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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Tickets on sale Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 8:00 AM General Pricing: $25, $35
Phil Vassar is one of a handful of musicians to have multiple hits as a songwriter AND as an artist. He has 10 Number 1s, 15 Top 10s, and 26 TOP 40s. Top songs include Just Another Day in Paradise. Carlene, Six Pack Summer, American Child, For a Little While & My Next Thirty Years (Tim McGraw), Right on the Money (Alan Jackson), I’m All Right & Bye Bye (Jodee Messina) and many more. American Soul is Phil’s ninth album. He also recently launched “Songs from the Cellar” a wine-infused musical conversation airing across the US and Europe.
Phil Vassar is as driven today as he was when he first left his Lynchburg, Virginia home to pursue – and realize – his dream of making his mark in entertainment. A career that has seen the release of eight albums, two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year trophies, Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year, countless hits as a singer and songwriter and a mantle full of awards and the launch of his own Rodeowave Entertainment label continues to expand and evolve.
Vassar continues to churn out incisive, soulful lyrics and infectious melodies that capture the heart and soul in the unique and special way that only he can, and his latest single, “Love Is Alive,” is no exception. Written with frequent co-writer, the award-winning Tom Douglas (“The House That Built Me,” “Little Rock,” “I Run To You”), the new release is the foundation for a much-anticipated new album that will hit stores on Rodeowave in mid-2013.
For Vassar, his philosophy about songs has never changed during his time spent writing hits for himself and other artists, it’s important for a song to carry a message and make the listener feel something. “Songs should evoke something, whether it makes you happy and puts you in a good mood, or makes you cry and feel desperation...you know, whether you’re going through a marriage, or a divorce, or you’re in love or you hate somebody, or whatever it is... songs should evoke something,” says Vassar. “And if it’s just having a drink with your friends in the hot tub, that’s just as good as any song for me! I mean, I’ve had hits with every kind of song – ballads, mid-tempos, up-tempos and silly kinds of songs. You can’t save the whales with every song you write, that’s too heavy for me,” he adds, laughing. “I honestly don’t think I’ve written my best songs yet,” he added.
Friday, July 20, 2018 at 6:00 PM General Pricing: $2.50
Gila Valley Pioneer Days “The Pioneer Legacy” – Variety Show.
Bring your friends and family for a variety of entertainment, including music, dance, comedy and more, as we celebrate our rich pioneer heritage. The Variety Show will be presented at the David M. Player Center for the Arts on Friday, July 20, 2018 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. It is the beginning activity of this year’s Pioneer Days Celebration – The Pioneer Legacy. So come and enjoy talent from around the Gila Valley. There will be something for everyone. Seating is limited, so get your tickets as soon as possible. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door for $2.50 per person.
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 12:00 AM
Tickets on sale Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 8:00 AM
It’s nearly impossible to explain the exceptional talents of EmiSunshine, the 13-year-old prodigy from East Tennessee who has captured the nation’s attention and enchanted hearts-a-many with her musical wizardry. Born Emilie Sunshine Hamilton, the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has been surrounded by family members who possess a genuine love for “salt-of-the-earth,” mountain melodies and lyrics. Emi embraced the classic country, blues and folk music that echoed throughout her Madisonville, TN home. Steeped in Appalachian music, Emi is a true vocal stylist. Influenced by legends (Loretta Lynn/Tanya Tucker/ The Louvin Brothers), she is a throwback to earlier eras of country music when trendsetters like Bessie Smith, June Carter, Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams made history. The sassy, strikingly powerful, ultra entertainer is bound and determined to follow in their footsteps, and while she has some pretty big shoes to fill, this little lady fits the bill.
Emi launched her professional career performing at churches, community outings, and local festivals. It’s the spectacular 2014 performance at a Tennessee flea market that skyrocketed her career to become a worldwide phenomenon when a video of her stage show went viral on YouTube. Since her breakout at just nine years old, Emi has garnered more than 14 Million YouTube views and a half million Facebook followers. Emi’s indescribable and inexplicable talents have taken the world by surprise. The witty songwriter self-produces all of her music (live and in the studio). Emi plays a wailing guitar; she can make the mandolin cry and the ukulele sing. Her ability to combine her youthful, bubbly disposition with deep, meaningful and rather dark song content brings her imagination to life. While her music as been described as “old-timey,” she adds her own unique, contemporary blend of roots music that is equal parts Americana, Bluegrass, Gospel, and Country, with a sprinkle of Blues and a whole lot of “shock factor.” Described as a “modern-day Janis Joplin,” she delivers vivid emotion with every spine-chilling, spirited yet haunting note. The crooner now plays more than 50 dates a year backed by a group made up of those closest to her. Her father plays upright bass, her brother (John Letner) accompanies her on mandolin and “Uncle Bobby” Hill plays drums. The fearless entertainer has performed on The Today Show and The Grand Ole Opry (more than a dozen times), at The Ryman and numerous renowned festivals (CMA Fest and Merle Fest) making evident her confident musical direction. The EmiSunshine bandwagon is loaded with adoring fans numbered in the millions from all over the globe. Personal musical heroes have been captivated by her commanding stage presence; Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris, Tim McGraw, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart and The Grateful Dead (to name just a few) have stepped forward to sing the praises of EmiSunshine as her biggest applauders.
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.
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
Tickets on sale Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 8:00 AM 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 entertainment (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
Tickets on sale Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 8:00 AM 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!