Originally Published: July 6, 2011 8:30 p.m.
Wow, what an epic 4th of July weekend! So many things to do, so little time! And sometimes I really wish I didn't get so attached to my bands, as it would make for easier pickings when they're all playing on the same day! But I'm not complaining....I have too much fun with what I'm doing and am grateful for the opportunity to do it.
Saturday was awesome. The street dance was happening on Whiskey Row and the musical acts for this event were Los Guys (who did an amazing job) and then FiLaBuStA (who of course did an amazing job). At the same time, Sir Harrison was entertaining the crowds at Annie's Attic, while the CheekTones were tearing it up on the Patio at Cojoe's. The band Western Fusion (outstanding country band) was the reason for a line of people stretching from Matt's Saloon all the way to the St. Michael Hotel. At the Drunken Lass I found Billy Boy, a band featuring Billy Edmonds on drums. Many of you will recognize Billy from playing with Brad Powell in the early 90's and subsequently with various other local bands.
My personal Hot Spot however, was Sunday morning at Cortez Street! Yes, for the second year in a row I was part of the "All-Stars": one of the female teams participating in the annual Bucket Brigade and Hose Cart Races put on by local Fire departments. Our team was the defending champion for the Hose Cart Races and we took it home again! Great fun was to be had by all, and this is an event I truly look forward to each year.
Monday rounded out this holiday weekend with a huge all-day party at Pioneer Park. People with blankets, coolers filled with food and drink, the smell of BBQ permeating the air, a celebratory mood apparent everywhere. Best of all, a fantastic line-up of local bands to keep everybody entertained.
First up: Road One South. Getting the crowd warmed up and just rocking it! Ed Flaherty and Dwight D'Evelyn then stayed on to perform with their other band, The Ripptones. It was amazing. This is just one more outstanding local band that needs to be put on everyone's 'favorite' list.
Finishing up the day was Little Larry and the Drive. Good old classic rock and oldies done right. Little Larry is another staple of the Prescott music scene. He performed at the Palace bar in the late 80's and early 90's with his parents as Little Larry and the Lapels.
And then it was time for the fireworks. The City of Prescott put on a great show while in the background we were treated to all the favorite patriotic songs. What a wonderful way to celebrate our Independence Day. I left Pioneer Park with a heart full of gratitude and happiness to be a part of this, our great country! God Bless America!
Calendar: Friday - 8 p.m....Annie's Attic...Prescott's favorite bluesicians...Road One South. 9:30...Cojoe's Patio...Six Feet. 9:30...Bird Cage...Angry Jon. Saturday - 7 p.m....Pony Espresso...Road One South. 8 p.m....Annie's Attic...YAY! The CheekTones. 9:30...Cojoe's Patio...Big Daddy D & the Dynamites. 9:30...Bird Cage...Angry Jon.