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GREEN VALLEY SUMMER BIG BAND

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 7:00 PM
SOLD OUT
 

HEARTBREAK HOTEL: A SALUTE TO EARLY ELVIS Lonely Street Productions

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $25 in advance – $30 at door

Elvis comes to Green Valley, commemorating the 41st anniversary of The King’s passing. This critically acclaimed concert production features the early music of Elvis, belting out hits from the first part of his career, in the mid-1950’s through the early 60’s. Starring Robert Shaw and the Lonely Street Band, the show kicks off with Elvis’ first recordings at Sun Records in Memphis (“That’s All Right, Mama,” “Good Rockin’ Tonight”), through his chart topping years at RCA records (Dont’ Be Cruel,” “Hound Dog”), and even highlighting the King’s hits from his first movies (“Jailhouse Rock,” “Love Me Tender”). This show is chock full hip-swiveling, toe-tapping fun!

 

GREEN VALLEY SUMMER BIG BAND

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Admission is free (tickets required)

The Green Valley Summer Big Band is comprised of members from Green Valley Stage Band, Big Band Sounds and other local and regional ensembles. These dedicated jazz musicians, many of whom have had vast experience performing all over the United States, will provide a program of exciting big band arrangements. This free gift to the community will remind you why big band music has continued pleasing audiences for the better part of a century. The band is led by Richard Blickenstaff, who has been a fixture in the Tucson jazz scene for several decades.

 

A NIGHT OF JAZZ NOIR WITH THE PETE SWAN QUARTET Featuring To-Ree-Nee Wolf

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $15 in advance – all $20 at door

This concert brings together some of the top jazz musicians in the southwest. Take a journey with the Pete Swan Quintet and To-Ree-Nee Wolf through the blues and jazz associated with the film noir style of the late 50’s and early 60’s.

Pete Swan (drums) is a bandleader, drummer, educator, vocalist and composer. Pete has studied with Jeff Hamilton and performed with Bud Shank, Bob Florence, Doug Webb, John Clayton, Kristin Korb, Judy Roberts, Greg Fishman and many others. Pete is currently running and promoting Big Band Express, a professional big band in the Tucson area. Pete has been running a concert and jam session for over 15 years on Sunday nights at local venues and has played at Pastiche restaurant weekly for almost two decades.

To-Ree-Nee Wolf is a veteran actress, singer and visual artist. Her mural called “Creation Story, Chaos Theory and Quantum Memory” has helped reinvigorate the downtown Tucson area. She was also recently seen in Tucson’s premier of Black Pearl Sings! at the Invisible Theatre.

 

GREEN VALLEY SUMMER CHORUS

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $15 in advance – $20 at door

Join the Green Valley Summer Chorus in celebrating their fifth annual summer concert here at CPAC. This forty-voice ensemble, under the direction of Tamara Kahrimanis, will feature a variety of music ranging across the choral repertoire. The majority of the chorus members currently perform in the Green Valley Community Chorus (GVCC), a non-profit choir composed of approximately 80 enthusiastic voices from surrounding southern Arizona communities. Their mission is to bring beautiful music from all eras of history to our community through quality performances of great choral works, both sacred and secular. Funds from this concert will benefit both the Community Performance and Art Center and the various philanthropic endeavors of the (GVCC).

 

RED MOLLY

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Americana powerhouse vocal trio Red Molly is known for their gorgeous harmonies, crisp musicianship, infectious songwriting, and warm, engaging stage presence. Laurie MacAllister (bass), Abbie Gardner (Dobro), and Molly Venter (guitar) weave together the threads of American music — from folk roots to bluegrass, from heartbreaking ballads to barn-burning honky tonk — as effortlessly as they blend their caramel voices into their signature soaring, crystalline three-part harmonies. Organic musicianship, a respect for the traditions of American music, and an obvious love of crafting music together lend a joyous atmosphere to their legendary live performances, and a natural balance to their studio recordings.

Gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, Red Molly is renowned for their live shows. Four-time featured artist at MerleFest, breakout stars at RockyGrass, and the darlings of the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, the “Mollies” bring audiences to their feet, whether it’s on a grand festival stage or in an intimate concert hall. “Femme Phenom! No root from the grand tree of music is left untouched – classic country heartbreak, undeniable swing, authentic folk, gospel rock with an edge, and Americana stomp. With smart production, a strong thread runs throughout the album and every note sung is upheld on cosmic harmony. Red Molly is unstoppable. Highly recommended.” -Mary Sue Twohy, SiriusXM Satellite Radio

 

THE ARIZONA BANJO BLASTERS

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 7:00 PM
SOLD OUT
 

CPAC SEASON KICKOFF WITH COUNTRY LEGEND LACY J. DALTON Featuring Dale Poune on Mandolin and Guitar

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $30 in advance/$35 at door

Celebrate the beginning of the 2018-2019 season, CPAC’s 10th in the theater, with complimentary cake and champagne served from 6:15 – 7:00pm and a powerhouse performance by country legend Lacy J. Dalton. Born Jill Lynne Byrem on October 13, 1946 in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, Lacy J. Dalton is an American country singer and songwriter. A career that has spanned many decades and touched the hearts of millions of music fans. In March 2017 Lacy J Dalton was inducted into the North American Country Music Association International Hall of Fame.

She’ s one of the most instantly recognizable voices in music – the woman People Magazine called “Country’s Bonnie Raitt”. From the first time Lacy J Dalton caught the public’ s ear, that soulful delivery, full of texture and grit, has been a mainstay of Country Music. When you sit to listen to a Lacy J Dalton album, you find yourself pulled in by the very power and heart of this vocalist, because she’ s not merely performing a ten-song set, she’ s bringing each and every tune to life. It’ s as if they were all written especially for her.

Prior to signing with Harbor Records in 1978 as Jill Croston, she like many before her, held many jobs to survive and support her family. As a truck stop waitress and singer, she would wait tables and then jump on stage to sing a few songs. Her hard work and dedication paid off in 1979 when she was awarded the Academy of County Music “Top New Female Vocalist of the Year”. Then in 1980 Lacy J Dalton was signed by Columbia Records and quickly rose to national prominence with “Crazy Blue Eyes”, written together with her longest friend, Mary McFadden, a song that raced to #7 on the Billboard Country Charts.

Lacy’ s success was powered not just by the artist’ s recordings, but by a stage show that truly electrified audiences. She quickly became one of the few women who could successfully open a show for the likes of Hank Williams, Jr, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard or Charlie Daniels. Not only could she do it, but she left audiences across the country hollering for more. Her hit records are legendary million-airplay cuts: “Hard Times”; “Crazy Blue Eyes”; “Hillbilly Girl with the Blues”; “Takin’ It Easy”; “Everybody Makes Mistakes”; the worldwide hit, “Black Coffee” and her signature song, “16th Avenue”, the Anthem for Nashville songwriters voted one of Country’ s Top 100 Songs ever by Billboard Magazine. Awarded Best New Female Artist by the Academy of Country Music in 1979. She also brought home numerous Grammy nominations and 3 prestigious, back to back (1979, 1980, 1981) Bay Area Music Awards for Best Country-Folk Recordings. Appearing on those shows with the likes of Neil Young, The Grateful Dead, Grace Slick and the Jefferson Airplane.

Lacy’s collaboration with Willie Nelson on his “Half Nelson” CD was a high spot for her. Lacy was the only woman featured on that recording, which included singing legends Ray Charles, Neil Diamond, Merle Haggard, Julio Iglesias, George Jones, Leon Russell, Carlos Santana, Mel Tillis, Hank Williams Sr., and Neil Young, and was awarded a couple Gold Records for it. She also received a Gold Record from Hank Williams Jr in 1985 for her support performances throughout his “Five-0 Tour”. Her career includes accomplishments in music, television and radio. From her instantly recognizable charted hit songs to her notable duets recorded with with George Jones, Willie Nelson, Bobby Bare, Glen Campbell, Eddie Rabbit, David Allen Coe and many others. Her television debut was in the motion picture “Take This Job And Shove It”. Her acting has also included live stage and theater performances. Currently Lacy J Dalton hosts a weekly radio show, “Mustang Matters”, available to listeners around the world on the internet at www.americamatters.us

She continues to record and perform. As an independent artist, Lacy has released three albums, “Wild Horse Crossing” on her own label, Song Dog Records in 1999. The “Last Wild Place Anthology” went #1 on the World Independent Chart, a year later the CD went #1 on the American Western Music Chart, and then Allison Eastwood, Clint Eastwwood’s daughter, used the hit song “Slip Away” from the Anthology CD on the sound track of her independent film, “Don’t Tell”. In 2010 she also released, a tribute to Hank Williams Sr, entitled, “Here’s To Hank”.

Lacy has written 30 new songs and plans to record some of them soon.

 

THE DIXIE CATS

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $15 in advance – $20 at door

The Dixie Cats uphold a tradition as the oldest organized traditional jazz band functioning in the Tucson area. For well over 40 years they played several nights a week at Gus and Andy’s Steak House and the Ye Old Lantern Restaurant, and now continue to perform as headliners at the Phoenix Jazz Society, the Arizona Jazz Society and at many casinos throughout the southwest.

This veteran ensemble (cornet, clarinet, trombone, banjo, drums and bass) emulates the sounds of jazz from the 1920’s and 1930’s with the same instrumentation as that of the early New Orleans jazz groups such as Nick Larocca’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band, the Buddy Bolden Band and the Louis Armstrong Band. Their selection of tunes crosses the most popular list of that time period and is performed in a fun and energetic swing style. The Dixie Cats continue to draw capacity crowds varying from the oldsters down to the young swing-dance devotees.

 

WILDCAT JAZZ BAND

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $20 in advance – $25 at door

The Wildcat Jazz Band comes to CPAC with a 1920s New Orleans style music, comedy and dance review complete with professional dancers! The Wildcat Jazz Band is a longstanding Tucson ensemble and has performed at the Pentastic Jazz Festival 2014 in Penticton, British Columbia and locally at the Arizona Classic Jazz Festival. This performance will feature professional dancers, Dabney and Karen Lindy Hopkins have been performing together for a decade. They were inducted in the Camp Hollywood Swing Dance Hall of Fame and have competed and taught all over the country. Dabney has won several national dance titles and Karen has been featured on ‘Cold Case’ and in a Katy Perry music video. They regularly perform Jazz History shows at elementary schools to educate children about classic jazz and swing.

Rob Wright (banjo) was a member of The New Christy Minstrels from 1979 to 1981 and has performed in all 50 United States as well as Canada and Mexico. Rob is a frequent headliner at banjo festivals across America as well as making several guest artist appearances with symphony orchestras.

Ray Templin (piano/vocals) has played everywhere from Chicago’s jazz clubs to “Ray Templin’s Bar” on NBC’s Matlock. Templin’s career has covered just about all aspects of the entertainment industry and he has gained acclaim as a propulsive, swinging stride pianist and vocalist. His acting and voice-over talent has also led him to the world of television and commercials and spent 26 years at Disneyland as an entertainment fixture.

Rob Boone (trombone) has been active throughout the southwest in a wide variety of musical settings as trombonist, pianist, composer, arranger, conductor and copyist. Rob has worked with the Moody Blues, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Jr., Bernadette Peters and many others. Show credits include Wicked, Lion King, Chicago, Chorus Line, West Side Story and the Producers. Rob worked on cruise ships throughout the world as a trombonist and band leader.

Rick Peron (trumpet) spent a twenty year career in the prestigious Falconaires jazz ensemble of the USAF and he has become Tucson’s first-call lead trumpet man. Rick’s extensive credits include work with the Temptations, Pink Martini, Linda Ronsdtadt, Tito Puente Jr., Lou Rawls and many more. Among his National Touring Broadway Musical credits are Wicked, West Side Story, Chicago and 42nd Street. Rick’s distinctive trumpet sound has graced prominent jazz festivals around the US including the Detroit , Montreux, Wichita and Aspen Jazz Festivals.

Marco Rosano (clarinet/saxophone) is an accomplished musician as well as a versatile multi-instrumentalist, arranger and composer. He has performed and recorded with a variety of artists including the Gene Krupa and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras, Sergio Mendoza, Calexico and KT Tunstall. Marco has composed scores for award winning films has played woodwinds for many theater productions including Anything Goes, Westside Story, Woodie Guthrie’s American Song and Chicago.

Evan Dain (bass) started at age 6 on the guitar and picked up the bass, banjo, trombone, tuba and mandolin along the way. Evan studied music at Laney College in Oakland, California, and afterwards served in the U.S. Navy. He is currently back home in Tucson after spending nearly two years on cruise ships.

 

OKTOBERFEST AT CPAC Featuring the Bavarian Brass Band of Green Valley

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Tickets: $25 in advance/$30 at door ($190 for a table of 8)

Celebrate Oktoberfest in a perfect outdoor setting with the Bavarian Brass Band. The ensemble was started in 1996 by founding director, Earl Harrison, and has been entertaining audiences ever since with energetic polkas, marches, folksongs and waltzes. The band is directed by Lance Hoopes and features the yodeling talents of Tamara Kahrimanis. Ticket price includes full German themed meal and two drink tickets to be redeemed for authentic German beer and wine or various non-alcoholic beverages.

 

SONORAN DOGS Bluegrass & Americana

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $20 in advance – $25 at door

Bluegrass music is a form of American roots music initially inspired from Irish, Scottish, English and Welsh traditional songs and instrumentals by the 18th century Appalachian Settlers. Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass, incorporated other cultural influences while refining the sounds into a truly American musical form.

Formed in 2011, The Sonoran Dogs have exploded upon the Arizona bluegrass scene, performing at the Sedona, Wickenburg, Prescott, Tucson, and Tubac bluegrass festivals. They are 2013 Rockygrass band contest finalists. The group is comprised of seasoned veterans Peter McLaughlin (1988 National Flatpicking Guitar Champion), Tyler James (2008 Rockygrass Banjo Champion), Mark Miracle on mandolin and vocals (Telluride band contest winner), and Brian Davies (TAMMIES award winning bassist).

The Sonoran Dogs performance will feature historical reference and anecdotes exploring this musical form. They perform a collection of traditional bluegrass vocal and instrumental standards, new-grass, Americana, improvisation and original compositions.

 

THE MAGIC OF FIELDING WEST

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $20 in advance – $25 at door

In 1973 while selling cars and going to graduate school at night in Tallahassee, Florida, he met an unknown comedy magician named Steve Martin. That’s right, the Steve Martin, before he became famous. After seeing Steve perform, he knew that he wanted to be in show business for the rest of his life. The concept of a comedy act began.

Three years later he moved to Jacksonville, Florida and started his own Saturday morning children’s show on television with a Post/Newsweek station, WJ XT. The name of the show was Magic Gang and was the highest rated kids show in it’s time slot for two years. Not being satisfied with entertaining only children, Fielding pursued a nightclub act.

A year and a half after leaving television, he put together a successful touring show called the Amazing Fielding And Company. The show included illusions and hypnosis, which for after two years led him to Las Vegas. There he met Liberace who helped Fielding get his first break by showcasing his act at the Sahara Hotel. Since then he has been working all over the world as a featured star in large production shows and as an opening act for major stars.

Fielding’s career has now come full circle. He has appeared on a multitude of comedy specials and popular sitcoms. His talents go far beyond stage and screen. Fielding is also a successful comedy writer for other magicians and comedians. He is well-known in the corporate market as a fantastic performer. In a course he created, called Stagecraft 101, he manages speaking seminars for young performers which teach how to speak more effectively.

 

OUT OF ORDER by Ray Cooney The Santa Cruz Shoestring Players

Nov 2, 2018 - Nov 10, 2018

Tickets: $20 in advance – $25 at door

Out of Order is a 1990 farce written by Ray Cooney, the author of our popular production of Run For Your Wife several years ago. The play opens in a posh hotel where a politician meets a secretary of the opposing party for an illicit affair. He then finds himself spending the rest of the play trying to lie his way out of the situation with the help of his personal secretary. This hilarious romp features a cheeky waiter, a determined hotel manager, a persistent maid and a dead body among its main characters. Out of Order won London’s Lawrence Olivier Award for “Comedy of the Year” and is always a popular hit wherever it is performed. This production is directed by Susan Voorhees.

 

*Art Workshop BETTER VALUES, BETTER RESULTS Instructor: David Simons

November 6th, 7th, and 8th Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Fee: $365, Early Bird Special $330 if paid in full by October 7, 2018

This class we will focus on values, their relationships and how they make or break a painting. A demonstration will be done each morning and individual instruction will be given to each student while they paint in the afternoons. Values do all the work and color gets all the Glory: Something to think about.

 

JACK LASSETER The Spanish History of Florida

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Just imagine, St. Augustine, the oldest continuously occupied city by persons of European descent in the U.S. (since 1565), predates the founding of Jamestown by some 42 years, and Juan Ponce de León was in Florida even some 52 years before that, back in 1513. Why did Portugal get only Brazil in the New World, whereas the Spanish got all of the rest of Latin America? How far up the Atlantic coast did the Spanish go? How did Florida and Key West get their names? What about the French in New Orleans? How did Florida and the Gulf Coast eventually get into American hands. You will be astounded. Come and hear the exciting story of this historic place as only Jack can tell it.

 

DECEMBER ’63: A TRIBUTE TO FRANKIE VALLI AND THE FOUR SEASONS TAD Management

Nov 14, 2018 - Nov 14, 2018

Tickets: $25 in advance – $30 at door

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons comes to life in this one-of-a-kind concert experience with full band! December ’63 showcases all your favorite songs from Frankie Valli including the classics that have been thrilling audiences for decades along with the most popular singles from the Broadway blockbuster musical, The Jersey Boys. This re-creation of a Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons concert will have you reaching for the high notes as our cast and band take you on musical journey with stops at every phase of the careers of Frankie and the boys!

In 1962, the group released their first album, featuring the single “Sherry,” which was not only their first charted hit but also their first number-one song. The Four Seasons followed up “Sherry” with several million selling hits, including “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” (their second #1 hit), “Walk Like A Man,” (their third #1), “Candy Girl” and several others. From 1962 to early 1964, only The Beach Boys matched the Four Seasons in record sales in the U.S. The Four Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and joined the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. They are one of the best-selling groups of all time having sold 175 million records worldwide. Come out and enjoy a night of timeless classics!

 

JONI HARMS Featuring Olivia Harms

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $15 in advance – $20 at door

Joni Harms has been praised for her pure voice since she signed her first record deal with the famed producer Jimmy Bowen, of Capitol Records in the early 1990s. Since that time Joni has released eight more outstanding albums. Joni Harms is no stranger to success. She has been a winner of multiple Academy of Western Artists Awards including top honor for Entertainer of the Year in 2002. In 2003, Harms was named Female Vocalist of the Year and accepted the award for Song of the Year from the Western Music Association. Harms continues to build audiences through appearances at the Grand Ole Opry and New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Harms lives on a ranch in Oregon with her family that was homesteaded by her great, great grandfather in 1872. The ranch serves as the main inspiration for many of her songs. This performance will also feature Joni’s daughter Olivia!

 

THE BLUES BROTHERS Starring Mike Yarema and Charlie Hall

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $20 in advance – $25 at door

Hitting the Highway once again, it’s those brothers in black singing THE BLUES! Charlie Hall and Mike Yarema bring their ever so popular 9-Piece “Blues Brothers Tribute Concert” to the Performance and Art Center in Green Valley! They’ve caused a tremendous raucous in “Sweet Home Chicago” and after “Messin’ with the Kid” and his main squeeze, “Minnie the Moocher” those troublemakers still just wanna “Let the Good Times Roll.” Be sure to bring your dancing shoes, because they got the band back together! AZ Blues Hall of Famer favorites, the Bad News Blues Band, return to join “Jake” and “Elwood” for an evening not to miss; you’re guaranteed to leave a “Soul Man!”

 

JOVERT IN CONCERT Tucson High Magnet School Steel Band

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $15 in advance – $20 at door

Get ready for a performance unlike anything you’ve ever seen or heard. Uber-talented youths from Jovert – the Tucson High Magnet School Steel Band from Tucson – will entertain you with a variety of music that promises to keep you dancing all night long. Recognized as one of the best steel drum programs in the nation, Jovert inspires and captivates audiences through the performers’ talent, sincerity, and energy. Jovert has recorded several critically-acclaimed CDs over the last decade, and their music has sold on six continents. This show will keep you talking for years to come!

 

BAD NEWS BLUES BAND

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $15 in advance – $20 at door

The Bad News Blues Band has been gaining a reputation for house burning live performances all over the United States as well as Canada, Mexico, Turkey, Romania, Ireland, the U.K. and even Moscow, Russia! With their latest ARV Records release, “Still Cadillacin”, they’re set to hit the road and spread the word with the fire and intensity that their live shows are renowned for.

In the 26 years since the band was formed they have won many local and regional awards including first place in the 1997 and 2002 Arizona Blues Shootout. Winning the shootout earned them a spot at the International Blues and talent competition in Memphis, Tennessee sponsored by the Blues Foundation. The band also has the distinct honor of being the first blues band ever to be added to the artist roster for the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

All five members of the Bad News Blues Band have individually been inducted to the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame in addition to being inducted as a band in 2014. The group has released 8 CD’s in addition to numerous appearances on other projects. This band is on the move with a smoking hot rhythm section, sweet smoldering horns, blistering guitar, and an impressive frontline of dynamic vocals, that is sure to Knock You Out!

 

JOE BOURNE PRESENTS: THE MUSIC OF LOU RAWLS AND SAM COOK

Friday, November 30, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $25 in advance – $30 at door

Joe Bourne and his dynamic band will perform the music of Lou Rawls and Sam Cook. This performance will include hits such as Ain’t that Good News, For Sentimental Reasons, Tobacco Road Everybody Likes to Cha Cha, Natural Man, Lady Love, Dead End Street, Bring It On Home, At Last, Natural Man, You’ll Never Find, Having A Party, Twisting The Night Away, Cupid You Send Me and more!

Born in Cambridge, MA, music became a part of Joe Bourne’s life at an early age. Inspired by such greats as Nat King Cole and Lou Rawls, Joe’s own singing style rapidly became known to audiences around the globe. Joe’s career grew from lead singer of a local Top 40 band to the international status he now enjoys. He has recorded several albums and has been featured in commercials for Delta Airlines and Coca Cola. After moving to Europe, Joe began performing for the American and Dutch military and supported acts such as Natalie Cole, The Pointer Sisters and Dionne Warwick. Joe has performed concerts in Scandinavia, Aruba, Indonesia, Great Britain, Spain, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Ireland among others.

 

YO Music from the Heart of Japan and the Spirit of India

Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $20 in advance – $25 at door

YO is a word which means world community / this generation / this moment. The music of YO presents the ancient traditions of Japan and India in a fresh, creative and inspired vision. It is a celebration of global culture and community in the present moment, weaving history with the music of today. This creative, improvisational trio features world renowned Yutaka Oyama on Shamisen, virtuoso Akihisa Kominato on Shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and internationally renowned Ty Burhoe on tabla. Yutaka Oyama (shamisen) – One of the world’s leading shamisen players, Yutaka Oyama is known for his breathtakingly musical touch this very difficult instrument and the power of his improvisation which is quite rare within the ancient tradition of shamisen. He has played in many of the top concert halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall and continues to tour around the world throughout the year. His music can be heard on movie sound tracks and many CD recordings, both traditional and fusion. Akihisa Kominato (shakuhachi) – A celebrated maestro of the shakuhachi, Akihisa Kominato is known for his rich expressions of the traditional music of Japan, but also for his amazing ability to collaborate and blend with many different musical styles. He is renowned for his work on movie sound tracks and as his special guest appearances on numerous albums. He is also highly respected throughout the shakuhachi world for his unique ability to fully improvise in the moment on this profoundly simple and traditional instrument.

Ty Burhoe (tabla) – Ty Burhoe has been a disciple of the great tabla maestro, Ustad Zakir Hussain, since 1990. Ty is known for his inspired accompaniment and uplifting presence in both classical and in fusion settings. He has been featured on many soundtracks for film and DVD, including the academy award winning documentary, “Born into Brothels.” Ty works with a broad range of artists including Ustad Zakir Hussain, Bela Fleck, Walter Becker (Steely Dan), Rick Alan (Def Leppard), Jon Anderson (Yes) and many more. Ty has performed in prestigious halls all around the world including Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and Royal Festival Hall in London.

 

DOING IT RIGHT WITH THE METROS BAND

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $15 / $20 at the door

One of the most talented bands in Arizona today, The Metros perform a mix of contemporary jazz from the 70’s to 90’s (Ronnie Laws, Grover Washington Jr, Roberta Flack) and 70’s Soul and R & B (Minnie Ripperton, Michael Jackson, Kool and the Gang) with a reach back to the 60’s (Carol King, Etta James).

Christopher A. Cole-Partee has been playing percussion for over 20 years, with percussion experience in marching band, concert band, jazz band, drill corps, orchestra, and more. He has studied under renowned jazz artist Ed Elles, performed regularly at the infamous Yoshi Jazz Club in San Francisco, and played with funk legends Dazz Band, One Way, Lakeside, and The Barkays.

York Young, born in Buffalo, NY, initially began his musical journey playing drums at age 4, finally finding his passion on the keys at age 11. He has played with various gospel artists such as The Spirituals and Mama Lou and the Advent Singers touring the northeast and Tri-State regions of the U.S., respectively. York has also had the opportunity to open for Masters of Funk and Ziggy Marley, and has played with several groups between Tucson and Las Vegas, such as Urban Orchestra and Elements of Soul (Las Vegas), and Souls Formula (Tucson). York currently plays with the Metros Band and Neon Prophet in Tucson, as well as leading the music department at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church.

Darren Boswell, guitarist and sound production engineer, has been performing on guitar and electric bass for over 30 years. He also has degrees in electronics and audio engineering, and, later in life, added keyboard to his list of professionally played instruments. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Darren has performed with Chuck Berry, the Temptations, the Drifters, and the Platters, and opened for Ronnie Laws, Foreigner, Night Ranger, Quiet Riot, and many more.

Justine Boswell, vocalist, originally from St. Paul, MN, graduated from the University of Arizona in 2012 with a Master’s of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy. She has performed professionally all over the country. She has also been involved in professional recording since 2000 and directed both children and adult choirs for over a decade. Justine currently teaches choir at Desert Christian High School.

 

BEATLES FOR SALE: LENNON AND MCCARTNEY REVISITED

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $25 in advance – $30 at door

Beatles for Sale: Lennon and McCartney Revisited takes a magical mystery tour back to the 1960s to explore the high energy, youthful vitality of the Beatles. With four talented young performers whose look and sound instantly channel the Fab Four, the concert focuses on some of the Beatles famous B-sides including “Anna,” “This Boy,” “Another Girl,” “You Won’t See Me,” “In My Life,” “Paperback Writer,” and “We Can Work It Out” and so much more. The concert also includes classics such as “Twist and Shout,” “Lucy In The Sky w/ Diamonds,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and a spectacular medley from “Abby Road.” Not your average Beatles show, “Beatles for Sale” is the real thing complete with multiple costume changes — a high energy reincarnated performance of what the Beatles actually did live.

 

TRUE CONCORD PRESENTS: HANDEL’S MESSIAH

Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $20 in advance – $25 at door

Grammy-nominated True Concord Voices & Orchestra presents the Christmas portion and “Hallelujah Chorus” of Handel’s beloved Messiah that is sure to be a highlight of your holiday season. Handel’s masterpiece has become a celebrated December tradition in this country and beyond, and this performance with more than thirty musicians marks its not-to-be-missed debut at CPAC. Experience Handel’s magic and True Concord’s inspired music making heralded by Fanfare as, “Superb singing and playing. Most impressive.”

True Concord’s artistic mission is to enrich lives through the transformational power of classical music, accomplished primarily through the performance of masterworks and the diverse music of America in addition to regularly premiering new works by America’s leading and emerging composers. In 2015, True Concord made its New York debut at Lincoln Center. Directed by Dr. Eric Holtan, True Concord is now in its 15th season and has quickly become a rising star in the American cultural scene.

 

JACK LASSETER The Spanish History of Santa Fe, New Mexico

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $15 in advance – $20 at door

The story of Santa Fe, the second oldest city in the U.S. behind only St. Augustine, Florida, is the story of the Spanish here in the American Southwest. It was sitting here on the very northern edge of Spanish civilization in the New World, for some 10 years before the Mayflower even landed at Plymouth Rock. It became the Spanish capital of the Southwest, was the territorial capital for Tucson from the time we became part of the U.S. in 1854 until the Arizona Territory was created in 1863. Come and hear the fascinating stories of Juan de Oñate, Antonio de Espejo, the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, how Spain’s approach to the Indians differed from that of the Americans, the opening of the Santa Fe Trail, the South’s attempt to capture New Mexico for the Confederacy, and all the rest. Everyone living in the Southwest should know this story.

 

THE ORBISON YEARS: FEATURING MARK BARNETT AS ROY ORBISON TAD Management

Dec 12, 2018 - Dec 12, 2018

Tickets: $25 in advance – $30 at door

An unbelievable transformation complete with the looks, voice and feel of the magnificent ROY ORBISON. The awesome Orbison style and vocal range is truly captured by MARK BARNETT as he performs the classic hits like “Only The Lonely,” “Crying,” “Pretty Woman,” “In Dreams,” “Running Scared,” ” Blue Angel,” ” You Got It,” ” Blue Bayou” and many others.

Just close your eyes and listen to the haunting ballads and the soaring heights of this performer’s vocal range. Few can even come close to attempting to sing like Roy Orbison. Mark Barnett truly nails it. An absolutely stunning show with a full band not to be missed!

 

HONKY TONK CHRISTMAS WITH LONELY STREET PRODUCTIONS Sponsored by Homewatch Caregivers

Dec 14, 2018 - Dec 14, 2018

Tickets: $25 in advance – $30 at door

Gather up the family and get set to two-step ‘round the Christmas tree as you enjoy the yuletide twang of Honky Tonk Christmas! This knee-slappin’ production includes perennial holiday hits including songs made famous by Alan Jackson, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Randy Travis, George Strait and more. You won’t want to miss this evening of family holiday fun with Alex Mack, Kaci Bays and the Lonely Street Band!

 

SONS OF ORPHEUS HOLIDAY CONCERT

Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $15 in advance – $20 at door

Founded and led by the distinguished tenor, Grayson Hirst, this community-based men’s choral organization is comprised of men from all walks of life. Members include professional musicians, retired businessmen, scholars, teachers, doctors and others. Sons of Orpheus is a not-for-profit organization which pro- vides music scholarships and supports food banks and other numerous community organizations. They have performed with the Balalaika Orchestra, Tucson Chamber Orchestra and the Tucson Boys and Girls Choruses, among others.

 

THE EVERLY BROTHERS EXPERIENCE CHRISTMAS SHOW Featuring the Zmed Brothers

Dec 19, 2018 - Dec 19, 2018

Tickets: $25 in advance – $30 at door

?The Everly brothers? career lasted over half a century, they recorded 21 studio albums, sold more than 60 million records world-wide, had over 30 billboard top -100 singles, among the highest ranking of any rock duo ever, they received numerous accolades in their later career, and influenced countless legendary artist that came after them including The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Bee Gees, Neil Young.. and the list goes on.

The Everly Brothers Experience Christmas Show features a high energy band led by two real life brothers Zachary and Dylan Zmed who bring a genuine and youthful approach to the timeless music of the Everly Brothers. Zachary and Dylan have been described as having a striking resemblance to the genetic intimacy so ever present in the harmonies created by Don and Phil Everly. The Christmas show strings together some great Christmas hits that came out during the late 50’s early 60’s along with a few special Christmas songs that were part of Don and Phil’s childhood years growing up in Shenandoah.

For the last 2 years the Zmed Brothers have celebrated the pivotal music and history of ?The Everly Brothers legacy with enthusiastic crowds all across the US and overseas in prestigious venues. The Zmeds say, “ The music of the 50’s and 60’s are nostalgic to us, our parents raised us on it, and we feel that the Everly’s contribution is greatly overlooked, especially by younger generations. Our aim is not to impersonate but to do our best in honoring the aesthetics of their iconic sound and in honoring the important role they played pioneering the rock n’ roll movement, all while having a little fun telling our own personal story,” and they do just that. Growing up with a father, (Adrian Zmed) as a traveling singer/dancer/actor (?Grease 2, Bachelor Party, T.J. Hooker), and a mother (Barbara) as a second grade teacher in a suburb of Los Angeles, the Zmed Brothers continuously strive to pay homage to their personal roots by always infusing an instinctual blend of entertainment (a la Smothers Brothers) and contextual education in their performance. The Zmed brothers are absolutely thrilled to be able to contribute to a cause that supports the recognition and preservation of the intimate and singular origins of America’s greatest Rock n’ Roll sibling duo.

 

YOUR CHEATIN’ HEART: A SALUTE TO HANK WILLIAMS, PATSY CLINE & EARLY COUNTRY MUSIC Featuring Alex Mack, Kaci Bays and the Lonely Street Productions Band

Jan 4, 2019 - Jan 4, 2019

Tickets: $25 in advance – $30 at door

“Hey Good Lookin!” let’s go “Honky Tonkin’” with this tribute to songwriting superstar Hank Williams, Sr. You’ll be humming along to songs like “Jambalaya,” “Move it on Over,” “Lovesick Blues” and many more! Combine that with the siren song of our salute to Patsy Cline and you’d be “Crazy” to miss this one!

 

JACK LASSETER The Spanish History of Texas

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $15 in advance – $20 at door

The history of Texas is the story of longhorns, trail drives and barbed wire; of Santa Ana, Sam Houston and John Chisholm; of the Alamo, Goliad and San Jacinto; of the Comanches, the Comancheros and the Texas Rangers; of cotton, oil and even the Stetson hat. It is the only state with the right to divide itself into 5 states, which it will never do because Texans couldn’t agree on which of the five gets the Alamo. It is the only state that had been an independent nation, actually for some 10 years, when it joined the Union. This, and a lot more, is all part of the story of Texas, a unique and fascinating place, whose story Jack brings alive.

 

* Weekly Art Class with Rick Wheeler

Jan 8, 2019 - Apr 23, 2019

SCRATCHBOARD/WATERCOLOR: COMBINING DRAWING WITH PAINTING Instructor: Rick Wheeler Dates: Every Tuesday, January 8 to April 23, 2019 Time: 9 AM – 11:00 AM Fee: $40/2-hour Session

Scratchboard is fundamentally a drawing medium, popular in the early 1900’s for book illustration. Scratchboard makes for some very dramatic black & white renderings, but with this class, the students will discover how adding color – using traditional watercolor – can enhance their drawings.

BEGINNING-INTERMEDIATE WATERCOLOR Instructor: Rick Wheeler Dates: Every Tuesday, January 8 to April 23, 2019 Time: 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM Fee: $40/2-hour Session

A class that focuses on the basics for beginners, as well as advanced techniques for the intermediate student. Color mixing, brush and paper choices, how to stretch your own paper will be covered, along with the importance of good drawing skills and such techniques as working light-to-dark, wet-into-wet, wet-over-dry, glazing, blending, and loose vs. tight painting.

ACRYLIC LANDSCAPE: A PAINTERLY APPROACH Instructor: Rick Wheeler Dates: Every Tuesday, January 8 to April 23, 2019 Time: 2:00 AM – 4:00 PM Fee: $40/2-hour Session

“Painterly” is a term often used among other painters. If one painter calls another artists work, “painterly” it’s considered a compliment. The term is used to describe a style of work that allows for visible brushstrokes, thick applications of paint, dry brush, and blocking-in, while incorporating a more generalized, less detailed approach to painting. All of these techniques, and several others will be covered.

 

NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS

Jan 9, 2019 - Jan 9, 2019

Tickets: $30 in advance – $35 at door

The world-famous group, The New Christy Minstrels®, is still under the direction of Randy Sparks, and the group is now BETTER than they were in their hey-day. The NCM won a Grammy for their very first album and have Gold Records galore, as well as their Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. The group, now officially seven members strong, is a mix of old and new and it’s now the best collection of performers ever to have been billed as The New Christy Minstrels®. Each performer adds a diverse and unique talent to the pool. “We’re still alive, we’re still creative, and still eager to please, so we make a deal with the audience: We’ll do all the old songs you came to hear, if you’ll allow just a couple of newer ones,” says the group’s leader Randy Sparks. The same songwriter who penned their hits: Today, Green, Green, Saturday Night, Denver, and Mighty Mississippi, etc. is still at it, and the Randy Sparks magic is quite happily alive and well, and bringing their latest CD titled “Nice Time To Be Alive”, as well as their Greatest Hits CD, which includes songs listed above, titled “RECYCLED”. Autographs are given after the concert at a special meet and greet for the audience members, so that the group can thank the nice people for coming to their concert. No performing group has ever spawned so many successful musical careers as the New Christy Minstrels®. “For over fifty years we have been the best talent show ever,” says Sparks. “We still are.” Don’t miss any opportunity to see this stellar group in concert! It is advisable to buy tickets early, as they usually sell out. Please visit www.thenewchristyminstrels.com and the New Christy Minstrels Foundation www.newchristyminstrelsfoundation.org.

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