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, Southeastern Arizona Sportsman Club, and Eastern Arizona Ag Center.
Gila Valley Idol : Year Nine
Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM General Pricing: $7
Gila Valley Idol 2014 competition began January 30th 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 27th.
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 2013 winner Jessica Curtis, 2008 winner Adam Crohn, 2009 winner Theresa Campbell 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.co
Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 7:00 PM General Pricing: $20, $30
Multi-platinum-selling country artist Blackhawk is Henry Paul (guitar, mandolin and vocals) and Dave Robbins (keyboards and vocals). They along with third founding member Van Stephenson exploded on to the country music landscape in 1993 with their debut smash "Goodbye Says It All". With a dozen top ten hits including two number ones to their credit and album sales that exceed 7 million records, they continue to carve out their own place in music history. In 1999 tragedy struck when Van was diagnosed with melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. In 2001 after a long courageous fight Van lost his battle. Henry and Dave have since followed through with his dying wish that Blackhawk continue to make great music and that they try and help find a cure. They established the Van Stephenson Memorial Cancer Research Fund in his memory, donating the proceeds of their efforts to the Vanderbilt Cancer Research Center. They continue to write and record new music and with their incredible band and continue to spread Blackhawk's unique musical message. Their new album "Down From The Mountain" will be out in the spring of 2011 supported by a busy touring schedule. There is a sincerity and originality in what they do that rings true with audiences everywhere. Great songs are the cornerstones of their career and these songs have touched people of all ages. Their unique musical character has been a catalyst in bringing non-country music fans to the genre. Blackhawk's faithful followers have continued to grow in numbers over the years based on the consistency of quality in their live show. Night after night Blackhawk puts on an inspired performance that resonates in the hearts and minds of music enthusiasts everywhere.
Friday, June 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Tickets on sale Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM General Pricing: $10
Absolutely the best 80's cover band in Arizona!
They don't write 'em like that anymore. Rock Lobster plays only the most fun, high energy hit music to ever grace MTV. From A-Ha to Adam Ant, from Blondie to Bryan Adams, from The Cars to The Clash, from Depeche Mode to
Devo, from A Flock of Seagulls to Frankie Goes to Hollywood, from Journey to Joan Jett. And that's only the beginning of the alphabet!
An Electrifying stage performance with top notch production, featuring lights, smoke, sound and the original MTV videos projected in sync behind the best cover band of any era. You can't help but have your nostalgic heartstrings tugged when you rock along to the live versions of the songs you love accompanied by the videos you grew up on.
David M. Player Celebration Concert
Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7:00 PM
For over 30 years Dave Player shared his love of music with the citizens of the Gila Valley and their families. Join us as we remember and celebrate the contributions and impacts that Dave made within our community through music and laughter. This night of celebration includes music performed by his friends, students and colleagues combined with music performed by his children. Produced and directed by Dave's long time friend Larry Kordosky, he guarantees a night of high quality musical performances with a few light hearted surprises that encompasses Dave's personality musically and celebrates his sense of humor, love of family, and a zeal for life.
Dave's children Mike and Matt Player will perform together. Matt will bring a unique sound of acapella music as part of 4Chord. 4Chord has performed for a variety of events and once opened for Ray Charles in Phoenix. Mike will bring his Country roots back to Safford and perform multiple songs that would make his dad proud. Mark Player will be the Master of Ceremony.
Proceeds from this concert will benefit the David M. Player Scholarship Foundation and the Safford High School Scholarship Foundation. Please join us for this celebration of a great man, teacher and friend!