2017 Concert Series

 

August 17th concludes our 2017 Concert Series with Mikki Daniel

She sings and swings…”Mikki-Style”! Influenced by the legendary Cindy Walker, Roy Rogers, Bob Wills, Dean Martin, Gene Autry, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Lena Horn, Ella Fitzgerald, and many others, she enjoys performing the wonderful music from the early 20’s through late 50’s. “I think we’re looking at the next Cindy Walker here. The maturity in Mikki’s songwriting is incredible for someone her age and is almost unexplainable. Her ability to interpret her own tunes, as well as those of others, marks her as a performer with an outstanding future. Mikki represents great hope for the future of western music.” ~Marvin O’Dell, Around the Campfire, Defenders of Freedom Radio – “When she performs a haunting rendition of even the most familiar old song, you can’t help but love the personality, charm and engaging smile of this young entertainer!” Although known for her crystal-clear yodel and sweetly memorable cowboy tunes, she also sings a wide range of “Silver-Screen Cowboy Stuff”, Western Swing style music (the official music of Texas!), her own original songs, and old timey gospel/hymns. She sings at local oprys (including the Cowtown Opry and Red Oak Opry) and performs for festivals, cowboy gatherings, trail rides, chuck-wagon cook-offs, state fairs, weddings and private parties. Schools often feature this young artist in her “working cowgirl” attire and matching song-selection for History classes. She’s an all-around cowgal with a heart dedicated to sharing this precious music before it fades away. For more information on Mikki CLICK HERE or visit her website HERE.

Tickets are $15 and available at the Center for the Arts or CLICK HERE.

 

 

Our first concert of the year was with Wildcat Jazz on May 18th at 6:00pm.
With their unique blend of impeccable musicianship, traditional music, and slapstick humor, Wildcat Jazz has been planting smiles on faces since 2004. Founded by New Christy Minstrels veteran Rob Wright and his roster of world-class musicians, Wildcat Jazz has gained global recognition with their free-wheeling mix of well-known jazz favorites, tongue-in-cheek originals, and Dixieland staples. This one-of-a-kind entertainment experience will have your toes-tapping while you’re grinning from ear to ear! For more information on Wildcat Jazz CLICK HERE or visit their website HERE.

We are pleased to announce that on June 15th, Ronstadt Generations  performed at 6pm at the Center for the Arts.

Representing five generations in North America, Ronstadt Generations continues the family’s musical traditions. Started by Michael J. Ronstadt (younger brother of Linda) and his sons, Michael G. and Petie. Multi-instrumentalists and solo performers in their own right, they present an exciting repertoire that preserves the traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs of their heritage while offering innovative original material. New compositions place them on the cutting edge of multiple, blended genres, stretching the boundaries of folk, blues, jazz and beyond. Rich harmonies sung in English and Spanish are accompanied by outstanding cello and guitars. Individually and together, Stateside and across the pond, the trio’s worldwide touring and recording credits include such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Dixie Hummingbirds, David Bromberg, Nydia Rojas, Tish Hinojosa, Muriel Anderson, and Mariachi Vargas, to name a few.

In 2012 three veteran musicians – Alex Flores, Sam Eagon and Aaron Emery – came on board with versatile talents to form the six-piece ensemble Ronstadt Generations y Los Tucsonenses (the Tucsonans). First performing with Ronstadt Generations at a local Tucson gig, the sextet cemented the relationship with the recording Prelude. Alex, Sam and Aaron bring to the table a variety of experience and influences. Playing tenor saxophone, bass and drums, respectively, they add a colorful dimension to an already powerful presentation that respects tradition while exploring innovation. For more information on Ronstadt Generations CLICK HERE or visit their website HERE.


July 20th brought us Armand and Angelina in a return performance

Prepare for a magical, once in a lifetime experience of love and music. Armand and Angelina tour internationally performing their World Popera overture, a fusion of world, classical and popular influences designed to harmonize and unite humanity. Together, using songs, stories and humor, they will inspire you to experience “Heaven on Earth.”

Armand – ordained musical minister, singer/songwriter/pianist/Native American flautist and Angelina – classically trained vocalist/classical guitarist travel across the country sharing their World Popera Music. The tour is called “Our Never Ending Story” and its purpose is to remind of our oneness and help the world to experience “Heaven on Earth.” Angelina’s angelic voice will penetrate your heart with its enchanting beauty, as she sings and chants her spirit-affirming melodies.

Their complementary styles and passionate love for each other have inspired them to bring their music to churches, conventions, conferences, and yoga centers, spreading their message of personal and spiritual transformation in their own delightful way. For more information on Armand and Angelina CLICK HERE or visit their website HERE.

In addition to the concert on July 20th, Armand will hold a workshop on July 21st on the Native Flute. This workshop begins at 10am. The cost for the workshop is $20 per person. For more information, LEARN MORE