THIRD THURSDAYS AT 5 PM | CENTRAL COURTYARD
The La Encantada Shopping Center and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance team up to present free live Jazz music concerts all summer long on Third Thursdays at 5 PM from June to August. The series provides artists the opportunity to share their craft in one of Tucson’s most popular shopping destinations in a safe, socially distanced approach outdoors.
The partnership reflects an important relationship between businesses and the arts, granting opportunity to local artists while enhancing the vibrancy, community connections, and atmosphere of a popular shopping destination. The events take place in the Central Courtyard at La Encantada starting at 5 PM. Attendees should bring their own chairs.
As a core Business and Arts Integration method, the La Encantada Live concert series features rotating live concerts demonstrating the mutually beneficial relationship that the arts can have alongside the traditional retail business model. In partnership with Town West Realty and La Encantada Shopping Center, 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.
2905 E Skyline Dr, Tucson, AZ 85718
Located in Tucson, AZ - La Encantada is an outdoor shopping center that includes a large variety of luxury and specialty retail stores including Apple, Crate & Barrel, AJ's Fine Foods, Anthropologie, lululemon, and now-open Madewell. Restaurants include Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, Blanco Tacos + Tequila, North Italia, and RA Sushi Bar Restaurant.
Based in Tucson, Arizona, Homero Cerón has lived a diverse life as a percussionist. Starting in the music business as a 12 year old drummer in Monterrey, Mexico, he went on to study music at The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in the mid 70’s followed by graduate work at The University of Arizona.
He has played drums, vibes, timpani and orchestral percussion in many different settings from small jazz combos to symphony orchestras, ballet, opera and in the orchestra pit of numerous touring shows. He has appeared as a soloist on marimba/vibraphone and percussion with various chamber groups including the Tucson Symphony, True Concorde and Tucson Pops Orchestras.
Homero is a former Principal Percussionist of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Timpanist of the Tucson Pops, Timpanist/percussionist with True Concorde and freelances as a marimba, vibraphone and steel drum player as well as a musician in jazz and chamber music. He is also co-director of The Tucson Latin Jazz Nonet, an ensemble that specializes in Afro-Cuban jazz.
He brings his quartet to La Encantada to play a mix of original and classic latin jazz:
Homero Cerón, Vibraphone
Amilcar Guevara, Piano
Mike Levy, Electric Bass
Fred Hayes, Drums
Learn More at http://www.homeroceron.com/
Thursday July 21, 5pm
Joe Bourne and Friends
An award-winning vocalist, Joe Bourne is well known in European circles for what he has achieved in the popular, light music genre. The roots of this talented singer / entertainer are anchored deeply in Jazz, blues and spiritual music. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Bourne was inspired by many of the big names of Jazz that toured the Boston area and luminaries such as Lou Rawls, Billy Eckstine, Arthur Prysock, and Nat King Cole.
Whether it's a swinging rendition of the fun song Goody Goody, Oscar Brown's philosophical "Dhat Dher" the romantic ballad of Earl Garner's "Misty", Duke Ellington's "Satin Doll", a gut wrenching "Stormy Monday Blues", a cool Bossa Nova, or his special tribute to the great Nat King Cole, Joe always seems to capture the audience with his own style and warm mellifluous light baritone, voice and his dynamic showmanship.
The performance will feature:
Joe Bourne, Vocals
Chris Pena, Keys
Fred Hayes, Drums
Mike Levy, Bass
Learn More at http://www.joebourne.com/
Thursday August 18, 5pm
Los Gatos Locos featuring Lexa Raquel
Singer-songwriter and musician, Lexa Raquel is reemerging into the Tucson music scene to release her very first album as an independent artist. Growing up, Lexa was exposed to a variety of rock ‘n’ roll, funk and everything in between and has recently a passion for jazz. These influences will be heard throughout the album in hopes to have you reminiscing.
Backing up Lexa is an all-star ensemble featuring:
Richard Katz, Keys
Marshall Jones, Guitar
Rob Paulus, Bass
Pete Swan, Percussion
All the members of the ensemble are top call players in Tucson and members and or leaders of such groups as: Zona Libra, Indigo Social Club, Connie Brannock, the Pete Swan big band and many more.