Road One South band

A new performance venue is opening in the old courthouse above the Post Office building in downtown Prescott and Road One South will be the first to play there. The space is still being remodeled for live shows and Acker Night will commemorate the venue. See Road One South perform at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at The Federal, 101 W. Goodwin St., Suite #103, following the opening ceremony.

Road One South’s band members are Drummer Dwight D’Evelyn, Vocalist/Keyboardist Freddie Freeman, Singer/Guitarist John Wurtz, Bassist Steve Rivera, Percussionist Ofer Harel and Jay Schermer on Harmonica.

The band was originally scheduled to perform in the Elks Theatre as they have in previous years.

“We had booked the theater again this year and a couple of weeks ago, the manager called and said they’ve been trying to round up volunteers to handle the crowds because they get 2,500 to 3,000 people through there on that night and they have to have volunteers manage all that and they just haven’t been able to corral enough folks to do it,” said D’Evelyn. “They had to kind of speed up the renovation of the courtroom. They’re still working on it, but it’ll be ready by Acker Night. So, this will be the first event in the post office since it was sold.”

The old courtroom has been gutted to make room for performances.

“They removed the judge’s bench, which was the bulk of one side and basically put a stage in there,” D’Evelyn said. “They’ve left everything else original. It’s a historical building, obviously. So, I think they have some requirements that they have to adhere to, but other than that, the room looks exactly the same there.”

The Rivera Girls, a group of three teenage sisters who have benefited over the years from funding raised during Acker Night, will join Road One South at this year’s performance.

“Most years, we’ve tried to incorporate some of the younger musicians who have benefited from Acker,” D’Evelyn said. “We’re going to do that again this year with The Rivera Girls. We had them last year just for a couple of songs, but this year we’ve expanded their involvement in the show.”

The main goal of Acker Night is to raise money for youth music programs in the area.

“We see the benefit in the money that has been used for music teachers to support students to be able to get lessons,” D’Evelyn said. “Another thing they do is they supply equipment to some of the schools that can afford to get certain sound equipment. They also help students purchase instruments. It’s just a wonderful program.”

For more information about Road One South, visit www.facebook.com/RoadOneSouthBand.

Jesse Bertel is a reporter/videographer for the Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter @ JesseBertel, email him at jbertel@prescottaz.com, or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2043.

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