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Five bands playing Whittle the Wood Friday and Saturday

Atlanta Rhythm Section headlines Saturday





Pictured, from left, are Atlanta Rhythm Section members Jim Keeling, Rodney Justo, David Anderson, Dean Daughtry, Paul Goddard and Steve Stone. The band — with the exception of bassist Goddard, who died in April — will headline the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous on Saturday evening at Loudy-Simpson Park. The show, like most of the activities involved in the weekend, is free of charge.

With Craig's premier event of the year, the 15th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous reaching its final stages Friday and Saturday, those who have watched carvers work their magic for the two previous days are also looking forward to the other half of festivities.

Whittle the Wood has five musical acts scheduled to perform at Loudy-Simpson Park this weekend, the greatest amount ever assembled for the event. The groups who are playing range from a small local band to a long-established name in rock music with national fame and decades of experience.

Dixie Leadfoot & The Chrome Struts, 4 p.m. Friday

Colorado's own Dixie Leadfoot & The Chrome Struts will take the stage first, a rockabilly trio from the Denver area.

Suzannah Harris, whose lengthy musical career included a stint as a vocalist alongside the legendary Frank Zappa, fills both the roles of lead singer and upright bass player for the three-piece ensemble.

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She said those with a narrow view of what rockabilly is all about will be in for a surprise, as the group draws on the work of traditional country artists like Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard and more, while mixing in names who dabbled in but weren't exclusively country, like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and the Queen of Rockabilly herself, Wanda Jackson.

Mostly covers are in store, with a few original songs, but the people who want to get moving to the tunes will share a bond with those playing, Harris said.

"We love playing for dancers, it's real danceable music," she said.

The O.P. Bar and Grill will also host separate performances by the group from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

Madison Rising, 6 p.m. Friday

The day will conclude with the sounds of Madison Rising, which makes the claim to be the nation's "most patriotic rock band." Its four members mix their love for their country with their appreciation for playing solid music.

The quartet, which was sought out by organizers from Colorado Northwestern Community College's student activities council, became Internet sensations earlier this year with their rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," which received a polarized reaction from crowds.

However, the band stands by its version of the national anthem, its intent to provide an unapologetic, sometimes metal sound to the American experience.

Dave Bray, lead singer and a former Naval officer, said he hopes to devote part of the show to honoring local veterans, possibly inviting them onstage as the red, white and blue waves.

"That's what our mission was when we first started was to say 'thank you' to those who have served, not just veterans, but also EMTs and fire departments that served this country," he said. "We pay that honor to them with our music."

SandRock Sound, 1 p.m. Saturday

The members of SandRock Sound all hail from Ohio originally, but within the past year of moving to Craig, the trio of Michael Abalos, CJ Grace and Tyler Crane have become familiar with many venues in Northwest Colorado, most recently joining the parade for Grand Olde West Days.

As the first act of the day, Abalos, vocalist and acoustic guitarist for the group, said the Whittle the Wood audience can expect a set that will get them primed for the hours to come with a variety of rock music all their own.

"I play an array of styles, anywhere from very lyrical to maybe a progressive acoustic rock," he said. "We're really pumped to be playing this."

Tuscan Road, 3 p.m. Saturday

Country rockers Tuscan Road begin the penultimate show next.

Hailing from Wisconsin, the group tours significantly in the Midwest, this being the members' first time in Colorado.

However, lead singer and guitarist Kevin Moore said he doesn't believe their newness to the area will inhibit their ability to get the audience going, with a wide variety of country part of their repertoire.

"A lot of the songs you may not know, but we're going to bring some good music to the city of Craig," he said.

Tuscan Road will also play at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at JW Snack's Bar & Grill.

Atlanta Rhythm Section, 5:30 p.m. Saturday

At last comes the headlining band, Atlanta Rhythm Section, whose history of more than 40 years started in 1971 in a small Georgia town. Longtime fans will recognize hits like "So Into You," "Spooky" and "Champagne Jam," which founding member and vocalist Rodney Justo assures them will be on the setlist.

A new album is also on the horizon, their first official studio release since 1999, and some enjoyable new material may find its way into Saturday's performance, he added.

Justo rejoined the group in 2011 after a long absence, as did the late bassist Paul Goddard, who passed away at the age of 68 in April, one of several ARS members to depart in recent years.

It's the band's favorite selections that keep listeners coming back for more, Justo said, adding he finds their songs to have aged well with time.

"I think our albums really hold up well," he said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.

15th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous

The event continues through Saturday, featuring 12 carvers from across the country. All events take place at Loudy-Simpson Park unless otherwise noted.

Schedule

Friday

9 a.m. to dusk — Carving all day

4 p.m. — Performance by Dixie Leadfoot & The Chrome Struts

6 p.m. — Performance by Madison Rising

7:30 p.m. — Car Show Cruise along Victory Way

Saturday

8 a.m. — Wake the Whittler 5K and One-Mile Fun Run

9 a.m. — Final stages of carving

10 a.m. — Events begin, including arts and crafts fair, food and crafts vendors, a beer garden and a silent auction

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Bear River Young Life Car and Motorcycle Show, downtown Craig

1 p.m. — Quick Carve Competition

1 p.m. — Performance by SandRock Sound

3 p.m. — Performance by Tuscan Road

5 p.m. — Announcement of winning carvers

5:30 p.m. — Performance by Atlanta Rhythm Section

There is no admission for spectators at Whittle the Wood or the Car Show. Coolers are welcome at Whittle the Wood, but alcohol is not allowed beyond that provided at the beer garden. Free shuttles will be available all day during the Saturday activities of Whittle the Wood from The OP Bar and Grill, 534 E. Victory Way; Mathers' Bar, 420 Yampa Ave.; J.W. Snack's Bar & Grill, 210 E. Victory Way; and Kmart, 1198 W. Victory Way. For more information about Whittle the Wood, call 970-826-2029 or visit http://www.whittlethewood.com, http://www.facebook.com/…> or http://www.twitter.com/w…>. For more information about the Car Show's activities, which includes cash prizes for entrants and a poker walk for spectators, call 970-629-9600 or visit http://www.facebook.com/brylcarshow.

15th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous

The event continues through Saturday, featuring 12 carvers from across the country. All events take place at Loudy-Simpson Park unless otherwise noted.

Schedule

Friday

9 a.m. to dusk — Carving all day

4 p.m. — Performance by Dixie Leadfoot & The Chrome Struts

6 p.m. — Performance by Madison Rising

7:30 p.m. — Car Show Cruise along Victory Way

Saturday

8 a.m. — Wake the Whittler 5K and One-Mile Fun Run

9 a.m. — Final stages of carving

10 a.m. — Events begin, including arts and crafts fair, food and crafts vendors, a beer garden and a silent auction

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Bear River Young Life Car and Motorcycle Show, downtown Craig

1 p.m. — Quick Carve Competition

1 p.m. — Performance by SandRock Sound

3 p.m. — Performance by Tuscan Road

5 p.m. — Announcement of winning carvers

5:30 p.m. — Performance by Atlanta Rhythm Section

There is no admission for spectators at Whittle the Wood or the Car Show. Coolers are welcome at Whittle the Wood, but alcohol is not allowed beyond that provided at the beer garden. Free shuttles will be available all day during the Saturday activities of Whittle the Wood from The OP Bar and Grill, 534 E. Victory Way; Mathers’ Bar, 420 Yampa Ave.; J.W. Snack’s Bar & Grill, 210 E. Victory Way; and Kmart, 1198 W. Victory Way. For more information about Whittle the Wood, call 970-826-2029 or visit http://www.whittlethewood.com, http://www.facebook.com/…> or http://www.twitter.com/w…>. For more information about the Car Show’s activities, which includes cash prizes for entrants and a poker walk for spectators, call 970-629-9600 or visit http://www.facebook.com/brylcarshow.