What better way to wake up on this cloudy Monday than with a little big band music? Here’s what you missed at Chandler Center for the Arts over the weekend:
Videos can never do a live performance justice, but that’s just one girl’s opinion.
This weekend, we have Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder gracing our stage. Ricky has been a master at his art since he was 21, and is a can’t-miss for anyone with a passion for bluegrass or country music. He’s been nominated for Grammys, GMA Dove Awards, and CMT Awards, so it’s safe to say this guy knows his stuff.
Oh! I can’t forget, if you stop by this week, you’ll be sure to hear a group of great kids singing their hearts out. I’ll give you a little taste of that as the week goes on.
This Saturday night, Chandler Center for the Arts is proud to offer a performance by the legendary (in his own right) Frank Sinatra Jr.
While his dad was a bobby soxer icon who’s career spanned the better part of a century, Frank Sinatra Jr. hasn’t been content to sit quitley in the shadow.
By the time he was 19, he had been performing for years in local clubs and was the vocalist for Sam Donahue’s band. By 1968 he had performed in 47 states and 30 countries, had his own band that performed in Las Vegas as well as with big name acts at different casinos.
Starting in 1988, Frank Sinatra Jr. became his father’s musical director and conductor, which increased his already extensive expierence and understanding, prompting music critic Richard Ginell to say
“Sinatra, Jr. might have had an easier time establishing himself had he gone into real estate. But his show made me awfully glad he decided music was his calling. There aren’t too many singers around with Sinatra’s depth of experience in big band music, or his knowledge of the classic American songbook. There are even fewer with such real feeling for the lyrics of a song, and such a knack for investing a song with style and personality.”
Is Frank Sinatra Jr. really all that and a bag of chips? Come see for yourself this Saturday (and enjoy some San Tan beer!).
You won’t be disappointed.
At Chandler Center for the Arts, we’re going to give you a reason to love Mondays (finally!). Every Monday I’ll include any photos or video of what happened over the weekend as well as give you a preview of what we’re working on this week.
In case you missed Riders in the Sky yesterday, you can still enjoy their music on their website here. Their upbeat attitude and fun songs will turn any Monday into a good day.
Saturday night we have Frank Sinatra Jr. paying us a visit, which I couldn’t be more excited about!! I’m a giant fan of Mr. Sinatra’s dad’s classic songs (no joke, my lullaby was “The Way You Look Tonight”) as well as his originals, so I am not missing his performance this weekend. Make sure you come back often because I’m going to be posting any and all behind the scenes content that I can get my hands on. He’s bringing a 20 piece band with him too, so this is something that you won’t want to miss.
Also, I’m going to work on showing you just what makes performances at CCA work so smoothly, but I want that to be a surprise!