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No tickets are required to attend Chandler Center for the Arts’ Free Summer Concert Series. All programs begin at 7:30 p.m. and are held on Fridays. Schedule: Aug. 5, Bad Cactus Brass: Powered by tuba, drums, trumpets, saxophones, and trombones, this New Orleans style second-line jazz band was founded by sousaphonist Benjie Messer. Members include many of the fi eriest jazz musicians in the Valley. Their repertoire includes original dance music, funky street beats, traditional Dixieland, gospel, swing and pop songs. Info: www.badcactusbrassband.com. Aug. 19, Rachel Eckroth: Eckroth’s talents have allowed her to grace the stage as a jazz pianist, an Off- Broadway musical director, a smooth jazz side-woman, backup vocalist in a reggae band, accordionista and keyboardist for a ‘70s teen idol. She now pens lyrics that mirror events in her life, while combining vast musical infl uences to create a sound that refl ects her true self. Rachel’s fi rst self released CD, “MIND,” has been going strong for three years,


AZ Arts Free concerts offered at CCA Rachel Eckroth Sugar Thieves


and the second, titled, “Louder Than Words” was recently released. Her newest project is currently in production. Info: www.racheleckroth.com. Aug. 26, Funny Valentines & Broken Hearts: Hear Valley favorites, Kristen Drathman and Rusty Ferracane along with internationally acclaimed composer and musical director Craig Bohmler. Their collection includes classic standards, contemporary


pop and songs from the musical theatre that celebrate the various aspects of love, from the fi rst pangs of new love to the quiet moments refl ecting on long lost love. Sept. 9, Chandler Symphony Pops Concert: Bid farewell to the summer with a light serving of symphonic favorites. The orchestra provides quality symphonic and orchestral music performed by a wide range of volunteer musicians led by the esteemed conductor, Jack Herriman. Info: www.chandlersymphony.org. Sept. 30, Sugar Thieves: This group’s sultry blues roots and powerhouse delta sound take listeners back in time. They also come equipped with a fresh, new style of high-energy showmanship and an original song list that brings music enthusiasts of any age to their feet. In 2008 and 2009, the Sugar Thieves won the Phoenix Blues Society’s AZ. Blues Showdown and were voted best blues band in the state. They were voted one of the top 10 unsigned blues bands in the world in 2009 and won the “People’s Choice” award at the Old


Daisy Theatre for 2010. Members of band include: Mikel Lander, guitar/vocals; Meridith Moore, lead vocals; Dave Libman, drums; Shea Marshall, sax, keys and harmonica, and Jeff Naylor on bass. Info: www. thesugarthieves.com


Seating for these concerts is on a fi rst-come, fi rst- served basis. Info: www.chandlercenter.org.


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Audition for children’s choir


Youths in second grade through high school are encouraged to audition for the upcoming season of the East Valley Chapter of the Phoenix Children’s Chorus.


Auditions are held at 5 p.m. Tue., June 7 at the Phoenix Children’s Chorus main headquarters at 1202 N. 3rd St. in Phoenix.


The East Valley Chapter’s weekly rehearsals are held at Sirrine Elementary School in Chandler. Members of the Phoenix Children’s Chorus participate in performances and guest appearances, and learn the basic elements of vocal technique, performance and musicianship skills. Children interested in participating in the Phoenix Children’s Chorus do not need a musical background. The Chorus is looking for children with pleasant, clear singing voices, who love to sing and match pitch. Those interested in scheduling an audition should download an audition form at www.phoenixchildrenschorus.org or call 602-534-3788 to schedule an appointment.


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