Community Center Concert Series in Oro Valley
6:00 PM -7:30 PM
The Oro Valley Community Center Concert Series invites local acclaimed musicians to perform in Oro Valley throughout the year. Come down to the Community Center for a night of free live music. Attendees are encouraged to come early and enjoy a delicious dinner at the Overlook Restaurant.
As a core Business and Arts Integration method, the Community Concert Series blends the mutually beneficial relationship that the arts can have alongside the business model. In a partnership with the Town of Oro Valley, this program impacts economic development, while providing community exposure to the arts, and supporting local musicians.
Attendees are invited to bring their own chairs. No seating is provided. There is no cost to attend the concerts. Concerts are approximately 80-90 minutes in length.
Community & Recreation Center
10555 N. La Canada Drive, Oro Valley
Oro Valley Community & Recreation Center includes fitness equipment, swimming pools, racquetball courts, tennis courts, and meeting rooms.
Interested in performing as a band or musician in the series?
September 21, 2017
A member of the Yaqui people of southern Arizona, Gabriel Ayala is at the forefront of a new generation of Native Americans making a career performing classical music. Ayala performs regularly throughout the United States and has appeared at the Poway Center for Performing Arts, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Museum for the American Indian, and Oscar Meyer Theater in Madison, Wisconsin. He has been recognized by the former State of Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, now Director of Homeland Security, for his musical achievements. Ayala has released three self-distributed albums: “Self Titled” in 2003, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in 2007 and “Tango!” in 2008. He has also been a featured artist on several other CD releases.
October 19, 2017
Swingin' Hits of the 1960's
Founded in July of 2011, Tucson Bandstand was originally a collaboration with Desert Melodies and Tony's Deli to create a sock hop type dinner show. In January of 2012 Tucson Bandstand 'parted' with Desert Melodies and became it's very own group. We look forward to performing for you next event! Tucson Bandstand covers the hit songs of the 1960's, better than you remember them! You will hear songs by The Vogues, The Monkeys, Sonny & Cher, The Mamas and the Papas, Elvis, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Roy Orbison, and many other great bands and singers from the Baby-boomer era.
November 16, 2017
Diana Van Deurzan & Lisa Otey
Jazz Piano & Vocals
Diane Van Deurzen & Lisa Otey are a dynamic duo, a perfect blend of hot
jazz, sultry blues and cabaret. They take their act to festivals, clubs
and theatres around the world and are known for creating an atmosphere of
intimacy with their humor and joyful interactions with the audience.
Recent performances include the Thredbo Blues Festival in Australia;
Yardbird Suite in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Yoshi's in Oakland,
California; and the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland.
Lisa has been inducted into the Tucson Music Hall of Fame and Arizona
Blues Hall of Fame and has been named Best Local Performing Artist by Best
of Tucson and Tucson Lifestyle. She also appeared on the Grammy-nominated
recording, "Ladies Man", by blues piano legend Pinetop Perkins.
Diane and Lisa have co-produced several CDs on their label, Owl's Nest
Productions, including Diane's CD, "I Never Knew", "Bring Your Own Boa"
for Lisa Otey and the Desert Divas, and Diane & Lisa's duo CDs, "You Got
What I Want", "Wild Women" and their Christmas hit, "Meet Me Under the
"Diane is one of the finest instinctually pure singers I have heard"
"Van Deurzen's voice is warm and soothing, pouring out the lyrics with
"Whenever these two artists perform together, people comment on their easy
rapport and emotional connection. Otey's piano and vocals are hot and
steamy. Van Deurzen sings sweetly. Together they blend like a musical
cappuccino with extra foam on top." -Chuck Graham
"Fun stuff from Lisa Otey and Diane Van Deurzen. (Wild Women) is a tribute
in song to 100 years of women blues singers with a great mix of sass,
sentimentality, and humor." -Duncan Hudson, KXCI
"They put their hearts and souls into each song they sang and the fun they
exuded on stage was infectious as it engulfed the audience. Hand
clapping, toe tapping, smiles, hoots and hollers prevailed throughout
their 2 hour performance. People are still talking about their uplifting
performance and can't wait for them to return" -Clearwater Tribune
March 15, 2018
Bluegrass / Americana
CopperMoon’s song list runs the Americana gambit from classic country and folk to contemporary singer/songwriters and originals with a touch of Rock ‘n’ Roll spirit along the way. CopperMoon has a long-standing gig every other Sunday evening at Nimbus Brewery in Tucson.
Vocalist Larry Armstrong was learning songs before he learned to ride a bike. The son of local Western Music legend, Dean Armstrong, Larry was exposed to all the greats of his childhood first hand. He went on to earn degrees in music theory and composition and to lead the renegade Country band, Rowdy & the Rivets, in the San Francisco Bay Area in the mid-1970’s. Larry returned to Tucson in 1981 with wife-to-be Kathy Lee and began playing the local clubs in various configurations with Kathy adding vocal harmonies. In 1985, Kathy and Larry joined forces with bassist Sam Sawyer who had been playing in local Blues bands--and CopperMoon was born. A six year run at the Shelter Lounge cemented this trio as the basis of the band: Larry plays guitar, handles most of the lead vocals and writes much of the group’s material; Kathy’s vocal harmonies give shape to the song; and Sam’s inventive bass lines supply the rhythmic and harmonic counterpoint. CopperMoon has recently been joined by Tucson Musicians Museum honoree, John Jensen on lap steel and dobro and Doug Parmenter on drums and percussion.
April 19, 2018
Little House of Funk
Funk, R & B, Blues
Little House of Funk is ready to delight Arizona audiences with their unique, high-spirited blend of R&B, Jazz and Soul. Comprised of musicians from all over the country, LHOF open up the door to their eclectic, yet comfortable musical house and welcome you in for a little “WD-40 for the hips.” Most members perform under a different band name, “Skaky Bones.”
May 17, 2018
Vocalist Rene Taylor is a true Tucson treasure. She has captivated audiences locally, as well as, nationally and internationally. She has performed in a variety of venues ranging from concert settings, headlining at galas, enamoring audiences on cruise ships to charming private party-goers. In her twenty plus years of performing she has been referred to as a true artist with a sultry voice, amazing talent and a classic style. Rene’s love for jazz started at an early age listening to Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughn, Rosemary Clooney and Ella Fitzgerald. Rene has a wide range of song selections, which will provide you with a memorable experience and will leave you with a desire to hear more.