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The V-Knights / Press

“Chandler's blues brothers strike chord. Performing on Memphis's famed Beale Street and meeting with blues great B.B. King are dreams a musician might wait a lifetime to achieve. But the Velasquez brothers of Chandler's Pecos Ranch have accomplished that and more as members of a blues band, The V-Knights, and they've done it while still in elementary school.”

“Kids of all ages will enjoy visiting the Arizona Diamondbacks’ mascot Baxter, demonstrations from Phoenix Fire Department, face painting, ASU track and Field will host the running track, YMCA activities, with lots of other family fitness things to do. In addition, the V-Knights, a local blues band made up three tweens from Chandler, will perform rock hits on the main stage. This event is open to the public and is free for all. K&S Nicole Benson-Reiff and Robin Neal are members of the Community Outreach/Injury Prevention group at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.”

“David Slutes, the entertainment director at Congress, says a friend came up with the idea for the Sand Jam. "I said, 'That is such a great name,' " Slutes recalls. "I can run just on that name." Artists scheduled to perform include Steel Ribbon, Gaza Strip, The Gallery, The V-Knights, Angel Perez and Vicky Nelson. "Each of the bands has at least one member who is a vet," says Slutes, "except V-Knights." That's because the band members in the Phoenix-based V-Knights aren't eligible to serve in the military yet. The band is led by 10-year-old twins Gabriel (bass) and Christian (guitar) Velasquez. Younger brother Alex, 8yr old, plays drums, and older bro Michael is on rhythm guitar. While they aren't old enough to serve, their father, Gabriel Velasquez, is a veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force.”

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