Concerts in the Park: Supporting Local Musicians for 17 Seasons
Celebrating its 17th season in 2018, the Town of Clarkdale's local spirit shines in its FREE Summer Concerts in the Park series! Friends and neighbors from all over the Verde Valley converge in the Clarkdale Town Park, located in the heart of Historic Downtown Clarkdale.
Local dining establishments and tasting rooms are within a one-block walk of the park, giving attendees options for food and beverages before and after the concerts. Some folks even order take-out, and picnic on the lawn while enjoying the concerts!
Local business sponsorships and a 50/50 raffle at each concert supports the continuation of this great event. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.
This family-friendly event is great for all ages! Well-behaved pets are welcome (and must be on a leash). Bring your lawn chairs or blankets for seating, and remember, there is no alcohol allowed in the Park during these events. The Clarkdale Town Park is also a smoke-free faciility.
All concerts are held from 7 PM to 9 PM
The Town kicks off the concert season on the "View Deck" at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse. Aces N Eights is a premier Arizona cover band. The professional four member group performs a repertoire ranging from 70's favorites to today with a little blues, funk and country thrown in to satisfy everyone. They have a light show that creates a great dance floor atmosphere, and is sure to get everyone feeling their inner John Travolta! They have combined experience of over 35 years and they love what they do! Each of the members brings such a variety, that when mixed together produce a sound like no other band around. To find out more visit their website: www.acesneights.org.
The second concert, sponsored by the Cottonwood-Clarkdale Lions Club, will again be held on the "View Deck" at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse. Sentimental Journey Big Band is a classic 40’s Swing Era Big Band playing your dancing favorites made famous by Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Les Brown and many more. They perform the original music and arrangements which have made the Big Band Era timeless. Sentimental Journey has kept the Big Band tradition available for over 20 years. Members come from Prescott, Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Lake Montezuma, Sedona and Flagstaff and are motivated by their true love of the music. To find out more, visit their website: www.sjbigband.com.
In celebration of the grand reopening of the Clarkdale Town Park, the third concert returns to the park's gazebo. Cattywampus & Frenz consists of members from 4 different bands, who have come together to bring a fun blend of acoustic pop, twisted covers, and soulful originals. Christy Fisher (vocals, keyboard, ukulele, guitar), Tina Reichow (vocals, percussion), Keith Smith (lead ukulele, lead guitar, vocals), and Tanya Sulayski (rhythm guitar, percussion, sound effects, vocals) will team up with their friends to bring a "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" type format. Christy, Tina, and Keith are also members of the Jerome Ukulele Orchestra. Tina and Christy also are part of the band Mountain Stranded Time. To find out more, visit their website: www.cattywampusmusic.com
Trotters Wake is a 7 piece vocal acoustic band consisting of Drew Monasky on Acoustic Guitar/Mandolin, Sandy Lineweaver on Keyboard, Cyndy Gaughan on Bodhran, Bonnie Teplik on Fiddle, Tracy Haddad on Electric/Upright Bass, David Schramm on Banjo/Acoustic Guitar, and Tanner Bayles on Penny Whistle/Low Whistle/Saxophone. With a “Pub/Traditional” genre, Trotters Wake brings a mixture of Irish and other Celtic drinking songs, rebel songs, ballads, and traditional instrumental tunes (jigs, reels, etc.). They are located in Glendale, Arizona and play in the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan area and throughout Arizona. They have more fun playing Irish music than should be legal, and they want listeners to experience the same thing. Visit their website: trotterswake.com for the latest news, appearances and contact information.
Thunder & Lightnin' delivers a dynamic, energetic, harmony filled show infused with a huge dose of fun. Note, this is far from classic bluegrass. One moment it’s “Duelin’ Banjos”, the next a sweet ballad, then a rocker like the Spencer Davis Group’s classic, “Gimme Some Lovin”. Flat and Scruggs, Beatles, the Dead? Yes. Country, rock, punk, metal, folk, and blues – few genres escape Thunder & Lightnin’s playlist. Their originals are getting great reviews as well. The recently released studio album, "Thunder & Lightnin' - a noise from up the holler" features 14 of their most popular original compositions. One other thing setting Thunder & Lightnin’ apart is their audience appeal, connecting with practically every demographic and musical taste. For more information visit their website: www.thunderandlightnin.com
Cadillac Angels is one of the best rockabilly bands in the land. Although based in Arizona, the Cadillac Angels hail from Santa Barbara and have left their mark on the music scene since the early ’80s. The band, formally known as the Roadhouse Rockers with front man and creative genius Tony Balbinot, energizes the crowd with a kind of music that has managed to survive 50 years of semi-obscurity and a few bursts of popularity. The roots, rockabilly, and surf-rock outfit released Two Blocks Off Main, their 15th recording. To learn more about the Cadillac Angels visit their website: www.cadillacangels.com.
Potent Motion, previously known as the Gila Mobsters, is a band right out of Clarkdale, AZ. These guys are a funk/reggae/rock band that is able to lay down the grooves with a variety of music that spans the genres and eras providing an all ages friendly dance appeal. They headlined at Clarktoberfest last Fall. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/potentmotion/
Come Back Buddy is a 4-piece rock-n-roll band inspired by the legendary "Buddy Holly and the Crickets." The trio's repertoire includes the music of many artists from the 50's era including Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Ricky Nelson, and of course, Buddy Holly. Mike Randall provides Come Back Buddy's lead vocals and guitar. Accompanied by Janine Randall on bass and Don Rinehart, Austin Case or Tim Kimbro on drums. Dean Randall on Tenor Sax joins Come Back Buddy on stage at select performances. The band has a strong foundation... and a strong following! The band's purpose is to add a fun musical atmosphere to any event. For some, Come Back Buddy is an education in nostalgia, while for others it's a walk down memory lane. So, if you're looking to turn back the clock, or simply want to hear some great music and hits from the 50's, Come Back Buddy is the band for you! Visit: www.comebackbuddy.com for the latest news, performance schedule and music samples.
J-Bad is a musical blend of classic rock, blues, soul, and funk. All these genres are mixed in with the band’s original eclectic influences creating their own electrifying sound. The founding member of the band is Johnny Badiaco featuring him on lead vocals and bass. Douglas Forero on lead guitar, Mike Reed on sax, and Joey Cruz on drums creating J-Bad’s driving dance rhythm and the backbone of the band. This blend of music veterans pride themselves on creating an exciting and unpredictable sound! Lead singer John Badiaco has recently released his debut album titled “Badiaco Refuge” and you can find a music video of a single from this album at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c795raTXEFI.