• Welcome to ASU Kerr

    Welcome to ASU Kerr

  • Welcome to ASU Kerr

    Welcome to ASU Kerr

  • Las Cafeteras performing

    Welcome to ASU Kerr

Support ASU Kerr! Your contribution sustains our historic venue's mission of Connecting Communities and enables us to create free-to-the-public paid streaming gigs for artists.GIVE NOW


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UPCOMING ONLINE PROGRAMS

See all of ASU Cultural Affairs' digital programs at asugammage.com/digitalconnections

 **THESE FREE EVENTS ARE ONLINE-ONLY**
Tune in live via ASU Kerr's YouTube or FB Live:
https://youtube.com/asukerr
https://facebook.com/asukerr/live

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Tatiana Crespo LATIN, INDIE FOLK
Beams: a live online music series
Thursday, March 11 at 7 p.m.
Watch live at youtube.com/asukerr
or facebook.com/asukerr/live
Tatiana Crespo is a Costa Rican singer-songwriter living in Phoenix, Ariz. Her music is a rich medley of Latin styles, blending and blurring the lines between cumbia, reggaeton, waltzes, bossa nova and more. Through her bilingual interpretations and fun cross-cultural stage banter, she never loses the spontaneity of a tropical bird in our arid desert. Having recently returned from a visit to her homeland, she is eager to share her fresh new songs full of loving, healing energy and added instrumentation to her usual blend of accordion and guitar. Her Beams stream last year remains one of our most-viewed programs; tune in for the show and see why!




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Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz – The Langston Hughes Project
Open viewing March 8–21, 2021

Live discussion and Q&A with Dr. Ronald C McCurdy
and ASU’s Dr. Neal Lester
Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7 p.m.

Watch Q&A live at youtube.com/asukerr
or facebook.com/asukerr/live

See full info and register on Eventbrite to receive multimedia show pass March 8–21: https://tinyurl.com/LHPASUKerr

The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes' kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite “Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz.” This is Hughes' homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s. It is a 12-part epic poem Hughes scored with musical cues drawn from blues and Dixieland, gospel songs, bebop, Latin cha cha, Afro-Cuban mambo music, German lieder, Jewish liturgy, West Indian calypso, African drumming and more – a creative masterwork left unperformed at his death. The work is brought to life by the extraordinary talents of the Ron McCurdy Quartet. RSVP on Eventbrite to receive the link to watch the multimedia presentation at your convenience any time between March 8 and 21, and be sure to join the live discussion and Q&A about the show on Thursday, March 18 at 7 p.m.



Kinobe up close with custom stringed instrument

Kinobe AFRICAN, WORLD MUSIC
Beams: a live online music series
Thursday, March 25 at 7 p.m.
Watch live at youtube.com/asukerr
or facebook.com/asukerr/live

Kinobe (pronounced “chin-o-bay”) is a Ugandan singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose work has been described by the BBC as “some of the most exquisite music coming out of Africa today.” He has captivated audiences with his sweet African rhythms, soothing vocals and hypnotizing world roots melodies that emanate from the many traditional instruments he has customized to develop his unique sound. He has played hundreds of concerts the world over, often holding space with celebrated artists Baaba Maal, Angelique Kidjo, Salif Keita, Hugh Masekela and many more. His music is a mix of traditional songs with gentle rhythms and vibrant original tunes about social and global issues dear to his heart like love, diversity and beyond. He has performed several times at ASU Kerr, solo and alongside his “Dance of Hope” ensemble of children he mentored in Ugandan orphanages and refugee camps. As a creative arts producer, speaker and facilitator, Kinobe has given talks and workshops across the globe and worked extensively with schools and colleges. His pandemic livestreams have been earning thousands of live viewers and we are excited to welcome him to the Beams stream. Tune in for an unforgettable show.

 


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Coffee at Kerr,
co-presented with Arizona Opera – online edition
Wednesday, March 24 at 10:30 a.m.
Watch live at youtube.com/asukerr
or facebook.com/asukerr/live

 

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Tuesday Morning Music & Tea,
co-presented with ASU School of Music – online edition

ASU Flute Studio, students of Elizabeth Buck
Tuesday, March 30 at 10:30 a.m.
Watch live at youtube.com/asukerr
or facebook.com/asukerr/live





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gather: a live online storytelling series
Don't Panic!

Wednesday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m.
Watch live at youtube.com/asukerr
or facebook.com/asukerr/live
Join cultural storyteller and guest host Liz Warren of the South Mountain Storytelling Institute and featured storytellers Amanda Royce Josanaraae Cheromiah and Eddie George/Sister Navi Ho as they circle up for true stories and a fun, interactive Q&A. The theme this month is “Don’t Panic!” Join the gathering to learn, listen, chat and ask questions with our guests and your fellow awesome audience members.


ASU Kerr venue interior from behind a drum kit in the stage area, showing empty seats

ASU Kerr is a historic Valley venue that is part of ASU Cultural Affairs. Our small staff and facility strive to present a diverse mix of live music, storytelling and theater in order to share the unique perspectives of local, national and international artists. World music, indie folk, jazz, soul, baroque pop and more grace our stage each season. We currently produce free live streamed events to give greater access to music and storytelling programs, providing performance opportunities for artists and maintaining the connection between ASU Kerr, audiences, the arts and one another.

We are shouldering unprecedented costs in creating paid performance opportunities for artists that are free to the public during the venue's temporary hiatus. As a self-sustaining venue, our only income streams are ticket sales, rental bookings, concessions and the contributions of donors.

Consider helping sustain ASU Kerr with a donation to the venue. We are doing our best to bring the joy of music and the arts to you in new ways, and hope those able to financially support the venue's mission of Connecting Communities™ will do so. Your help is vital in ensuring that the shows will go on--online for now--and in person once it is safe for us to gather again.

GIVE NOW

 

Want to speak about a larger gift or include ASU Kerr in your estate planning? Contact Tim Walling at tim.walling@asu.edu or 480-965-9915 to learn more about how you can assist ASU Kerr at this important time!

 

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ASU Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85253
480-596-2660