Originally Published: August 27, 2015 6 a.m.
Area youth bands will gather on Saturday, Aug. 29, as the Greater Arizona Country & Western Swing Music Association holds a free music festival called Generation Monsoon Festival at the Rocking R&B Ranch. Sponsored by Generation, other bands performing include And Stuff, Faultine, Dixon Family Band, Cross-Eyed Possum, Hammack Family Band, Cisco & the Racecars and the Jam Pak Blues 'n Grass Neighborhood Band.
The Rocking R&B Ranch is the Hammack residence and Ronda Hammack said it's a nice location to have a music festival.
"We've got a lot of shade trees and a big pond area," she said. "It's a good spot to have it."
Hammack said the festival is being put on to help raise funds for travel expenses and entry fees for the band, Generation, to go to the Pickin' in the Pines Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival in Flagstaff. She said about $500 needs to be made.
And all the money raised at the event will be from selling concessions and raffle tickets, according to Hammack, who noted that admission into the Generation Monsoon Festival is free. The raffle, Hammack said, is a 50/50 raffle, where the winner will get half the amount raised. The other half will go to Generation.
Johan Glidden, a member of Generation and Faultline, said he and the rest of the band are excited to go to the festival in Flagstaff, calling it a great experience in getting out of town to play some music. He also said that Ricky Skaggs is going to be there.
Glidden spoke of the variety of genres at the Generation Monsoon Festival, mentioning that there will be a mix of sounds like garage rock, folk and bluegrass folk. Hammack even said Cisco and the Racecars were featured in the State Fiddle Championships
"It's just a big variety of music," Glidden said. "I'm excited about it as a listener."
Generation Monsoon Festival will be at the Rocking R&B Ranch, 999 W. Road 4 North in Chino Valley, Saturday, Aug. 29, from 1:30 to 6 p.m.
Admission is free.
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