Last April, former Phoenix cop George Contreras resigned from the force and opened a guitar shop in South Phoenix. Why give up a cushy city gig? Its cooler in here and Im not getting shot at. At least, not yet, he quips. These days, Contreras sports a cool Corvette, a rock band, and a dozen personalized pics of celebrities like Alice Cooper and KISS. Not too shabby.
Check out SoPos finest (guitar shop) at the Raptor Guitars One-Year Anniversary Party. The free event will feature gratis pizza, raffle prizes, and live music on a tiered stage in the stores parking lot. Raptors made such inroads into the Valleys music consciousness that Contreras was overwhelmed by grateful local bands begging to play. He signed up 12 in a hurry including Abraham Drinkin, Dinonicus, and Reign Down and was forced to turn away the rest.
So how does he know his picks wont turn out to be guitar zeroes? Its a crapshoot. They all have MySpace pages, but I havent sat and listened to them, he admits. I probably should have, but I wanted to be surprised.
Sat., June 28, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., 2008