Do you like free? Be sure to join in on the free fun happening at Chandler Center for the Arts during the entire month of August.
Our FREE summer concert series, On The House, officially kicks of with a beat hopping performance by Bad Cactus Brass Band inside the Center this Friday, August 2 at 7:30pm.
Before the show begins, don’t miss your chance to win 2 FREE tickets to one of our upcoming 2013-2014 season shows. How, you might ask? All you have to do is Put The Bad Cactus Brass Band “back together” before 7:30pm. It might sound like a difficult task, but we have broken it down into two easy steps:
Step 1: On Friday, August 2, 2013, collect 5 of the 6 band member cards from the following Downtown Chandler locations (one block south of the Center on Boston Street):
– Di Sciacca Glassware
– Sibley’s West
– Bourbon Jacks Bar & Grill
– Paletas Betty
– Shoe Thrill
Step 2: Go to the CCA lobby promo table to collect the 6th band member card. Show all 6 band member cards to the person at the promo table to be entered into our drawing*
Participants will be entered into a drawing to win 2 tickets to one of the following shows:
– The Australian Bee Gees Show
– Michael A. Pollack presents Blood Sweat & Tears
– Zoppe, An Italian Family Circus
– Moscow Festival Ballet presents Swan Lake
– One Night of Queen
We’ll see you on Friday!
High five, you made it to the weekend! Since it’s Friday, that means that I have a run down of Center events for you this weekend. Because we’re friends.
Tonight we have Phoenix’s very own Brian Chartrand & The Voce Project. It’s a new form of rock/jazz/blues/fun mix that I’ve really liked the more I listen to him. Brian has played all around the world and I’m pretty excited for him to show up here tonight and give us an amazing show.
Since it’s a free concert, we would of course love any donations that you could throw our way. The foyer doors open at 6:30, but you can’t get into the theatre to sit until 7:00, and the concert starts at 7:30.
If you want more of the Center this weekend, come back on Saturday night for our second concert of 3 Evenings For The Arts fundraiser, “Hollywood Sings Classic Cinema Songs”. There will be a ton of goodies up for grabs, as well as wine and munchables. You can grab tickets here, and if you’re coming, feel free to dress up in your most glitzy-glamorus, because the rest of us are going to be!
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.
Today’s the day! We are back in the swing of performances since March! Yay!!
Sometimes I get way to excited about things. Sometimes it’s justified. This is one of those times.
If you haven’t heard, tonight marks the start of the Free Summer Concert Series 2012! We’re kicking it off with Comeback Buddy, which you have all previously met and heard much about in my interview.
The show tonight starts at 7:30. Doors open at 6:30, seating starts at 7 and its first come, first served. I’ve mentioned it before, but we do love when you show us some love (in the form of a few bucks) so suggested donations are $5 for kids, $10 for couples or $15 for families. Want to drop more our way? I won’t stop you.
But come and say hi! I’ll be wearing the blue dress at the raffle table. I love meeting Internet friends in real life, cause y’all are awesome.
Can’t make it tonight but still want something to do this weekend? Come see “Remembering Mr. Cole, A Tribute to Nat King Cole,” on Saturday (July 28) night! It’s starring the wonderful Joe Bourne & Trio, who you’ve also heard me talk about. With all of our 3 Evenings For The Arts shows, you get more than just a show. Prizes, wine tasting, yummy treats, the works. I’ve listed all the prizes up for grabs tomorrow night, and we still have seats available.
The show starts at 8:00pm on the 28, but the fun really starts at 6:30 in the foyer. You can snag tickets to just Joe’s show here, or call our box office for tickets to all three shows (480-782-2689).
Hope to see you this weekend!
It’s been a great year for trying new things at the Center.
We tried and succeeded at Eat Your Art Out.
We tried and succeeded with our Youth Advisory Council.
And we’re trying something new again starting on Saturday.
We needed something else in the summer. People tend to flee Phoenix in the summer, partly because of the heat, and partly because there is nothing to do because of the heat. We saw a void, and we’re trying to fix it.
3 Evenings For The Arts is a fundreaiser designed to fill that void, help kids and bring the community together, all in three shows. Once a month from now until September, we’re asking people to bring their friends, family or people they like to hang out with to the Center, take a chance for some awesome prizes, see a great show and help build Chandler into something stronger.
The prizes that you can win differ from show to show, so I’m asking that you come to as many as you can. The performers are top-notch, the wine from Chateau Ste. Michelle are phenomenal (they are sponsoring the wine tastings at each show) and it’s a chance to help the arts in Chandler become better than what it is.
Our first show, “Remembering Mr. Cole, A Tribute to Nat King Cole”, is this Saturday night and I have a list of the fan-tabulous prizes up for grabs here.
You can get tickets to each show individually, or the whole series if you like. Individual tickets can be purchased here, but series ones can only be bought at our box office, either in person or by calling 480-782-2680
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!
I’ve mentioned it several times, but I grew up with music that was made by people before my parents were born. Frank Sinatra was my lullaby. My girlhood crush was Buddy Holly. My glasses even look like his did. I remember listening to Nat King Cole when I did my homework, just loud enough so I could hear it, but not too loud so my Mom wouldn’t come in and bust me.
Next weekend starts out with an old-school-but-totally-cool vibe on Saturday, and we’re keeping it going with “Remembering Mr. Cole: A Tribute to Nat King Cole”, starring Joe Bourne & Trio as our first show in our 3 Evenings With The Arts fundraiser.
Joe has been playing professionally since 1968, and got his start in Cambridge, Mass. He made his way down to Atlanta in 1975 and then made the Netherlands his base for the next 25 years before coming out to Tucson. During his career, he’s recorded and performed with The Supremes, Dionne Warwick, and Ms. Natalie Cole herself.
It’s safe to say, the man knows his music.
Joe keeps his music simple, like the crooners of the 40s, with a piano, bass and guitar. That’s actually what helped him come up with the idea of “Remembering Mr. Cole, A Tribute to Nat King Cole.”
“I met a piano player who had studied the instrumental side of Nat King Cole, and we decided to put together a tribute to him about 6 years ago,” said Joe. It’s been going strong ever since. All the members of his trio have degrees in music and a deep understanding and appreciation of the musicianship that is required to pull off a 40’s soul song.
So what is it about Nat King Cole that first drew Joe to him and his music?
“I’ve always loved him, and his music,” Joe said. “I really like it all, Nat King Cole, Motown, even Disco.” From the sound to the stories that the songs tell, Joe says it’s like telling a history of a person.
It’s that combination of history and music that audiences find so appealing. Joe said that where ever he goes, he always finds an appreciative audience, even some repeat concert goers.
“In Arizona, people are from everywhere, so sometimes I’ll do a show in Arizona and then a show in the Midwest, and I’ll see some familiar faces. No matter where I go, people like the same kind of music, even if they don’t realize it yet,” he said.
When you come see Joe next weekend, you’ll be in for a treat.
“I hope people leave with a big smile on their faces, from music they remember from their younger days, or music that they remember from listening to their families,” Joe said. “It’s music they can remember, and lyrics they can understand.”
You can get tickets to the entire 3 Evenings With The Arts fundraiser series, or just to Joe’s show here. He takes the stage on Saturday, July 28 at 8pm, but only after a live auction, a silent auction, a raffle, wine tasting and so much more.