It'll be a rockin' weekend at the Clover Island Inn on Aug. 1-2 when music fills the night air in the hotel's parking lot, featuring Hell's Belles and Starship.
Mickey Thomas has been the frontman for Starship since the days when Grace Slick was on board and the band's name was Jefferson Starship.
When Starship hits the stage Aug. 2, they'll perform such notable hits as We Built This City, Sarah and Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now.
These days, however, Thomas has a whole new set of people helping him make music. There's John Roth on guitar, Jeff Adams on bass, Darrell Verdusco on drums, Phil Bennett on keyboards and Stephanie Calvert on vocals.
Starship has as much talent as the original group Thomas played with in the 1970s, according to the band's website.
Thomas wanted to be a musician ever since he saw the Beatles perform in 1964. After playing in several different bands, as a kid he ended up joining Jefferson Starship in 1979 after it had changed its name from Jefferson Airplane.
The band's members changed almost as often as its name during the next few years. Then in 1990, Thomas changed the band's name again to Starship featuring Mickey Thomas.
His current flock of bandmates have been together for a while.
Roth, from Memphis, wrote music for and played with several national acts until he hooked up with Starship a few years ago.
Adams, also from Memphis, has been mastering his own style for 30 years in the music business. He has toured with Tommy Tutone, Christopher Cross, Mike Reno, John Cafferty and Chuck Negron from Three Dog Night.
Verdusco, aka Pelican, is known for his groove and timing as a musician. He's performed all over the world, including with The Cryers and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Bennett is from San Francisco, the city where Starship was born. He has performed with Starship since 1995. He also has toured with Mary Wilson, Eddie Money, Brad Gillis of Night Ranger and Cliff Williams from AC/DC.
Calvert is a multi-talented Connecticut singer with an attitude that lends itself well to singing rock. Though she lives in Las Vegas and juggles acting and singing as a career, her heart remains on the East Coast.
"Most people in this business want superstardom," she says. "I just want to sing the National Anthem at the Yankee Stadium. That's my biggest dream."
Opening for Starship will be popular Tri-City rockers Colorblind.
Showtime is 7 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Tickets cost $30 at the gate. The hotel also offers package deals for overnight stays that include tickets to the show. The room package costs $125.
-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @dorioneal