By the length of that title, it looks like we have a ton going on, which we do!
Last weekend Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder paid us a visit, and it was awesome! Bluegrass can be hard for people to play, because you have to play with such passion; either you love something or loathe its existance, there’s no middle ground. I have to say, Ricky NAILED it. Here’s a clip if you missed it, or if you just want to relive the great music!
Wow. The man can pick a mandolin.
This Saturday we have Steve Warnier with Firefly as his opening act. That means you get two shows for the price of one, because we love you like that. You don’t even have to buy us dinner (but if you want to buy ME dinner, well…I don’t say no to free food).
Steve has been playing since he was a teenager in the 1970s, and has had many top 10 hits since then, like “Your Memory”, “I Should Be With You,” “I Got Dreams” and “Baby I’m Yours.” And Firefly is made up of Gilbert natives Melanie, McKenzie, and Madelyn, so you should come out and support them! They’re often featured on KMLE, so if you haven’t heard of them yet, call the station and request a song!
This weekend, Chandler Center for the Arts is offering something different than what we saw last weekend. Saturday night, we’re ready for a little of the down home in Downtown Chandler with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder.
Skaggs started off performing bluegrass music, but he found his fame and fortune in country music. Now, with 52 years of performing under his belt, he’s returned to his bluegrass roots. He started playing when he was 5, played with the father of bluegrass Bill Monroe when he was 6 and by the time he was 21 was recognized as a master of bluegrass music and the mandolin.
Skaggs entered the world of professional music in the 1970s and hasn’t looked back since. He has 14 Grammy Awards, 11 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, 6 CMA Awards, 3 GMA Dove Awards, and countless others including honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and Eastern Kentucky University.
I haven’t had a chance to see Skaggs play, but I love bluegrass, so I hope I’ll see you tomorrow night!
I’ll be clomping around with a camera. Come say hi.
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.