SEPTMEBER 21, 2011

Harold’s Corral celebrates 76th Anniversary with Colin Hay Concert Sept. 30 and BBQ Bash on Oct. 1

Hay was lead singer for 1980s pop band, Men at Work, and best known for hits Down Under, Who Can It Be? Overkill and Be Good Johnny

CAVE CREEK – Harold’s Cave Creek Corral is celebrating its 76th Anniversary with a special concert and a big BBQ Bash.  Colin Hay, the Scottish-Australian musician who is best known for his role as lead singer for the 1980s pop band, Men at Work, performs during a special outdoor concert on Fri., Sept. 30. Gates open at 8:30 p.m. and Hay will take the stage at 9:30 p.m. The concert is co-presented by the Roastery of Cave Creek (ROC2). The party continues Sat., Oct. 1 with a BBQ Bash, live music and a kid’s zone. Harold’s Corral is located at 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., in Cave Creek.

The popular country band, Young Country, will perform before and after Hay’s concert. Advance tickets are available at or at Harold’s Corral. VIP seats cost $40; general admission seats cost $30 and general admission standing tickets cost $20.
Now known as “The Man at Work,” Colin Hay has spent the past ten years re-introducing himself to a new generation of fans. During the 1980s, Hay achieved fame with Men at Work for pop hits such as Down Under, Who Can It Be? Overkill and Be Good Johnny. The frequent use of his music in TV and film - including hit shows such as Scrubs (on which he has made several cameo appearances) and Army Wives, the hit sound track to the film Garden State and the recently released Morning Glory - has proven the timeless appeal of his songs: quizzical, curious, cynical yet open-hearted.

His new CD, Gathering Mercury, is a portrait of Colin Hay the performer, songwriter, and recording artist and - perhaps, most importantly - the man behind the persona. The lyrics reveal the emotional peaks and valleys of the past year during which time Hay lost his father, but Hay stands the test of a true artist and demonstrates his ability to marry immediacy and depth without being maudlin or sacrificing the pop accessibility for which he is known.

“These are some of the strongest songs I’ve ever written,” Hay said. “The loss of my father last year brought an extra emotional contingent to writing and recording. I don’t have an idea of an afterlife, but I do feel like I had his help when I was working on this album, especially alone late at night in the studio.”

Harold’s family-friendly BBQ Bash begins at 4 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 1 and features a kid’s zone with face painting, a mega bouncer, the popular Games2U van, and ice cream and snow cone truck and more. Guests receive one (1) free BBQ plate per person, which must be used by 7 p.m. Young Country will perform inside from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., and The Crown Kings will perform outside from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Admission is $5; No charge for children six and under. Reservations are suggested. For more details, call 480-488-1906 or visit