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8/16/2013 6:03:00 AM
Acker Music festival returns to courthouse plaza
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier, file
Karuna Fedorschak and Wolfgang Dieterich of Small Change perform at the 2012 Acker on the Plaza. The duo returns this year.
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier, file
Karuna Fedorschak and Wolfgang Dieterich of Small Change perform at the 2012 Acker on the Plaza. The duo returns this year.
Festival lineup
Montezuma and Gurley streets

• 10 and 11 a.m., Cherry Creek.

• Noon, Carole & Company.

On the main stage on the north

side of plaza

• 10 a.m., Highway 89 Blues Band

• Noon, South of Winslow

(Eagles tribute band)

• 1 p.m., Chino Valley High School Band

• 1:30 p.m., South of Winslow

• 2:30 p.m., Moonglow

• 4:30 p.m., High Head Blues

• 6:30 p.m. Acker

Gurley and Cortez

• 10 and 11 a.m., Mix

• Noon, Chuck 'n Cat

Midblock on Montezuma

• 10:30 a.m., AZ old time Fiddlers

• 12:30 p.m., Karmann and Kompany

• 2:30 p.m., Straight Up

• 4:30 p.m.. The Speaker Kings

Midblock on Cortez

• 10:30 a.m., The Clarinet King

• 12:30 p.m., Summer's DanceWorks

• 2:30 p.m., Reminiscing Steeler

• 4:30 p.m., Troupe Salamat

(belly dancers)

South side of plaza

• 10 a.m., Small Change

• Noon, The Cool Water Band

• 2 p.m., Lady T and the Tramps

• 4 p.m., Gurley Street String Band

Ken Hedler

PRESCOTT - Steve Acker, a musician for 27 years, said he learned about the J.S. Acker Musical Showcase about three years ago while he was visiting Prescott on business.

Acker, an information technology specialist for Edward Jones, recalled asking the branch office staff about the event, commonly referred to as Acker Night.

Although his only connection is having the same name as the man who inspired the festival that began in 1988, Acker said he attended the showcase. He became more involved since moving to Prescott two years ago from Glendale.

"Last year, I was one of the players for Acker night, and got to know the committee," Acker said.

Acker became more involved, built the Acker website, and did forms online instead of through the mail. He and his wife, Kelli, along with Scott and Jill Currey, now serve on the committee.

Scott Currey, who has served on the committee for nine years, said organizers spawned a summertime event, Acker on the Plaza, because the wintertime event has been so popular. Acker on the Plaza is now in its sixth year, and will take place from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza.

"We started out small, and it seems to be growing every year," said Currey, who doubles as special events coordinator for the Prescott Chamber of Commerce. "It started with the idea that people enjoy Acker night so much."

Like the December event, Acker on the Plaza is a fundraiser for music programs, Currey said. The music program at Chino Valley High School will be the beneficiary of this year's rendition. Students and teachers will accept donations during the event, which drew as many as 4,000 people a year ago.

The band and choir will split the proceeds, Band Director Tom Wiegert said. The band is trying to raise money for a trip to Southern California in 2014 to perform in a college concert hall, he said. The trip will cost $452 per student, so the band is looking to raise $18,000.

The band also will perform during Acker on the Plaza, Wiegert noted.

"It gives us another venue to show off our program," he said.

Steve Acker will be part of the lineup as well in a band that concludes the event at 6:30 p.m.: the Acker Band. It will consist of nine people from the bands Jagged and Fuel It, he said.

Acker, a guitarist, said he has played in Jagged, a classic rock band, with his siblings Phil, George and Roxy, and with Fuel It, which performs for Victory Motorcycles.

The bands on the lineup Saturday heard about the event and called the organizers, or it was the other way around, Currey said.

"It is a wonderful family event that you can hear different styles all day long," Currey said. Those styles will be blues, country, bluegrass and rock.

Although bands will perform on all sides of the plaza, the streets will not be blocked off, Acker said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Article comment by: Alfonso Siglio

"Although bands will perform on all sides of the plaza, the streets will not be blocked off"

I wish the police would enforce the muffler laws so we could hear the music.

The last time we went, the illegal mufflers were louder than the music.

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