Sunday, March 6, 2011

Local fave, LA band to rock Spearfish

Summer continues with Friday tradition   Local fave, LA band to rock Spearfish

at 5 p.m. A local band with influences such as Eric Clapton, B.B. King, and ZZ Top, they will rock the Main Street stage with hits such as “Pride and Joy,” “Tightrope,” and “I’m Moving On.”

The headliner for the evening is Judge Jackson from Los Angeles. The band is comprised of Todd McTavish on vocals, JJ Garcia on drums, Lee Jackson on guitar, and Brian James on bass and vocals.

The band pulls its influence from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin and Guns ‘n Roses, and describe themselves as a rock/Southern rock/classic rock band. Judge Jackson has opened for big-name groups such as the Doobie Brothers and Buckcherry, and if you have watched any NBA games, NASCAR events or the Super Bowl, chances are you have heard a Judge Jackson song. The group’s newest album, “Drive,” was released Aug. 3, and shows off Judge Jackson’s hard rock rave-ups and demonstrates the band’s roots in funk-blues, acoustic folk and country-twang.

Vendors will also line one block of Main Street during the festivities. Booths ranging from snow cones and donut holes to purses and clothes and coins will share their wares.

First Fridays is sponsored by the Downtown Business Association and Visit Spearfish. The final First Fridays event will take place on Sept. 3, and will feature 3rd Lift 5. For more information on First Fridays or any other events put on downtown, contact the Downtown Business Association and Visit Spearfish.

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