Classic rock under the Kayenta stars

IVINS – On May 24, local band Prime Time will perform at the Kayenta Outdoor Theater in Ivins. Five veteran musicians will perform cover tunes from the ‘60s  and ‘70s, such as the Eagles’ “Tequila Sunrise,” Santana’s “Stormy” and Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman,”as well as a few original songs.

Prime Time’s members include Roy Beard, Michael Dahn, Franky Dee, Drew Millerberg and Dennis Prestwich. Each member has had an individual career in the music field; only recently did they decide to come together and create the band they call Prime Time.

“There’s a huge audience in Southern Utah for music from that era, and it’s an audience that is underserved at the moment,” Garry Morris, Kayenta Arts Foundation’s co-artistic director, said.

Kayenta Arts Foundation is encouraging patrons to bring a picnic along to the Prime Time concert. Tables and chairs will be set up for concertgoers to use during the performance.

“We have this new band here, with incredible musicians and vocalists who have years of national and international experience as professional singer/musicians,” Morris said. “Why wouldn’t we want to share their talents with our local audiences?  It’s a win-win situation for everyone.”

The band

Roy Beard, on guitar and vocals, has played with rock bands Raven, Raw Honey, Band of Outsiders

Michael Dahn, vocals and songwriting, was awarded best Utah State Champion Vocalist as a contestant in the 2003 Colgate Country Showdown. He also represented Utah in the Western States Championship. His original songs have played on radio stations throughout the Western United States.

Franky Dee, percussion and vocals, has played with Ella Fitzgerald, George Benson and Stevie Wonder.  Over the years, he has earned four gold records, and he can be heard as percussionist on many of the “Beach Blanket” movie soundtracks from the ‘60s that featured Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon.

Drew Millerberg, bass and vocals, was born in San Francisco and grew up in the Bay Area.  During his career as a musician, he has had the opportunity to tour both the U.S. and internationally.  He has appeared on television, played 10,000-seat concert stadiums, and has spent hundreds of session hours in recording studios.  He said his greatest thrill to date was opening for Ray Charles on tour in Japan.

Dennis Prestwich, keyboards and vocals, is a northern Utah native. He started playing keyboard for local bands while still in high school.  As an adult, he toured much of the Western U.S. as the opening act and/or playing backup for bands Steppenwolf and The Ventures, among others.

Event Details 

  • When: Saturday, May 24, 7 p.m.
  • Where: Kayenta Outdoor Theatre, Kayenta Art Village, 875 Coyote Gulch Court, Ivins
  • Admission: $20 per ticket | | 435-652-8318

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