Community Center Concert Series
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 prepared by Chef Robert.
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?
March 16, 2017
Anton Shekerjiev, Guitar, cittern and bagpipes, Kelsey Shea, fiddle-- our member with true Irish heritage, and Don Gest, flutes, whistles and bodhran, (Irish drum). Not pictured, but will be performing: Cory Allen vocals, and flute. Anton and Don both have over 20 years experience playing Irish and traditional music. Cory was a music major, specializing in Irish music and song and has an exceptionally strong voice.
April 20, 2017
The Carnivaleros' music has always been difficult to define. Combining moody Eastern European motifs, western movie themes, and stories of our shared American experience with strains of Zydeco rhythms, Tex-Mex polkas, waltzes and swing, the band has created a stew of what they like to call Desert Bayou Music. Bandleader Gary Mackender has recently re-united with long-time friend and formidable bassist Karl Hoffmann. After 25 years of playing music on the coast of Spain, Karl and his wife have re-located to Tucson, Arizona, USA. Along with multi-instrumentalist Joe Fanning on electric and acoustic guitars, baritone, and mandolin, and Les Merrihew on the drums, they form the core of the band now playing and recording as The Carnivaleros.
June 15, 2017
Homero Cerón, principal percussionist of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, is a multi-talented musician who has been involved with music since age 6. Born in Monterrey, Mexico, he has played professionally since the age of 12. Educated at Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and receiving his Masters at the University of Arizona, he had been a performing artist with Young Audiences of Southern Arizona and for the Wolf Trap Institute’s Early Childhood Education Program. He is a percussion instructor at Pima Community College and has been guest lecturer at the University of Arizona School of Music. He has done extensive work with teachers and students
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
From the time she was a young girl, Diane’s father played records for her and encouraged her to sing along to the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Shirley Horn, and Etta James. Equal to Diane’s love for music is her love for poetry. Diane’s first grade teacher taught her class to read using the picture books of poet Eric Carle. She would sing the poems to her students. Passion is the essence of Diane’s life, her work, her music, and her poetry. She approaches every moment with enthusiasm and sensuality, noticing every detail, and embracing every opportunity to express her creativity. Backed by Lisa Otey, piano; Steve Grams, bass; and Fabrice Bessouat, drums, Diane embraces her audience with her sweet, sultry, and oh, so sophisticated sound and walks us down her honey path to a place we never knew.
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.