Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield, OH
8pm, $25, $30, all ages
For co-founder Jock Bartley, FIREFALL has not only represented an opportunity to make quality music over the course of almost 35 years, but also represents a personal, heartfelt commitment to maintaining the tradition of a contemporary musical genre he and his peers helped create. Shared the past twenty years with band members Steven Weinmeister (vocals, guitar), Sandy Ficca (drums), Bil Hopkins (vocals, bass) and Chris Ball (sax, flute and keyboards), this commitment has successfully carried FIREFALL through three decades of distinctive music.
From 1976 through the early 1980s, the Boulder, Colorado-based rock band saturated the national radio waves and toured the world over, selling millions of records and earning two platinum and three gold albums for their efforts. They shared stages with the top bands of the day – Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers, The Band, Lynard Skynard, Marshall Tucker Band, Chicago, The Beach Boys, Loggins & Messina, America, Bob Seger, Heart and many many others. The band dazzled audiences with their exuberant and rocking performances – this was no ‘light rock’ band. FIREFALL is a group of exceptional musicians andsingers, with a repertoire of radio recognizable songs few bands can match. Their many hits – “You Are The Woman,” “Just Remember I Love You,” “Strange Way,” “Cinderella,” “Mexico,” “Livin Aint Livin,” “So Long,” “Goodbye, I Love You,” “Sweet and Sour” and others – are faithfully recreated with a freshness rare in live performances of such classics. In the 1990s, Rhino Records began releasing their original albums on CD, including the compilation, FIREFALL’S GREATEST HITS. With lead guitarist, singer and songwriter, Jock Bartley, as a constant, these classic albums boast such musical stand-outs as band members: Rick Roberts, Mark Andes, Michael Clarke, Larry Burnett, David Muse and John Sambataro; with guest appearances on Firefall records by greats like Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, David Sanborn, Timothy B. Schmidt (Eagles) and Bill Payne
FIREFALL is one of the few surviving bands of their genre, remaining true to its founding vision and roots despite personnel changes over its thirty-year history. The band transcends and embraces many industry labels – rock, soft rock, country rock, easy listening, unplugged, Americana and contemporary country.