Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

  • Yavapai College Performing Arts Center Shows for February 2019

    Feb 7, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Music, Theatre, Yavapai College, Yavapai College Performing Arts CenterComments Off on Yavapai College Performing Arts Center Shows for February 2019Read More »

    By Michael Grady Into the cold, grey heart of February, Yavapai College Performing Arts Center brings three bold and evocative acts: dancers, musicians, and vocalists who will take you (in spirit, at least) to the verdant hills of Ireland and the hallowed halls of Cambridge – with a smoldering dose of modern song and brass in between. For reservations – or additional show information – call the YCPAC Ticket Office at (928) 776-2000, or visit   Bria Skonberg Friday, February 8, 7:30pm Tickets from $32 How good is Bria Skonberg? Good enough to get the buttoned-down Wall Street Journal raving: “One of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.” Vanity Fair dubbed the Canadian singer/songwriter/trumpeter as a millennial who is “shaking up the jazz world.” Bria Skonberg’s ability to work new sass and pop into jazz classics – and then segue gracefully over to her own musical creations – makes her that rarest of creature: a living jazz innovator. She alternates her amazing trumpet skills with smoky, torch song vocals that recall the sound of Norah Jones. Her flair for contemporary songwriting creates a sophisticated jazz sound reminiscent of Diana Krall, Harry Connick, Jr., or Michael Bublé. Lest you think her just a critical darling, Bria and her band have left a trail of enthusiastic crowds across the entire Jazz-osphere: the Jazz Festivals at Monterey, Newport, Montreal,

  • The Beauty of Blackness: The Black Arts Festival

    Feb 6, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Art Gallery, Event, Moving Arts, MusicComments Off on The Beauty of Blackness: The Black Arts FestivalRead More »

    By Ed Mickens     Think cultural life in Prescott comes in only one color? Think again. A full-day celebration on Sunday, February 24, will highlight and explore some of the richly creative expressions of being black, here in the Prescott area and around the world. There will be music, dance, theatre, photography and poetry. Presentations on the history of African-American art, and on the role art has played in healing within the community. There will be a table for children to practice the painting of traditional images and symbols. There will be jewelry and handcrafted dashikis, as well as a look at the more distinctly modern, urban artform of skating.      The opening ceremony at 11am should set the tone memorably: a welcome and intention by Mama Charlotte, the American-born poet, musician and activist who has lived the past four decades in Tanzania. And as the day approaches closing at 6pm, renowned gospel singer Nicosia Garrison will take the floor and rouse the spirit.      The Festival is presented by Prescott UMOJA (“Unity”), a growing, grass-roots network of black people in the greater Prescott area. “We didn’t want to limit ourselves by defining art forms, or how black people express themselves creatively,” says Brittini Ward, one of the Festival organizers. “We want to show that blackness isn’t binary—it’s across the board. And the message we want to

  • Hope. Dream. Believe. No Matter What: Mandy Harvey

    Jan 8, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Music, Yavapai College, Yavapai College Performing Arts CenterComments Off on Hope. Dream. Believe. No Matter What: Mandy HarveyRead More »

    Hope. Dream. Believe. No Matter What. By Kate Howell   Her message is universal: “Hope. Dream. Believe. No matter what.” Mandy Harvey is an award-winning jazz and pop singer-songwriter who turned a pivotal life event into her strongest asset. In 2007 due to a connective tissue disorder she completely lost her residual hearing at the age of eighteen. Mandy made the difficult decision to leave the music program at Colorado State University forfeiting her lifelong dream of becoming a music teacher. Following a subsequent bout of depression, Mandy pursued several career options but returned to her original love —music— in 2008. As fans of TV’s juggernaut America’s Got Talent will recall, Mandy made a tremendous impact in 2017 as a “Golden Buzzer Winner”. Given the opportunity to go directly to the competition’s live rounds, she eventually placed fourth and became the breakout star of the show’s twelfth season. Since then, her career has skyrocketed, and she’s been touring and performing nonstop. “I’ve only been home maybe three days a month. It’s a lot of travel.” Hard of hearing throughout her childhood, Mandy began singing in a local choir at the age of four as a way to express herself. The choir also served as an outlet for her to understand all the words that were being spoken. “I had to get close to the piano to hear the pitch,” she

  • [Video] The Ramon Dana Combo

    Mar 14, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Music, Video6,591 CommentsRead More »

    The Ramon Dana Combo played jazz standards with Barry Barbe Sunday evening, 2013-03-10, at the ever-cozy El Gato Azul, in Prescott, Ariz

  • [Video] Jazz A’la Mode at El Gato Azul

    Feb 8, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Music, Video31 CommentsRead More »

    Jazz A’la Mode played jazz standards Wednesday evening at the ever-cozy El Gato Azul, in Prescott, Ariz. Check back here or visit for video clips of the event

  • [Video] Central Arizona Concert Band ‘Something for Everyone’ Winter Concert

    Jan 29, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Music, Video17 CommentsRead More »

    The Central Arizona Concert Band performed its “Something for Everyone” Winter Concert Sunday, 2013-01-27 at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Davis Learning Center, in Prescott, Ariz. The concert was packed; only 11 tickets remained at the door as of showtime. Here’s a few of the band’s selections

  • [Video] Larry Aker performs at Prescott Center for the Arts, 4th Friday Art Walk

    Jan 26, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Music, Video15 CommentsRead More »

  • [Video] Tumbledown House at El Gato Azul

    Dec 31, 12 • ndemarino • 5enses, Music, VideoNo CommentsRead More »

    Tumbledown House played their own brand of speakeasy jazz Sunday evening to a packed house at El Gato Azul, in Prescott, Ariz. Check back here or at for video clips of the event

  • [Video] Acker Night 2012

    Dec 8, 12 • ndemarino • 5enses, Music, Video19 CommentsRead More »

    For your enjoyment: two Acker Night 2012 videos. Three Rusty Nails Jack Peterson and Matt Buttermann

  • [Photo Gallery] Acker Night 2012

    Dec 7, 12 • ndemarino • 5enses, Music, Photo Gallery6,292 CommentsRead More »

    Photos by Nicholas DeMarino

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