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. Several of Phoenix's most popular Food Trucks will be on site to serve concessions. Cash donations will be accepted.
For more information about events in the Center for the Performing Arts, go to the Center for the Performing Arts page 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 Center for the Performing Arts page.
CHUCK HALL BAND (electric blues)
Saturday, September 10th, 6:00p-8:00p, Free Admission
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 many artists including Lightnin’ Hopkins, Muddy Waters, Freddie King and Albert King. 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.
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.
GRUPO LIBERDADE (brazilian music and dance)
Saturday, October 15th, 6:00p-8:00p, Free Admission
Grupo Liberdade and the SambAZ Dancers
Grupo Liberdade is a performance group dedicated to freedom of expression through Culture, Movement & Sound. We promote COMMUNITY, DIVERSITY & EMPOWERMENT drawing upon the traditional & contemporary rhythms of Brazil and beyond while bringing an original sound & energy to our desert metropolis. Specializing in Batucada including the Afro-Brazilian styles of Samba, Samba Reggae, Côcos and Maracatu, Grupo Liberdade strives to share the infectious sounds of Brasil with Arizona to further enrich, move & inspire.
Since 2004, the group has performed throughout Arizona under the direction of Brazilian native, Poranguí from leading the Annual Phoenix Parade of the Arts through downtown Phoenix, to drumming & dancing in the new year for thousands of party-goers at the historical Hotel Congress in Tucson. Founded in 2008 by Angelique Starks, the SambAZ Dancers have quickly become one of the liveliest and most notable Samba acts in the country. Dedicated to creating music to move the body & soul, this project brings together diversity on all levels with an incredible show of talented musicians & dancers that must not be watched, but experienced!
DAVEY ARNOLD (country music)
Saturday, November 5th, 6:00p-8:00p, Free Admission
Davey was born and raised in Whittier, CA. Ever since he was a kid, he dreamed of being a professional baseball player. After playing Junior College Baseball, he decided to trade the bat and glove for a six string.
Davey moved to Tempe, AZ where he attended Arizona State University. After a long day of classes, you’d find Davey in local clubs playing to anyone who wanted to listen. Soon, he was playing the biggest venues in Arizona such as The Bird’s Nest at the Waste Management Open in Scottsdale and The Pepsi Amphitheater in Flagstaff.
Davey has opened for national Country recording artists such as Dierks Bentley, Joe Nichols, Brothers Osborne, Chris Janson, and Craig Morgan to name a few. He also recently played Arizona’s largest Country Music Festival, Country Thunder in Florence, AZ.
In May of 2016, Davey released his new single, Autumn Love…and is continuing to play all around Arizona and the Southwest.
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.