Raven Café celebrates 11th anniversary Saturday

Walt Richardson

Walt Richardson

Power collaboration Walt Richardson & Friends is returning to The Raven Café on Saturday, April 22, to play a gig in celebration of the café’s 11th anniversary. Admission is free.

On the guitar and singing vocals will be Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame inductee Walt Richardson. On the drums will be veteran touring/studio drummer Gigi Gonaway. On the bass will be in-demand multi-instrumentalist in the Valley Marcus Weeden. And on the lead guitar will be Prescott’s own Drew Hall, frontman for The CheekTones and equal half of Drew & Anton.

Richardson will primarily be performing his original songs. His music incorporates aspects of folk, rock and reggae.

For those who attended the first Raven Café appearance of this group back in September 2016, a very similar vibe should be expected this time around, Hall said.

The only difference is Marcus Weeden, the group’s regular bassist, will be playing instead of Felix Sainz, who was filling in for Weeden at the last performance.

“This time we’ve got the whole band that’s been working together since September,” Hall said.

The group will play for about an hour-and-a-half starting at 8 p.m., take a short break, and then continue until 11 p.m. In between songs, the crowd may receive a few words of advice from Richardson – as he is known to do.

“Every once in a while, he’ll just stop and share a story or experience,” Hall said. “He’s really a state treasure. He’s one of those guys who has been playing in Arizona for 30 years.”

Mike Richey, general manager for The Raven Café, said they chose to bring Walt Richardson & Friends back for the anniversary for many reasons.

“They really kind of represent what we want to do for music,” Richey said. “We want to support the local artists that are coming through.”

Not to mention the band’s last performance at the café went over really well.

“Not only was it one of the best bands we’ve ever seen, it was really just a good night,” Richey said.

In addition to the live entertainment, the anniversary will feature beer, wine and food specials all day, including $1 10-ounce pours of beer, Richey said.

For the food special, it will focus on all local foods.

“Our chef was over at Mortimer Farms the other day just to figure out what we can get and what we can make with that,” Richey said.