Paraphrasing comedian Dennis Miller, he once remarked that the Bachman-Turner Overdrive song “Takin’ Care of Business” was the only song that even people with no rhythm could dance to. Therefore when Bachman & Turner play that song at the Good Life Festival at the Encanterra Country Club in San Tan Valley, Arizona on Saturday, March 31, 2012, few in the audience will have an excuse not to get up and dance. Of course, it’s likely that they will have already had an afternoon of dancing with Foghat tentatively scheduled to play at 2:30 p.m. and Bachman & Turner performing at 4:15 p.m. With Foghat hits such as “Slow Ride,” and “Fool For The City,” or “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” and “Let It Ride” by Bachman & Turner, it’s possible many will have shaken their money maker throughout the entire afternoon.
The March 31, 2012 concert will mark the second of three nonconsecutive weekends of classic rock music to be performed at Encanterra’s Good Life Festival, with Pat Benatar & Neil Girlado and Eddie Money having successfully kicked things off on February 25 and Styx and the Guess Who scheduled for April 14. Just in case the music is not enough, concert goers can also shop at boutique booths, eat local festival foods, and at an additional charge, participate in wine and craft beer tastings (Molson and Labatt brands being featured for this day and wine drinkers will be supplied their own wine glass and yoke).
While the names Randy Bachman and Fred Turner may not be household to many people, their songs are. Bachman first gained international notoriety as a guitarist for The Guess Who, and wrote or co-wrote such songs as “American Woman,” “No Time,” and “No Sugar Tonight.” In 1970, Bachman left The Guess Who and formed the group, Brave Belt, which bassist Fred Turner soon joined. Brave Belt evolved into Bachman-Turner Overdrive and the result has been thirty million albums sold worldwide. Due to various personnel changes and legal reasons, today Bachman and Turner no longer perform under the Bachman-Turner Overdrive or BTO names but do play the hits they penned. As Bachman & Tuner, in 2010, the two released the album Bachman & Turner, said to be an extension of their Bachman-Turner Overdrive sound.
The British group Foghat was formed in 1971 when former Savoy Brown band mates, drummer Roger Earl, guitarist Lonesome Dave Peverette and bassist Tony Stevens added guitarist Rod Price to their band. Although their initial album Foghat was released in 1972, it was Foghat’s 1975 album Fool For The City and its juggernaut hit “Slow Ride,” that brought Foghat to fame in the United States. Their 1976 album Foghat Live became their biggest album to date, selling over two million copies and having the hit single “I Just Want To Make Love To You.” Although Peverette and Price have passed away, founder Roger Earl and long-time bass player Craig MacGregor keep the Foghat spirit alive. And just in case you can’t explain why it’s more than just the Foghat songs that make you want to dance, current Foghat guitarist Bryan Bassett was the guitarist on Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music.”
Scheduled to open the day will be self-described “showman” Steve Ansel and his twelve piece band. Described as eccentric, unique and intense, Ansel and his band play a variety of music and have opened for many acts that play in Phoenix and have appeared at many local festivals.
Gates will open at 12:00 p.m., with the tentative schedule of Steve Ansel and his band taking the stage at 1:00 p.m., Foghat at 2:30 p.m. and Bachman & Turner at 4:15 p.m. Tickets for the show can be purchased through The Good Life Festival Website and range from $30 for lawn seat general admission seating, $40 for reserved seating or $120 for VIP seating and benefits. Tickets are also available at the site of the show.