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Wed, June 26

The Hot Spot: Playing in the Band

The Mods (photo courtesy The Mods)

The Mods (photo courtesy The Mods)

Thanks to the guys from Road One South, I can now officially claim the 'Musician Badge'. As a lot of you know, they have been kind enough to allow me to practice my hand drumming skills at their expense during some of their recent gigs. I am not good, but it really provides me with a great opportunity to practice. It's a fantastic learning experience, and I have an absolute blast every time.

Well, on Saturday night, they actually went one step further. After a phenomenal show at Coyote Joe's, they all pooled part of their earnings for the night and presented me with it, making this my first paid 'gig' ever and officially making me a musician. And that was one of the sweetest, most amazing, almost-make-me-cry-kind of gestures I have experienced in a long time. It is an honor to be allowed to be part of this blues family. Thank you, Road One South.

While the band was entertaining the masses downstairs, upstairs at Annie's Attic every seat was filled for the second annual 'Laughter in the Attic', showcasing local comedians of both sexes. Kudos to Annie's for again hosting a classy, entertaining show with some remarkably talented and funny people. I enjoy it because it provides something a little different. Cloth-topped tables, a nice glass of wine, an evening of shared joy and laughter ... priceless.

Friday and Saturday the fabulous band The Mods performed at The Bird Cage Saloon. Travis Eaton (lead guitar/vox), Gabe Rhodes (drums/vox), and Louis Occhiline (bass) certainly made sure that everybody who came in stayed to dance. They're a great band and I can't wait to see them up here again. Certainly Gabe Rhodes is no stranger to most local music aficionados, as he has on numerous occasions performed with a slew of other bands.

Ahead: a very, very busy weekend. I wish I could be everywhere all the time to see everybody always. Friday and Saturday features J Powers Band at The Bird Cage starting at 9 p.m. These guys are awesome and everybody should make the time to stop by and listen. Friday at 7 p.m., Coatimundi will grace the patio at CoJoe's and I will most definitely be there to dance. They kick butt and I'm happy they're showing up more frequently around town. Big Daddy D & the Dynamites will perform at Annie's on Friday at 9 p.m. with their new drummer: young (and incredibly talented) Sonny Campbell.

Chicken soup for a cold spells comfort. So does The CheekTones on the patio Saturday at 8 p.m. With Don Cheek serenading me, I have a hard time tearing myself away from that dance floor. Special treat at Annie's on Saturday at 9 p.m.: The Warsaw Poland Brothers ... a definite must-see.

Jersey Lilly's features the raunchy antics of Llory McDonald and Combo Deluxe both nights at 8 p.m....and that means I get to bang around on the conga. Yay!

If you're in the Prescott Valley area the Jackass Inn will be the place to check out. Voodoo Sex Cult will rock the stage there Saturday night at 9, while Irish-man Karl Jones will woo you all at the Celtic Crossings Pub Saturday at 6 p.m.

And that's a wrap. Hope to see you all out and about.

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