Mark your calendars! Summerfest 2022 is happening on August 25th at the Fraze Pavilion! Brought to you by McAfee Heating & Air! Come enjoy some great music from this years performers Rick Springfield, John Waite, and Men At Work! This Mix 107.7 tradition will be one of the hottest summer events you won't want to miss. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 1st at 10am. Listen to Mix 107.7 all day for your chance to win tickets before they go on sale this Thursday, March 31st.
Meet the artists below!
Men At Work were born in Melbourne, Australia in the middle of 1979. The band went on to become a globally successful Grammy winning, multi-platinum selling act, during the early 80’s. The original band however came apart relatively quickly and had disintegrated by 1985.
Colin Hay and Greg Ham responded to demand and toured many parts of the world as Men At Work from 1996 into the 2000’s. Sadly, Greg Ham passed away in 2012.
Founding member Colin Hay has developed a solo career over the last 35 years, writing, recording, and touring extensively throughout the world as a solo artist. He is presently part of Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band. Since 2019, he has also toured and played under the Men At Work banner with his LA based group of musicians, where he plays an exclusively Men At Work set, including all the hits and dearly loved songs which clearly have stood the test of time.
Countless musicians of far lesser accomplishment have probably made similar statements regarding their own personal creative process, but when the confession comes from John Waite – whose been successfully writing, recording and performing some of the most listenable, enduring and appreciated popular music for more than 35 years – one cannot help but both recognize and marvel at the shimmering legacy of this British born rock star.
The ride began when Waite was tapped as bassist and lead vocalist for the Babys who rocketed to Top 20 chart positions with a pair of infections hits, “Isn’t it Time” from the band’s sophomore LP, Broken Heart in 1977 and the monster ballad, “Every Time I Think of You” off 1978’s Head First. But it was the album’s rhythmically aggressive and seductive title track where fans got their first glimpse of the authentic John Waite, a no-holds-barred rock n’ roll performer devoted heart and soul to live performance and making sure every fan in the audience left the concert hall just as elated and exhausted as the band they’d paid to see.
The Wooden Heart-Acoustic Anthology Volume 1 and Volume 2, released in 2015 and 2017, respectively, found Waite exploring yet another dimension to his artistry, his deep rooted appreciation of acoustic flavored music. “The Wooden Heart thing was something I’d wanted to attempt since I started making records. I wrote just about anything that was any good on the acoustic; I always had an acoustic with me wherever I went. It’s actually more of a surprise that I didn’t do something like this sooner.” Framed against stark and stripped down production showcasing only vocals and acoustic guitar, the Wooden Heart records highlighted the core essence of the songs themselves, threading newly penned original compositions, reworkings of some of Waite’s favorite material from his solo career and The Babys alongside smartly chosen covers by the likes of Bob Dylan (“Girl From The North Country”), Donovan (“Catch The Wind”) and Richard Thompson, into an authentic and soul stirring musical statement. “The first release (Volume 1) was done on the spot, a day of recording and a day of mixing. It just happened! I didn’t stop to think too much about anything but feel. It’s what I do best. It was the most natural I’d felt in a recording studio. Two years later, I wanted to record Volume 2 but this time touch on the past. We were playing Wooden Heart shows across America to sold out crowds and I wanted the new release to reflect that with songs like “Isn’t It Time” to In “God’s Shadow” and “Downtown.” I included some of the original masters to make it what it became, an anthology. The Donovan song, “Catch The Wind” was recorded in a converted cowshed in deep winter in Wales five years ago; Hawkwind’s bass player turned it into Foal Studios. The studio was miles from anywhere at the end of a lane so that’s another song I always wanted to try. The Wooden Heart-Acoustic Anthology will continue. There’s endless possibilities to it now the ice is broken.”
With more live shows and new music in the offing, John Waite continues to forge his own singularly personal path, celebrating the present and engaged by the promise of the future. The story is far from over for the Lancaster, England-born rock star/balladeer/storyteller who was inspired onto his musical path by blues, soul and country along with a deep connection to the Celtic folk music of his homeland.
Rick Springfield is a Grammy Award-winning Australian singer-songwriter, musician, and actor known for his hit single "Jessie's Girl." A member of the pop-rock group Zoot from 1969 to 1971, he had an initial career as a charismatic teen idol; he started his string of solo works with a debut single, called "Speak to the Sky," that reached the top 10 in Australia.
In mid-1972, he relocated to the US, evolving into a more strident new wave and power pop sound as the years passed. Respected as a serious musician while also having a huge following, he had a #1 hit with "Jessie's Girl" in 1981 in both Australia and the US.
He received the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for "Jessie's Girl," which proved to be a career breakout moment. He followed with four more top 10 US rock hits: "I've Done Everything for You," "Don't Talk to Strangers," "Affair of the Heart," and "Love Somebody".