Police fans are rejoicing that guitarist Andy Summers has returned to rock. Summers, who’s spent much of his career pushing his musical boundaries by using jazz as his starting point, has formed a new band, called Circa Zero, with multi-instrumentalist Rob Giles, and recorded the new album, Circus Hero -- named after a DJ’s botched attempt at pronouncing the group’s actual name -- which will be released on March 25th. Although Summers has always been wary of comparing his solo work to the Police -- this time he admits that the band’s 2007/2008 reunion tour and the playing of those songs inspired his latest musical turn: "I think it did a bit, because I got back into -- y’know, I’d been playing jazz and playing these other things and leading everything, but I think getting back into that scene, it was such, y’know, great time -- and obviously, it is exciting. And, y’know, I was out there playing rock again and I certainly felt that I could do it again like this. It’s like a sort of pre-load to the situation, because I went in to it, playing a lot of rock, playing these rock songs, and doing that -- and yeah, I still needed that, that magic key. You’re still looking for a chemistry. ‘Cause all the best stuff seems to be made out of more than one person." Andy Summers' new band Circa Zero will perform on March 11th in Austin, Texas as part of the South By Southwest Festival at 512 Rooftop. AUDIO: ANDY SUMMERS ON RETURNING TO ROCK
A first for the longest running festival in our state. The Autumn Leaf Festival Association has chosen Cindy Puckett as the Festival's Royal Lady. The Royal Lady represents Leavenworth and attends numerous parades around the state, riding in the town's float. Puckett, is the daughter of Arlene Blackburn, who served as Royal Lady in 1987. This is the first time there has been a mother-daughter duo to serve as Royal Lady. The Autumn Leaf festival began in 1964 and takes place in the last weekend of September.