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Put The Band Back Together

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!

*All steps must be completed to be entered into the drawing.

Bad Cactus Brass Band – Nothing But Great!

Have you been to Chandler Center for the Arts? If not, now is your chance! All during the month of August, the Center will host four different FREE concerts under the On The House program. Each concert showcases a family-friendly performance that is sure to leave you wanting more. Gather your friends and family and experience a Chandler Center for the Arts performance “On The House.”

The free concert series kicks off on August 2, 2013 at 7:30pm with The Bad Cactus Brass Band. Coming out on the scene in 2009, this amazing group brings to life traditional New Orleans Mardi Gras inspired music in a fun and exciting fashion.

Although their name is Bad Cactus Brass Band, there is nothing bad about this group. *Their repertoire includes original dance music, funky street beats, traditional dixieland, gospel and swing, and pop songs reinterpreted with a brass band sound. Powered by tuba, drums, trumpets, saxophones, and trombones, the Bad Cactus Brass Band brings a Mardi Gras energy to street corners, festivals, parties, nightclubs, etc.

“They play loud, they play great… If you were to imagine how it might have sounded if Bix Biederbeck had been in a garage band in his Davenport days, it might have sounded like the Bad Cactus Brass Band.” Jim Phillips, Arizona Classic Jazz Society*

Sample their music below:

Come enjoy the different flavors of jazz and funky beats as this group triggers a joyful energy into the audience that will have everyone dancing till they cannot dance anymore!

No tickets required for this show. All seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 6:30pm, and seating starts at 7pm. Suggested donations: $5/person, $10/family. Your financial support is appreciated. Learn more about our On The House FREE concert series here.


Monday Mashup: We Like To Party

I hope your weekend was wonderful and that you’re happy to get back to work this Monday morning. If either one (or both) isn’t the case, then a little Monday Mashup should be the cure for what ails you.

Bad Cactus Brass Band rocked on Friday night, and even brought a little surprise with them. In addition to their marching brass band, they had a gentleman by the name of Chris Pena on piano who was drop dead amazing.

Hot dang. Makes me wish that I stuck with my dream of playing piano, but moving on. If you didn’t catch Bad Cactus then here’s a clip of what you missed. (Also, I want to see a doctor’s note)

This weekend we don’t have a free summer show, but next weekend we’re really going to party. We have Rachel Eckroth coming on August 19th and then on August 20th with The Christopher Robin Band at Chester’s Harley-Davidson where yours truly will try not to catch on fire and help grill up all sorts of tasty goodness. Keep your eyes out for some more details as we get closer to August 20th.

Weekend Preview

It feels good to get back to our regularly scheduled programming.


Bad Cactus Brass band is going to tear the roof off this joint tonight and I can’t wait. If you’re coming to the show tonight, and you should because it’s free, don’t even worry about seating. Once they get going, you’ll be too busy enjoying yourself and dancing to actually sit.  If you’re not sure if New Orleans party music is your thing, you can sample these lovely fellows here. (Note: Don’t do what I just did and forget that you had your speakers turned up at full volume. Yowza.)

Since this is the first free summer concert this year, I’d just like to give everyone a heads up about how they work.  The show is at 7:30pm, so the doors to the foyer open at 6:30 pm and seating opens at 7:00 pm. Like I’ve mentioned, it is free to get in, but since you love CCA as much as I do (or more), you have the option to give the Center a donation. We suggest $5 per person or $10 per family. Of course, you’re welcome to give or not give as much as you want (but I have my fingers crossed that you’ll give more).  Also keep in mind that seating is done on a first come first served basis, so if you really, really want the third seat from the left aisle in row H, show up early.

Please (pretty, pretty please) don’t forget to Like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter for a chance to win two tickets to Gaelic Storm. Sometime before the show starts I’ll be posting THE video that you need. Do what the video says and you’ll have a shot at winning.


It is taking every once of self-control to not break out singing that hot mess of a song. Caitie: 1, Urge to act like a goof this early in the morning: Zero.

I dropped a few hints about free tickets in my blog post yesterday, and people jumped all over that. Here’s the deal.

I love meeting people (it is seriously the best part of my job), I love free concerts and I have a soft spot for a trombone players.* To show my love and enthusiasm, I’ve thrown together a little somethin’ somethin’ for the CCA community. It’s ridiculously simple, but you’ll have to be quick about it.

On Friday evening between about 6:00 and 6:30, ish, make sure you’re paying attention to our Twitter and Facebook pages, because a video might pop up that tells you what you’ll need to do to get yourself some free tickets

You down?

*Yes, I’m well aware of what people who play trombones call themselves (4 years of band will do that to a girl) and no I will not say it. Caitie: 2, Urge to act like a goof this early in the morning: Still nothing. Boom, roasted.

Monday Mashup (A Day Late But Not A Dollar Short)

I’m not sure if it was because WordPress was down yesterday, or if my computer hates me, but the return of Monday Mashup had to be postponed until Tuesday. Apologies to all who were looking forward to it.

This weekend things are really starting to heat up at CCA. Friday kicks off our Free Summer Concert Series, and getting things started right is Bad Cactus Brass Band. Take a minute and check them out, I’ll be here when you get back.

Talk about talent, and you get to see them for free! They’re a wonderful New Orleans style party jazz band all wrapped up in Cajun spices, and they are going to bring the house down this weekend. Anyone who can get through a Bad Cactus Brass Band show without dancing must not be listening properly. I mean, how can you sit down when you’ll want to get up and move music coming at you? Any video I get of them might be a little shaky, just because I’ll be dancing around the whole time (which is worth coming out to see itself).

As if free amazing party music isn’t enough to get you to come out, I have a few other surprises up my sleeve. You’ll have a chance to get some fantastic (and discounted) tickets to an upcoming show, and even a chance to win tickets!

I might have said too much. Oh well. Just make sure you’re following us on Twitter and have Liked us on Facebook. I’ll have more details there about what, when and how you can win tickets, as well as information on the discounts. 

On Friday, come over and say hi. It’s always nice to meet online friends in real life (and you might walk away with tickets…)