When drummer Kelly Keagy talks about his band, Night Ranger, it’s clear the guys are more like family than coworkers.
“We try to create some sort of family atmosphere within the band,” Keagy said. “Once you have that, you project that out to the audience.”
That attitude made them—and their good friends, .38 Special—the perfect fit for the Saturday, March 31, MuscleKingz Car Show and Concert at Goodyear Ballpark.
The MuscleKingz Car Show and Concert Series combines hundreds of classic and modern high-performance American muscle cars and trucks with full-scale concerts by the two bands.
“We are excited to bring this mashup of timeless American muscle cars and American rock music to Phoenix,” said John Oakes, 117Live CEO.
MuscleKingz has partnered with charities Warrior Built Foundation, which provides vocational and recreational opportunities for veterans, and We Are Their Future. The latter ensures the nonprofits serving Arizona’s foster children have the necessary funding and supplies to meet the needs of children in foster care.
For Keagy, the Goodyear show is special. In August, the 65-year-old musician moved to the Valley to “follow his love.” The relocation from Nashville came after heart surgery to repair a defect that was discovered later in life.
“At the recommendation of my doctors, I decided to undergo a procedure that will allow me to come back even stronger,” Keagy said at the time.
“I’ve asked the guys in the band to go ahead with the tour, and I’m looking forward to rejoining them on the road as soon as I can.”
He was missed, too, according to comments made by singer Jack Blades during a summer 2017 show at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. Besides drumming, Keagy sings lead on several hits, including “Sister Christian,” “Sing Me Away” and “Sentimental Street.”
Night Ranger’s set will feature those songs as well as tracks from its latest album, 2017’s Don’t Let Up. Most importantly, it’ll bring a G-rated experience for West Valley families.
“We’ve been doing this for 35 years,” Keagy said. “Our shows are basically us hanging out with our friends. When people come to our shows repeatedly, they’re returning friends. Our guest list is getting huge.”
MuscleKingz Car Show and Concert
1 p.m. Saturday, March 31
Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear
$25 for car show and concert
Registration starts at $45
VIP packages available