The 2020 Cornfest is excited to welcome back BlackcatX Classic Rock & Blues as our Saturday Night Headling Band!
From the beginning…
Our story begins sometime around 1999 in the fabled “Lightning Lounge” at River Valley Lanes in Fort Mohave, Arizona. RJ (Richard Jauss) was impressing the masses on guitar at a Sunday jam session, where “Paulie” (Paul LaVoie) more than noticed. LaVoie was getting his swings in when he could on a battered old drum kit. He reported his findings to his band mates in “Not For Sale,” where they soon recruited RJ to play alongside the other four people in the band. The “Not For Sale” project yielded some solid efforts, including really good exposure in the “Battle of the Bands” at the Avi Resort & Casino.
RJ and Paulie reunited and later formed the blues trio “Two Forties and a Fifth,” following side projects with Chaindrive and others. The two soon found the needed missing link, a creative energetic vocalist, songwriter and bass player living in Needles named Jeff Tobin, aka – “Nugent”.
The hard-working trio “Prowler Classic Rock & Blues” was born. It was early 2004. Prowler F was featured in two-night bookings at several local establishments. The trio was also featured at Lake Havasu’s “Concerts in the Park,” and at the World Famous Sultana Bar in Williams, Arizona, during the Harley Owners Group (HOG) Rally in June, 2006 – home to 10,000 bikers and a great lineup of rock bands. At one point in their time together, Prowler performed over 55 shows in 52 weeks, including four 4-hour sets over a two-day Harley Weekend in 2005.
The final Prowler gig came in October of 2006, during what was the very first of many “giant stage” art district shows in Las Vegas. The group unwillingly split when bass player Tobin relocated to the great northwest.
BlackcatX Classic Rock and Blues
Meanwhile, fast-forward 11 years to 2017. RJ had formed a trio called Blackcatbone many years earlier with “Miss B” (Belynda Jauss) on bass. Paulie and RJ discussed some “what ifs” on Facebook Messenger, where RJ and B had done some solid work and booked a few gigs along the way with their newest project. Actually, the name was derived from the classic Muddy Waters tune “Hoochie Coochie Man.” With Paulie coming aboard, the chemistry was once again building – and Miss B was certainly holding her own on the backline – as Blackcatbone Classic Rock & Blues very quickly built four sets, and an overall song list nearly 45 deep.
The band’s debut came when the CoVeu Eatery and Drinkery decided a New Year’s Eve after hours bash was the way to go. The party was an overwhelming and rockin’ success – not to mention a standing room only crowd in attendance – which was a big sign of many more shows to come.
The next year-and-a-half saw the band build a solid lineup of over 60 songs, with shows at the New Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall and two events at the American Legion Post #60 in Laughlin; the 2018 Desert Tromp to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River; along with successful gigs in Bullhead City, Fort Mohave and Kingman.
The momentum is gaining and fans are starting to flock to the band’s shows and are appreciative of their free style of play. The future is looking bright for these three musicians, who have also added some country flavor to their already established lineup of rock and blues tunes.
The band recently decided on a name change because of another local band’s name being very similar. But the trio’s music is still the solid rock and blues number you’ve come to expect. BlackcatX can definitely bring it!
BlackcatX Classic Rock & Blues would especially like to thank the organizers of the Cornfest event for the opportunity to entertain the community we’ve called home for the past 30-plus years. It is indeed an honor!
Saturday, October 24, 2020
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Stage: Main Community Stage
BlackcatX Classic Rock & Blues Takes The Stage at the 2020 Cornfest in: