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This Week in Food: SanTan Brewing Co.

We asked Jamie from SanTan Brewing Co. to give us the low down on Downtown Chandler’s friendly neighborhood brewpub.

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Quick Background:

Open since 2007 under the leadership of head brewer and owner, Anthony Canecchia, SanTan Brewing Company has established astrong reputation as one of Arizona’s favorite craft breweries. In addition to brewing, SanTan features a friendly neighborhood brewpub in Downtown Chandler, which has quickly become one of the top local food and beer destinations in the Phoenix metro area. Winner of the 2013 Chandler Small Business of the Year.

Describe your restaurant:

American brew pub fare with a Southwestern twist, Open and vibrant environment surrounded by brewing tanks and 8 HD TVs.

Why support the arts in Chandler?

As a local business and community partner we feel the Arts and Culture are an integral part of any community to keep growing and evolving.

How many beers do you have on tap? What would be the top 3 beers to suggest to beer buffs?

A variety of beers on draft made on premises, Most popular are our Flagship Devils Pale Ale, SunSpot Golden Ale and or Seasonal beer selections.

Any new beers or dishes for 2014?

Sex Panther Double Chocolate Porter. Best new dishes are our “From the Smoker” Smokehouse BBQ Sampler and Shrimp & Grits.

If your still looking for a place to eat for Eat Your Out Chandler (http://eatyourartoutchandler.org/) on Tuesday 2/25/14, make sure you check out SanTan Brewing Co. and try their new beers on tap and new dishes.


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.


Put The FlaMEXico Band Back Together

Our On The House concert series takes a Mexican/Spanish turn this Friday, August 23, with a  foot tapping performance by ¡FlaMÉXico! 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. Yes, we’ve done it again…all you have to do is Put The ¡FlaMÉXico! Band “back together” before 7:30pm.  Here’s how it’s done:

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Step 1: On Friday, August 23, 2013, collect all 5 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

Liza, Patron of the Arts

Step 2: Find Liza, our Patron of the Arts mascot, somewhere at Chandler Center for the Arts and take a picture with her. Post to Instagram (if you have an acct).
*Hint: She will be “adopting” a seat.*

Step 3: Show all 5 band member cards and your picture with Liza 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
– SIRO-A

We’ll see you tomorrow!

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

Plugged In: Run 2 Cover

What do you get when you blend together Rock, Metal, Punk & Pop? A group called Run 2 Cover. Run 2 Cover is one of our six acts being featured during Saturday’s Plugged-In performance. The band members of Run 2 Cover sat down with us for an interview and here’s what we discovered.

In late 2010, Christian and Brandon Iverson (brothers) and their neighborhood friend, Colin Shaw, formed Run 2 Cover. Christian is lead vocalist and bassist (and older brother). Brandon, the younger brother, can be found on the drums. And Colin is the sole guitarist for the band. The three band members may look “punk”, but don’t let that fool you. Each band members is kind, genuine, and excited to be on this musical journey.

All three of the boys have grown up with music as their main focus. Starting at the age of 12, Colin began playing the electric guitar and Christian started playing the bass guitar. Brandon began piano lessons when he was 5 years old and later took an interest in drums at age 11. The boys have worked hard creating their sound, songs, and vibe. None of the boys attend public school so they have more time to devote to the band and music.

When we asked them where they practiced we were not surprised when they told us they practice at home. Although, not the garage, the band fills the Iverson’s home with their loud Rock music. We naturally had to ask if the neighbor’s ever complained of noise. The three chuckled and responded with a resounding “Yes!”

The band has encountered minor challenges along the way. There are times when the band will bump heads, but the next day they have moved on and are ready to get back to work. When asked if they have had their “big break” yet, all three said no. They continue to work hard to gain more exposure for the band and have even toyed with the idea of changing the band name. Although they haven’t had their “big break,” the quality of the band is well on its’ way to making it big.

Run 2 Cover recently launched their  EP (Extened Play) “Turn the Page” on iTunes this month. Preview the songs here. The band is definitely one to watch live in concert and one to watch as they journey to making it “big.”

We are looking forward to welcoming Run 2 Cover to our stage this Saturday, August 24 at 7:30pm for our On The House free summer concert “Plugged In.” No tickets required, the show is FREE. All seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 6:30pm, and seating starts at 7pm. Suggested donations: $5/child, $10/adult, $15/family. Your financial support is appreciated.


“Plugged In” And Ready To Rock

We hope by now you have heard the buzz about our On The House free summer concert, Plugged In. The concert hits the stage this Saturday, August 24, at 7:30pm. The evening is going to be filled with young talent from the Phoenix Valley. All of the artists have been prepping for this evening and we know it is an event you won’t want to miss.

Who is performing, you might ask? We have a break down just for you:

West Hills Brothers
Mix of Classic Rock, Pop & Alternative Rock
The West Hills Brothers are a unique duo of acoustic/electric guitars, vocals and percussion. Their music is a great mix of classic rock, pop, alternative and original tunes with their own unique style.

Carly Paige
Pop solo-vocalist
Carly is a 15-year-old singer songwriter singer/songwriter/guitar player. She LOVES and is INSPIRED by The Beatles, ELO, LEO, & The Jellyfish!

Run 2 Cover
Blending Rock, Metal, Punk & Pop
Run 2 Cover is comprised of three young, gifted, and relevant musicians. Run 2 Cover performs their original music as well as a wide spectrum of cover songs ranging from Bob Marley, Prince, Alice Cooper, Black Eyed Peas, Guns and Roses, Bruno Mars, Cee-Lo Green, Jimmy Eat World, Ozzy Osbourne, etc.


No Longer Together

Alternative Rock
No Longer Together is an Alternative Rock/Pop band from Scottsdale, Arizona. The group plays modern music – electric and acoustic, originals and covers.

Molly Kigin
Pop/Rock solo-vocalist
Molly is a 16-year-old singer/songwriter/ guitarist from Chandler, Arizona working on her first album.She has independently produced four singles in digital distribution: “Box,” “When Rain Falls,” “American Nightmare,” and “Breathing.”

Eclipses for Eyes
Alternative Rock
Alternative rock band based out of Tempe, Arizona! Here to create music with heart and passion.

This incredible event was inspired by our Youth Advisory Council. Council members engage in experiential 3-hour sessions from September – March that provide hands-on, real world leadership situations of a Performing Arts Center. We are currently accepting applications for our 2013-2014 council (candidates are 13-18 years of age). Application deadline is September 4, 2013 at 5pm. If you or someone you know would be a great fit please have them apply today!


Plugged In: Dynamic Duo

Inspired by the Center’s Youth Advisory Council“Plugged In” will feature six up and coming young musical acts in the Phoenix Metro area who will showcase their talent in Chandler on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 7:30pm.

The West Hills Brothers are a unique duo of acoustic/electric guitars, vocals and percussion. Carson Smith is the lead vocals, guitar, and percussion. His twin brother Cole, plays acoustic and electric guitar and mandolin. The brothers are originally from West Hills, California but now live in Arizona and perform on a regular basis. Their music is a great mix of classic rock, pop, alternative and original tunes with their own unique style. We had to get the inside scoop on who these brothers are, check it out!

Chandler Center for the Arts [CCA]: We have to ask, who is the oldest?

West Hill Brothers: We are actually twin brothers. Carson (the drummer) is 2 minutes older.

CCA: Does it make it easier or harder to work together since you are brothers?

West Hill Brothers: It makes it easier for us to work together because we know each other so well and we don’t have to go through the hassle of calling each other up to meet and rehearse and clear dates for shows etc.

CCA: How old were you when you discovered your musical talent?

West Hill Brothers:  We were about 6 years old when we first started to learn how to play and we formed our band about 3 years ago. We have grown up with music all of our lives. Our dad is a musician and first introduced us to playing music.

CCA: What instruments do you play?

West Hill Brothers: Carson plays drums, acoustic guitar, harmonica, and lead vocals. Cole plays the acoustic/electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, and back-up vocals.

CCA: Has it always been your goal to be performing artists?

West Hill Brothers: We didn’t think about it too much when we were younger because we knew we just liked to play music together. We started out playing local open mic nights and coffee shops and began to love it. Now it’s great to have our calendar pretty booked playing some great gigs at some cool events.

CCA: Do you feel like you have gotten your “big break” yet?

West Hill Brothers: We understand its can be a slow process. We love the fact that we have been on local TV and in the newspaper etc. but national recognition would be great. In the meantime we look at is as becoming better musicians in the process.

CCA: Are there any musicians or bands who have inspired you?

West Hill Brothers: We share the same interests in bands and love listening to NeverShoutNever, Foster the People, Mergence, Band of Horses, the Avett Brothers, Jack Johnson, the Beatles, Local Natives, Dr. Dog, the Killers, Mumford & Sons, No doubt, Neil Young, Vampire Weekend, Weezer, and much more!

CCA: How do you balance school and the band?

West Hill Brothers: Our grades are really important and the fact that we are brothers really helps with rehearsal times etc. We like to hang out with our friends on nights that we aren’t performing and we really appreciate how are friends have supported us and come out to our shows.

CCA: What is your favorite genre of music?

West Hill Brothers: We like to listen to alternative-rock and we like classic rock too.

CCA: Do you hope to make music your life-long careers? Or do you have a different vision for your future careers?

West Hill Brothers: We definitely want to play and write as much music as possible throughout our lives. We both have other interests in the arts too, but music will always be apart of our lives.

CCA: If you could perform anywhere, where would it be?
West Hill Brothers:  We would love to play at a cool festival like Coachella, or Bonnaroo or someday sell-out at a stadium or concert hall somewhere!

CCA: Do you have any interesting stories since you started to perform publicly?

West Hill Brothers:  We don’t really have any crazy stories, but we have had some pretty interesting notes left in our tip jar.

CCA: What is one thing you want the Chandler Center for the Arts’ audience to know about you?

West Hill Brothers:  First, we really appreciate the opportunity that Chandler Center for the Arts has given us and second we just want everyone to hopefully love our music and style and see the big sound we get from just 2 people performing.

CCA: Any additional comments or information you might want to share with our audience?

West Hill Brothers: We hope to see you at the event and we will be releasing our new single “Walk in the Park” that we just recorded last week. We want to thank our friends and family for all their support.

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Come see this pair perform during our Plugged In concert on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 7:30pmNo tickets required, the show is FREE. All seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 6:30pm, and seating starts at 7pm. Suggested donations: $5/child, $10/adult, $15/family. Your financial support is appreciated.


Plugged In: Carly Paige

Inspired by the Center’s Youth Advisory Council, “Plugged In” will feature six up and coming young musical acts in the Phoenix Metro area who will showcase their talent in Chandler on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 7:30pm.

One of the featured artists is Carly Paige, an incredible up and coming vocal soloist. Carly Paige is your fun loving teen who you can immediately call a friend. We instantly fell in love with her song “Too Good” (watch out Taylor Swift) and knew we want to learn more about her. Check out our interview with Carly Paige below:

Chandler Center for the Arts [CCA]: How old were you when you discovered your vocal talent?

Carly Paige: My parents have told me that I’ve been singing since I was 3 or 4 years old. I really started to get into it at about age 10 when I got my first guitar.

CCA: Has it always been your goal to be a performing vocal artist?

Carly Paige: I have always wanted to be a singer/songwriter/guitar player. My Dad use to be in a band, and there were always guitars in the house. It just felt so natural to pick one up and start writing.

CCA: Who are your musical inspirations?

Carly Paige: I grew up listening to The Beatles, ELO, and the Jellyfish. When I listen to their music, it makes me want to grab my guitar and start writing.

CCA: What musical artist are you most often compared to?

Carly Paige: Many people compare me to Colbie Caillat, Taylor Swift, and Sheryl Crow.

CCA: What kind of music do you listen to today?

Carly Paige: I listen to a whole lot of everything. I’m a big fan of The Script, Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Coldplay, and of course The Beatles.

CCA: What embarrassing songs might we find on your MP3 player?

Carly Paige: I have a few songs from Disney movies on my iPod. I have “Part of Your World,” and “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid, and “One Jump Ahead” from Aladdin. *laughs*

CCA: Where would you most like to perform?

Carly Paige: I’d just like to play in front of a crazy large crowd. I’d love to play in a large, packed stadium or theatre.

CCA: Who would you most like to open for?

Carly Paige: I would love to open up for Paul McCartney. I just love him. I saw him in concert a few years ago, and he was so amazing!

CCA: If you weren’t singing, what would you be doing?

Carly Paige:  I honestly don’t have anything else that I’m interested in doing. Music is everything to me.

CCA: Do you have any hidden talents?

Carly Paige: I’m double jointed. I can bend my thumb all the way back. Does that count? *laughs*

CCA: Have you hit any roadblocks since you started singing?

Carly Paige: Occasionally I experience writer’s block, and few times, I’ve been sick for shows.

CCA: Since you are so young, do you have any advice for other aspiring youth musicians?

Carly Paige:  I think I would just say to keep trying, and do what you love because I believe that if you put your heart and hard work into what you love, you’ll be happy.

CCA: Anything else you might want to share with our audience?

Carly Paige:  I appreciate being given the opportunity to play at Chandler Center for the Arts, and I can’t wait to play for everyone!

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Don’t miss Carly Paige and our five other acts perform during “Plugged In” on Saturday, August 24 at 7:30pm. No tickets required, the show is FREE. 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.


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
SIRO-A

We’ll see you on Friday!

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

Ole! FlaMEXico!

The journey to find a genuine fusion of two distinct and profound musical styles is a daunting task for anyone. Can it be done? Do two separate arts have a common-ground musically that adequately represent the cultural integrity of each?

Enter Chris Burton Jácome, Flamenco guitarist and composer. Jácome felt a driving force to answer these questions.  He charged his project, ¡FlaMÉXico!, with finding, creating and celebrating the musical confluences of Spain’s Flamenco and México’s Mariachi.

Fast forward to today, ¡FlaMÉXico! has created an enthralling show featuring the melding of two beautiful arts and cultures.  During our FREE summer concert series on Friday, August 23 at 7:30pm, ¡FlaMÉXico! will present their findings in a way that will move you to your feet.

Out of pure curiosity as to why anyone would challenge themselves with such a large musical task, we interview  Jácome more about his musical journey. Here’s what we found out:

Chandler Center for the Arts [CCA]: How old were you when you started your musical journey?

Chris Burton Jácome: I received my first guitar when I was 13. I started taking lessons right away and, according to my friends, I reached a pretty good skill level more quickly than they might have anticipated. I don’t really consider myself consciously deciding to pursue music though until I was in my late teens. I got more and more into music throughout my teenage years…started giving other high school kids guitar lessons when I was 16. I consider my “official” journey beginning when I decided to get a degree in music in college.

CCA: Do you play any other instruments other than the guitar?

Jácome: I am not musically fluent on any other instrument. I sing. I have composed some very basic piano music but the only instrument I play and can “speak my mind” on is guitar.

CCA: Your website mentioned the “fusion of two distinct and profound musical styles began as more of a whim.” Did you ever imagine this “whim” would bring you to where you are at today?

Jácome: Great question! Sometimes the ideas that just “come to you” are the best ideas! This “whim”  that I had a few years ago has already transformed into a very solid, real group. I’m somewhat perplexed as to how this is all working myself…but it is! I still consider this idea in its beginning stages but I am finding more and more artists who are willing to put in the time and energy to cross-train in two different artistic styles and the more artists I get on board the more I can develop the concept. I’m really excited to bring this project to Chandler Center for the Arts and the greater Chandler community. I’ve always believed that Flamenco is an art form that everyone can appreciate but now with the fusion of mariachi music this concert will be a real delight for anyone who has grown up here in the Southwest or has an affinity for Mexican and Spanish cultures.

CCA: Are there any musicians or bands who have inspired you?

Jácome: Generally, I find inspiration in all bands and all music. Specifically, Flamenco artists that inspire me include: Paco de Lucía, Tomatito, Inés Bacán, Moraíto, Manuela Carrasco, Ramón Montoya, Pedro Sierra, Juan Manuel Cañizares, Antonio Mairena, Fernanda de Utrera. In Mariachi…although not traditional, I’m biased because our cousins are married…Linda Ronstadt. As well as artists such as Vicente Fernández, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Nati Cano’s Mariachi Los Camperos and all of the mariachi artists that I’ve seen and heard in my life.

CCA: What can our patrons expect from the upcoming show?

Jácome: Rhythms that make you want to dance! Heart-wrenching songs that make you want to hear them again and again! Flamenco footwork that will blow your mind! And, of course, a group of highly skilled artists that love being the tour-guides into the music and dance of the cultures of Mexico and Spain.

CCA: Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?

Jácome: Keep practicing, playing, studying, learning and developing. Find as many teachers as you can. Above all, define your goals with music because your destination will determine what route you take and how dedicated you must be to reach your destination. If your goal is to have fun, then by all means, have fun! Learning a musical instrument enriches your life and provides so many opportunities to create great relationships and communities. If your goal is to become a professional musician and earn your living from your music, well then, you might not have the luxury of music always being fun. Prepare yourself to sometimes call music, “work.”

CCA: Any additional comments?

Jácome: This is going to be a great evening! Flamenco and Mariachi are both art forms of the people and they are wonderful performance art forms because the more audience participation, the BETTER! Please come early to get a good seat and bring your gritos (mariachi yells) and your ¡Olé!’s (flamenco words of encouragement) because we’re going to have a night to remember!

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Come and enjoy the best of both worlds of ¡FlaMÉXico!, the musical reflection of two cultures forming a new vision on Friday, August 23 at 7:30pmNo tickets required, the show is FREE. 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.


Jazzed Up for Dmitri Matheny Group

Celebrated for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, American musician, Dmitri Matheny will perform at the Center during our FREE summer concert series on August 16th at 7:30pm. Completely fascinated by Dmitri’s history and his love of the unique flugelhorn instrument, we couldn’t help but interview him to learn more.

CHANDLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS (CCA): When did you start playing the flugelhorn?

DMITRI MATHENY: I started on piano at age 5, switched to trumpet at age 9, and began playing flugelhorn in my teens.

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Dmitri Matheny, age 17, playing trumpet at Interlochen Arts Academy, Michigan

I credit my father and his hip record collection for kindling my childhood interest in music. There was great music on our turntable all the time, from Rachmaninoff to Ray Charles.

After awhile I started to notice that many of my favorite musicians — people like Miles Davis, Chet Baker and Art Farmer (who later became my teacher) — were trumpet and flugelhorn players.

I especially loved the flugel for its warm, lyrical sound.

CCA: How many instruments do you play?

MATHENY: As a composer, I’ve learned to play several instruments just a little, but the only instrument I play professionally is the flugelhorn. That’s my voice.

CCA: For our audience, who may not be familiar with this type of Jazz, what can they expect to experience at the concert?

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San Francisco vocalist, Clairdee

MATHENY: This is going to be a very special concert.

We’re featuring Clairdee, a wonderful vocalist from San Francisco who sings the Great American Songbook in the tradition of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.

Our concert will showcase the golden era of the American movie musical and the leading songwriters of Broadway.

The program will be a hit parade of American popular songs as seen and heard in some of the most beloved films and shows ever made. The very best of George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, and more.

The audience will witness some exciting improvised solos, of course. They’ll tap their feet and feel the rhythm. But it’s the familiar melodies that will seduce and delight them.

CCA: We noted you have traveled to 19 countries. Do you have any fun “on the road” stories?

MATHENY: So many memories! In Azerbaijan, on the Caspian Sea, people spread caviar on their toast at breakfast like it’s no big deal. I brought home a peanut butter-sized jar of Beluga! Barbados is home to flying fish, spectacular sunsets and some of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen. The Netherlands is a tiny country (less than twice the size of New Jersey), but there are dozens upon dozens of music venues. Nearly every village has a beautiful theater or jazz club in which to perform.

CCA: As an advocate for jazz, what is the best way to keep jazz alive for our future generations?

MATHENY: For musicians, mentorship is key. Although formal jazz education is thriving at colleges and conservatories, there are many things about this art form that can only be learned one-on-one from a master musician.

For music lovers, nothing compares to the thrill of attending a live performance. Why stay home and watch amateurs audition on TV shows like American Idol, when you can go out and be entertained by seasoned professionals in your own community?

Keep supporting live music!

CCA: Anything else you may want our Chandler audience to know?

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Photo by Tom Kwas

MATHENY: As performing musicians, we make our living on the road, playing all kinds of venues, from intimate nightclubs to elegant recital halls to big, outdoor festivals.

The Chandler Center for the Arts rivals the best of these in terms of sound, sight-lines and ambience. The acoustics are stellar — every bit as good as they are at Carnegie Hall.

As a Chandler resident, I’m proud to have a theater of this caliber where I live, and I’m delighted to be performing there with such a terrific band.

This show offers residents and visitors to the area the opportunity to experience the Great American Songbook — live — in a world class concert hall, right here in the Valley of the Sun.

And you sure can’t beat the ticket price!

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See Dmitri Matheny Group featuring Clairdee live at Chandler Center for the Arts on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 7:30pm.  No tickets required, the show is FREE. 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.


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.

http://badcactusbrassband.com/

2013-2014 Season On Sale!

      The time has finally come.  Chandler Center of the Arts 2013-2014 season is here! There are a variety of spectacular acts from The Moscow Festival Ballet, the classic bands like The Bee Gees and Queen, comedians like Yakov Smirnoff, fabulous singers like Dick Van Dyke and the Vantastix and Debbie Reynolds, to the Zoppe Italian Family Circus. Come enjoy these shows and be apart of the fun and excitement of the Chandler community.

     Tickets are on sale now, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to see wonderful performances from all different genres, cultures, and backgrounds.

Jive Talkin’ Recreate & Present The Bee Gees
Saturday, November 9, 2013 | 7:30pm
Accompanied by a live String Section, the Bee Gees Greatest Hits are brought incredibly back to life!

Michael A. Pollack presents Blood, Sweat & Tears
Saturday, November 16, 2013 | 7:30pm
Major hit singles “You Made Me So Very Happy”, “Spinning Wheel”, “And When I Die”.

PRESENTED BY STEENA MURRAY
ZOPPE, An Italian Family Circus
December 26-Janaury 5, 2014
A one-ring circus featuring acrobatic feats, canine capers and equestrian showmanship.

Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix
Saturday, January 25, 2014 | 7:30pm
Dick Van Dyke will walk (and sing) us through his extraordinary 60 years in show business!

Mr. & Mrs. Wyatt Earp “The Sunset Years”
Starring Wyatt Earp and Terry Earp
Sunday, January 26, 2014 | 3pm
The play follows the sometimes turbulent times of the couple’s 47-year life together.

Moscow Festival Ballet presents Swan Lake
Friday, January 31, 2014 | 7:30pm
Odette yearns for freedom as she awaits Prince Siegfried’s declaration of love and her release from a swan’s body.

Jeanne Robertson, Humorist
Saturday, February 1, 2014 | 7:30pm
Jeanne is a master story teller! In her down-home Southern drawl, she turns her personal experiences into funny stories that leave her audiences in stitches!

The Texas Tenors
Saturday, February 15, 2014 | 7:30pm
A blend of Country, Classical, Gospel and Broadway filled with humor and cowboy charm!

River City Brass, “American Heroes”
Saturday, February 22, 2014 | 3pm
RCB has a powerful repertoire of music from classical, pops, jazz and marches.   

Pat Metheny Unity Group
Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Williams & Giulio Carmassi
Sunday, February 23, 2014 | 7pm
2013 Grammy Award Winners for Best Instrumental Jazz Album!

Debbie Reynolds
Saturday, March 1, 2014 | 7:30pm
An evening of nostalgic music and memories.

One Night Of Queen
Saturday, March 8, 2014 | 7:30pm
Gary Mullen brings Freddie Mercury back to life with “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “We Will Rock You,” “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “Another One Bites the Dust” and “We Are the Champions”.

Branson’s Two-Time Comedian of the Year!
Yakov Smirnoff
Saturday, March 15, 2014 | 7:30pm

The funny Russian-American philosopher brings us unique insights into life, family, and these United States.  “What A Country!”

SIRO-A
Friday, March 21, 2014 | 7:30pm
Often described as Japan’s answer to the Blue Man Group, Siro-A perfectly fuse modern technology with mime, breath-taking optical illusions, movement and comedy all set to a pulsating electro beat.

Bella Gaia
Friday, March 28, 2014 | 7:30pm
Combines high fidelity imagery of the Earth from space, data, and stirring live performances of music and dance from around the world.

Purchase Your Tickets Here!


Winning Eat Your Art Out Team

Since today is typically an Artsy Fartsy Foodies Tuesday, we thought we would share the following news:

Congratulations to our Eat Your Art Out Chandler Board Member Team!  These board members volunteered their time at Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant during Eat Your Art Out Chandler and raised the most money. For their amazing efforts the team was awarded the coveted silver fork for a year. Come next year we will see if they can keep the fork!

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2014 Classic Series Announcement

We are pleased to announce the 2014 Classic Series line up.  The Series includes all five shows and the same seats for each show (ticket details here).

Series ON SALE Schedule:

  • Renewals: Now Thru April 8, 2013
  • Member Pre-Sales: Now Thru May 4, 2013
  • ON SALE Without Membership: Monday, May 6, 2013

Single Tickets ON SALE:

  • Members: Monday, May 13, 2013
  • General Public: Tuesday, June 4, 2013

2014 Classic Series

AVAILABLE AT THE BOX OFFICE ONLY

Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix
Saturday, January 25, 2014  at 7:30pm

The Vantastix is the result of a chance meeting at a Malibu coffee shop. The group that started “just for fun” has built up an impressive and enjoyable repertoire. Of course, once word got out that Dick was singing with a vocal group, the offers began pouring in.

Jeanne Robertson, Humorist
Back by Popular Demand!
Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:30pm
You may have seen this Southern 6’2” Hall of Fame speaker being interviewed by CBS correspondent Morley Safer on “60 Minutes”… or watched one of the six humor DVDs she has produced in the last twelve years…or heard her daily on Sirius/XM Radio’s Family Comedy Channels…or seen her YouTube clips that have had more than 13.5 million hits. But only if you’ve seen Jeanne in person at one of the thousands of speeches she has given over the past 48 years can you really appreciate why she stands at the top of her profession.

The Texas Tenors
Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 7:30pm

Over 100 Million people from around the world tuned in to NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2009 to see The Texas Tenors become the highest-ranking vocal group in the history of the show. From Alabama to Puccini, John Hagen, Marcus Collins and JC Fisher bring their unique blend of Country, Gospel, Classical and Broadway to the stage. With breathtaking vocals, humor and cowboy charm, The Texas Tenors have traveled the globe performing more than 450 concerts in the last three years.

Debbie Reynolds
Saturday, March 1, 2014 • 7:30pm

The legendary star of more than thirty motion pictures including “Singin’ in the Rain” and most recently, “One For The Money”, two Broadway shows, two series, as well as dozens of television appearances will take center stage at the Chandler Center for the Arts for an evening of nostalgic music and memories.

Yakov Smirnoff
Branson’s Two-Time Comedian of the Year!
Saturday, March 15, 2014 • 7:30pm

Yakov Smirnoff is on the road, taking a break from his very own theatre in Branson, Missouri. The funny philosopher takes us on a comedic journey and brings us unique insights into life, family, and these United States. As Yakov says, “Only In America can a Russian and a Japanese own a theater in the middle of the Ozarks!.” His comedy focuses on the dynamics between men and women, the happiness that can be found inside oneself, and a celebration of the spirit of life. He shares a vision of the world where laughter truly is the best medicine. Yakov’s prescription for healthy living includes explosive laughter backed up with the best of human compassion. During this inspiring show filled with patriotism and love of family, Yakov delivers humor for the heart over and over again! As Yakov says, “What A Country”, you’ll be cheering for the red, white & blue and saying, “What A Show!”


Tie A Yellow Ribbon

Do you know who Tony Orlando is? For those who might fall in the category of a  “younger generation” you might be surprised you know a tune or two from Tony’s array of number one hits. Two of his most recognizable songs are Knock Three Times and Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree. But how did this hit star reach stardom?

Orlando, was born on April 3, 1944 and raised in New York City. His musical career started in his youth when he formed a doo-wop group, The Five Gents. He began hitting the national charts at the age of 16 with Halfway to Paradise and Bless You. He later rerouted his musical career to the nonperformance side and became one of the youngest vice-presidents for CBS Records.

Tony was later coaxed into putting his voice on a demo record for a song titled Candida for his friends Hank Medress and Dave Appell at Bell Records. The song was an instant hit and kept climbing the charts till it hit number one.

Orlando then recorded Knock Three Times. The song quickly became number one and became the top song of 1971, selling over six million copies worldwide.With his wild success, Orlando gave up his successful career at CBS Records and devoted his time to the performance of music. In 1973, he recorded Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree. The song was number one for the year and would later become Orlando’s theme song.

Orlando then set his sights on television which resulted in his highly rated weekly variety series on CBS. Breaking new ground, it was the first multi-ethnic variety show on television.The show, which ran four seasons (1974 – 1976), welcomed the biggest names in show business each week as Tony’s guests, including Jackie Gleason and Jerry Lewis.

To this day Orlando remains one of America’s best loved personalities. Tony brings to the stage a warmth and exhilarating energy that electrifies an audience. So whether you grew up listening to Tony or you find you can’t help but sing along to his hits, you will not want to miss his performance here at Chandler Center for the Arts on March 23 at 7:30pm. Purchase your tickets here!

Sources: http://www.tonyorlando.com/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Orlando, http://bookstevechannel.blogspot.com/2012/04/tony-orlando-and-dawn.html


Arizona Gives Day – March 20

A Special Message From Our General Manager:

ArizonaGivesDayDear Friend of the Arts,

You are likely already aware of the tremendous power and inspiration that comes from participating in, learning or witnessing an art form. Perhaps your child or loved one has attended a program at the Chandler Center for the Arts, or maybe your soul came to life as you attended a concert or play. Whatever the case may be, you can help ensure that others experience that same power.


On March 20, 2013, thousands of area residents are going to show their support for their favorite nonprofit during Arizona Gives Day. On that day, every donation and donor we get will go further to help us claim  a share of $177,500 in additional cash awards.


For as little as $10, you can make a tax deductible contribution to the Chandler Center for the Arts. Since 1989, the Center has delivered a comprehensive array of quality performing and visual arts programs to Valley residents from all generations and walks of life. You can help sustain this tradition by participating in Arizona Gives Day.


Please consider helping with these three things:


1) Mark March 20, 2013 on your calendar and visit the donation link here
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2) Donate!


3) Spread the word! Forward this e-mail to your friends and family why you think they should help us with their donation. Everyone can help empower our community by supporting arts and culture.


Thank you for considering the Chandler Center for the Arts on Arizona Gives Day. Together, we can make a difference in delivering quality arts and culture to a broad population.

Warm Regards,


Katrina Pappas
General Manager
Chandler Center for the Arts

250 N. Arizona Avenue

Chandler, AZ 85225


Weekend Sampler

What’s in store this weekend at the Arts Center? Here’s a quick sample of the great events and shows you can expect to enjoy if you come out:

The fun beings Saturday morning at 10am.  Warm up those vocal cords for the final audition for Great American Talent Search Chandler Idol. This is your chance to expose your hidden vocal talent and perhaps win cash and prizes totally over $25,000. Don’t forget to register here!

Later in the evening, come together for a night devoted to the Beatles’ album Abbey Road. Classic Albums Live will perform hits such as, “Come Together,” “Something,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “Octopus’s Garden,” and more. Sample the concert now:

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Sunday’s show will drive you to your feet with Rhythm of the Dance The Irish Dance Spectacular! The music, beats, dancing and atmosphere will transport you to the world of Irish dancing. Taste the excitement now:

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If any (or all) of these events are calling your name, get your tickets here. We’d love to have you join in on the fun!


Travel From “Abbey Road” To Ireland At These Great Shows

Musical beats draw us closer, setting us in motion on a rhythmic journey. Chandler Center for the Arts is your weekend destination for a musical exploration this March. From the enchanting beats of Classic Albums Live to the riveting pulse of Rhythm of the Dance you will be swept away on a voyage of entertainment.

The musical journey begins March 9 transporting audiences to the emerging era of rock n’ roll.  The wildly successful Beatles’ is the focal point of the evening as Classic Albums Live recreates the Beatles’ rock masterpiece,  “Abbey Road.” Founded in 2003 by Craig Martin, Classic Albums Live has become the ultimate destination for music lovers without all the gimmicky and cheesy impersonations. Relying solely on the music, the band has defined itself as a mainstay in performing art centers across North America.

During the concert, experience feature hits from the Beatles’ final album Abbey Road including “Come Together,” “Something,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “Octopus’s Garden,” and more. In addition to the note for note recreation of the album, Classic Albums Live will also highlight some of the Beatles’ greatest hits.  Come together for a great night to relive music that changed our history forever.

The following afternoon, March 10, the adventure continues as Rhythm of the Dance The Irish Dance Spectacular heralds a new era in Irish entertainment. The dance crew takes you on an epic journey through the ages, from ancient mythology to the travels of the Irish emigrants, from the rolling hills and stonewalls of Connemara all the way to the modern skyscrapers of New York. This two-hour dance and music extravaganza contains a wealth of Irish talent.

Using modern art forms of dance and music, this richly costumed show blends the contemporary and the ancient. Rhythm of the Dance aspires to preserving the traditions of Irish step dancing and yet, presents it in the most modern format. The show features a live band, three tenors and some 22 dancers. Dan Schmal, Director of Arts Programming at Wisconsin, Lutheran College stated “We have had Irish dance shows before, but this one ranks at the top. All the dancers in the troupe were fantastic!” Experience for yourself the magical odyssey of Rhythm of the Dance.

Whether you seek rock n’ roll or enthralling dance, this weekend adventure of musical beats will transport you to a world of pulsating music and entertainment.


Art Full Of Gratitude

Eat Your Art Out Chandler was a success. Thank you to all those who went and ate their “art” out. It was  wonderful  to see the community supporting the arts. A special thank you to all of the restaurants and their staff who participated. We can’t wait for next year! In the meantime, please continue to go out to eat and support the restaurants who graciously supported us.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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Get Ready to Eat Your Art Out

EatYourArtOutTuesday, February 26, seems to be disguised as Thanksgiving here in Chandler. The day will be full of food, fun, family, friends, and giving, without the “slaving in kitchen.” Best of all, when you eat out you are supporting the arts and restaurants in Chandler.

What do you have to do to get in on the fun? It is simple…go out to eat. There are 23 participating restaurants for you to choose from. Here is the breakdown for each meal:

For breakfast visit:

For lunch visit one of these delectable locations:

For dinner visit one of these delightful locations:

Mark your calendar “Eat Your Art Out Chandler” on Feb. 26. Gather your friends and family for a meal or two out on the town. It will be a day of celebration, support and scrumptious food. For additional information, please visit our website.


Relish In These Restaurants

Eat Your Art Out Chandler is exactly ONE week from today. Time has flown and we cannot wait to eat our “Art” out. Today we are highlighting three more restaurants. Please meet Coach & Willie’s, Nando’s Mexican Cafe, and Kona Grill Chandler.

Coach & Willie’s, located in the heart of Downtown Chandler. This upscale sports bar and restaurant serves a delicious and diverse menu for all ages. Located on the prime corner of Boston Street and Arizona Avenue, their original ambiance includes beautiful dark woods and ceiling to roof glass windows and doors. The open kitchen gives you an up close and personal view of their wood fired oven and talented kitchen staff preparing homemade pastas and original dishes all day long. Enjoy any game on one of the 30 HD televisions located in the dining room, bar, and the upscale lounge.  And don’t miss out on the extensive craft and draft beer selection and the amazing Arizona weather on one of their two outdoor patios.

Nando’s Mexican Cafe is the one stop spot for great Mexican food. Each dish is loaded with delicious traditional Mexican food. You will end up asking for a take home box the portion sizes are HUGE. Owner, Nando, has been in the food industry since he was 14 years old. With those years of experience under his belt, he has perfected the menu to delight any appetite.  After you fill yourself with amazing food, save a little room and try out their Chocolate Nachos.

Kona Grill Chandler features American favorites with an international influence and award-winning sushi in a casually elegant atmosphere. Kona Grill owns and operates 23 restaurants in 16 states, guided by a passion for quality food and personal service. When we asked Kona Grill Chandler why they feel it is important to support the Chandler Community, they responded, “It is important to help out the local community because it is the back bone to any business.”

Scope out our participating restaurant list here and select one (or two) restaurants to swing by next week on February 26. It’s going to be a tasty day!

Coach & Willie’s
1 East Boston St.
Chandler, AZ 85225 | Map
(480) 776-6240
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-1am,  Friday 11am-2am, Saturday 8am-2am, and Sunday 8am-1am

Nando’s Mexican Cafe
1890 W. Germann Road
Chandler, AZ 85286 | Map
(480) 855-4344
Hours: 11am to 10pm

Kona Grill Chandler
3111 W. Chandler Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85226 | Map
(480) 792-1711
Hours: 4pm – 10pm


Tasteful Trio

In the not so distant future, Eat Your Art Chandler will be here (Feb 26). We are gearing up for an amazing day full of great food. Today we have the pleasure of introducing three more restaurants, The Hungry Monk, CHoP Chandler, and NYPD Pizza. All of these restaurants are drastically different, but they share the common goal to make their customers happy with amazing food.

First stop, The Hungry Monk! They describe themselves as part “neighborhood restaurant”, part “craft beer & sports pub.” Just think of them as the Hockey House of the East Valley. Named by Phoenix New Times as the Best Craft Bar in the Valley 2012, you are sure to find a beer that matches your desire. Owner, Jim Lolli, has been in the food industry since he was 15 years old. He loves entertaining,  food and craft beer. Which was a perfect combo for a delicious restaurant and menu. Their full menu includes fresh green salads, juicy burgers, gyros, wraps and oh so much more. The Hungry Monk also has incredible wings that are made from fresh chicken, not frozen nuggets. When we asked Lolli why he feels it important to support the Chandler Community he stated, “If Chandler continues to prosper….we all win.”

Next stop, CHoP Chandler! This is a brand new restaurant to the Chandler community. CHoP Chandler is Chandler’s first locally owned steakhouse and grill. The menu features burgers to bone-in steaks. Simply prepared seasonal fish and nightly specials are cooked to perfection on the seven-foot mesquite hardwood grill. Salads, fresh vegetables, desserts, vegetarian and lighter fare options also grace the menu. The intimate interior is filled with amber lighting, wood finishes and plush chocolate leather booths. ChoP’s extensive wine program with close to 200 wines by the bottle sets out to impress even the most vinocentric of palates. If you haven’t visited this new addition, now is the time.

Last stop (and just as savory), NYPD Pizza. Envision for a moment dough made from scratch every day. Hand-tossed pies baked to perfection in classic stone ovens. Sauces made from family recipes,  whole-milk mozzarella, and a few secret ingredients. All these elements combining to create a distinctive East Coast flavor. You are now in the daily restaurant setting of NYPD Pizza.

Since moving to Arizona from Long Island, NY more than 15 years ago, NYPD Pizza’s family-owned and -operated business has grown to 11 Valley locations that provide comfortable dine-in, easy carryout and convenient delivery. From calzones to pastas to hero sandwiches, their menu offers an array of dishes that make the most of simple ingredients. The dough, sauce and cheese are free of preservatives, chemicals, fillers, artificial color and flavor, modifiers, and stabilizers, which leaves all sorts of room for flavor.  NYPD is perfect for various dining occasions and especially appealing to families.

The dining options seem almost limitless for Eat Your Art Out (complete list of participating restaurants here). Be sure to stop by one of these delicious restaurant for your next meal.

The Hungry Monk
1760 W Chandler Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85224 | Map
480-963-8011
Hours: 11 am – Midnight

CHoP Chandler
2625 W. Queen Creek304952_254022788051062_543353425_n
Chandler, AZ 85248 | Map
480.821.0009
Hours: 4pm – 10pm

NYPD Pizza
2580 W. Chandler Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85224 | Map
480.722.0898
Hours: Sun. – Thurs. 11am – 9:30pm and Fri. – Sat. 11am – 10:30pm


My Funny Valentine

Hunting for the perfect Valentine’s gift? Why not give the gift of laughter. We have a great line up of hilarious shows just around the corner.

Starting this weekend, Jeanne Robertson, the  humorist, takes the stage. Robertson is a professional speaker who specializes in hilarious humor based on her life experiences. Speaking to thousands of people annually, she utilizes her positively funny style to illustrate that a sense of humor is much more than a laughing matter. It is a strategy for success. Purchase tickets here.

Next weekend, February 23, the infamous Vicki Lawrence and Mama hit the stage.  “We have designed a show that is a mixture of stand-up comedy, music and my observations about real life,” states Lawrence. Vicki and Mama both are ready to entertain with new material that will be sure to tickle your funny bone. Get your tickets here.

To top off the comedic voyage, you should probably leave the kids at home. Former Saturday Night Live stars, Jon Lovitz, Chris Kattan and Tim Meadows will perform on Friday, March 1.  Be prepared for pure entertainment as each of these stars perform their stand-up comedy sketches.  This show is for mature audiences only – Show Content is Rated R. Purchase your tickets here.

With so many great shows, we are sure you will find something for your funny valentine.


Viva Mr. Las Vegas

Mr. Las Vegas will be here this Saturday, February 9 (snag your tickets here). Before we roll out the red carpet for this incredibly talented man,  let’s learn more about who he is.

A quick google search will lend us a few facts about Wayne Newton. For starters, did you know Mr. Newton’s birth name was Carson Wayne Newton? His grassroots take us back to Virginia where his musical journey began. By the age of six Newton was learning the piano, guitar, and steel guitar. When the family moved to Ohio, Newton began singing in local clubs, theaters, and fairs with his older brother.  In 1952, Wayne’s severe asthma forced the family to move to Phoenix, AZ (hooray Arizona – local plug).

In the spring of 1958, toward the end of Wayne’s junior year in high school, a Las Vegas booking agent saw a local TV show, Lew King Rangers Show, on which the two Newton brothers were performing. The agent took them back to Las Vegas for an audition. The brothers were originally signed for a two week gig, however they performed for five years, doing six shows a day. By 1963, Wayne Newton was a solo act. Wayne’s break into the glamorous world of Las Vegas lead to wild success in the music industry and turned him into an icon of Las Vegas

Fun fact time:
– His signature song is “Danke Schoen”, which he nearly missed out on recording
– He’s an inductee to the Gaming Hall of Fame
– Wayne Newton has acted in 35 different movies and tv series
– Wayne has appeared in over 90 movies and tv shows as himself
– He was a contestant on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”

Come out and see Mr. Las Vegas as he graces our stage with years of talent!

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Newton, http://mentalfloss.com/article/23668/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-wayne-newton, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0628611/