Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers headlining the festival | New
Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers have performed two shows at the Marquee Theater in Tempe and a pair in Mexico since the pandemic restrictions began.
Clyne admitted they were “euphoric”.
âIt’s a return to a sense of purpose,â he said. âThe idea of ââcommunity is incredible. I’m always nervous before a show. It’s the return of butterflies now.
Clyne will have her nerves again on Sunday, July 4, when he and his band headline Peoria’s All-American Festival, featuring the valley’s biggest Independence Day fireworks display.
âI just went there today to walk the field and make a promotional video,â he said. âIt’s going to be ideal for July 4th.
âI’m going to make it a fun set. We have a lot of beloved ballads, cold beer, high tempo acts. We’re just going to tear it up. We will focus on the fun, the picking and the smile. We are going to feast. That’s what the day is for.
After a successful all-American virtual festival at home last year during the COVID-19 pandemic, Peoria is moving forward with an outdoor festival at the Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Avenue.
To ensure all festival-goers enjoy a safe and healthy event, this year’s All-American Festival will be a free, paid event with the most recent COVID-19 mitigation protocols in place, which may include the social distancing, mask wear and hand washing recommendations.
There will also be several food trucks, water slides, three groups and a final fireworks display.
Formed from the ashes of the Refreshments, Dead Hot Workshop and Gin Blossoms, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers emerged in 1999 as a Southwestern supergroup specializing in post-grunge American pop.
After the Refreshments disbanded, Clyne and drummer PH Naffah retreated to Tempe, where the two composed a slew of new songs during a week-long excursion through the Sonoran Desert.
Intimate shows at local bars followed, and the couple gradually built up a lineup of local veterans that would soon include Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers.
In 1999, Clyne and Naffah were joined by former Gin Blossoms guitarist Scott Johnson, former Dead Hot Workshop guitarist Steve Larson and bassist Danny White.
That same year, they released an independent song, “Honky Tonk Union”. After 11 national and international albums and tours, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers were inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame on July 2, 2019.
Peoria Arts and Events Director Marylou Stephens is thrilled to have picked up Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers for the festival.
âWe are very honored to have such a talented group with a hometown favorite like Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers at our All-American festival this year,â Stephens said.
âAlthough we had a wonderful virtual event last year, we are ready to host our traditional Independence Day celebration and once again provide a safe and family-friendly event in Peoria.â
Rob West and Mickey and the Motorcars will open for Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers.
Mickey and the Motorcars began 17 years ago and has helped shape Austin’s roots rock resurgence that has unfolded over the past two decades. With their new album “Long Time Comin”, the Motorcars cemented their place as the older statesmen of this alternative country scene.
West made a name for himself in Arizona as a former professional golfer and fun-loving country star. From party rock tunes to emotional ballads, West’s music is an honest reflection of life’s trials and tribulations. In 2019, he released his first album, “Arizona”. The All-American Festival will be West’s third time performing for fans in Peoria.
Clyne is happy the world is opening up again.
âI did nothing during the pandemic,â he said. âI hardly made any music during the shutdown. I was just walking on the water. I was numb, paralyzed, confused – all those words.
âI thought it was just me. What I hope is that it was an incubation period. Music and poetry will start to flourish.
For him, the pandemic was “shocking”.
âHopefully now that the storm is mostly in the rearview mirror everyone will start playing again,â Clyne said. “I just love to watch human beings create music for other human beings.”