…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?
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.
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.
Last weekend was one of the best openers I think we’ve had in a while.
First, we had Comeback Buddy
And they brought dancers!
Saturday was our first 3 Evenings For The Arts, and Joe Bourne was phenomenal. During intermission, he and his trio came out and said “Hi” to everyone. All around a class act.
Since I was occupied with other things, I was happy to pass off the role of photographer to another willing person, and here are a few of the shots he got from Saturday night.
As always, Monday Mashup doesn’t just re-cap the weekend, it preps you for the upcoming one! This Friday as part of our Free Summer Concerts, we’re bringing Firefly back! If you were an early reader, you may remember them from an interview I did last year when they opened for Steve Warnier, which you can re-read here.
They are three sisters from Gilbert with an amazing sound, and I’m so excited that we can give them their own show this year! They take the stage Friday night at 7:30. Reminder, doors open at 6:30, but you won’t be able to get a seat until 7:00. Suggested donations are $5/child, $10/adult and $15/family.
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!
Last week was insane. We had amazing runs of Awesome 80s Prom, and I’m really sad to see it go. The shows got better as the week went on, and as more people participated in the Prom. Our Facebook page is loaded with photos from the photo booth, and feel free to check them out and tag yourself if you came!
This weekend is the last weekend of the 2011/2012 season, and I’m really sad that it’s almost all over. We had a wonderful season and it was a great success. It also means that I (Caitie) have survived my first full CCA season, and if any of you bet against me:
A:) I’m here to collect
B:) You’re mean.
But that’s okay.
I’m not sure and preview that I can give Joan will do her justice, but I’m going to try. She’s going to be performing her new stand up, and talking about her experiences on Fashion Police and on the Red Carpet. If you love hearing Joan rip into people on her shows, she’s going to be 10 times better in person.
The show starts at 8pm, and I’m dead serious when I say be there by 8. Yes, there will be an opener, but once Joan in on stage, no one will be let into the house, so they’ll have to watch the performance on the TV screens in the lobby.
So, be here at 7:45. Just in case.Tickets (if there are any left) would be here.
Saturday night we have Marty Stuart coming through to close out our season. I’m really excited because we haven’t had anything like him play at the Center this year, and it’s that bluegrass “hillbilly rock” (his words, not mine) that is his specialty that I love. I seriously can’t wait, and I’m really glad that we get to end the season on such a high note.
Snag tickets to Saturday night’s show here.
That’s what I try to do here. Just because people didn’t (or in the case of Los Lonely Boys, couldn’t) come to a show doesn’t mean they have to miss out entirely.
But first, here’s what we have going on this weekend: On Saturday we’re totally changing gears and presenting a musical! About baseball! Just in time for Spring Training too. Damn Yankees (I love that title) is about a guy who trades his soul to the Devil so his baseball team can beat those “Damn Yankees.” I think this show is going to be a hoot, because how many of us have said the same thing about the Yankees? (Or if you’re a Yankees fan, the Red Sox.) Snag a pair of tickets here, and then go out for some Spring Training fun.
And without further ado, here’s a snippit of what happened at the Center this weekend.
The Dunwells blew us all away.
The Los Lonely Boys made the entire theater shake.
Saturday, Jim Curry reminded us all how amazing John Denver was.
Matthew and Gunnar Nelsen gave their dad a run for his money.
The only performance that I didn’t get to record this weekend was Red Star Red Army, but that was because I was enjoying the show as a patron. But shame on me if I forget to neglect my duties, so I did manage to snag a photo. I don’t speak Russian, much less understand it, but that was one of my favorite shows in a long time.
(That kind of describes my typical date, now that I think of it.)
Whether you want to treat someone who smells nice to a date, or want to go out with a group of friends and people you like, the Center has you covered this week.
Tomorrow is Eat Your Art Out Chandler! I feel like we’ve been taking this up for months, and now it’s finally here!It’s one day a year when Chandler restaurants give a portion of their earnings to the Center if you eat there during a period of time. I have the complete list here, and that also tells you what time you should go eat at a particular restaurant.
Then this weekend we have Los Lonely Boys, Ricky Nelson Remembered (with his two sons, Matthew and Gunnar) and Red Star Red Army Russian Chorus and Dance Ensemble (say that five times fast).
Los Lonely Boys will be here on Friday night at 8pm, and I can’t wait! I’ve loved them ever since “Heaven” came out, and I got a kick out of “Onda”. TexMex isn’t usually my style of music, but they make it work. If you want to come see the show, click here.
On Saturday night, we’re getting a treat. Not only are Matthew and Gunnar going to perform their dad’s songs, but they’re also going to share some home videos and photos so we can get a better understanding of their family and of Ricky’s songs meanings. How cool is that? If you want to come party with us on Saturday at 7:30, click here.
Sunday’s Red Star Red Army is a show that I’m not going to be working, but watching. (I have a crush on old Soviet era songs) But it isn’t just old anthems about how great the former USSR is, they will also be singing older folk songs and performing traditional dances, so the history geek in me is being a spaz about that. We still have tickets, and you can grab them here.
I love long weekends, but I don’t love when Monday pretends to be Tuesday so that we all like him/her better.
I’m on to you, pal.
This last weekend was a huge success at the Center. On Saturday we had Kathleen Madigan, who was a real treat, and she even offered tips to fix healthcare and airport security, by having all travelers get a CAT scan at the airport. (Trust me, she said it funnier than I did). Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get any video or photos from her performance, so if you couldn’t make it on Saturday, you really missed out.
Sunday we had the wonderful Peter Gros, who is one of the nicest people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. He let me back stage before his show to get a few pictures of his animals back stage. I didn’t stay too long, because they had a show coming up and I didn’t want to tire them out…and because there was a red bag bigger than me that had something moving in it and I’m pretty sure it was a huge snake. Nothing against them, I think they’re fascinating, I just don’t like being around them for too long.
Although I was brave and got a photo of a different snake.
This weekend we don’t have any performances, but we still have a lot going on. The whole weekend we have WordCamp making another appearance, and I get to go this year! Very exciting.
On Friday, we have the Gold Cup Talent Competition, and Sunday is Step Up 2 Dance Competition.
Then next week, the big mamajamma. Eat Your Art Out Chandler. Scope out your spots because not only will you be supporting the arts by eating out, you can win fabulous prizes!
If it’s Monday, then it means that we’re already looking forward to the weekend, and I’m no exception. But while the weekend means lounging around catching up on Downton Abby for some, it means shows for me!
On Friday, we have Sister Moses, the Story of Harriet Tubman performing at 8pm. It’s a Desert Dance Theatre production, and it’s been in the Valley for almost 20 years. If you haven’t caught a performance yet, never fear, you’ll have your shot at the end of the week, and then you won’t be the odd person out who hasn’t seen it!
On Saturday we have the Chandler Symphony Orchestra at 2 pm, and that is free, as always. That night at 8pm, we have Kathleen Madigan, who made herself known on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. You can catch a clip of her here, as well as buy tickets. Although I’d probably call our box office for this one, because last time I checked, tickets were selling like mad.
If you aren’t in the mood for history or comedy this weekend, we have Peter Gros, part of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom on Sunday afternoon at 3pm. Peter isn’t a stranger to the Valley, though. He visited us back in November on two separate occasions.
I think his owl is a movie star now.