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.