Prescott Valley, AZ – The award-winning Geritol Hipsters Dixieland Band will “Warm Up” hockey fans during the Friday and Saturday night games against the Wichita Thunder on March 15th and 16th. The six-piece ensemble and winner of six gold medals at the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival will perform rollicking, madcap and merriment, New Orleans-style jazz, guaranteed to keep spectators’ toes tapping.
Originally formed in 2000 to play for the hospitalized Veterans at Prescott’s VA hospital, the all-Veteran group has taken its brand of happy music to Minneapolis, Denver and Reno, as well as throughout Arizona. The Hipsters are all seasoned professional musicians, with decades spent in perfecting their talents, yet still take pride in performing for the VA Veterans each month at a monthly Birthday Party, an on-going tradition now in its 13th year.
Though they have no connection with the company that makes Geritol, the six musicians can vouch for the magic elixir of music, to keep their spirits youthful. Their average age is “pushing 78”, according to musical director and trumpeter Bill West, who admits to turning 85 last year. All of the band’s members are proud Veterans of the U.S. Army, Air Force or Navy, with a combined military service record of over 50 years. The Hipsters’ repertoire ranges from “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” to “When the Saints Go Marching In”, interspersed with vocals and comedy by several instrumentalists.
The Geritol Hipsters will perform from 6:00 to 7:00 PM on the concourse at Tim’s Toyota Center on Friday and Saturday night, March 15th and 16th, when the Sundogs play crucial games in their quest for a playoff berth.
The Arizona Sundogs are the Central Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes. Season tickets, mini-plan, and single-game ticket information is now available by calling (928) 759-6600 or visiting arizonasundogs.com.