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Safford CFA is proud to present our newly remodeled website. Our goal with this website is to give you the latest information on upcoming events. You are able to purchase on-line tickets and pay for them from home. Gift Certificates are also available. Our site will include valuable information to help our friends, as well as potential events who are wanting to rent our facility.


SPONSORS

Thank you to this years SPONSORS: Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold, E. A. Glass, Quality Inn & Suites, CKC Construction & Materials, McMurray Communications, Basha"s, McDonalds, Johnson Motors, CMI Quick Copy, Eastern Arizona Courier, Vining Funeral Home, Casa Manana, The Wear, CenturyLink, Country Financial, Bushman Dental, Eastern Arizona Ag Center, Trophies "N Tees, and Brand Source.



QUARTETTO GELATO

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Virtuosic showpieces, romantic tenor arias, gypsy pyrotechniques and a World Accordion Champion - this is Quartetto Gelato. Where music meets theatre and audiences are taken on an unforgettable musical journey? Don't like accordions? Don't worry, this one will have you asking for more. For over a decade, this dazzling ensemble has enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with their exotic blend of musical virtuosity, artistic passion, and charismatic anecdotes. Classical in training - eclectic by design - Quartetto Gelato (QG) not only thrills its audiences with its multi-instrument mastery, but also offers the bonus of a brilliant operatic tenor. With a performance repertoire that travels the globe including classical masterworks, operatic arias, the sizzling energy of tangos, gypsy and folk songs, the group's theatrical stage presence and relaxed humor establishes an intimate rapport with audiences worldwide.



Mark Wills
Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM

General Pricing: $20, $30

Have a chat with Mark Wills for a few minutes, and he's likely to discuss the passions of his life - his music, his family, the live concerts, his TV show "3 Gun Nation," and of course the social causes that he pours himself into. 

Wills has numerous hits under his belt already - "Jacob's Ladder," "Don't Laugh At Me," "I Do (Cherish You)" and his seven-week number one smash, "19 Something," which was the 2nd most played song at country radio for the 2010 decade to name just a few. In addition, he has sold millions of albums. However, he's not even close to being finished.

Anyone who has ever seen him in concert, or spoken with him for more than a few minutes about music, knows that inside this wonderful, humble, delightful, good ol" boy, country singer dwells a soul that could rock the socks off Metallica if he had the urge to do so. Wills is successful in remaining true to his country heart. He delivers music with a refreshing and energetic edge that guarantees that music lovers of every genre will remain entertained from first cut to last. 

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It's really telling about the kind of soul Mark is by paying attention not only to his music, but to what he doesn't talk and sing about. He lights up when you ask about his trips overseas to entertain the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. He's taken over 6 trips usually over the holiday season to perform for our fighting men and women of the Armed Forces. He feels it's his duty to our country to do what he can for those who sacrifice, even if it means taking time away from his own wife and two daughters, Mally and Macey. It would seem that Mark doesn't brag about his community service work because he thinks it's a responsibility we share as Americans. "First of all, it's a privilege to provide a little joy and entertainment for these people. The first time I went, it was a life-changing experience," says Wills. "The freedom that we have is not something that I take for granted and it's an honor to be able to go over and play for these people - they"re literally giving their lives for us. And maybe by playing a show for them, you can take their mind off all of the bad stuff and danger, even if it's just for a little while." 

When you hear Mark beaming about his own daughters, it's pretty obvious that a guy this giving would be associated with the Children's Miracle Network. "It's such a great thing since all of the money you contribute goes to hospitals in your area - to help children close to you. I am very proud to be a friend to the Children's Miracle Network." 



Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli de Veracruz
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 7:30 PM

General Pricing: $10, $15, $20

Founded in 1985 by Maestro Hugo Betancourt, Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli makes its home in the state capital, Xalapa, Veracruz. They have toured internationally performing traditional folkloric dances, as well as their Afro-Caribbean spectacular, "Carnaval Veracruzano". The company has been the official representatives for Secretary of Tourism and Economic Development for the State of Veracruz since 1986 having given hundreds of performances across Mexico and the United States, South America, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. 

Accompanying the Ballet Folklorico is the outstanding musical group Tlen-Huicani. Along with their traditional costumes and instruments, a concert with Tlen-Huicani (pronounced wee-KAH-nee) is like taking a journey of Mexico's music, time and place. Meaning "the singers" in their indigenous Indian language of Nahuatl, Tlen-Huicani makes the beautiful "harpa jarocha" or folk harp, the centerpiece of their music. Since 1973, their music and international achievements have earned the honor of "Best Folk Group" by the Union of Music and Theater Critics. In 2008 the governor of Veracruz honored them for 35 years of service to the development of the cultural landscape of Veracruz.


Gila Valley Idol : Year Ten
Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7:00 PM

General Pricing: $7

Gila Valley Idol 2015 competition began January 29th at Pollock’s Western Outfitters, the first of seven preliminary events, leading up to the Finals at the David M. Player Center For The Arts on March 26th.

Gila Valley Idol has become the area’s premier amateur talent competition. Based loosely on American Idol, the local version is produced by the McMurray radio stations----Kat Kountry 94.5 and Sunny 102. The major local sponsors of the event are the Valley Telecom Group, National Bank of Arizona, Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold and McDonald’s. The seven preliminary competitions each contribute three finalists, for a total of 21 entries in the finals.

The winner receives $1,000 in cash. There are also prizes for runners-up.
The MC for the event is Kat Kountry personality, McMurray Communications Operations Manager and local musician Reed Richins.

Judges this year include 2014 winner Olivia Crockett, 2013 winner Jessica Curtis, 2012 winner Ethan McBride, 2008 winner Adam Crohn, along with former finalist Cindy Anaya and McMurray Communications" Davis Nathan.

Additional preliminary locations include Safford Bowl, The Morenci Club, Sparks Home Store, Kempton Chevrolet, The Bull Pen & Freedom Ford. Prizes and t-shirts provided by Richard’s Music, Sparks Home store and Trophies & Tees.
For audio and video from all of the past and present Gila Valley Idol events, go to MySouthernAz.com



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