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Blues will reign at Spiritual Center concert

Courtesy photo<br>The Bluz Doggz will be part of the action at the Center for Spiritual Living’s fundraising concert on Sunday, June 9.

Courtesy photo<br>The Bluz Doggz will be part of the action at the Center for Spiritual Living’s fundraising concert on Sunday, June 9.

Three of Prescott's popular rock 'n' roll and blues bands are stepping up to help the Center for Spiritual Living Prescott (CSLP) raise money for its cause during a music festival on June 9.

The music lineup will feature Muddbone, Muddgroove and Bluz Doggz, all donating their time for the event set for 1 to 4 p.m. at the non-denominational Center for Spiritual Living, 3755 Willow Creek Road, across from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

The bands met each other during open jam sessions at Scottie's Pub, where Mychael Valentine Barnes, lead singer/harmonica for the Doggz and a member of CSLP, suggested a fundraiser and the idea caught on.

The music festival will offer classic rock and blues hits from across the ages, interpreted by the three bands of seasoned musicians, Barnes said.

Muddgroove has been a popular Prescott musical act for many years, with the "scorching guitar and singing of Brock 'Muddbone,' featuring Ted Langston on bass and Al Blackwood on drums," Barnes said, adding this three-piece band plays many rock and blues standards, "delivered with power and passion."

Muddgroove, fronted by Linda Rhodes on vocals and balanced by her guitarist husband Stuart Rhodes, will perform their familiar style of blues, rock and jazz.

Relative newcomers to the Prescott music scene, Bluz Doggs, fronted by Barnes, will feature the guitar work of recent Prescott transplant, G.R. Hall. Barnes said Hall has been compared to the likes of Eric Clapton and many other guitar heroes because of his blend of power and dynamics.

Barnes said he and Hall met in Southern California during the early 1980s and have collaborated off and on for more than three decades. Barnes has called both Southern California and Prescott home since birth and has lived in Prescott permanently since 2010.

Barmes describes himself as "a tireless performer in the vein of Mick Jagger and Jim Morrison who came up through Shakespeare and musical theater."

Brock Muddbone will "add that extra edge" for the concert, Barnes said, as will Prescott musical veterans Don Miller on bass and Morris - the Cat - Armstrong on drums.

Tickets are $15 for adults and children under 12 are free. Parents are welcome to bring their children to the family-friendly concert, Barnes said, because "they will get a little rock/blues history lesson" along with the sounds of this genre of music. Tickets will be available at the door or online at Barnes said "a couple of surprise 'guest stars' are entirely expected" at the music festival.

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