First Saturday Concert Series
Paradise Valley Community College’s Center for the Performing Arts (CPA) will host a series of music concerts on the first Saturdays in September, October and November 2014. These free performances are presented on the CPA’s outdoor amphitheater stage from 6-8 p.m., and audience members are invited to bring a folding chair or blanket as the space accommodates lawn seating only. Cash donations will be accepted and concessions are cash only.
For more information about events in the Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.paradisevalley.edu/cpa or call 602-787-7738. Box Office hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday thru Friday and one hour prior to show.
The Center for the Performing Arts is conveniently located at 34th Street and Union Hills at the east end of the campus of Paradise Valley Community College in North Phoenix. Parking is free. For additional information or reservations, please call 602-787-7738 or on the internet at www.paradisevalley.edu/cpa.
RUN BOY RUN
6 p.m. Saturday, September 6th, 2014
Existing comfortably in the tension between tradition and the musical frontier, Run Boy Run‘s all-acoustic format blends bluegrass, folk and the old timey American vernacular with touches of classical and jazz. Their music is rooted in the traditional music of the Appalachian South, but is also definitively present in the 21st century.
From winning the band contest at Pickin‘ In The Pines (mere weeks after forming in 2009) and a special appearance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2012, to two appearances on National Public Radio‘s A Prairie Home Companion, Run Boy Run have been making friends and fans alike with their open-ended musical approach and wonderful stage presence. A Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor was impressed enough that he penned the liner notes to the band‘s debut CD.
Run Boy Runcome from Tucson, Arizona, and were tagged by Paste magazine as “One of the top 10 Arizona bands to hear now.” The band is brother and sister Matt Rolland (fiddle, guitar) and Grace Rolland (cello, vocals), sisters Bekah Sandoval Rolland (fiddle, vocals) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin, vocals) and bass player Jesse Allen. With three strong female voices, singing separately or in harmony, and deeply rooted familial connection to traditional American music, Run Boy Run didn‘t come lately to their sound; it‘s in their collective blood.
Their debut CD, So Sang the Whippoorwill, was released in March 2013 to regional and national critical acclaim.
CHUCK HALL BAND
6 p.m. Saturday, October 4, 2014
The Chuck Hall Band creates art in the form of music. The recipe they use is simple: Start with blues that’s so greasy it clogs the arteries in your ears. Stir in generous portions of refined talent and raw passion, add a dash of showmanship sprinkled with a touch of salty humor and cook on high heat until it smokes. Serve steaming hot. The result is a spicy musical feast that satisfies and always leaves you wanting more.
The chef, Chuck Hall, was born in Louisiana and raised on the Texas side listening to the likes of Lightnin’ Hopkins, Muddy Waters, Freddie King, and Albert King as well as many others. Since moving to the Valley in 1984, he has become a well-known and respected musician. As a 35+ year veteran in the music business Chuck has played with some of the best, opening shows for Albert Collins, B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Albert King, Willie Dixon, Robert Cray, Gregg Allman, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and many others. He recently opened for Charlie Musselwhite and Robert Cray again!
In addition, he has written over 100 songs and more than half of the band’s playlist is original material. Chuck’s unique talent and uncompromising dedication to his craft have earned him accolades among fans and critics. He won “Best Blues Guitarist” in Arizona two years in a row, and his song “Young Boy” was selected Best Song by Soundboard magazine. He also was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame in 2000. His most recent offerings include a two-disc compilation CD and the ‘Live in Sweden’ disc.
6 p.m. Saturday, November 1, 2014
Led by singer Andres Martinez, Ritmo Latino masterfully mixes up a Salsa, Cumbia, Cha Cha Cha, and Latin Jazz musical blend. From their festive up-beat rhythms to their relaxing & soothing sounds Ritmo Latino is an outstanding band that guarantees you an excellent performance every time. Mixing the best rhythms of Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, modern Jazz, and joining their wonderful musical energy together, Ritmo Latino will have you up and out of your seats dancing and enjoying a wonderful time. Creating an infectious and joyful mix of danceable and very listenable Latin Fusion music that will get you on your feet! A Gozar!
PVCC IS A TOBACCO-FREE CAMPUS
In order to promote a healthy learning and work environment, the Maricopa County Community College District has created smoke-free and tobacco-free campuses effective July 1, 2012. Smoking and all uses of tobacco is prohibited at Paradise Valley Community College, including but not limited to parking lots, rooftops, courtyards, plazas, entrance and exit ways, vehicles, sidewalks, common areas, grounds, athletic facilities and libraries. Visitors also must adhere to this policy when on campus for public events.