Verry Cherry

Verry Cherry will play the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood on New Year’s Day.

Verry Cherry singer Kenyon France encourages fans to have a good time at its shows.

“We bring a lot of energy to the stage,” France said. “We try to play a lot of popular covers, as well as our few originals that we have. People, when they heard something they know they can sing to, dance, too.”

Verry Cherry plays Goodyear Rocks from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Goodyear Recreation Center, 420 N. Estrella Parkway, Goodyear; and 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at Murphy Park at 58th and Glendale avenues, Glendale.

“It’s nice because people are starting to come out to see live music,” France said. “It makes the show more fun when you have a live audience.”

Verry Cherry focuses on “older classic rock” by the likes of Aerosmith, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. Before France joined the band in November, he eschewed classic rock for indie rock.

“Once I joined the band, I started venturing out, listening to more of that music and trying to learn it,” said France, of Buckeye. “I’ve been really into it since.”

Born in Kansas and raised in North Dakota, France never saw music as a career, just a hobby. Through the ups and downs of life, music was an outlet for him.

“Lately, I’ve had hopes of doing it as a career,” he said. “It’s been really encouraging, and things keep coming. Now, I can’t see myself without it.”

France and the band — guitarist Connor Kelly, drummer Will Hansen and bassist Jacob “Milk” Treat, all of Surprise — have been writing songs. Six are finished and the band is hoping, before the end of the year, to release the songs.

Verry Cherry has an opportunity that most bands would die for: playing the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood with Faster Pussycat, Mangusta, Black Star Sinners, Whiskey Dogz and Da Vang on Jan. 1.

“It’s really cool because they’ll have bigger audiences,” he said. “We’ll do one or two covers but mostly originals so they get a real representation of what we’re like.

“The originals still have that classic rock feel with the instrumentation and stuff. Most are upbeat. We were writing one that was a little slower. The only slow song we have right now is ‘Ain’t No Sunshine.’ We cover that. We’ve had a lot of great experiences. We’re just thankful for our opportunities.”

If You Go...

WHAT: Verry Cherry

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15

WHERE: Murphy Park, at 58th and

Glendale avenues, Glendale

COST: Free

INFO: glendaleaz.com/liveatmurphypark

WHEN: 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16

WHERE: Goodyear Recreation Center, 420 N. Estrella Parkway, Goodyear

COST: Free

INFO: goodyearaz.gov