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   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.

    Thank you to this year's Sponsors: Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold, Quality Inn & Suites, CKC Construction & Materials, Majik 100.7 KJIK, Eastern Arizona Courier, CMI Quick Copy, Basha"s, Johnson Motors, E.A. Glass, Vining Funeral Home, Casa Manana, Country Financial, Bushman Dental, Velocity Builders, Eastern Arizona Ag Center, Trophies "N Tees, Brand SourceSmith & Taylor AutomotiveThe Gila Escape Room, Mann Mortgage, Sparks HomeStore, and Firing Pin Gun and Pawn.


Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7:00 PM

General Pricing: $15, $25

The exceptional talents of critically-acclaimed teen music prodigy, EMISUNSHINE has captured the nation’s attention. The singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist has been hailed by outlets such as No Depression, Billboard and Rolling Stone: “Sounds like the spunky, intense little sister to artists Iris DeMent, Natalie Maines, Nanci Griffith and Janis Joplin.”

EmiSunshine has already graced some of the most-prestigious stages–from the “Today Show,” to the Grand Ole Opry (over a dozen times) and most recently, “Little Big Shots starring Steve Harvey” last April.  Additionally, EmiSunshine stars in and performs three songs in her latest film appearance on “The King,” alongside such celebrities as Roseanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, Alec Baldwin and more. The film featured at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and premiered at Cannes Film Festival, where Emi performed.

A well-crafted storyteller, Emi’s music has been described as an “old-timey,” unique blend of roots music that is equal parts Americana, Bluegrass, Gospel, and Country, with a sprinkle of Blues.

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Shark Tank Graham County

        Friday, November 1, 2018 at 7:00 PM

                   Free to the Public

The Graham County Leadership Cohort announces a Shark Tank event for Fall 2018 with $20,000 in cash and prizes available to help businesses start or scale-up. In partnership with EAC Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and in collaboration with Local First Arizona Foundation, the effort offers entrepreneurs opportunity to sharpen their acumen and develop robust business plans to pitch to local sharks in a live event modeled after the popular “Shark Tank” television series and to be held at the David M. Player Center for the Arts.

The effort is both a celebration of and reward for entrepreneurship in Graham County.  Cohorts were launched in 2016 by Freeport-McMoRan and facilitated by the ASU Lodestar Center with a goal to support leadership development and collective action around a measurable outcome as a strategy to support communities in leading their own development and sustainability. Local leaders selected the community priority of Economic Development and focused on a measurable outcome of Increased Businesses Developed, Attracted and/or Retained.

Entrepreneurs may enter the Shark Tank competition one of two ways: by completing business trainings conducted by the SBDC, or by being a graduate of DreamBuilder - the Women’s Business Creator. SBDC workshops will begin August 2018 and run through September. The fee for the trainings is $40 per business with a limit of three participants per business and the registration deadline is July 26. DreamBuilder is a free online learning program offered by Freeport-McMoRan in partnership with the Thunderbird School of Global Management and Bluedrop Performance Learning. It was developed for women who want to start or grow their own small business and may be completed at your own pace as it is available at any time to anyone, anywhere with internet access.

In tandem, Local First Arizona Foundation is launching a Micro Lending program in Graham County with $120,000 in grant support from the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation. The program will offer smaller loans to local businesses to help them stay competitive in a continuously changing economy.

This event will be FREE to the public!


Black Oak Ensemble

Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Tickets on sale Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 8:00 AM
General Pricing: $10, $15

The Black Oak Ensemble took root in 2011 when they performed for a standing-room-only audience on Chicago prestigious Music in the Loft Series. Since then, the ensemble has performed for the Stradivari Society and appeared at the Chicago Cultural Center, Art Institute of Chicago, Mayne Stage, WFMT Radio, Windy City Live, and the Latino Music Festival. 

The ensemble was featured on a Ravinia Festival tour from Barcelona to Monte Carlo, and in summer 2016 they toured France, with concerts in Paris, Toulouse, and other cities. Desiree Ruhstrat and David Cunliffe are both founding members of the Lincoln Trio, which was nominated for a 2017 GRAMMY Award for best performance by a small ensemble. Aurelien Pederzoli was a founding member of the Spektral Quartet and the Anaphora ensemble.

The Everly Brothers Experience Featuring The Zmed Brothers

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 7:00 PM

General Pricing: $10, $20

For the last 2 years THE ZMED BROTHERS have celebrated the pivotal music and history of The Everly Brothers legacy with enthusiastic crowds all across the US and over seas in prestigious venues. The Zmeds say, “​​​​The music of the 50's and 60's are nostalgic to us, our parents raised us on it, and we feel that the Everly's contribution is greatly overlooked, especially by younger generations. Our aim is not to impersonate but to do our best in honoring the aesthetics of their iconic sound and in honoring the important role they played pioneering the rock n" roll movement, all while having a little fun telling our own personal story,” and they do just that. Growing up with a father, (Adrian Zmed) as a traveling singer/dancer/actor (Grease 2, Bachelor Party, T.J. Hooker), and a mother (Barbara) as a second grade teacher in a suburb of Los Angeles, the Zmed Brothers continuously strive to pay homage to their personal roots by always infusing an instinctual blend of enterta​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​inment (a la Smothers Brothers) and contextual education in their performance.

The Everly brothers career lasted over half a century, they recorded 21 studio albums, sold more than 60 million records world wide, had over 30 billboard top -100 singles, among the highest ranking of any rock duo ever, they received numerous accolades in their later career, and influenced countless legendary artist that came after them including The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Bee Gees, Neil Young.. and the list goes on. THE ZMED BROTHERS are absolutely thrilled to be able to contribute​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ to a cause that supports the recognition and preservation of the intimate and singular origins of America's greatest Rock n" Roll sibling duo. Long live the music.


Friday, January 18, 2019 at 7:00 PM

General Pricing: $25, $35

Billy Dean is an American Troubadour who has mastered the art of singing, songwriting, and storytelling. His unique ability to morph into the characters in his songs while performing LIVE, brings the storyline to life with musical drama.

Billy’s finger style acoustic guitar playing is reminiscent of James Taylor, and is percussive in nature. “I’ve never heard so much music coming from one man and one guitar. He’s the best I’ve ever seen”, says award winning producer/songwriter Monty Powell. No matter what venue he performs in, large or small, with his band or just solo, Billy’s charismatic charm and approachable personality puts you, the listener, in an intimate living room setting, where he touches every emotional nerve, leaving you musically nourished with a renewed Spirit.

Although Billy’s best known in the Country Music genre for his 11 top ten singles, 5 number one’s and over 4 million albums sold, his musical roots are entangled with Folk, Southern Rock, Bluegrass and Classic Country.

Billy says his musical influences are ongoing, but his sound will forever have the finger prints of those troubadour’s who came before him like James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg, John Denver, The Eagles, Christopher Cross, David Gates and Bread, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Don Williams.

Billy Dean has been nominated by every major music award entity. Most recently he was inducted into the Florida Hall Of Fame for artist.

Billy will be bringing his full band this time, so get ready for ONE BIG SHOW!

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