Wayland, Brad Johnson ready to bring down the house Friday

Wayland headlines Friday night as part of a series of concerts planned for Beale Celebrations under the name “Beale Street Rocks” brought to the area by Promote Kingman and LA Sounds Entertainment. Brad Johnson and The Killin’ Time Band open up as special guests.

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Wayland headlines Friday night as part of a series of concerts planned for Beale Celebrations under the name “Beale Street Rocks” brought to the area by Promote Kingman and LA Sounds Entertainment. Brad Johnson and The Killin’ Time Band open up as special guests.

KINGMAN – The former JC Penney store, now Beale Celebrations, is the venue for Friday night’s band performances by Wayland and opening artists Brad Johnson and The Killin’ Time Band.

“We’re excited to be part of the revitalization of downtown Kingman,” said Phillip Vilenski, lead guitarist for Wayland.

In a sense, both bands have connections to Kingman.

Wayland’s first trip as a band eight years ago was to Kingman for a Halloween show, Vilenski said.

Brad Johnson was born and raised in Kingman.

Johnson said he graduated from high school in Kingman in 1989 and then joined the U.S. Marine Corp.

Johnson’s band got its start playing during their free time while in the Marine Corp., he said. Their first audience were the troops when the ship docked in port.

He said they played to the 5,000 to 10,000 troops that preferred to stay on board.

The band was at Camp Pendleton in California when they ended their tour of duty, he said. They decided to play at a local bar.

From there, the band’s success took off and it has been “non-stop” ever since.

Wayland is a rock ’n’ roll band that tours 300 days a year, Vilenski said.

“Traveling every day, our feet barely touch the ground,” he said, adding “It’s all about the brotherhood” of the group.

Wayland band members write all the songs they perform, he said.

“We’ve been lucky to collaborate with” some of the biggest songwriters in the industry, like Jude Cole, the manager of Lifehouse, he said.

“The band puts on a high energy rock ’n’ roll show we want to give people an hour and a half of their lives where they can completely let go of the stress of daily life,” Vilenski said.

Brad Johnson and The Killin’ Time Band played the Las Vegas strip for three and a half years at Gilley’s for an audience of 2,000 to 3,000 a night, Johnson said.

“Brad Johnson has completed his first full length CD in July 2015,” as stated in the band’s press release. “He is now working on his second album – to be released in 2017.”

The performance begins at 7 p.m. at Beale Celebrations, 201 N. 4th Street.