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© December 11 2010 Jack D. Wilson

The 22nd annual Acker Musical Showcase featured an amazing bevy of musical performers in downtown Prescott businesses – 129 in all, which I believe is a new record for the number of performers. The Acker Musical Showcase is a free event and unique to Prescott. However, please remember it is holiday entertainment to benefit the J.S. Acker Performing Arts Scholarship Fund. Tax deductible donations may be sent to:

J.S. Acker Music Park Association
P.O. Box 12677
Prescott, AZ 86304
J.S. Acker Music Part Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Opening Ceremonies

At 5:30PM the opening ceremonies took place in the middle of Gurley Street (the main street into Prescott) featuring the Chino Valley Heritage Middle School band playing their rendition of “frosty the Snowman.”

Sampling of Performers

With 129 performers it is impossible to show them all, so I have included a sampling to give you a flavor of Acker night.

I move to Prescott from Chicago, which is home to a host of famous blues musicians, such as the late great McKinley Morganfield, aka Muddy Waters. So when I saw that Bella Home Furnishings on Willis Street had the Road One South band and they played Chicago Blues, I headed on over. I was not disappointed!

I also like Jazz, so when I saw the Easy Street Jazz Band was playing I stopped in.

The Hometown Banjoleers were playing at Lamerson’s Jewelry.

Our final video clip is from the very popular Pandemonium Steel Drum Band.

Photo and video credits

All photographs and videos by Jack D. Wilson. Unauthorized use prohibited without prior permission.


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Jack D. Wilson first visited Prescott in 1995 and has been a resident since 2000. He took a sojourn into politics and was the mayor of Prescott Arizona from Nov. 2007 – Nov. 2009. He now writes a couple of blogs, is President of the Prescott Frontier Days Community Service Foundation and Group Leader of the UsToo Prescott-area Prostate Cancer Support Group.


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