WINSLOW -- A singer with ties to Casa Grande will be a featured performer at the Standin’ on the Corner music festival in Winslow Sept. 24 and 25.
Jake Hoot, winner of Season 17 of “The Voice” televised singing competition, is married to former Casa Grande resident Brittney Hoyt.
He is scheduled as the special guest performer of the festival and will be on stage from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25.
“He is so excited to perform in Arizona,” said Casa Grande resident Vicki Hoyt, Brittney’s mother. “They will stay in Casa Grande with the band during the festival.”
Hoyt said Hoot had been looking for an Arizona performance venue when he was asked to perform at the Standin’ on the Corner Festival.
“He has been very busy performing a lot and doors are opening for him,” Hoyt said.
The Standin’ on the Corner Festival begins at 2 p.m. at 523 W. Second St. in Winslow.
The family-friendly event features two days of live music, a beer garden, arts and crafts vendors, live auction, horseshoe and cornhole tournaments, food trucks and various other activities.
Other live performances at the festival on Friday, Sept. 24, include the bands Better than Nothing, Tommy Dukes, Mogollon and Conjunto Ambicion.
As well as Hoot, Saturday’s entertainment includes High Desert Dance Academy, Gavin Torel, the Eagles Experience band and Retro Connection.
The festival is organized by the Standin’ on the Corner Foundation, a nonprofit group that supports the community.
The festival is named after the song “Take It Easy,” written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Fry and recorded by the Eagles, with Frey on lead vocals. The song includes a section in the lyrics that says “I’m standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, And such a fine sight to see, It’s a girl, my lord, in a flatbed Ford slowin’ down to take a look at me.”
The Standin’ on the Corner Foundation was organized in 1997 to commemorate the song.
Hoot and Hoyt married in April.
Last year, after visiting Casa Grande for the first time, Hoot wrote and recorded a song and video about local resident Nadine Hackler and her husband, Melvin “Hack” Hackler, who died in 2017.
The song, “Nadine,” tells the story of their life and their love of dancing with one another.
The Hacklers’ son, Greg, is one of the organizers of the Standin’ on the Corner Festival, Hoyt said.
More information about the festival is online at standinonthecorner.org.