…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?
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.
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.
Last Friday was our very last day of Summer Camp for 2012. The campers put on an amazing sendoff and showed us just how good things can happen when you work really hard for four days and love what you do.
Check out one, or both, of the camp videos below!
*Also, we have a ton of water bottle, lunch boxes and even some fancy electronic stuff left from all of our camps this summer. If you’re missing something, or even thing you’re missing something, give me a shout and help me find homes for all of our stuff.
How many times did well tell our parents that we’re big girls (or boys) growing? I think it was one of my first phrases, so I can related to these young ladies.
Our campers get a bit ticked when they’re accused of something they didn’t do.
I love showing rather than telling, and two of our shows this weekend can express themselves better than I could.
One of our patrons summed up Alpin Hong perfectly.
We’re happy that you’re happy.
And then, there was Ballroom with A Twist. I was expecting the dancers, but I didn’t know about the appearances of David Hernandez and Gina Glocksen, so I was surprised.
I took a bunch of video, but that would just take up space on the blog, so I’ve created a playlist here.
I wasn’t able to grab any video from Wyatt Earp, but I loved the show. Getting to hear about the early days of Arizona (especially as an Arizona native) made my day. If anyone has any pictures they’d like to share, throw them my way.
Phew, three shows, and that was just a weekend recap, so I’ll make this next one short. On Saturday night we’re hosting Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis as a part of their Grits and Glamour tour. I had not heard of Lorrie or Pam until last spring, and I’m ashamed of that. I like country as much as the next person, but there is just something about these two ladies that I can really connect to, and I enjoy listening to their music.
You can find out how to get tickets, as well as watch a video of them, here.
This week, the Zoppé family took some time to show a few Chandler kids how to be proper circus performers.
I was expecting Classic Albums to perform Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and bring the house down, but they far exceeded my expectations. Seriously, when they first started up I had to squint from my perch to make sure that we didn’t actually hire Fleetwood Mac or that they snuck on stage. The group sounded just like Fleetwood Mac, down to the note. I was blown away.
Don’t believe me? Take a look at some video that I got from this weekend.
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This weekend we don’t have any performances, but the weekend after, in my favorite long weekend of the year, we’re kicking off The Nutcracker by Ballet Etudes. They were the same people that put on the ballet in the spring, and it’s Nutcracker! It’s a tradition, and you can’t mess with traditions. They’ll be here for two weekends, so if you’re out of town next weekend, you can watch them in the beginning of December.
That best describes our weekend and Friday night show at the Center. If you missed it, you didn’t just miss an amazing show, but you missed out on a whole experience. Lucky for you, I understand that emergencies come up, and there are maybe one or two good excuses for missing the show. So, here’s a taste.
First, we had three amazing gentlemen (who didn’t mind me stalking them) playing the bagpipes to welcome people to the Center.
Then you walked in and saw these lovely young ladies from AZ Colleen. Break it down, now.
And finally, you got to watch the show! Here’s a clip of Gaelic Storm playing “What’s the Rumpus?” Let me just say that most performers can get the audience going along with them for a song, maybe two. Gaelic Storm had everyone participating the entire show. Well done, guys.
Amazing time. We need them back next year.
This weekend we’re continuing the Irish trend, but taking it in a different direction. On Sunday you can catch Orla Fallon performing here, and it’s going to be a great time. She’s a little more traditional than Gaelic Storm, and her songs can really pull on your heart-strings one minute, and then make you laugh and clap along the next. She’s a great performer and you really can’t miss it.