Originally Published: May 18, 2001 7:15 p.m.
Plug it in, turn it on and crank it up at Radio Jam 2001 at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Prescott Valley Civic Center.
Six local radio stations are sponsoring the half-dozen jam bands, which include, Tom Regnier & Crossfire (KNOT 99.1FM), On Tap (KKLD 98.3FM), Wildwood (KPPV 106.7FM), The Unidentified (KZGL), The Porchlights (KFLX 105.1FM), and J.D. Simo & Dirty Pool (KMGN 93.9FM).
"We're kickin it off in high gear," said Lew Rees, executive director for the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce. "Each performance promises to be high voltage from start to finish because each Radio Jam band has only 30 minutes to wow their respective fans."
Selected time for the appearance of each band will not be determined until the day of the event.
The Prescott Valley Civic Center is at 7501 E. Civic Circle. Gates open at 3 p.m. Admission is $1 per person.
Folks may bring food, soft drinks, blankets and lawn chairs to the civic center, but no pets, alcoholic beverages or glass containers.
For more information, call the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce at 772-8857.
Tom Regnier and Crossfire
With a style that mixes the best of country, rock and blues, Tom Regnier and Crossfire includes Regnier, lead singer, keyboard and guitar; Larry Cooper, guitar and vocals; Wayne Pearsall, bass and vocals; Billy Edmonds, drum and vocals; Amy Cooper, vocals and Peri Pearsall, vocals.
On Tap (KKLD 98.3FM)
On Tap is a local five-piece group that plays a mix of oldies, classic rock, country and originals.
Don Aijala, guitar, drums, lead singer and back-up vocals, and writes many of the group's original songs; David Fornara plays guitar, harmonica, sings some vocals and creates some of the group's original music; Junior Gonzales writes many of the group's originals, sings lead and back-up vocals and plays some bass guitar; Fred "Fast Freddy" Lombardo is the drummer, songwriter and sings vocals; Bill Vallely is the group's manager, bass player, and sings vocals.
The band Wildwood formed locally in 1977, (originally CottonMouth), and was originally made up of two sets of brothers: Alex and Joe Romero, and Blake and Mike Bybee, who make music with a popular beat. Despite 24 years of change and the loss of Joe Romero in 1998, Wildwood still fires up a crowd.
This band was formed in January by Flagstaff's guitar God Rafe Sweet and KZGL radio personalities Jeff Moon on bass and Trainreck on vocals. With the addition of Andrew Lauher, a drummer known in the Flagstaff area, and Brad Lopez (B-LO), a graduate of the Musicians Institute of Technology, the Unidentified take on the challenge of redefining heavy music.
The Porchlights have been together for three years and performed at local venues in Flagstaff, such as the Alley Nightclub and Charly's, plus festivals including The Unity Fest, Southwest Hempfest and The Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies.
The five-piece alternative folk rock band has Deb Hilton on rhythm guitar and vocals, Wild Billy Kneebone on electric guitar, Rand Anderson on bass, Andrew Lauher on drums and Aaron Tyler on mandolin.
J. D. Simo & Dirty Pool
J.D. Simo, "Arizona's teenage Steve Ray Vaughan clone," "T-Bone" Caradonna and drummer, "Freight Train" Walker form the trio.