What: Blues Traveler concert
When: 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Aztec Speedway, 300 Legion Road
Parking: $5 per carload. Cash only
Farmington — When Kellen Dean, a member of Farmington-based country band Those Devils, learned that his band would open for Blues Traveler, he thought the promoters couldn't have picked two better bands.
Dean said Those Devils' music complements that of blues-rock band Blues Traveler.
The bands will play at the Aztec Speedway on Saturday in celebration of Aztec Well Servicing Company's 50th anniversary. In addition to Blues Traveler and Those Devils, Arizona-based rock 'n' roll band Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers will perform.
"We've never done anything of this magnitude before," said Jason Sandel, executive vice president of Aztec Well.
Sandel hopes the concert will stimulate the "four Cs" in the area -- culture, creativity, concerts and community.
Sandel said if enough people attend the concert, he hopes to make it an annual event with different local, regional and national bands.
Aztec Well has tried for three years to get a well-known act to perform in the Four Corners. Sandel said he was elated when Blues Traveler accepted the invitation, partly because he has been a fan of the group since it started making music in 1987.
Blues Traveler is a Grammy Award winning band best known for its use of harmonica, played by John Popper.
"There's no question that John Popper is the greatest harmonica player ever," Sandel said.
Like Blues Traveler, Those Devils' music features harmonica.
"We've felt it was absolutely important to have somebody with local roots lead into the evening," Sandel said.
Sandel is friends with Dean and was familiar with Those Devils, so he called Dean and offered him the opportunity to play at the concert.
The concert will be the largest event Those Devils has performed at, Dean said.
Dean has been listening to Blues Traveler since he was 12 years old. He said the harmonica-laced tunes and the folk feel attracted him to the band. And, he said, Blues Traveler was one reasons he pursued music.
While the two bands' music is similar, Those Devils has more serious lyrics and isn't quite as "funky" as Blues Traveler, Dean said.
"We're a little more straight-forward," he said.
One of the songs Those Devils plans to perform Saturday is titled "Home." Dean said "Home" is about how people's decisions affect their lives.
The song's lyrics even mention Farmington. The band's lead singer, Dustin Moore, sings about the Farmington sunset and how it can "take your blues away."
"Nowhere will ever be home except for where you grew up," Dean said.