Originally Published: December 11, 2014 5:05 p.m.
Road 1 South Band, one of the best blues bands in the Prescott area, will return to the Elks Theater Friday night for their latest Acker engagement.
This is the third year for Road 1 South playing at the Elks during the Acker event and their sixth year participating in the Acker evening.
"We hope we can keep this as an annual event," said Chris Russo, the band's guitarist. "Like last year, we will be supporting some of the Acker scholarship recipients."
The members of Road 1 South include John Wurtz on guitar, Ron Green on bass, Gregson Gordon on harp, Dwight D'Evelyn on drums and Ofer Harel on percussion.
Russo said the Elks Acker performance is always fun and different.
"Most of the music relates relates to the Christmas season, which takes us a little out of our comfort zone as a blues-based act," he said.
Road 1 South will be playing a typically high energy rocking blues set including a number of blues-based Christmas tunes such as "Christmas Without You" and "Santa Claus is Back in Town." Road 1 South also has an original Christmas song written by John Wurtz, Ron Green and Russo called "Even Santa Gets the Blues." The song describes a less than ideal evening for Santa.
The Christmas set includes a Chuck Berry classic "Run, Run Rudolph." Road 1 South also has some original tunes written by Wurtz and Green.
Road 1 South will highlight their performance and the Acker evening on Sandy Moss' Morning Scramble on Friday morning.
One of the reasons Road 1 South likes to play at the Elks is because Ted Leonard of Prescott Pro Sound handles the audio on Acker evening.
"Ted and his group are the tops when it comes to event sound, enhancing an already great sounding vintage room. This will be a major highlight for us as performers. Ted's group always has our audio back," he said.
Russo said Road 1 South thanks Colette Greenlee at the Elks for having them back and Scott Curry of the Acker Foundation for his support of their continued participation in Acker night.
Road 1 South is excited about their upcoming projects for the new year. They are working on a video project based on their performance this past summer at the Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival.
They are also working with Dr. Bob Sellani, drummer with the R.D. Olsen Band and president of the Northern Arizona Blues Alliance, to help that organization grow with the goal of developing a major blues festival in the Prescott area.
Road 1 South is working on its next CD by previewing their new tunes at local venues this coming year. The CD will be mainly cover tunes with "just a couple of tasty covers."