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.
San Tan Brewing Company is about a block south of Chandler Center for the Arts, which makes it a great lunch or happy hour destination, and also the perfect place for theater goers to have a bit to eat. It opened in mid-2007 in what had been a bank in a previous life.
“We had the goal of bringing fresh, handcrafted beer to Chandler and the surrounding areas,” said Chip Mulala, Minister of Craft Beer. “San Tan started out as a restaurant, but then the popularity of craft beers exploded, and we expanded our beer distribution. Now our beers are available in over 300 stores in Arizona, from big chain stores to the independent ones.”
San Tan is also Chandler Center for the Art’s official beer sponsor, which means that at select shows, patrons will be able to purchase San Tan’s craft beers, as long as they’re over 21.*
“It means a lot to us (to be CCA’s official beer sponsor). It’s so important because Chandler Center for the Arts is an anchor for Chandler, and we can put ourselves on the map, which helps the city grow in terms of population and culture,” said Chip, adding that the partnership between San Tan and Chandler Center for the Arts enhances the guest’s experience by having local, quality handcrafted beer available.
If anyone who wants to make San Tan Brewing Company their destination before coming to Chandler Center for the Arts, Chip said patrons should show their ticket or ticket stub, and they can receive 10% off their bill.
“Reservations are suggested, however only accepted until 5:30 p.m., so we really suggest coming in early so you can relax and enjoy your meal.”
For dinner ideas, Chip suggested either the Cochinita Pork Pibil paired with the HefeWeizen Wheat beer or the Green Chili Enchiladas with the Devil’s Ale.
Here’s a slide show to give you a glimpse of San Tan. The handsome fellow holding the HefeWeizen is Owner and Brew master Anthony Canecchia, and if you can pronounce his name right on the first try I will give you a dollar (just kidding!).
(*And don’t try and sneak a fake I.D. past us. We’re too good at this.)