Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
The Shea Homes® Good Life Festival™ presented by Subaru featuring Grand Funk Railroad, Jefferson Starship, and Fran Cosmo & Anton Cosmo formerly of BOSTON, with support from Nate Nathan & The Mac Daddy O’s, was held on March 19, 2022 at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek, AZ.
It was a beautiful day & night to rock out. The audience loved the fantastic music from all the bands that performed. Everyone had an awesome time. People were dancing, laughing, singing, and just having a wonderful time. This was an amazing day & night of music.
About the Good Life Festival:
Since it began in 2010, the Good Life Festival™ has quickly grown to become one of the most unique destinations to experience national musical acts, gourmet food, fine wine, craft beer and artisan retailers. In its 11th year, we are proud to announce it is now presented by Subaru. The combination of great weather and a stunning venue continues to deliver a one-of-a-kind festival that’s grown a dedicated following, hosting over 4,000 guests each season.
Hosted at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek, Arizona, this public festival includes concerts with favorite national and local acts on outdoor stages, and a variety of activities that may include gourmet food and cooking demonstrations, specialty shopping, wine tasting, craft beer tasting, spa and golf demonstrations. The activities at Shea Homes™ Good Life Festival presented by Subaru are a singular combination of fun, food and music.
About Grand Funk Railroad Grand Funk Railroad includes original founding members Don Brewer (vocals and drums, writer and singer of the multi-million selling hit, We’re an American Band) and bassist Mel Schacher, “The God of Thunder.” Joining Don and Mel are true “All-Stars.” Singer Max Carl is a rock veteran from 38 Special. Lead guitarist Bruce Kulick is best known for his 12 years with KISS. Keyboardist Tim Cashion is affectionately called “Dr. Tim,” credits include stints with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and English soul man Robert Palmer. Grand Funk laid the groundwork for such bands as Foreigner, Journey, Van Halen and Bon Jovi with its signature hard-driving sound, soulful vocals, muscular instrumentation and forceful pop melodies. The fact that Grand Funk’s legacy still reigns over the Classic Rock landscape fifty years after its 1969 birth in Flint, Michigan is a testament to the group’s influence and staying power. Mega-hits We’re an American Band, I’m Your Captain/Closer to Home, Locomotion, and Some Kind of Wonderful still receive continuous airplay on Classic Rock radio. Internationally acclaimed Grand Funk has toured the world, selling out in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and South America. The group’s widespread appeal is also evident in its prestigious recording achievements. Over their career, Grand Funk has had 19 charted singles, 8 Top 40 hits and two Number One singles (We’re an American Band and Locomotion, both selling more than one million each). The group has now accumulated 13 gold and 10 platinum records with record sales in excess of 25 million copies sold worldwide. The multi-talented band carries on the tradition of Grand Funk hits and creates a new chapter in the legacy of Grand Funk Railroad.
About Jefferson Starship When founding member Paul Kantner formed Jefferson Starship in the ’70s, he envisioned the band as a cast of musical adventurers, contributing to his epic concept albums and eventual deep catalog of rock classics. When the current lineup of the band came together alongside Kantner as a unit in 2012, with many members joining years before, he couldn’t have imagined that the band would become the road-conquering heroes they’ve been in the last few years. Jefferson Starship’s five members describe themselves as both a “family” and a “gang,” and that comes across in talking to them, and in their robust live performances, which have taken them to all 50 U.S. states, five continents, and too many countries to list here. In addition to original member David Freiberg, the band includes drummer Donny Baldwin (whose Jefferson Starship roots go back to 1982), keyboardist Chris Smith (who joined in 1998), guitarist Jude Gold (who joined in 2012), and singer and guitarist Cathy Richardson who joined in 2008, after Kantner saw her tour with Big Brother and the Holding Company. As Jefferson Starship approaches their 50th anniversary, the group’s members look to the future with the word Kantner, who unfortunately died in 2016, used to say to them all the time: “Onward.”
About Fran Cosmo & Anton Cosmo, Formerly of BOSTON Fran Cosmo exploded onto the Rock scene when he took over for Brad Delp as the lead singer for the Legendary group BOSTON in 1992. Fran was featured as the lead vocalist on the Walk On album which sold over 1 million copies worldwide. Certified Platinum in America and certified Platinum in Canada. Walk On reached #7 on the Billboard Charts and produced the hit single “I Need Your Love”, which climbed to #4 on the Mainstream Rock Chart. Fran Cosmo was a member of BOSTON and toured with them from 1992 to 2006. Fran Cosmo and Brad Delp shared lead vocal duties on the BOSTON Album Corporate America. The release also featured Fran Cosmo singing a rare live version of “Livin’ For You”, the power-ballad from the Walk-On record and BOSTON‘S Greatest Hits, which ultimately became one of the fan favorites at the live concerts over the years. Fran Cosmo is currently performing live with his own band, best known for his high-energy performances and powerful rock vocals. Expect new music, a single with a video, and an exciting new set-list to perform live.
About Nate Nathan & The Mac Daddy O’s Opening the evening and getting the crowd rockin’ will be special guest, Nate Nathan and the Mac Daddy-O’s. A local favorite, this group has a passion for music, and serious talent. The 11-piece band plays soft rock favorites. With eight singers, five lead singers, sounds of steel guitar, saxophone, violin, and more, the band keeps the energy high and the audience screaming “encore!”
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR IN 2023!
To learn more about The Good Life Festival, visit his website at https://thegoodlifefest.com/
THANKS FOR THE MUSIC THE GOOD LIFE FESTIVAL!