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Jaycees announce beer garden entertainment

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 4:04 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Entertainment for the Princeton Jaycees’ beer gardens have been announced.

• Rodeo Drive will perform from 8:30 p.m. Friday to 12:30 a.m. Saturday at Darius Miller Park. Gates will open at 8 p.m.

Rodeo Drive has been together since November, 2007. Bringing together members of several other local bands, Rodeo Drive draws on their past to play a mix of classic rock, country and blues music. Members include: Dan Smith, vocals and guitar; Eric Mills, vocals and bass guitar; Jay Suarez, vocals and drums; Tommy Rose, vocals and guitar; and Greg Wolcott, vocals and guitar.

Rodeo Drive was selected as the opening act for one of LaGrotto’s “Concerts for a Cause” events last summer, getting to work with Nashville recording acts Zac Brown Band and Little Big Town. During the 2010 Bureau County Fair, Rodeo Drive was the opening act for Nashville recording artist, Craig Morgan.

• Hairbanger’s Ball will perform from 8:30 p.m. Saturday to 12:30 a.m. Sunday at Darius Miller Park. Gates will open at 8 p.m.

Back in 2001, what started out as a “what if” plan to bring six extremely talented musicians together to revive “The Decade of Decadence” quickly turned into one of the most successful live music acts touring the United States. Today, Hairbanger’s Ball is a seven-piece band that is louder, prouder and more exciting than ever. The group has sold out several venues and festivals over the past 10 years. Hairbanger’s Ball has traveled to other countries to perform concerts for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy.

Living up to its name, Hairbanger’s Ball delivers uncanny live renditions of legendary ‘80s hair rock bands like Poison, Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue, Van Halen and Bon Jovi. Between band mates Sakk Wylde (lead vocals), Polly Pantz (keys/vocals), Jeff Jackson (guitar), Sean Jovi (bass guitar), Clare Crush (keys/vocals), Bobby Bones (guitar) and The Kid (drums), the vocals are dead-on, the riffs are tight and just right and no props are spared.

Hairbanger’s Ball is an ageless act that has a unique knack to work with their audiences, integrating them into their performances for the most memorable shows.

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