In the past couple of weeks, I have been lucky enough to see some really great Arizona musicians. A couple of weeks ago, I got to see Jerry Riopelle (I know he is not native to Arizona, but like me he has been here since the early 70s) and Llory McDonald. If you add Hans Olsen and Alice Tatum, then you have some of the great local Arizona musicians of the 70s and 80s. Now we can add Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers (RCPM) to that list. RCPM’s style is a mix of Rock and Sonoran music, or as Roger puts it, “Just good Bar Music”.
Tonight, was a very special occasion for RCPM. They got to be the opening show for the summer concert season at The Pool at Talking Stick Resort. It was also a celebration of RCPM’s 10th studio album (still untitled). Finally, it was the birthday of James Peters of The Jons, joking that it was his 24th birthday.
RCPM is made up Roger Clyne on lead vocals and guitar, Jim Dalton on lead guitar, Nick Scropos on bass and P.H. Naffah on drums. As a special treat, Roger had 3 members of The Jons join them for tonight show. They provided the backing music for the band with Jon Villa on trumpet and percussion, Javier Gamez on Trumpet and percussion and James Peters on percussion.
For tonight’s show, they decided that they would play 2 sets each consisting of 1 song from each of their 10 studio albums and in order. But in true RCPM style, “We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Setlist”, they deviated from the printed setlist (which is below) and just played whatever Roger felt like at the moment. The encore, was really just another set for the band. I lost count at 5 songs in the encore. As a special treat during the encore, Jim sang “Sweet Caroline”.
Roger has his own special brand of Tequila, Mexican Moonshine, and at all performances, people in the crowd pass shots up to the band members during the show. At tonight’s show I saw both Roger and Nick going and drinking shots from the crowd.
I really enjoy going to an RCPM concert because it is just plain fun. The guys look like they are having fun and that translates into their performance and the crowd loves it. The music is also great to sing along with and the audience is not shy about singing with the band. I saw a lot of people in the audience singing and dance for the entire show. You know things are going great for a band if the audience is really into it and tonight’s crowd sure was.
The Pool at Talking Stick Resort is an outdoor venue and surprise, it is next to the resort’s pools. They have 2 different configurations, one has the front half as assigned seating with the rear by the pool as standing General Admission or the other setup like tonight’s show, the entire area was standing General Admission. Along the sides, there are ZIP areas next to the cabañas that are raised platform seating. The ZIP sections also offer food and beverage services. It is a great outdoor venue as long as it is not over 110 degrees.
Review and photos by Fred Kuhlman
Promoter: Danny Zelisko Presents
Venue: The Pool at Talking Stick Resort
Photo © Fred Kuhlman 2017
Setlist: Pass 1 (Album)
Blue Collar Suicide (Fizzy Fuzzy, Big and Buzzy)
Preacher’s Daughter (The Bottle & Fresh Horses)
Honky Tonk Union (Honky Tonk Union)
Sonoran Hope and Madness (Sonoran Hope and Madness)
Contraband (No More Beautiful World)
I Know You Know (Turbo Ocho)
All Over The Radio (Unida Cantina)
California Breakdown (The Independent)
Hello Tiger (New Album – Untitled)
Setlist: Pass 2: (Album)
Mekong (Fizzy Fuzzy, Big and Buzzy)
Tributary Otis (The Bottle & Fresh Horses)
Beautiful Disaster (Honky Tonk Union)
Buffalo (Sonoran Hope and Madness)
Lemons (No More Beautiful World)
I Do (Turbo Ocho)
Heaven On A Paper Plate (Unida Cantina)
Ain’t Got The Words For This (The Independent)
Flowerin’ (New Album – Untitled)
Banditos (Fizzy Fuzzy, Big and Buzzy)
Nada (Fizzy Fuzzy, Big and Buzzy)
Mexico (Fizzy Fuzzy, Big and Buzzy)
Sweet Caroline (Jim sang, Neil Diamond Cover)