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.
I know it’s all that I have been talking about recently, but if I didn’t do a Weekend Preview before a show, I’d feel like I was short-changing everyone. Can’t have that now, can we?
Tonight’s Free Summer Concert is Sun Lakes Big Bad, which has been together since 1998. Tonight they’re also having Joe Carroccio perform with them tonight, so we’re in for a treat! I love big band music (if I haven’t said so before…) and I’m really excited for what is to come.
Not interested in big band music? You may be interested in our contest with the Art Walk tonight, which has some show tickets and a picture frame made by Marnie Brookins up for grabs as prizes. Here’s how to play!
1. Visit the Art Walk or the Chandler Center for the Arts and pick up an entry form at the designated table.
2. Have a CCA or Art walk representative provide proof of visit.
4. Visit the other location and pick up your proof of visit there.
5. Submit your entry form.
RULES (every thing has ‘em, just roll with it)
1. Must visit both locations in the same night. The Center’s doors open at 6:30, and we will be shutting down at 8:30. Please, please PLEASE enter the contest during that time slot. We won’t be able to count your entry if you submit it after 8:30
2. Must have verification from both locations to be entered to win.
3. Drop entry form at either CCA or the Art Walk.
It’s simple, it’s fun, and you get to do something different on a Friday night, which is what we in Downtown specialize in!
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.
Tonight we’re incredibly happy that Firefly is making their return to the Center. I mentioned that we had them here last spring, but we also had them here during our grand re-opening in October 2010. Since they’re based in Gilbert, I like to think that the Center is like a second home to them.
Give them a listen to here, and then come see them in person tonight at 7:30. Phoenix as a whole has so much great local music and we’re proud that we can show some of that off at the Center. These three ladies have shown that the have the talent to play with the big names in the Valley and those that come through it.
The show starts at 7:30, but you won’t be able to go into the theatre and sit down until 7:00pm. (We had some confusion last week) Suggested donations are: $5/child, $10/Adult and $15/family.
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.
Today’s the day! We are back in the swing of performances since March! Yay!!
Sometimes I get way to excited about things. Sometimes it’s justified. This is one of those times.
If you haven’t heard, tonight marks the start of the Free Summer Concert Series 2012! We’re kicking it off with Comeback Buddy, which you have all previously met and heard much about in my interview.
The show tonight starts at 7:30. Doors open at 6:30, seating starts at 7 and its first come, first served. I’ve mentioned it before, but we do love when you show us some love (in the form of a few bucks) so suggested donations are $5 for kids, $10 for couples or $15 for families. Want to drop more our way? I won’t stop you.
But come and say hi! I’ll be wearing the blue dress at the raffle table. I love meeting Internet friends in real life, cause y’all are awesome.
Can’t make it tonight but still want something to do this weekend? Come see “Remembering Mr. Cole, A Tribute to Nat King Cole,” on Saturday (July 28) night! It’s starring the wonderful Joe Bourne & Trio, who you’ve also heard me talk about. With all of our 3 Evenings For The Arts shows, you get more than just a show. Prizes, wine tasting, yummy treats, the works. I’ve listed all the prizes up for grabs tomorrow night, and we still have seats available.
The show starts at 8:00pm on the 28, but the fun really starts at 6:30 in the foyer. You can snag tickets to just Joe’s show here, or call our box office for tickets to all three shows (480-782-2689).
Hope to see you this weekend!
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!
Oh Weekend Preview, how I have missed you.
This weekend we don’t have any shows at the Center, but we do have something you should check out. Tonight I’ll be at the Plaza San Marcos hanging out with some of the most talented people in Chandler as part of the monthly Chandler Art Walk. This month it’s INSIDE. I know shouting isn’t polite, but we all know the weather, and we all know how awesome it is when a normally outside event is inside. I can’t wait! I’ll have more information on our shows and be ready, able and willing to give out any updates (and maybe swag) if you come say hi.
Besides, I’m awesome, you’re awesome, so lets just hangout and be awesome together. And snack on Paletas Betty. Nomnomnomnom.
A week from today (July 27)is the start of our Free Summer Concert Series! Yay! It’s a yearly free concert series to introduce people to the Center, to music they like but aren’t sure if they want to pay for it just yet and as a good way to gear up for a packed season. Comeback Buddy is in charge of getting the series started like it should be, and they are up for the challenge. Mike Randall was kind enough to sit down with me (over the phone) and answer all my pesky questions about Comeback Buddy, and that was a blast. Plus the whole band is super nice and talented, so we’re going to be in for a real treat. The doors open at 6:30 pm, seating starts at 7:00 and the concert starts at 7:30. Seating is done on a first come, first served basis, so get here as soon as you can if you want up close and personal seats. The concerts are free, but we will have several donation boxes out and we’d appreciate it beyond measure if you could throw a couple of bucks our way. That way we can keep on keepin’ on.
That whole weekend is a blast from the past, and on Saturday, July 28, is the start of our never before had 3 Evenings With The Arts fundraising series with “Remembering Mr. Cole, A Tribute to Nat King Cole,” starring Joe Bourne & Trio. Joe told me a little bit about the show and his history with Nat King Cole in an interview that I posted yesterday. Give it a read, if you missed it.
3 Evenings With The Arts is a series of three shows over three months that aim to bring together the Chandler community and help us help our kids. The proceeds from the series (the show, the live and silent auctions and the raffle) will go into the Jerry Brooks’ Legacy Fund, which keeps our Connecting Kidz programs available to everyone. You can buy tickets to each show individually, but I recommend buying tickets to the entire series. You’ll save money, get some great entertainment, have a chance to win fabulous prizes and help out some of the best kids you’ll ever meet. The only way we could make it any better is if we added fire-breathing dragons playing guitar in the parking lot. I did all that I could, but we just couldn’t get that last part to jive, so it was scrapped. Something about “Mythical creatures can’t play guitar, Caitie.”
Psh. So you think.
I didn’t grow up listening to Buddy Holly’s music when it was first released, but I did grow up with his music (and his glasses). There is something about his music that is timeless and fun, that everyone can relate to. And it’s a quality that isn’t found in Buddy alone, but in much of the music of the 1950s, like Elvis, Marty Robbins, Ricky Nelsen and Bobby Darrin (I have a really funny story about him). It’s something that Mike Randall of Come Back Buddy knows all about.
“1950s music is the most fun music to play. It’s a lot of rock & roll that is really up beat, and has turned a lot of people into big fans.”
Mike started Come Back Buddy with his wife, Janine, about 12 years ago and decided to start a group showcasing Buddy Holly because they already had some experience playing Buddy’s songs. It didn’t take long for them to branch out into other areas of classic 50’s rock and roll.
“We started with Buddy Holly, but now we play more 1950’s review, like Elvis, Ricky Nelsen, we like to mix it up a lot,” said Mike. “It was the first time young people had their own music.”
Mike told me that their shows aren’t just for people who heard Buddy play before his death, but for everyone.
” For some people, this is music they haven’t heard in a while and it brings back all these wonderful memories. It’s for people who had parents who listened to Buddy Holly and now they want to share it, and for people who haven’t heard anything like this music,” he said.
When Come Back Buddy plays, it’s not just a show that you come, watch and leave. It’s what happens when a meet up meets a dance party.
“People really get into our shows, they dress up in 50’s clothes with poodle skirts and white sport coats, and they meet up with other people who have that same connection to the music,” said Mike. That includes the 59ers, a group from Mason City High School who saw Buddy Holly’s last concert before his death and a group from Lubbock, Texas, where Buddy’s plane crashed.
But you don’t need to have a special connection to the music to enjoy it. 1950s music is something that everyone can get into because it has been a base for so much of the music that is played today, from Goyte to Pitbull to Black Keys. If you’re not sure about Come Back Buddy, or 50’s music in general, I suggest you take a look at their documentary, Come Back Buddy for free online.
What ever your music tastes are, Mike is sure that you’ll have a good time at Come Back Buddy.
“We just hope they (the audience) have a lot of fun. Our goal is to get people up and out of their seats and dancing. We play music that works for all ages, and nothing offensive.”*
Want to see Come Back Buddy? They’re playing here at CCA on July 27 at 7:30 to kick off our Free Summer Concert Series. And yes, it is free, but if you want to throw a couple of bucks our way, we’d be very appreciative. And I’ll give you a high-five.
*Please, the only thing offensive about Buddy was the crush I had on him as a kid. Talk about scary.
I want to send out a huge thank you to everyone who participated in the #ChandlerHunt on Friday. It was a huge learning experience and twice the amount of fun I thought it would be. Ya’ll rock, and I wish I could give you a hug (in a totally, not creepy kind of way).
I also want to thank the businesses that put up with me and were more than willing from day one to participate. Gangplank, Serranos, Inspirador, Di Sciacca, Sibley’s West, San Tan Brewing Company and Dashawn from Costco. Please make sure to visit them and tell them how amazing they are. (You can find Dashawn at the Chandler Mall Costco. Look for this charming fellow)
Also, thank you to Jennifer at the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, for introducing me to all the right people. Give them a shout and ask how you can help make Downtown Chandler even more awesome than it is.
Oh, and we did have a show. The Sugar Thieves get better every time I see them, but here’s the video, if you need proof.