The CheekTones at the Bird Cage Saloon

“Music can heal the wounds which medicine cannot touch.” ~ Debasish Mridha

There are a couple of different topics I would like to tackle today. One of them being the issue of mental health and the need to not stigmatize people for being afflicted.

I didn’t write a column last week because I had a complete emotional meltdown. It happens, and it happens despite being in counseling, and despite becoming more aware of triggers. I work very hard at becoming the best possible me, and sometimes I take a bit of a backslide.

The reason I’m talking about it is simple: If I had a cold, or shingles, or any physical ailment, and after progressively getting better suddenly got much sicker again, with a fever and such, people would surround me with loving care, helping me get well again.

So why is it so hard for people to do the same for people who have a mental ailment (not for my tribe, they were there when I needed them with love and care and kindness)?

Most everyone has some sort of mental defect in varying degrees of severity, and nobody choses to be afflicted with one. I spent one whole day crying and sleeping, another recuperating and, finally, on the third day, finding my foothold in sanity and rational thinking again.

What I want to say is be like my tribe. Love unconditionally (even if you don’t quite understand), help with what you can, lend an ear and a shoulder. Thank you for allowing me this soap box.

I did go and see The CheekTones at the Bird Cage Saloon on Friday night, because I really needed some awesome comfort music to just dance my troubles away. And it worked amazingly well.

Today, however, I also want to give a big shout out to all the amazing venues here in Prescott that continue to generously provide us with places to congregate, dance, mingle, dance, get together and, oh, did I mention, dance?!

At Whiskey River Tavern, we finally have back awesome live music on the patio! And let’s face it, we all love that place. Dancing under the stars is always so much better and I am extremely happy to see this venue up and running again!

Matt’s Saloon is always a fun place, especially if you want to try and learn some line dancing! The country crowd meets here, and the huge dance floor provides ample space for the two-stepping couples.

The Bird Cage Saloon is (and has been for a very long time) one of my favorite hangouts. Awesome bartenders, fun people, and a crowded dance floor make for an awesome place to spend some quality time.

Jersey Lilly’s is also one of my happy places. Being able to step out onto the balcony after dancing up a storm keeps things in balance.

While the Windsock Lounge is a bit removed from the Row, they provide a super fun environment and great live music, keeping everybody on the dance floor.

The Back Alley Wine Bar came out of nowhere and constituted a bit of a surprise, and I am very glad they are here now. I like the fact that it’s a very cozy and closeup experience to go see live music at this venue.

Last, but not least, is the LazyG Brewhouse. Unfortunately their live music season just came to an end, and I can’t wait until next summer. On a weekend afternoon, there is just nothing better than sitting with a bunch of friends, ordering a yummy charcuterie platter, and listening to some awesome local musicians.

I want to say thank you to all of the owners, bartenders, wait personnel, cleaners, anybody and everybody who has a hand in this, in providing us all with a way to experience live music in safe and friendly environments.


This weekend’s shenanigans: Whiskey River Tavern features Truly Wreckless on Friday night, and Saturday night they invite you to a Halloween party with the tunes of Hit Squad. The Bird Cage Saloon has a very special reunion show on both nights … Scandalous Hands will be entertaining with their original bass player, Dennis ‘Fingers’ Messenger! This will be amazing! Jersey Lilly hosts Wheelhouse both nights, and this will also be a great opportunity to get your dance on!

Fantastic blues can be heard at the Windsock Lounge, as Sir Harrison Band will grace the stage, and that’s not to be missed. Back Alley Wine Bar features Drew & Anton on Friday night (must see) and Isometric on Saturday night (also a must see). And Matt’s Saloon welcomes KC & The Moonshine Band on Friday night, and the Josh Roy Band on Saturday night.

So many opportunities to dance, so many ways to heal your soul! Don’t miss out, I implore you.

Ciao for now!

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