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Carrie Lynn Van Winkle

Carrie Lynn Van WinklePhoenix Singer-Songwriter, Carrie Lynn Van Winkle, mixes indie folk originals with cover songs from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and contemporary music of today, often bending genres to create a refreshing look on familiar rock and pop hits.  She performs regularly in wine bars, restaurants, and coffee shops around Phoenix, Cave Creek, Mesa and Chandler.  You can hear a unique blend of soul and indie folk on Facebook, SoundCloud, Instagram, and on her website:www.carrielynnmusic.com

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Lewis Ray Cammarata

Lewis Ray Cammarata For the past year, singer-songwriter-guitarist Lewis Ray Cammarata has been playing solo acoustic shows all over Arizona. Performing a mixture of original songs—some taken from his Lemme Outa Here album on Tucson-based Funzalo Records—and adaptations of other people’s material, he’s developed a touring circuit of more than a dozen venues, including several weekly residencies. He also hosts a pair of weekly open-mike nights.

“Last week in Scottsdale, “ says Cammarata, “this woman came up to me after a set and said, ‘My husband and I really like you because you play stuff we don’t know, but we feel like we do after you’re done.’

“That sums up why I’ve been playing 100 to 500-seat venues—everything from restaurants, pubs, and college bars to nightclubs, showcases, and festivals—trying to create a niche for myself by appealing to people who get what I’m trying to do.”

Like many people, Cammarata began playing guitar after he saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan’s TV show. Two years later, the Baltimore native joined the Oxfords, a local soul band whose biggest claim to fame was opening for Archie Bell & the Drells at a Ft. Mead army base.

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Aaron Ricker

Aaron Ricker Aaron Ricker is a passionate, poetic, and soulful singer-songwriter and drummer based in Phoenix, Arizona. Over the past dozen years, Ricker has honed his craft and contributed to musical projects with Laughing Stalk, The Carey Slade Band and The Hub, performing throughout the West and the Midwest including playing Arcosanti, the Earth Mother Mind Jam Festival, the One Love Festival, and an underground hot spot near you.

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Sky Daddy

Sky DaddyDubbed as "The Hardest Working Musician in Prescott", Sky Daddy's brand of American music is as fun as it is entertaining and engaging.  His blend of rockabilly, classic country, blues, and Americana covers and original tunes will have you smiling from start to finish.  He is a true artist and he is truly like no other.  
 
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The Frequency Principle

The Frequency PrincipalWe, The Frequency Principle are actually a four piece band that recently formed about 8 months ago however, our acoustic duo and percussion trio have proven quite marketable with increasing success.  Recent shows include: The Rhythm Room (full band) and Pho Cao, a live music venue in Scottsdale (full band).  Z's Asian Fusion in Cave Creek (acoustic duo), Paradise Lounge (acoustic duo/percussion trio), Shalimar Country Club in Tempe (acoustic duo)

The members of the band are:
 
Cherry Red (Sheri Brooks) - Vocalist - has been performing around the valley for 8 years - has been a staple part of the blues and rock community by attending  the various jams and open mics around town.  Participated in the annual Unicef Blues Women and Friends Festival for 7 years.  Has fronted three of her own bands, Cheri and the Known Associates, 4Play and now The Frequency Principle.  In addition to an another acoustic duo under the name: Red Hot Magma.  Recent festival performance: Goodyear Music Festival in Estrella Mountain Park.
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JC, Jack Couchman

jack couchmanJC, Jack Couchman,-  guitarist, songwriter, performer, music visionary, began his career
in 1974. Playing with bands such as Black Mariah, they successfully toured the
nation with original rock and roll.

July of 2009 marks the launch of JC’s solo career. Over the last few years JC has dedicated himself to documenting the many songs that lie within and in the process, has
developed a musical style all his own. From the soul-searched lyrics and
intricate melodies, JC’s music easily becomes etched in one's being. It doesn't
take long before songs begin to replay in your mind. JC captivates his audiences with his musical ability, epic vocals and warm demeanor.
 

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Los Dos Dons

TThe two Donshe two Dons have been performing in the Cave Creek/Carefree/N. Scottsdale area for the last 18 years. As pioneers in the musical scene at Cave Creek Coffee Company, they have entertained a diverse audience with songs and musical adventures that capture the spirit of the best of blues, early rock ‘n’ roll, and 60s musical styles with a pure sound generated by a synergy of vocals backed by finger-style and flat-picking guitars, producing a high-energy and uplifting sound.
We hope to see you at one of our favorite local venues soon!
Twitter: @losdosdons
www.twitter.com/losdosdons

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Tony Paiotti

Tony was born at the Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, NC, and grew up in northern New Jersey.  Music was always a staple in his household growing up: everything from 50’s Doo Wop, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Johnny Mathis to John Denver.   

He started playing guitar and singing when he was 10 years old.  The nuns at his school wanted some students to learn to play for church - one lesson and he was hooked!  His love of music fueled his passion for playing and the notes came easily.  As he got older and honed his skills he started singing and playing at coffee houses, parties and with friends, a guitar always in the back of his car.

With a clear, soothing voice that can project or be a whisper, his range is broader than you would expect. He plays songs you can sing along to, songs that make you laugh, smile, sometimes cry and inspire you to reach out to those who are special to you.

Tony has spent the last eleven years traveling the country as an IT Consultant and his guitar is still in the back of his car.

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Fred Mitchim

Fred Mitchim has been playing music in many forms since the 60's, based in Texas and now in Arizona.  Fred is currently playing

Fred Mitchim

his original psychedelic rock/bluesy originals, and 13th Floor Elevator classics (depending on the venue) as the Fred Mitchim Band and playing meditative multi-instrument "sound scape music" as KAI.  Fred is also one of the current guitarists with the legendary Austin band from the 60's, the 13th Floor Elevators. Fred has worked with many of the original members of the 13th Floor Elevators for many years including the creation of a complete Album with Powell St John , (writer of several Elevator songs), the forming of the John Ike Walton Revival, in which he played guitar and sang lead vocals, and playing on several occasions with Ronnie Leatherman. In 2015 Fred made contact again with Tommy Hall (Elevator founder) and during that time Roky Erickson and the rest of the living Elevators decided to regroup for a reunion concert as the headline show at the 2015 LEVITATION Festival (Austin Psyche Fest) in Austin Texas. Fred formed the Tommy Hall Schedule in 2002, essentially at that time a 13th Floor Elevator tribute band and had been playing the classic Elevator songs for about 13 years when the Elevators asked Fred to join them on guitar with Eli Southard as replacement for the late Stacey Sutherland.

Please see  fredmitchim.com for more.

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David Sheehy

Born and raised in Southern California as one of 12 children, Sheehy began singing at the early age of 8 at church and other gatherings. On his 11th birthday, the Beatles performed on the Ed Sullivan show and Sheehy's destiny was revealed. He learned to play guitar by
age 12.

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A year after high school, Sheehy and four friends started a band and, at the age of 19, moved to New York City and began a long professional career. By age 20, Sheehy's band launched a nationwide tour on the Holiday Inn circuit. At the end of that stint, Sheehy moved back to California and started his solo career.

Soon after, he and his brother began playing as the Sheehy Brothers. Two years later, a drummer and bass player were added and the duo grew into the Sheehy Brothers Band, playing gigs throughout Northern California, Reno and Lake Tahoe. When that group disbanded in the mid-80s, Sheehy and his brother traveled to Missouri and became part of the house band at the Ramada Inn.

After returning to Northern California in 1990, Sheehy started his solo career again performing at various establishments. In 1995, he recorded "Forever High" a 12-song CD of his original music. That same year, Sheehy became the lead vocalist for the band Scattered Blue, which featured all-original "rhythm and groove rock-n-roll" music. The band had a busy playing schedule throughout Northern California and Reno, Nevada.

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Witherward - LIVE in Cave Creek

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Whitherward is the partnership between singer-songwriters Ashley E. Norton and Edward A. Williams. Founded in Nashville in December of 2013, the duo has built a catalog of varied, intricate songs that explore the effects of the human condition. Beginning their career together in the writer's rounds of Nashville, Ash and Ed grew into a full-time touring duo with a move out west to Denver in late 2014.

After a stint along the I-25 corridor, the pair decided to hit the road and not look back, embarking on several multi-week tours across the country, through cities such as San Diego, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, Omaha, St. Louis, and many, many more. Their hard-hitting lyrical style, supported by thunderous vocals and guitars, bring a new dimension to the indie folk world.

Listen to them here - http://www.whitherward.com/vulnerable/

 

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Tyrone Vaughan - Guitar Son

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When his uncle gave Tyrone Vaughan his first guitar at age 5, there was no turning back. Stevie Ray Vaughan knew this would be a valuable family trait to hand down. Even father Jimmie Vaughan shares the musical heritage. While the family is strong- willed with the guitar and all of its facets, Tyrone manages to set his own path by playing Blues, Rock, and Country, at times by mixing all three genres together.

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Big Pete Pearson

 “Arizona’s King of the Blues”

Big PeteBorn in Kingston, Jamaica on October 4, 1936, Big Pete Pearson landed in Phoenix, Arizona in the 1950’s by way of Austin, Texas. He was raised by his grandparents in St. John’s Baptist community just outside Austin. His grandfather was a minister and his grandmother was a missionary.  Big Pete was only 9 years of age when he gave his first performance at a local bar.  He was a regular at juke joints such as the Victory Grill, Charlie’s Playhouse, Big Mary’s Bar & Grille, Ernie’s Chicken Shack and Sam’s Showcase. “Playing in these juke joints was dangerous, real dangerous,” says Pete. “But I played them anyway and those were my growing up years.”  Big Pete has not left the stage since and is a veteran performer/song writer of 66 years and has been on countless festival and club stages throughout the world.

In the 1950’s Pete came to Phoenix and has ruled the Phoenix blues scene ever since.  His physical stature and overwhelmingly strong voice command attention.  He is a father figure to many bluesmen and women who have cut their teeth playing in his band.  Though he is a local legend (he was inducted in the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame in 1995), Big Pete’s greatness is known throughout the world. These days spends he more time performing in Europe than in the United States.  In the last couple of years Big Pete has become a European household name performing with his European band, The Gamblers.  (You are invited to go to youtube.com and type in, “Big Pete Pearson and the Gamblers”.  There you will see some of his many performances in France).  When he's in the States he performs with his other band, The Big Pete Blues Band.     

Over the years Big Pete has worked with legends such as Ray Charles, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Tina and Ike Turner, Big Joe Turner, Etta James, Aaron Neville and the Neville Brothers, Koko Taylor, Gate Mouth Brown, Johnny Ace, T.D. Bell, Big Mama Thornton, T-Bone Walker, Screamin’ J. Hawkins, Pinetop Perkins, Joey DeFrancesco, Buddy Guy, Janiva Magness, Erbbie Bowser, Blues Boy Hubbard, Candye Kane and an endless array of others.

Big Pete has created and written many albums but his most memorable CDs include: “One More Drink”, “I’m Here Baby” (which hit #1 worldwide and won Best Blues Album of the Year at the Independent Music Awards in 2007), “Finger In Your Eye”, and his 2009 release, “The Screamer.”  Since ''The Screamer’s" release it has hit #1 worldwide on the blues charts.

In April of 2012, Big Pete released his newest album entitled "Choose," his first album recorded with celebrated Italian blues band, The Gamblers.  Today, Big Pete can be seen, more often than not, performing live in Europe with the Gamblers. 

 

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Rowdy Johnson Band

Rowdy Johnson BandFrom the dive bars & honky-tonks to the biggest stages around, RJB’s right at home. Been there, done that and have the t-shirt. Having shared the stage with some of Music’s most iconic performers including Merle Haggard, Charlie Daniels, Molly Hatchet, Gary Allan, Trace Adkins, .38 Special, Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, Jackyl, Grand Funk Railroad and Steppenwolf just to name a few, there’s no stage or crowd too big for the Rowdy Johnson Band.

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Young Country

Young Country Young Country has been a country music staple in the southwest for years. Consistently in high demand, Young Country maintains a busy schedule entertaining some of the most established corporations in the world.  Playing the best of current and past country hits, YC can easily incorporate any genre into the mix to round out the night and keep people dancing. 

“The boys from Young Country are just plain good...Rival any national act I’ve ever heard...Great musicianship.” - Ronnie Dunn of Grammy Award winning Brooks & Dunn

Mike DeWitt: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Teddy James: Vocals, Bass Guitar
Tony King: Vocals, Drums
Adam Armijo: Electric Guitar
Mike Smith: Steel Guitar, Keyboard
(Curtis Reed: Alternate stand in for Electric Guitar)

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The Crown Kings

the crown kings live musicThe Crown Kings are widely renowned as the party band in Arizona. Their set list is a collection of high-energy songs spanning over four decades of the finest Rock-n-roll party music. No phony backing tracks or sound effects. These boys ROCK! With their professional stage presence and powerful energy, the 'Kings consistently pack the dance floor from start to finish. Audience participation is strongly encouraged. The Crown Kings have two self-titled CDs of original music. Their songs encompass both the varied influences of the band members and the feel of the hot-as-hell Sonoran Desert. The music is a blend of strong hooks, dynamic lyric content, and a blend of Rock, Pop and a touch of the South that is sure to appeal to a wide-ranging audience. Original songs with the in-your-face-attitude of "Don't Care" or the sweet-as-honey sensation of "Miracle Mile", you can bet this band appeals to a large and diverse audience.

The Crown Kings can readily adapt to any audience and pride themselves on turning even the smallest gathering into a full fledged, no holds barred event! Whether you're a bar owner/manager, a skinny frat geek with a keg of beer, or in need of clean-cut fellas to play your nephew's Bar-Mitzvah, The Crown Kings will keep the party going strong... Hell, they ARE the party!  The Crown Kings often play at Harold's Corral in Cave Creek.

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Danny Romero

Danny RomeroTrue to his roots, this native Arizonan lives and breathes the western lifestyle his image portrays. From his faded Levis, boots worn from working, to his big-brimmed, eye-catching hat, Danny Romero is LEGIT. He’s a champion in rodeo, an Arizona cowpuncher, and Northern Arizona country rockstar. With his laughing, smiling, dancing, and hootin’ and hollering’ all night long, he never leaves a crowd unentertained.

This young man has an incredible gift to read his audience and seems to always pick the perfect song. Danny has unmatched charisma; his lovable personality is undeniably contagious. From his unique, from-the-gut laughter, to his big bright smile, proudly portraying the gap between his teeth, Danny truly has the “it” factor. He is a true fan of music, loving all genres. His band, Arizona Territory, has, for years, played everything from country music on the radio today and/or 60 years ago, to ‘50s rockabilly, classic and southern rock, and even a little punk when appropriate.

Danny’s deep southwestern roots tie him to the current governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez, and to a time when the southwest was Mexico and distant relative Pio de Jesus Pico was the last governor of Mexican California. Danny’s Mexican ancestry and bilingual ability have always afforded him the opportunity to reach his Mexican audience by including music such as Norteno, Ranchera, Cumbia, Corrido, and his personal favorite, Mariachi.

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Tennessee Whiskey

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Tennessee Whiskey is a High Energy Modern Country Band with flare of Classic Country.


Rick Lenzi, lead vocalist and guitar (center in hat) has been a Entertainer since 1992. He started mastering his craft in the music of the 50's  taking on such famous performers as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Dion, Jackie Wilson, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson and Mario Lanza. He became an Elvis Tribute Artist in 1993 and traveled all over the country playing for the famous Legends in Concert, American Superstars and Memories Theater in Pigeon Forge,Tennessee, to name just a few. Rick was an extra in the movie 3000 Miles to Graceland and has been on numerous talk shows. In October of 2010 Rick decided to hang up his blue suede shoes.  He started a Rockin Modern Country Band called Tennessee Whiskey with  bass player Jerry Padro.  The band was very sucessful right off the bat, playing all over the valley in places such as Toby Keiths ,Dierk Bentleys club Whiskey Row, Matt's Saloon in Prescott, Arizona and many many more. Tennessee Whiskey is booked up for 2014 and coming to a Country bar near you.

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Mogollon

mogollonMogollon, (pronounced Mug-e-on) began in the small Northeastern Arizona town of Overgaard. The name of the band is derived from the "Mogollon Rim". Mogollon plays regularly around Cave Creek both at the major venues and at large events. Playing music was a good way for a few high school buddies to impress the girls and to combat the boredom of a small town. After a few performances around the area, people agreed this "hobby" of theirs had potential to become more. And they were right! Today, Mogollon has earned the reputation as one of the Premier Country Rock Entertainment groups in the West and continues to keep their high standard.  Their scope of performing ability is truly amazing! They can play about anything, from Hank Williams to Pink Floyd to their original written songs.  With great vocals, incredible guitar wizardry, dueling fiddles and a high energy stage show, Mogollon has left people of all ages and all musical tastes wanting more! To contact or to learn about Mogollon visit mogollonband.com.

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Ryan Sims

Ryan Sims2014 brings the release of Ryan's new album, "Ryan Sims." Recorded in Nashville, this Country/Rock project delivers the goods, both vocally and lyrically. God only knows what awaits Ryan Sims from this point forward. Yet you can always be certain that each and every performance will be played with the passion and soul that has defined him.  Click Continue Reading for Ryan's bio and more...

Ryan Sims was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. From the word "go" Ryan showed an undeniable interest in anything that had to do with music or performing.   Those interests blossomed into an insatiable need that had to be fulfilled by the time Ryan reached his late teens. While most of his friends stuck to the status quo and left for college, RS hit the road with his band EastonAshe. Almost immediately the band received nationwide recognition for their unique blend of trademark originals and revamped cover music. In 2006 EA released their debut album "Can I Drive It" which sold 10,000 copies in the first year without any label financially backing or promoting the project.

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Pick-o-the Litter

pickothe litter band"Pick'OTheLitter" was the brainstorm of Randy Guinn and Larry Bailey who met nine years ago when Randy was hired to play bass for the Pat James Band, where Larry has been playing drums for many years. One day while working on PA gear, they decided to hook up some guitars and mics to make sure everything was working, and when they started playing music together it was a natural fit! At that point they decided to work up some material and try to get some bookings as a duo.

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Lauren Riley

Lauren Riley will be playing at the Tap Haus Feb 27th!

Lauren RileyLauren Riley is a dynamic and versatile vocalist with an unrelenting passion to emote her perception of love, life, and resilience in times of struggle. Currently in the process of releasing her first Pop/Country solo album; Lauren is looking forward to heading in a new and inventive vocal direction. By mastering her unique blend of rich, soulful tones, with a pop flare, Lauren is reaching beyond the mainstream stereotype to create something real and stimulating with her talent. Drawing from personal experiences, Lauren Riley has found an intimate and expressive way to couple the feeling of fearless curiosity with raw vulnerability.

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Down Home Arizona

Down Home Arizona

Down Home Arizona combines modern technology with tight, three part harmonies and instrumentation to provide a "Full Band" sound at discount rates.

Down Home Arizona

 

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Hatman Dan

Current Project:  Hatman Dan and The Creekers: 3 piece country / country rock.


Hatman DanHatman Dan started playing professionally in 1978 – played all over the valley until 1980 – when he was offered a recording artist contract with Conway Twitty’s “Tweety Bird Records”.  "Although I did not sign with Conway (my biggest regret) – I then went on the road with The Jaycees rodeo circuit." - Hatman.   During that time Hatman Dan got to play the same venues with greats like Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferon; and opened for Hank Williams, Jr. at the Graham Central Station in Phoenix. Hatman Dan is a guitar player and his favorite guitar is his Martin D42 – one of 13 guitars, including Martin HD28, Martin J40, Martin N20 (Willie Nelson’s guitar) Martin HD35,  Gibson J200, Gibson ES335, Fender Tele, and Fender Strat.

 

Hatman Dan's early influences were varied, including Willie & Waylon, Merle, K. Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, John Stewart… and continues to be influenced by...Hank Williams (Sr. & Jr.) Bob Dylan, Billy Currington, Jamey Johnson, Hayes Carll, Amazing Rhythm Aces, Buck Owens, Charlie Daniels, Dave Dudley, David Allen Coe, George Strait, Grateful Dead, Bob Seger, Jerry Jeff Walker, John Prine, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Glen Campbell, Pure Prairie League, The Band, Zac Brown

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Pat James

Pat JamesBorn in the heart of the American West, Phoenix, Arizona, Pat James was only 9 years old when he had his first guitar lesson. What started out as a hobby soon became a passion. As early as 13, he knew that he might eventually be a musician, and he knew beyond any doubt that he would be a singer.

Contrary to the trend among his youthful peers, Pat was captivated by true country music. During his high school years, he took classical guitar classes and acquired the solid foundation of a good musician, although he spent much of his free time pursuing his own style of music - true country.

At a time dominated by hip hop, hard rock and rap music, Pat sang songs by Marty Robbins, Merle Haggard and Hank Williams Jr. His voice and style convinced even the most skeptical listener that true country music had a lot to offer, and his young friends began to appreciate it through him. As a result, he was frequently asked to sing his country songs at their parties and dances.

Chance led Pat to the stage: invited to a club by friends, they encouraged him to sing with the local band that was ignored by the club patrons. Nervously, he agreed. Soon, everyone was dancing, enthusiasm was rampant, and the crowd would not allow Pat to leave the stage. The club was so impressed that they offered Pat a permanent job, but he declined for lack of his own band. Some time later, he met a guitar player who told him about a band looking for a singer/guitar player. It was then he landed a spot with his first country band. This all new band, the Blue Spur Band, recorded a demo tape of four songs to audition with. The first club that heard the tape hired them immediately. Some of those musicians, like steel guitar player, Danny Sneed, are still with him today.

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The Gin Blossoms visit Cave Creek

Gin BlossomsThe Gin Blossoms visited Harold's in Cave Creek AZ, OCTOBER 25TH 2013 and rocked Harold's. CaveCreekLive shot video(coming soon) of the crowd rocking and having fun with our CaveCreekLive host Chaz Lee  at one of the biggest name shows to hit the Creek this year. The Crown Kings got the house jumping after the show. CaveCreekLive thanks the Gin Blossoms, Harolds, Sanderson Ford and all the fans and people at the Oct 25th show in Cave Creek AZ!!

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The Tinder Incident

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Rhapsody School of Music, owners, Brian and Angie Benson helped form "The Tinder Incident" See them play at the venues around Cave Creek!
 
Rhapsody School of Music offers voice, guitar, bass, and piano among other things. While taking lessons you can sign up for the band program and they get you together with other musicians to jam out. Then you have a performance around Anthem, New River and Cave Creek. It brings you to a whole other level with your skills.

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