Old Town Center for the Arts has lined up big-name artists for its March concert schedule. As we enter spring, March is the month to be amazed by colorful flowers and a colorful variety of performances at the Old Town Center for the Arts.
Check out the remarkable group of artists below, who have toured the United States and internationally, and will be heading to Old Town Cottonwood in March for upcoming events at the Old Town Center for the Arts.
Internationally renowned guitarist
Saturday March 12, 7 p.m.
Andreas Kapsalis is known as one of the best guitarists in the country. His unique style was born out of adversity. When he injured his left hand, Kapsalis lost the ability to play the guitar. He eventually regained the use of his hand, but during the time he was incapacitated he practiced playing the guitar using only his right hand. When he started playing with both hands again, Kapsalis developed a unique technique he calls “10 finger tapping”.
“It’s a technique where you use both hands on the fretboard, kind of like a piano, so I can do a lot of different harmonies, a lot of different chords. I can play melody, bass and rhythm at the same time as I use all 10 fingers of both hands unlike the typical playing style where you form shapes with one hand and play the same l shape other hand. You can do two shapes at once and play multiple things that way, it’s almost like you can sound like two or three guitar players… I can play percussion and drum beats with one hand and play melody and chords with the other hand.
Kapsalis’ original music draws from a variety of musical styles including ethnic folk traditions, flamenco, Americana, blues, rock and roll, and heavy metal. But throughout, what really stands out is his unique playing style – using both hands on the fretboard in a style reminiscent of a pianist. Andreas will perform at the Old Town Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 12 at 7 p.m.
Max Ribner and 1st language
Saturday, March 19, 7 p.m. Concert, 8:30 p.m. Dance
Join us for a unique evening on Saturday March 19 when Max Ribner and 1st Language take the stage at the Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood. A “concert style” format will begin at 7:00 p.m. After a short intermission, the floor will be cleared for dancing from 8:30 p.m.
Customers who purchase a “concert” ticket have the option of staying for the dance. At a reduced price, participants can attend only the dance part of the evening.
What are the threads that connect jazz, soul and classical music to spiritual connection and community service? This is the question that animates the artist on international tour Max Ribner. The sound that responds is rich, respectful and intimate, connecting us through the lineage of music, to the stories of our ancestors.
Blending his classical training with a passion for improvisational music, Max’s unique approach to flugelhorn and trumpet has seen him perform with artists such as Esperanza Spalding, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Trevor Hall , the Polish Ambassador, Liv Warfield, Sol Rising and Suite. The result of years of collaboration with such a large musical community is powerfully illustrated on Max’s first solo album, 1st Language.
The result of years of collaboration with such a large musical community is powerfully illustrated on Max’s first solo album, 1st Language. The 11-song debut album brings together over 50 artists in a cross-continental collaboration for the ages. Featured artists include: Bobby Sparks II (Roy Hargrove, Snarky Puppy,) Mark Lettieri (Snarky Puppy,) Saeeda Wright (Prince,) Sharay Reed (Chaka Kahn,) to name a few. Additionally, the album was mixed by Grammy-winning mixing engineer Ben Kane (D’Angelo PJ Morton and Emily King). This solidified Max’s passion for music activism by connecting him with like-minded musicians who shared his vision of community service. 1st Language is a sound call from our collective humanity.
Come and enjoy an evening with Max Ribner & 1st Language. The band’s music is engaging, rhythmic and contagious. You’ll be dancing in your seat and on your feet at this dance concert.
Brian Chartrand Quartet in concert in partnership with the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center
Saturday March 26, 7 p.m.
Brian Chartrand, who has wowed crowds from Phoenix’s Crescent Ballroom to Carnegie Hall, mixes his original and moving work with repertoire ranging from James Taylor to Radiohead. Brian is joined by world class musicians Todd Chuba, Lamar Gaines and Mario Mendivil. Brian Chartrand will be performing at the Center des arts de la Vieille-Ville on Saturday, March 26, at 7 p.m.
Brian Chartrand is a Phoenix-based singer-songwriter. He is co-founder of The Sweet Remains with Rich Price and Greg Naughton, author of “Live from Laurel Canyon: Songs and Stories of American Folk Rock”, and a busy solo career. Since 2005, Brian has released 15 albums with his various projects. Over the years, he’s opened for Steely Dan, Chris Isaak, and Flaming Lips, among others. His first European tour took place in 2009. He now tours abroad 2 months a year. In 2012 he spent a summer performing on the Seaborn Sojourn.
Brian grew up in South Hadley, MA and graduated from Eaglebrook School (’91) and UMASS Amherst (2001). At UMASS Brian studied Political Science and German. After graduating from South Hadley High School in 1994, he received a scholarship from the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange to live in Germany for a year. In 1997, he spent his first year studying in Freiburg, Germany. In 1999, he completed a three-month internship at the Bundestag (Bonn, Germany) while researching and writing his thesis for his honors degree.
In 2003 Brian moved from Massachusetts to Phoenix, Arizona. In 2004 Brian started a band called Ten Dollar Outfit which released 4 albums. In 2007 Brian, Rich Price and Greg Naughton joined forces to launch The Sweet Remains which has released 4 albums (Laurel & Sunset, North & Prospect, Live at the Canal Room and Night Songs) and continues to tour the US . As a soloist and with his band “The Project”, Brian continues to record and perform in the United States and Europe. Under his name, Chartrand has released seven albums since 2008.
Mark your calendars for these special events and stay tuned for more events at the Old Town Center for the Arts coming this spring.
Tickets are available online at www.showtix4u.com or at Cottonwood at Mysterium and in Sedona you can find tickets at the Mary D. Fisher Theater. For ticket prices and more information on these and other upcoming events, visit OldTownCenter.org or call Elena Bullard at 928-634-0940.