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Little Texas
Friday, September 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Reserved Pricing: $25, $35
 

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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.



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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.”






METALHEAD
Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM

General Pricing: $15
 

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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 BULLDOG BASKETBALL TEAM and see an
awesome rock and roll show!








Jacome Flamenco: Musicians and Dance
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Tickets on sale Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM
Adult Pricing: $10, $15
 

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This world renowned Flamenco dance troupe is based right here in Arizona. The unbridled energy, inspiration and excitement of Jácome Flamenco’s singers, dancers and musicians take audiences on a whirlwind journey of Andalucía. You feel the rhythm, hear the song, smell the wine and see the beauty of a distant culture encouraging you to join in. The art of flamenco explodes onstage and audience shouts of “Olé!” become part of the experience, part of the passion of flamenco. Internationally acclaimed touring company, Jácome Flamenco was formed in 2003 by Chris B. Jácome, Artistic Director & Composer. The company has held concerts in many sold-out theatres from performing to over 6,000 audience members at the Redlands Bowl in California to presenting at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. International performances include Mexico, Canada, Spain and Indonesia.








Heart By Heart
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Reserved Pricing: $15, $25
 

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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. 








GENTRI
Friday, January 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM

General Pricing: $15, $25
 

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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.








Shuffle
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Tickets on sale Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 8:00 AM
Adult Pricing: $10, $15
 

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A modern day 6 piece ensemble which is made up of piano, violin, cello, clarinet, oboe and a female vocalist is geared up with a new set of rules that delivers the unexpected. Inspiring and energetic, New York-based chamber music ensemble SHUFFLE Concert changes the rules of performance as we know it. Conceived by SHUFFLE’s artistic director and pianist, Eliran Avni, SHUFFLE Concert was born while Avni was exercising on the elliptical machine at the gym. His MP3 player jumped from a Pretenders song to the first movement of Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, nearly causing him to lose his balance… and thus, the idea for SHUFFLE Concert was born! Unique to SHUFFLE Concert performances is the manner in which the program is selected. The audience is invited to actively participate in the selection of works to be performed by choosing from a menu of over 30 works derived from 15 different styles, with works ranging from solos and duos, to trios, quartets, quintets and sextets. Genres vary from classical, baroque, and romantic, to Jazz, pop and Broadway. The result is a highly engaged audience and a high energy performance.










Hotel California
Friday, February 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Tickets on sale Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM
General Pricing: $15, $25
 

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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.








Italian Saxophone Quartet
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Tickets on sale Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM
Adult Pricing: $10, $15
Student Pricing: $5, $5
 

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The Italian Saxophone Quartet was founded in 1982 by four saxophone soloists, close friends determined to join together to perform chamber music for saxophone at the very highest artistic level. Since then, they have played to wide acclaim in more than 500 concerts in Italy (including the most important concert institutions), France, Germany, Spain, Greece, Japan, USA, Sweden, Lebanon, Bermuda and Russia. The quartet’s concerts have been recorded and broadcast by the Italian RAI-Radio 1 and RAI-Radio 3 as well as by Swedish, German, Japanese and American national radios.  Among their important projects, in 1999 the quartet performed Berio’s work “Outis” with the Symphony Orchestra of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala. They appeared as soloists with the Malipiero Symphony Orchestra in works by Piazzolla and Dubois, and collaborated with the Fonè String Quartet on the creation a new arrangement of the Art of the Fugue by J.S. Bach for string and saxophone quartets, which was premiered at the XXII International Chamber Music Festival in Asolo.









2nd Annual Dancing with the Graham County Stars
Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Tickets on sale Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 8:00 AM
Reserved Pricing: $25
General Pricing: $15
 

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Six of our local celebrities are partnered with a professional dancer to learn a 90-second ballroom dance routine. Over the course of a week our celebrities will refine their skills as they prepare to compete onstage in front of a live audience. At the end of the week, we add in costumes, video highlights and a hilarious local judging panel for a show that our community will absolutely love. 



During this interactive show, you will laugh, cheer, sing, and laugh some more. The best part is the AUDIENCE votes for who will win and take home the coveted mirror ball trophy. With the surge in popularity of ballroom dance in pop culture, Mark Lowes and Marlayna Sheeran, founders of the Utah Ballroom Dance Company (UBDC), set out to create a touring show that would capitalize on this popularity. Reality dance competition shows are drawing in audience members to not only watch their favorite stars dance but also get to vote for them and determine their fate. 



This company features some of nation’s top ballroom dance athletes who have performed nationally and internationally receiving numerous accolades and awards such as the coveted U.S. National Formation Championships. Utah Ballroom Dance Company please visit www.utahbdc.com











Cavani String Quartet
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 12:00 AM
Tickets on sale Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM
Adult Pricing: $10, $15
Student Pricing: $5, $5
 

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It has been over 10 years since Gila Valley Arts Council presented the Cavani String Quartet, but we are very happy to have them back as their last residency here was one of the best we"ve had for working with the local string students in workshops and performance. Hailed as brilliant and passionate performers, as well as ambassadors for chamber music, the Cavani String Quartet succeeds like few others in communicating the sheer joy of music making. The quartet has the honor of being a winner of the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, the prestigious Fischoff, Banff, and Coleman competitions as well as being chosen for The Cleveland Quartet Award at The Eastman School. Described by the Washington Post as “completely engrossing, powerful and elegant" the quartet's impressive thirty year legacy has garnered significant recognition including the Ohio Governors Award for the Arts, Musical America Magazine's Young Artists of the Year and the Guarneri String Quartet Award for Artistic Excellence, in both 2005 and 2011, from Chamber Music America. The Cavani Quartet has received an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and has currently commissioned, premiered and performed the music of more than thirty living composers. Nationally recognized for their superlative and unique approach as both performers and teaching -artists, they have received more than ten Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Awards to engage audiences of all ages in communities across the country.







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