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Monday Mashup

Weekend In Review: Last Free Concerts of Season

This weekend was filled with fun and excitement. We could not have asked for a better way to finish up our On The House free summer concerts.

In case you missed it, here is a quick review of the weekend:

On Friday, we welcomed ¡FlaMÉXico! to our stage.  Before the doors opened to the stage, Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ, one of the featured 14th Annual Chandler C3HR Mariachi Festival performers, filled the lobby with incredible dances.

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¡FlaMÉXico! then took the audience by surprise with their foot-tapping music and fantastic footwork. To say the least the evening was impresionante!

Saturday evening was yet another free summer concert. We had the wonderful opportunity to hear the musical beats of six up and coming bands/vocalists. It was a great youth showcase!

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No Longer Together

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Carly Paige

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Eclipses for Eyes

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Run 2 Cover

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West Hills Brothers

[Not pictured: Molly Kigin]

A big thank you to all those who came out this season for our On The House free summer concert series. We hope you will join us for another concert or event this upcoming season! Chandler Center for the Arts upcoming 2013-2014 shows found here.


Till We Meet Again…

The holiday break seems to have flown by and now we are back at work and the kids are back at school. We sincerely hope your break was wonderful. Here at Chandler Center for the Arts we had a blast. We were lucky enough to have the Zoppé Italian Circus grace our west lawn. Every day was filled with thrilling acts, laughter, and tons of fun.

ZoppeCampLast week we even hosted the CUSD Zoppé Circus Camp. On the first day of camp one of the participants was ready to return home because of stage fright. Thankfully a few minutes of speaking with our Marketing Assistant we convinced her to stay. By the end of the camp, she was performing and having a grand ol’ time. To top it off she even presented our Marketing Assistant with a little drawing of gratitude (see side photo).  Hosting the camp kids was a bundle of fun.

Come Saturday evening, we were all sad to see the show close. Needless to say, we can’t wait until the circus comes to town next year.

In the mean time, be sure to come see one of our amazing upcoming shows. Click here for the complete list.

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Monday Mashup: Dances of Sugar Plum Fairies

These past couple of weekends were full of incredibly talented dancers, holiday music, and holiday cheer. We welcomed Tempe Dance Academy’s Spirit of Christmas to our stage for four amazing shows. Here is a small glimpse of the magic we experienced.

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And don’t miss out on the upcoming Zoppé Italian Family Circus (December 26 – January 5).


CCA’s Connecting Kidz & Brighton Collectibles Win Big!

Each year Brighton Collectibles stores give back to their communities by holding a nation-wide fundraising competition between their stores.  The fundraising period stretches over a couple of months and each store location selects a charity within their community to benefit from their fundraising efforts. This year the Chandler Fashion Center store selected the Chandler Center for the Arts Connecting Kidz program to support.

http://chandlercenter.org/connecting/index.html

We had a lot of fun working with the store manager and associates to get the word out about the fundraiser and it paid off…big time!  The Chandler Fashion Center’s location won their company’s philanthropic national competition by raising the most money.  They raised over $8,100 for CCA’s Connecting Kidz program!

As a result of their win, the other stores across the country sent their inventory of limited edition American Flag bracelets to the Chandler store to extend their fundraising initiative.  The store celebrated their win and the extension of their fundraising efforts this past Saturday at Chandler Fashion Center with a performance by the Mallet Masters.

If you missed out this summer, there is still time to purchase this bracelet. “Vote” for the Arts and the Connecting Kidz program in Chandler by buying the American Flag bracelet!  The remaining bracelets will be sold through October 27.

Call (480) 726-0263 to order yours today or stop by the store. Thanks Brighton! You guys rock!


Monday Mashup: What do you get…

…When you mix a folk singer and a blues/jazz band?

Brian Chartrand & The Voce Project.

The video is a tad long, but I like it because it shows the different talents of the project, and I think it was one of the audience’s favorite songs. It’s a bit slow and mellow, but it’s perfect to keep me nice and mellow so I can make the most out of my Monday.

We also had the second performance of our 3 Evenings With The Arts, but I wasn’t able to get any video or photos of that, sadly. We had a great turnout, and now we’re focused on next month’s Bible Bingo, An Act of Charity in Two Acts (also a part of the 3 Evenings With The Arts) and our last Free Summer Concert, the Territorial Brass Band. Before I know it, the 2012-2013 season will be here and temperatures will be nice and I’ll be so busy that I won’t know what to do with myself.

…Well, I only half believe the part about cooler temperatures. Just because I don’t remember what 75 degrees feels like.

How is the start of the week treating you?


Monday Mashup: No More Lazy Summer Days

Because we have things to do around here!

On Friday we had the Sun Lakes Big Band, even though they admitted on stage that not many of their members live in Sun Lakes. They played some amazing Frank Sinatra and old school Glenn Miller (Can you have anything other than old school Glenn Miller? I’m talking about the really early stuff).

I didn’t get any video, but that was because everyone was being amazing and wanted to take part in our drawing with the Downtown Chandler Art Walk! You ladies and gents make me blush. Any time I get it into my head that I want to do some kind of contest or drawing or raffle, even with only a few days notice, you come out and participate and make me feel all warm and glowy. I have this fear that I sit out with something fun to do, and no one will show up. But thankfully, it’s a completely unfounded fear, because you are awesome.

And back to our regular Monday Mashup format.

This weekend we have two shows: Brian Chartrand & The Voce Project, as part of our Free Summer Concert Series and Hollywood Sings: Classic Cinema Songs  (with the lovely as ever Krsiten Drathman, who is our camp director).

Brian is taking the stage at the Center on Friday night at 7:30 with his twist on jazz. I gave him a listen the other day and his music sounds like a mix of jazz, rock and something that resembled bluegrass. He makes it all work. Like I said, he’ll be here Friday (August 24) and the show starts at 7:3opm, seating starts at 7:00pm and the doors open at 6:30. Seating is first come, first served and we will gladly accept any donations that you throw our way.

On Saturday night we’re back with our second installment of our 3 Evenings For The Arts fundraiser, and we’re really looking forward to building off the successes of our last show with Joe Bourne. As with our last show, there will be a live auction, silent auction and raffle, with wine tasting starting at 6:30. Make sure you keep an eye on your bids too, last time there were a few bidding wars…..

You can still get tickets to Hollywood Sings here. If you want tickets to the last two shows, call our box office at 480-782-2680.


Monday Mashup: Firefly & Fall Reminders

Firefly was amazing. They are a group that keeps evolving and getting better with each performance, and being able to watch that growth, even in just a year, has been awesome.

Of course, I took video! Here was their opener which was so much fun. The girls can play a wide variety of instruments, and if you missed Friday’s show, you really missed out on a unique musical experience.

Also, I’d just like to remind everyone that our Fall Performing Arts Program starts in a little more than a month! It’s the weekly class that runs from September 10-December 3, and is tailored to fit kids who want to improve their musical theatre skills, and that includes beginners too. (because if you’re a beginner, you can only get better from here!)

If you’re not ready for a long commitment like our Performing Arts Program, you (or your kids, because I know some former campers read this…) can still live out their dreams of fame and fortune in our Glee Camp, which runs from 9am-12pm October 1-5.

Both programs are going to feature brand new material, so if you did our Performing Arts Program or Glee before, you won’t be wasting your time doing the same thing.

You can register for the Performing Arts Program here, and register for Glee here. Have questions? I’m your lady, give me a shout and I’ll help you out.
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Monday Mashup: Back from the past and looking forward

Last weekend was one of the best openers I think we’ve had in a while.
First, we had Comeback Buddy


And they brought dancers!

Saturday was our first 3 Evenings For The Arts, and Joe Bourne was phenomenal. During intermission, he and his trio came out and said “Hi” to everyone. All around a class act.

Since I was occupied with other things, I was happy to pass off the role of photographer to another willing person, and here are a few of the shots he got from Saturday night.


As always, Monday Mashup doesn’t just re-cap the weekend, it preps you for the upcoming one! This Friday as part of our Free Summer Concerts, we’re bringing Firefly back! If you were an early reader, you may remember them from an interview I did last year when they opened for Steve Warnier, which you can re-read here.

They are three sisters from Gilbert with an amazing sound, and I’m so excited that we can give them their own show this year! They take the stage Friday night at 7:30. Reminder, doors open at 6:30, but you won’t be able to get a seat until 7:00. Suggested donations are $5/child, $10/adult and $15/family.


Monday Mashup: Free Summer Concerts and 3 Evenings With The Arts

Less than 5 days until the Center is ready to rock another successful Free Summer Concert Series and our brand new never before seen 3 Evenings With The Arts fundraiser.

Friday (July 27) is our first Free Summer Concert show of 2012. The doors open at 6:30pm, but seating doesn’t start until 7:00pm, and its first come, first served. Comeback Buddy doesn’t take the stage until 7:30, so you’ll have plenty of time to get home, relax for a minute (maybe cool down) before you head out to see one of the best shows that CCA has to offer.

Yes, the concert is free, so you could just show up and watch the show, but we’d appreciate a little love in the form of a couple of bucks. The suggested donations are $5 per person, $10 per couple and $15 per family. Like I said, these are just suggestions, so do what feels right. The important thing is to come out, support local music and have a good time.

On Saturday (July 28) we start our first 3 Evenings With The Arts Fundraiser with Joe Bourne & Trio performing “Remembering Mr. Cole, a Tribute to Nat King Cole.” Joe is a great guy with an amazing sound, and he’s just what we need to get this fundraiser off to a running start.

But 3 Evenings With The Arts isn’t just about the show, it’s about raising money for our Connecting Kidz so that we can continue to offer an arts program to kids who may not have access to art. To do that, we’ve come up with a silent auction prizes that include:

Two Tour Tickets to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West

A Cigar Package

Phoenix Rock Gym day pass for two plus all the gear you’ll need

A Jeweled Pen Set

Two passes to Augusta Ranch Golf Club, including a cart & lunch

A Wine Package

A pack of 10 passes Stratum Laser Tag

A Cigar Box Guitar made right here in Chandler (If you’ve been to the Art Walk, you’ll have seen or heard these guitars.)

Two tickets to the Invisible Theatre

Black & White Photo Art from Heather Wilson Creates

Four passes to the Musical Instrument Museum

A limited edition Brighton Bracelet & Towel

Four tickets to an Arizona Diamondbacks game

One family pass to Desert Botanical Gardens

 

And a Raffle!

$5 each or 5 for $20

The Fishermans Retreat, a signed lithograph by artist Graham Foster

A Waterford Crystal Clock

Crown Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort one-night stay for 2 including breakfast

 

We’re also going to have wine tasting from Chateau Ste. Michelle,  hors d’oeuvres and The Crawford Brothers performing in the lobby starting at 6:30. If those aren’t reasons to be here and help kids, then I don’t know what is.

See you this weekend!


Monday Mashup: Last Call

Last week was insane. We had amazing runs of Awesome 80s Prom, and I’m really sad to see it go.  The shows got better as the week went on, and as more people participated in the Prom. Our Facebook page is loaded with photos from the photo booth, and feel free to check them out and tag yourself if you came!

This weekend is the last weekend of the 2011/2012 season, and I’m really sad that it’s almost all over. We had a wonderful season and it was a great success. It also means that I (Caitie) have survived my first full CCA season, and if any of you bet against me:

A:) I’m here to collect

B:) You’re mean.

But that’s okay.

This weekend we’re going to go out with a bang with Joan Rivers and Marty Stuart.

I’m not sure and preview that I can give Joan will do her justice, but I’m going to try. She’s going to be performing her new stand up, and talking about her experiences on Fashion Police and on the Red Carpet. If you love hearing Joan rip into people on her shows, she’s going to be 10 times better in person.

The show starts at 8pm, and I’m dead serious when I say be there by 8. Yes, there will be an opener, but once Joan in on stage, no one will be let into the house, so they’ll have to watch the performance on the TV screens in the lobby.

So, be here at 7:45. Just in case.Tickets (if there are any left) would be here.

Saturday night we have Marty Stuart coming through to close out our season. I’m really excited because we haven’t had anything like him play at the Center this year, and it’s that bluegrass “hillbilly rock” (his words, not mine) that is his specialty that I love. I seriously can’t wait, and I’m really glad that we get to end the season on such a high note.

Snag tickets to Saturday night’s show here.