Welcome to David M. Player Center for the Arts Online
Our goal with this website is to give you the latest information on upcoming shows and events. Below, you can find a list of all of our upcoming events. You are able to purchase tickets online and pay for them from the comfort of your own home. Gift Certificates are also available. Our site will include valuable information to help our friends, as well as potential events that are wanting to rent our facility.
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Safford Unified School District and the David M. Player Center for the Arts are proud to announce an event showing our appreciation for all your support of the arts and this venue. In June we will be making our final Bond payment on the CFA. As taxpayers, your passage of the Bond in November 2004 has helped to make the construction of the CFA happen and we could not have done this without you. Since 2007, when this venue was completed, we have had many school and community events that we are very proud of and we plan on having many more in the future.
On August 5, 2016, at 7:00pm, we will be having a free concert featuring “BEE GEES GOLD”, a tribute to the Bee Gees. This is our way of saying thank you for all you have done to make the CFA part of our school and community. Here is what the show is about: “From the look to the falsetto you will close your eyes and say it’s Barry!
John Acosta’s Bee Gees Gold tribute is the ultimate salute and experience of seeing the Bee Gees in their prime, LIVE ONCE AGAIN! With the detailed vocal stylings of John Acosta (Barry), Daryl Borges (Robin), Jeff Celentano (Maurice) as the brothers Gibb, there is a sensation that will make you blurt out, Wow.. I have just seen and heard the Bee Gees! Backed by a live band, the Vegas Bee Gees tribute recreates the look and sound of the Bee Gees from the 60’s to the late 70’s, with their unique falsettos that made them legends. Performing such early hits as “Massachusetts,” and “I started a Joke,” to the later Disco classics, “Stayin’ Alive,” “You Should be Dancing” etc.”
If you would like to attend this FREE concert, you can get your tickets beginning Monday, June 20, 2016. please call (928) 348-7070, or come by the David M. Player Center for the Arts between 9am and 2pm.
Tickets on sale Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Named one of Rolling Stone’s five comics to watch, Ryan’s appearances on NBC's Last Comic Standing, Conan, Inside Amy Schumer, Nick Mom Night Out, Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, and the Showtime special Caroline Rhea and Friends, Ryan is on his way to establishing himself as one of the country's favorite stand-ups.
With immediate comic charisma and a crisp, clean writing style, Ryan is sought after for his ability to perform for a variety of audiences while making each show an individual and unique experience.
With an extensive touring schedule, he often finds himself far from his Idaho roots and currently makes his home in New York City. Much of his trademark humor comes from that unique contrast.
He's become known among industry insiders as the fastest rising star, racking up local and national comedy competition wins and festival appearances. He most recently won the Great American Comedy Festival in Norfolk, Nebraska, which honors the roots of Johnny Carson. He has also won the National MVP award for The Comedy Leagues competition at the Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival and has performed in Sydney, Australia with Just for Laughs as a headliner. Prior to that, he won Sierra Mist's America's Next Great Comic Search, was a two-time finalist at the Boston Comedy Festival competition, and appeared at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival as an up and coming talent. He's also a regular guest on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom radio show.
Tickets on sale Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 8:00 AM GVAC Patron Pricing: $10, $15, $20
Angela Cheng and Alvin Chow, both associate professors of piano at Oberlin College began playing together in 1987, shortly after they married. “Duo playing seemed the natural thing to do, both of us being pianists,” says Chow. “And, the fact that we have had the same teachers for a large part of our education (Sascha Gorodnitzki at the Julliard School and Menahem Pressler at Indiana University) helps a great deal. This is the only kind of chamber music where you have to share the instrument. Deciding on pedaling and balancing on a single piano can be difficult.”
Chow has received top prizes in numerous competitions and has performed in such major concert halls as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Steinway Hall in New York City, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. . Cheng was the Gold Medal winner at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition; the first Canadian to win the Montreal International Piano Competition; and was awarded the Canada Council Career Development Grant. For her interpretations of Mozart, she received the Medal of Excellence at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Cheng has appeared as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Boston, St. Louis, Houston, Indianapolis, Utah, Syracuse, New Orleans, Grand Rapids and Honolulu.
Tickets on sale Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 8:00 AM General Pricing: $30, $40
It’s hard to know where to start when talking about Sawyer Brown. More than 4,500 shows and counting. More than a million miles behind them and still seeing the highway miles click by outside their bus window. Twenty-three albums. More than 50 chart singles. CMA, ACM, and CMT awards on the shelf. To pull a line from one of the band’s enduring hits: “This is the life and times of a travelin’ band.” A traveling band, indeed. Always on the move – on the road, on stage, and in their career. When asked about what keeps him motivated on the road, lead singer Mark Miller says, “It’s playing the next show. Be grateful for where you’ve been and be excited about where you’re going.”
That excitement has been on display since the very first time Sawyer Brown stepped foot onstage in the early 1980’s. Beginning as the road band for another singer, Sawyer Brown broke out on their own playing everything from clubs to pig roasts in those earliest days. “There’s no such thing as a gig we wouldn’t take,” Miller laughs, remembering the beginning of the ride. “We knew that we wanted to play music and we knew that we wanted to work at being the best live band there was – and the only way to do that, was to get out and play shows. And so we did.” It would certainly be an understatement to say that Sawyer Brown has “played shows.” The band has earned its place as one of the premier live acts in music.
The band began by playing 275 – 300 nights a year for the first decade or more of its career – and has never come off the road. Tireless road warriors, the band thrives on playing live. “Live is where it all comes together for us,” keyboardist Hobie Hubbard says. “The audience brings it’s own energy, we bring our own energy and the music – and the combination of all of that is what makes playing live so unique. It exists for that moment in time – you’re either there, or you’re not a part of that moment. We’re blessed to be able to be a part of those moments night after night.”
The band’s live shows are legendary. Having been described as “The Rolling Stones of Country Music,” the band bounds onto the stage night after night, delivering its own unique brand of high–energy entertainment and the band remains a perennial favorite at fairs, festivals, theatres, and casinos. “We love getting to hear the stories of where people have seen us play – and the number of times they’ve seen us play,” drummer Joe Smyth says. “For some, we’re their weekend getaway – they’ve seen us all over the country. But we never lose sight of the fact that on any given night, it’s going to be the first time someone’s seen us – and that’s exciting. We want that show, that night, to live up to everything they hoped for when they came to the show. Couldn’t ask for better motivation.
Tickets on sale Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 8:00 AM GVAC Patron Pricing: $10, $15, $20
Mariachi Alegre has become one of the best and favorite mariachis in El Paso Texas entertaining since 1994. Mariachi Alegre has participated at the El Paso International Mariachi Conference, Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference, Albuquerque Mariachi Festival, Tucson International Mariachi Conference. Most notably, Mariachi Alegre won the Sounds of Mesilla competition 6 years in a row and earned the honor to be the premier mariachi for the Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference.
Mariachi Alegre welcomed and performed for artist such as Pepe Aguilar, Pedro Fernandez, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan , Mariachi Sol De Mexico, and the premier mariachi group for the Las Cruces Mariachi Conference, Mariachi Cobre. Mariachi Alegre’s responsibilities included welcoming artists, performing for press conferences, live media (TV and radio), and were the featured group at the Las Cruces Showcase concert. Mariachi Alegre also went on to mentor younger Mariachi groups, believing that education is the key to success and a way to give back to a community. Join us this Christmas for some of the most joyous sounds of the season.