Fireworks & Tunes
Monday, Pioneer Park (1200 Commerce Dr.), Prescott. Free admission, free parking, free shuttle. All-day carnival
celebration (admission required) from noon to 10 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m.
12:30 p.m., Knight Train
Lloyd Self's country and western band, Knight Train, has been together only a few months. Well, at least this version of Knight Train. One of his former band mates previously retired, and another, David Rogers, died about a year ago. That trio had been together more than 45 years.
But not playing again was hardly an option for Lloyd, who's also vice president of the greater Arizona Country and Western Swing Music Association. The association's home base is in Prescott Valley, where they hold monthly meetings and jam sessions on the second Sunday of each month at the C.A.S.A. Senior Center. Out of those jam sessions, a new Knight Train was formed featuring Vic Jefferies on bass and Bobby Parks on drums, to complement Self's guitar.
The band has never played the July 4th festivities at Pioneer Park. In fact, Self himself has never been to the annual Prescott tradition. In any case, Knight Train kicks off the live music on Monday.
"I've got something I play to salute the military, an instrumental I call 'American Trilogy'," Self said when asked if the band has any special July 4th tunes in their set. "And the guys in the band say 'you can't call it 'trilogy', that means 'three.' And I say, 'I don't care, it's just a name," he laughed.
2 p.m., Road 1 South
Local blues band Road 1 South has been around in some form about three years, but the current lineup - together little more than a year - has become a staple of the live music scene in the Prescott area. John Wurtz (guitar), Ron Green (bass), Gregson Gordon (harp), Dwight D'Evelyn (drums) and Ofer Harel (Latin percussion) can be found weekly on local stages from the Prescott bars to special events at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.
"The band's focus has always been blues," D'Evelyn says. "There's not a lot of good, classic blues around here. And the cool thing is, we're all local guys."
4:30 p.m., Ripptones
D'Evelyn will stay behind the drums when the Ripptones plug in as the third band up on Monday. Corey Burk (lead vocals, lead guitar), Ed Flaherty (vocals) and David Girardin (bass) round out the Prescott foursome.
The Ripptones are cut from a classic rock, R&B, dance and blues cloth, but don't be surprised to hear random Bill Withers or Foo Fighters picks in their set. Music fans know the Ripptones best for their Baby Boomer Night shows at Hooligan's in downtown Prescott.
7:30 & 9:30 p.m., Little Larry & the Drive
No stranger to local music audiences, Little Larry and the Drive round out the 4th of July stage. When not playing as the unofficial house band at Jersey Lilly on Whiskey Row, Little Larry and the Drive were on the lineup at this past May's Battle of the Bands in Prescott Valley.
Joining frontman Larry Healey is his wife Beth Wright on vocals, Bill Reyes on bass, Frank Rowland (or others) on drums, and A.J. Siniaho on keyboard and trumpet. Listen for a mix of classic rock, blues, and rhythm and blues.