Originally Published: April 27, 2017 8:46 p.m.
Once a year, an epic mountain biking race takes place in the heart of Prescott, and with it comes mile-high revelry, fixed with beer and music.
Unlike previous years, the music will only take place on Saturday, April 29, rather than throughout the weekend.
“We’ve found that multiple stages over multiple days cause the mountain bike event and music component to lose their balance among the overall experience,” said Todd Sadow, Epic Rides President and co-founder of the Whiskey Off-Road.
That doesn’t mean the music will be any less enjoyable, however.
Several town favorites and a few newcomers will be rocking the house with some tasty tunes courtesy of Four Peaks Brewing Company.
Sugar & the Mint will be kicking things off at 10 a.m. The local group performs contemporary bluegrass, new old-time country and indie folk.
Another local band named Vacation Day then takes the stage at 11:30 a.m. They deliver a mix of rock, blues, pop and funk.
The Cross-eyed Possum will then cap the local tunes with their original rock, jazz, blues and acoustic sound.
This is the third year Cross-eyed Possum have played at the Whiskey.
“The Whiskey Off-Road is just wonderfully put together,” said Jason Howard, who plays bass and performs vocals for the band.
Following a mid-afternoon intermission, the music will pick back up at 5 p.m. with Roger Clyne.
Having some family history in Prescott, Clyne has played the area quite a few times — often with his full band, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers.
For this performance he’ll be jamming solo for about an hour.
“We just got off tour, so the band is all scattered about and we couldn’t get us all together there at the same time to do it,” Clyne said. “I didn’t want to miss it, though, so I’m showing up with my guitar.”
This will be his fifth or sixth time performing at the Whiskey Off-Road.
“It’s hometown for me,” Clyne said. “Prescott’s a cool little island and the Whiskey’s a homegrown event. It’s all things good. It’s people celebrating life in the great outdoors.”
After Clyne will be this year’s featured band, Ozomatli. The group is known for drawing from a wide variety of genres, including classic to modern Latino, urban, hip-hop and other world styles.
While the event is technically free of charge, all attendees are required to bring two canned goods for donation to the Yavapai Food Bank.