Sonny Boy Williamson? If you close your eyes, you might not know the difference tonight, when you hear King Houston harp away with the Highway 89 Blues Band, Wednesday, October 30 at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts. The band will be performing to raise money for the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group as part of the program “Yarnell Raising – Voices from the Ashes.”
This rockin’ 5-piece Blues group has been performing together for approximately 4 years. King Houston is the lead singer and rock the blues harp, the bass is played by Mick Blythe, Denise King is on drums, while Peter Page and Dave Lund both are on guitars.
One of the favorites they will be performing is “Congo Square” by Johnny Wiggs, in addition to a Highway 89 original entitled “Ain’t Gonna Give it Away,” written by King Houston. They will have their CD, “Milepost One” available for purchase at “Voices from the Ashes,” which includes King Houston’s original song, as well as an original by guitarist, Peter Page.
Based in Congress at the foot of the Yarnell Hill, the fire in late June and early July seemed to be ravishing the entire mountain from the band’s vantage point. Their hearts are filled with compassion for Yarnell victims, prompting them to immediately agree to volunteer their time for the fundraising concert.
The Highway 89 Blues Band are not strangers to Yarnell, and in fact played for the annual ceremony “The Buzzard Bash” in Yarnell’s scenic Flora May Park this past March, which celebrates the return of the turkey buzzards from their migration to Mexico.
From well-known blues standards to new rockin’ rhythms, when you hear the Highway 89 Blues Band, you won’t be able to resist the urge to dance and sing along.
“Yarnell Rising – Voices from the Ashes” begins at 7:30 pm and will combine music, artwork and photos from local and nationwide talent. Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for 18 and under. Tickets are available at the door, or at the Webb Center Box Office on the second floor of Meridian Bank. To reserve seats call the Box Office at 928-684-6624.