Friday Night Live!
April 14, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - August 18, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Friday Night Live! Summer 2017 Concert Line-up Announced. Marshall Foundation and Main Gate Square present a series of free, evening jazz concerts at the Geronimo Plaza, beginning April 14, 2017. A classic, dynamic and inspirational musical genre, performed around the world for decades, will take local audiences on a soulful tour this summer. A jazz infusion has taken place each summer on University Boulevard for the past few years.
Presented by The Marshall Foundation, Jonas Hunter Productions and Main Gate Square, the free performances alternate Fridays at a later start time of 7:30 p.m. from April to August. Please make note that this is a half hour later than previous concert seasons. Most performances will last 90 minutes. Coupled with delicious food from nearby local restaurants, the evenings provide a great way to begin the weekend.
“People come to Geronimo Plaza and discover Main Gate is a great place in a lively atmosphere,” said Jane McCollum, Main Gate Square general manager.
Main Gate Square, between Park and Euclid Avenues on University Boulevard, features more than 20 retailers and 30 restaurants near the University of Arizona. Main Gate merchants validate parking for the Tyndall Garage Monday through Friday after 5 p.m. to midnight (all parking fees incurred prior to 5 p.m. are the customer’s responsibility).
Friday Night Live! Summer 2017 Performances:
DeGrazia Band, Latin Guitar Jazz
Domingo DeGrazia blends Spanish guitar passion with the flair of Flamenco music. His music couples dynamic rhythms with vibrant Latin, Salsa and rock drum beats. An Arizona native raised with the sounds and imagery of the desert southwest, Domingo’s guitar playing has charmed audiences with songs that are as rhythmic as they are percussive; moving from passionate to whimsical, elegant to sorrowful. Domingo DeGrazia carries the role of front-man and lead guitar while violinist Beth Daunis brings exotic and soulful violin. http://www.degraziamusic.com/
The Coolers, Blues / R&B
The Coolers were conceived by Rex Caughron and Gary Love who began assembling the members at the end of 2006. The original nine member line-up was firmed up in spring of 2009 and the band debuted in late April of that year. Driven by a five piece horn section, the band’s sound moves seamlessly from old school blues & swing ala T-Bone Walker, to the Texas blues/R&B of Delbert McClinton, to thumping soul (Etta James, Aretha), and finally to the early funk of James Brown and Sly Stone. Add to that a touch of soul-jazz and interestingly re-worked arrangements and you begin to get a feel for what the band is all about. https://www.facebook.com/tucsoncoolers/
Sylvan Street, Progressive Jazz
Experience the innovative and electrifying music of Sylvan Street. Our progressive Jazz sound brings the energy and excitement of an arena rock concert to the intimacy of a jazz venue. With a diverse and aggressive fusion of original jazz, rock, Latin, and funk styles, our hip, urban sound speaks to listeners of all ages. Let our songs take you on an emotional ride through tribal funk grooves, bittersweet love ballads, jump swing, and blues. Our compact discs, “The Perfect Leaf” and “Here In America” are available now on Summit Records and iTunes. Members of Sylvan Street also offer educational jazz clinics for high school and collegiate jazz programs. http://www.sylvanstreetjazz.com/
Silk & Soul, Rhythm & Blues
Silk & Soul is the husband and wife team of Mark and Arlette Willis. Arlette is a soprano and Mark accompanies her at the piano and plays harmonica. Arlette and Mark have been performing for hundreds of clients since High School in 1978. They studied voice under Mr. Brazeal Dennard in Detroit and have traveled across the USA, with invitations to Japan and Russia since. Their LuvvaMusic spans many genres including Jazz, Blues, Broadway, Funk, R&B and Soul. https://www.facebook.com/SilkandSoulMusic/
Haboob, Traditional Jazz
Haboob, formerly Jazz Telephone, plays original music- music that elicits feelings of ennui and hubris. Sax, organ, bass and drums provide a resonate palette with which to paint a vast and visceral landscape of love and hope. https://www.facebook.com/haboobtucson/
Neamen Lyles, Smooth Saxophone Jazz
Tucson saxophonist Neamen Lyles offers a simple guide: “Nee-Amen,” he replies. “Nee-Amen… with the accent on the “A”. On top of his self-described “brand awareness” efforts, Mr. Lyles’ untiring quest of a musical career on the national stage is paying increasingly handsome dividends. Regular performances with Prime Example, one of southern Arizona’s best-sounding smooth jazz ensembles, keep him busy one or more evenings per week. In recent months, the group has shared the stage with nationally-known musicians Greg Karrukas, Jeff Lorber and others. And, Neamen has also been privileged to share concert billing with another smooth jazz superstar, saxophonist Dave Koz. Neamen’s career seems always to be starting anew, fueled by his fresh, energetic style of playing and his love of music, his fellow musicians and life itself. https://www.facebook.com/neamen.lyles
Butch Diggs, Smooth Jazz
Smooth Jazz saxophonist/flutist/keyboardist Butch Diggs has worked with Eddie Henderson, Paul Jackson, Jr. Chaka Khan, Joe Henderson, Brian Bromberg,avant garde drummer Atma Anur, and progressive guitarist Craig Easley. Was an original member of the pop/alternative group Question Men in the 1980’s. Current album is “Chapter 1” (co-produced by Steve Diggs). On his first solo release, Butch does all of the instruments( saxes, flutes, keyboards, drums, indian flutes, and effects) All songs were written and arranged by Butch Diggs. With his latest release “Dry Heat”, he enlists the help of BDizzy( his son, Brandon) on synthesizer and vocal effects, and co –writing. https://www.facebook.com/butch.diggs
Reno Del Mar, Latin Acoustic Trio
Reno del Mar is a dynamic acoustic instrumental group that performs beautiful, original guitar and violin music in a wide range of styles that include Latin jazz, Americana, western swing, tango, gypsy, flamenco fusion, bebop and blues. The trio is usually violin and two acoustic guitars. Beth Daunis plays the violin, Phil Lipman plays an acoustic steel string, and Mark Wilsey plays an acoustic nylon string, Spanish style guitar. http://www.renodelmar.com/
Triple Threat, Jazz Vocal Standards
Triple Threat has entertained audiences for almost a decade with their three part Jazz Vocal harmonies. Triple Threat features the iconoc voices of Kathryn Burns, Crystal Stark and Julie Ann who, as soloists, are show stoppers themselves. When their forces are combined they truly are a triple threat of jazz entertainment. Pete Swan is a bandleader, drummer, educator, vocalist and composer. Pete is the leader of Big Band Express and has been an educator in Tucson for over 25 years including the Director of the Pima College Jazz Program for five years. http://www.julieannesjazz.com/?section=triple_threat
The Rob Resetar Trio with Sheryl Ann McKinley, Contemporary Jazz Standards
The Rob Resetar Trio has entertained audiences from Los Angeles to Boston with an eclectic blend of jazz favorites by Vince Guaraldi, Ramsey Lewis & many others. Here with Tucson vocalist, Sheryl Ann McKinley they will perform standards from the American Songbook from Lena Horne to Diana Krall. http://www.robertresetar.com/
Friday Night Live at Main Gate Square
When: Alternating Fridays at 7:30 p.m. from April 14th to August 18th.
Where: Geronimo Plaza at Main Gate Square, between Park Avenue and Euclid Avenue on University Boulevard
Cost: Free, parking validated for Tyndall Garage
About the Marshall Foundation
Marshall Foundation, founded in 1930, seeks to enhance the lives of the citizens of Tucson and Pima County through its support of charitable and educational institutions. The Foundation gives primary consideration to organizations involved in arts, education, social services, and early childhood development.
Marshall Foundation is a private Foundation that is asset-based and receives its revenue from office and retail property rentals and leases generated from the Foundation’s real estate holdings, and not outside donations. The income from these properties and investments makes possible the significant charitable and educational work the Foundation does every year on behalf of the greater Tucson community.
The Foundation is legally obligated under its original charter to donate five percent of its fair market value every year to worthy non-profit organizations involved in community service and charitable programs, and its assets must be appraised at least every five years. Since its founding, the Foundation has maintained a close, beneficial relationship with the University of Arizona. As a result, the University receives close to half of all donations made by the Foundation on a yearly basis. A good part of it is in the form of funds earmarked for various student scholarship programs.
The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors which meets once a month during the year. The Board sets Foundation policy and future direction and makes decisions on investments, projects and donations. The current Marshall Foundation Board officers and members are Chuck Jackson, President, George Steele, Vice-President, Anne Nelson, Treasurer, Bruce Shelton, Secretary, and Board Members Francisco Aguilar and Bruce Burke.
For more information about programs and events produced by the Marshall Foundation and Main Gate Square please visit www.maingatesquare.com .
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