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.
Thank you to this year's Sponsors: Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold, E.A. Glass, Quality Inn & Suites, CKC Construction & Materials, Majik 100.7 KJIK, Basha's, Johnson Motors, CMI Quick Copy, Eastern Arizona Courier, Vining Funeral Home, Casa Manana, Country Financial, Bushman Dental, Velocity Builders, Eastern Arizona Ag Center, Trophies 'N Tees, Brand Source, Smith & Taylor Automotive, Sodalicious, Mann Mortgage, Sparks HomeStore, and Firing Pin Gun and Pawn.
Tickets sold at the Door: $10 per person, $30 per family
One of Hollywood's hottest comedians, Jason Love has appeared on Comedy Central, HBO, America's Got Talent, and over 20 national TV broadcasts. Jason works clean and incorporates music, making him a go-to choice for big corporate events. Says L.A. Weekly: "Jason Love is comedy that brings people together." From the Hollywood Improv to Carolines on Broadway to the Comic Strip in Edmonton, Jason's audience continues to grow. He has performed overseas for the troops and on the seas for cruise lines. Jason was a finalist at the Cabo Comedy Festival and at the World Series of Comedy in Vegas. Jason syndicates his cartoon Snapshots to millions in print, Internet, and mobile media. His one-liners are published by Readers Digest. You are going to love Jason!
Also appearing will be Kristopher Royer, recently married describes the difficulties of adjusting to living with the most wonderful woman in the world. Realities collide not over which came first, the chicken or the egg, but rather, which is best, such as cage free eggs or free range? As well, Organic or steroid filled chicken? Brutally honest and hysterical, Kristopher is one of the Valley's hottest emerging stand-up comedians, and a recent finalist in the Arizona's Funniest Comedian Contest. His clever, yet brutal honesty is in constant demand at every club in town. Brace yourself for a hilarious evening as he will also tackle tough topics that aren't normally funny--- but he will have you soaked in your seats with laughter. Kristopher is the only person I know that can get an audience to laugh 100+ times in less than 20 minutes. His comedic routines are action packed!
Amber Frame: What a charm this will be with Ambers" take about how all advertising is based on fear, and that people on health food diets sound like they"re talking about drugs. Everybody understands Amber's sense of humor and will laugh with delight as she describes some of your friends to a T. Born in Tucson but raised on the east coast, Amber grew up amongst the sprawling horse farms, strip mall diners, and angry sports fans of the Philadelphia area. She spent her twenties as a starving artist in Boston before a desire to be closer to family not to mention Boston’s rising real estate prices… drove her back to her native desert lands in 2014. Her self-deprecating comedy pokes fun at her own “hipster” sensibilities, the culture shock of an east-coaster living in Arizona, and the joys and pitfalls of starting over in your thirties. Performing at the all-female showcase ‘Estrogen Hour’ at Laffs Comedy Café, and ‘Comedy at the Wench’ on Tucson’s 4th Avenue, has made Amber a household name (at least in her own house.)
Friday, September 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM Reserved Pricing: $25, $35
As part of the Young Country movement of the early ‘90s, Little Texas were responsible for shaking up the country music world with a new, energetic sound that fused the look and attitude of modern rock music with traditional country themes and styles, bringing a much appreciated bolt of life into the genre. For their efforts, country fans the world over richly rewarded the band, buying up over 7 million of their albums, while critics showered them with 3 Grammy nominations plus honors from both the Academy of Country Music (Vocal Group Of The Year) and the Country Music Association (Album Of The Year).
Their first radio release in 1991, “Some Guys Have All The Love,” became a Top-10 hit, as did their next single, “First Time For Everything.” After the album First Time For Everything was released, five singles reached the top of the charts. The second album, Big Time, truly was the big time for Little Texas.
The sophomore release, which has sold more than three million copies to date, spawned three No. 1 singles -“What Might Have Been,” “God Blessed Texas” and “My Love” -and captured the group's first CMT Award, a Billboard award, a Radio & Records award and their first Grammy nomination.
Early in their career, Little Texas was designated as an arena act. They first signed on as an opener on an arena tour headlined by Clint Black. Later, they traveled with Travis Tritt and Trisha Yearwood on a tour sponsored by Budweiser. After that, they were on their own, with Crown Royal, singing to packed arenas across the United States and Canada. During this time, the band played a part in Common Thread: The Songs of The Eagles, which later earned their first Country Music Association trophy for “Album Of The Year.” The group's cover of “Peaceful Easy Feeling” charted well; albeit, without an official release, and with that, Little Texas broke another record in country music history: three different songs on three different charts with three different lead singers, all at the same time. It is a feat that has never been repeated since by any band. The year 1994 also brought the lineup an Academy of Country Music Award for “Vocal Group of the Year.” Little Texas released their Kick A Little album, and their first true arena-headlining tour began, supported by Keebler and newcomer Tim McGraw with opening act BlackHawk. The tour and the album were huge successes, highlighted by shows in Detroit and Minneapolis, where they sold out the arenas just days after their heroes, The Eagles, had played the same venues. The tour continued on through 1995, finishing as the fifth largest-grossing tour of the year, and over the course of ’94 and ’95, the band received two more Grammy nominations and released Little Texas–Greatest Hits.
After the self-titled Little Texas album was released, Little Texas, the players, needed a break following years of performing a relentless concert schedule. Thus, at the end of 1997, each member went his separate way, opting to spend time with family and friends, and work on individual projects. Says bassist-vocalist Duane Propes: “At that point it was time for our loved ones to have us back for a while. It all happened for a reason.” In 2004, the multi-platinum band’s four original members—Propes, Porter Howell (lead vocals and lead guitar), Dwayne O"Brien (vocals and rhythm guitars) and Del Gray (drums) rebuilt the franchise with a completely new sound and they couldn’t have been happier to be back on tour and bringing fans what they do best. “Everybody still has a ‘What Might Have Been,’ there’s always a ‘First Time For Everything,’ and folks still want to ‘Kick A Little,’ so we decided to take the party back on the road," shares Propes, referring to the group’s continued rotation at radio and generations of both old and new fans that keep the band playing their classics and putting out new music. In summer 2007, Little Texas returned to the airwaves, country charts and music video playlists with an album titled Missing Years. In typical Little Texas style, the band broke the rules yet again, choosing to unleash TWO new albums within the span of a month, including the band's first live album, The Very Best of Little Texas: Live & Loud.
Currently, the lineup’s on the concert circuit celebrating its official 24th year on the radio since their first single, "Some Guys Have All The Love," hit the airwaves in 1991. The music the band has generated over the years is timeless, and has been featured on hundreds of television programs and sporting events including Good Morning America, American Idol, Don't Forget The Words, America's Got Talent & HBO's "True Blood," while "God Blessed Texas" has been the theme music for the Texas Ford Dealers commercials since 1998.
This year, Little Texas is breaking new sonic ground with the release of their 8th album, Young For A Long Time. Undoubtedly the band has never sounded more confident, as the chorus of the titular lead off track proudly declares, “Don’t you know by now we’ve got this down / That Friday night fire still hasn’t gone out / We got a rock solid life and a rock n’ roll state of mind / We were born to run / So sit down, son / We’ll show you just how it’s done / ‘Cause we’ve been young for a long time.” The musicianship has only improved with age as well with Porter Howell truly coming into his own as the band’s lead vocalist in addition to his dazzling lead guitar work, and backed by the always solid playing of drummer Del Gray. “Young For A Long Time pretty much runs the gamut of everything we’ve ever done, plus takes us down some new roads as well,” Propes continues, “the vocals are there, the guitar work is there, the party songs are there, the ‘make you cry’ love songs, the songs about Texas. We even dive off into swamp rock and torch music, so each song has a totally different fuel behind it.”
“The four of us appreciate each other and still have a ball on stage,” says drummer Gray of the band’s chemistry on stage after all this time. “There is a comfort level that happens to us when we play together that can only happen with 20-something years of experience.”
Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM General Pricing: $15
The Player Center and the Safford Boys Basketball team are proud to bring you METALHEAD, Arizona’s Original and Longest Running Hair Band Rock Show!
They’ve been rocking audiences since 2003 and they ain’t about to stop any time soon!
This is your chance to support the SAFFORD BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM and see an awesome rock and roll show!
Heart By Heart
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM Reserved Pricing: $15, $25
In 2013, bassist Steve Fossen and drummer Michael Derosier were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as original members of Heart. That 70"s-era lineup brought to the world the massive radio hits Magic Man, Crazy On You, Dreamboat Annie, Barracuda, Kick It Out, Heartless, Straight On, Dog & Butterfly, Even It Up and much more. Now Fossen and Derosier are back together with HEART BY HEART, a new band featuring powerhouse vocalist Somar Macek, multi-talented guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Lizzy Daymont, and legendary Seattle guitarist Randy Hansen. Honoring the magic and power of the music of Heart, this incredible lineup considers it their responsibility to bring the songs to the stage in their original form.
According to Fossen, “We don’t see it as our task to modify or update these classic tunes that Heart fans love and have listened to all these years.” After every show, fans express their appreciation for HEART BY HEART's ability to bring back the memories by playing the songs as written and recorded. Having Mike and Steve on stage gives HEART BY HEART an authenticity no other Heart Tribute can match.
Friday, January 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM General Pricing: $15, $25
GENTRI: The Gentlemen Trio was established in June 2014 and is comprised of three highly trained tenors: Brad Robins, Casey Elliott and Bradley Quinn Lever. Pioneering a signature sound that can only be described as “Cinematic Pop,” the music of GENTRI is transfused with lush, epic orchestrations and rich, dynamic three-part harmonies all composed by the group’s producer Stephen Nelson. Critics have called GENTRI’s sound “strong, brave, and inspiring” as well as “anything but boring.”
GENTRI’s self-titled, debut EP was released March 31, 2015. The record spent 10 consecutive weeks in the Top 10 on two different Billboard charts, including three weeks at No. 2 on both the Classical and Classical Crossover charts. On the heels of their first album release, the Gents debuted their first music video to their original hit single, “Dare,” which made international headlines on news outlets around the world, including ABC World News, NBC Nightly News and Inside Edition. The Gents’ later released their full-length album, RISE, which debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Classical and Classical Crossover Charts, right behind John Williams for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Andrea Bocelli. Their latest full length album, Finding Chrsitmas, has also charted in the top 10 on multiple Billboard charts, as well as appeared multiple times in the iTunes top 10 holiday album list, (right alongside other artists such as Michael Bublé and Pentatonix).
GENTRI has performed alongside world-renowned talent, including international tenor sensation Alfie Boe, Tony Award-winning vocalist Idina Menzel, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and legendary rock band Journey. Other notable events include performing at the Governor of Utah’s annual gala, as well as performing the national anthem for the Utah Jazz, San Diego Padres, and Colorado Rockies. GENTRI also was recently featured on an Emmy- Award-Winning television Christmas special with YouTube sensation Lexi Walker that was broadcast to over 20 million homes.
Follow the Gents on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@GENTRImusic), and download their music on iTunes/Amazon.
Friday, February 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Tickets on sale Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM General Pricing: $15, $25
For more than two decades, HOTEL CALIFORNIA has touched the hearts of fans all over the world, by faithfully and accurately reproducing the Grammy award winning sounds of the Eagles. See how a spirited blend of originality and the pursuit of excellence have taken HOTEL CALIFORNIA to a level of international recognition normally reserved only for gold and platinum recording artists.
This dynamic, highly acclaimed show incorporates their very own world renowned vocal harmony, and authentic instrumentation, including all specialty instruments in a stage spectacle that is both modern and exciting. Each concert presents an exciting, showcase of The Eagles megahits such as “Take it Easy” “Heartache Tonight” and of course “Hotel
California” as well as selected titles from the solo works of Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh.
The magic and mystique of this truly timeless music, is as powerful as it is captivating. So join us now on a trip down a dark desert highway, feel the cool wind in your hair, and experience Grammy award winning sounds….. Relax it’s time to check into the HOTEL CALIFORNIA.