full time while raising a family. He has played with some of New England’s best musicians and has opened up for Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Tammy Wynette, John Anderson and many more.
After touring six countries in Europe playing many different styles, Rowell has come to realize R&B is his first love as a style.
Born and raised in Superior, Ariz., Martinez is a Valley-based bass player and vocalist who now resides in Beaver Valley.
With 56 years of musical experience, he has toured and played professionally for a period of 13 years, which consisted of studio work, opening acts, club venues and every genre of the music business.
Touring consisted of the western, central and southern regions of the United States, Las Vegas, Canada and the Hawaiian Islands. Some concert headline acts with which he shared the stage with were: Tower of Power, Ike and Tina Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jose Feliciano, Freddie Fender, David Ruffin, John McLagughlin Mahavisnu Orchestra, Buddy Miles Express, Lee Oscar & War and the Les Brown Orchestra.
The rest of the series
The Payson Parks Summer Concert Series continues through Saturday, July 27 and features both familiar faces and new bands.
The Big Fellahs bring Celtic rock, traditional sounds, Americana and soul to the Green Valley Park bandstand from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, June 8.
Hometown favorite Junction 87, a country band, rocks out Saturday, June 15.
Back to the Fifties is the featured group for the June 22 show.
Expect to hear your favorite hits all performed with many of the original musical arrangements. The show features the music of Elvis, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Frankie Avalon, The Beatles, Chubby Checker, Fabian, The Everly Brothers, Fats Domino, Rick Nelson, Bill Haley and the Comets, Carl Perkins, The Ventures and many more.
New to the series, FoxyKoshka performs June 29.
The duo of FoxyKoshka brings an eclectic repertoire of music including: Latin blues, gypsy swing, rumba, cha cha and world music.
They sing in a variety of languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and more.
Ryan Biter returns to the Rim Country July 6.
From Flagstaff, Biter’s music is equal parts rural Americana, spectacled college town hipster, mountain bluegrass and new age funk beatbox drum circle.
Outside the Line performs July 13 with a little something for everyone to enjoy — classic rock, funk, soul, Motown, oldies and dance tunes too.
Kilted Spirit brings lively toe-tapping Irish and Scottish jigs and reels, drinking songs, popular classic and modern rock covers to Green Valley Park July 20.
Kilted Spirit is a Phoenix Irish band.
Led by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Colleen Collins, the band consists of guitar, bass, fiddle, drums, Irish flute, tin whistle, Irish bouzouki and vocals.
The Vintage closes out the 2019 Summer Concert Series July 27.
The Vintage has a wide variety of musical influences that are a tribute to the essence of “vintage favorites” that includes the likes of The Beatles, Van Morrison, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Wilson Pickett, Joe Cocker, Cheap Trick, The Grateful Dead, Jimmy Buffett, Alan Jackson, Hank Williams and, Johnny Cash, along with many other popular musicians.