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  • Gentlemen of swing croon in Wickenburg Sunday

    Vocalist Joe Bourne brings a special program featuring favorites from Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Lou Rawls, Al Jarreau and others to the Friends of Music concert Sunday in the Wickenburg Community Center.Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.The Massachusetts native began singing in church as a youngster. He’s performed all over the world, including Australia, Aruba, Brazil and Indonesia and lived in the Netherlands for 25 years. While there, he entertained the American and Dutch militaries and on radio and television. A Christmas special with Ray Charles was filmed in Germany and broadcast internationally. Germany honored Bourne as Entertainer of the Year. He relocated to Arizona in 2000 and continues to sing, create and perform special shows, including a salute to Lou Rawls, a tribute to Nat King Cole and his acclaimed Motown show.Playing in the band is Mike Vax, jazz trumpeter, band leader, composer and clinician. A native of the San Francisco Bay area, he performs exclusively on Getzen trumpets, cornets and flugelhorns and has the status of an International Artist for the Getzen Company. He has played lead and solo trumpet with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the Clark Terry Big Bad Band and the U.S. Navy Show Band. As a recording musician, he has performed on more than 75 albums, including 20 under his own name.Saxophonist Tony Vacca began his professional career at age 7 in the family band and continued throughout his teen years playing sax and keyboards. He received his formal training in Arizona State University’s jazz department and went on to perform and teach in the Phoenix area. Moving to Chicago in 1982, Vacca spent 16 years as a musician and educator. Back in the Phoenix area since 1998, he now teaches jazz history and rock history at Scottsdale Community College.Guitarist Stan Sorenson began lessons at age 8. After seven years of private lessons, he began his professional career performing on the guitar in an accordion-based pop/polka band and an all-original jazz/rock band.

  • Toe-tappers head out to Wickenburg bluegrass festival

    The 35th annual Four Corner States Bluegrass Festival Nov. 14-16 is sponsored by the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce, and is one of the oldest bluegrass festivals in the Southwest.Featured bands entertaining all three days at the festival are James Reams & The Barnstormers, Dry Branch Fire Squad and Chris Jones & The Night Drivers.Additionally, contestants will compete in 13 categories for prizes and cash awards. Some of the categories bring championship designation, such as Open Fiddle, Mandolin, Flat Pick Guitar and Banjo.The festival is outdoors at the Everett Bowman Rodeo Grounds, 935 Constellation Road, a half-mile east of Highway 60/93 in Wickenburg. Limited reserved self-contained RV camping is arranged through the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce.The festival opens to the public at 11 a.m. Nov. 14, with entertainment from 1 to 5:30 p.m. On Nov. 15 and 16, gates open at 7 a.m. for a pancake breakfast, and entertainment follows from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for children; three-day passes are $45, $40 and $20 at the gate.   

  • Grand Dance Club lines up events

    The Sun City Grand Dance Club has announced two upcoming events:• The Monthly Line Dance at Sun City Grand will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Gila Room at the Cimarron Center, 17100 W. Clearview Blvd., in Sun City Grand.Brenda Thomason leads dancers in a lively evening of line dancing for beginners through intermediate. The dance is open to the public.Tickets are $5 and may be purchased online at at the Activities Desk 623-546-7449 or at the door. For information, call Sharon at 623-544-1963.• The Rockin’ Oldies Monthly Variety Dance will be Nov. 15, featuring Rhythm Edition.This seven-piece band has been entertaining audiences throughout the Valley for more than 20 years. This group is known to customize its style and music to its audience and features classic rock, Motown and the Top 40. With five lead singers, they can play a wide variety of musical styles. The band has opened for such national artists as Steppenwolf, Marshall Tucker Band, Grassroots and the Turtles.  

Cuban filmmaker to screen award-winning movie at ASU’s West campus

Acclaimed Cuban filmmaker Miguel Coyula will visit Arizona State University’s West campus Monday and Tuesday to interact with students and make public presentations.

  • icon Posted: October 23

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IHOP celebrates Halloween with free Scary Face Pancakes

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