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Ticket prices are listed with each event. Student tickets are available for $10 (general admission) for each of these ASU Kerr shows; valid student ID required. ASU students, staff and faculty receive $10 general admission tickets.

 

ASU Kerr – Featured Artists 2019-2020

Caro and band posed for photo.

Caro Pierotto - From Brazil with Love
BOSSA NOVA, LATIN
Friday, October 18 at 7:30 pm
$30 premium, $25 reserved, $20 general admission

A decade ago, Caro Pierotto took a gigantic risk. She left behind a steady corporate paycheck and traded her native Brazil for Los Angeles. She put together a band, and with the help of Latin GRAMMY®-winning engineer and producer Alberto Lopez, she released “Volta ao Mundo.” Her first collection of sensual and playful songs found fans for her modern world music across the globe, was shortlisted for GRAMMY® balloting and landed in rotation on KCRW radio. Lovers of smooth, upbeat South American grooves and vocals, get ready for this love letter from Brazil!

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The Accidentals performing live

The Accidentals
FOLK, INDIE ROCK
Thursday, October 24 at 7:30 pm
$40 premium, $32 reserved, $25 general admission

Multi-instrumentalist female-fronted power trio The Accidentals started 2018 with the release of their debut album “Odyssey” on Sony Masterworks. They followed the album release with 200 days of national touring, playing 17 festivals, scoring an independent film, leading workshops across North America and releasing more new music. NPR says “they display equal interest in the focused musical forms of indie rock and pop and the expansive potential of orchestral arrangements, jam band open-endedness and impressionistic singer-songwriter expression,” adding, “they might be the most compelling songwriters of our time."

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Charles Lewis at grand piano.

Charles Lewis Quintet + 2
LATIN JAZZ
Wednesday, November 13 at 7:30 pm
$38 premium, $33 reserved, $25 general admission

Pianist and Arizona treasure Charles Lewis brings his all-star band back to ASU Kerr for his popular annual show! Get ready to experience Lewis’ celebrated global style of lush, Latin-flavored jazz, interspersed with fascinating anecdotes about his time living on the Kerr property and working on music with our namesake Louise Lincoln Kerr. Joining Lewis will be Dwight Kilian (bass), Dom Moio (drums), Joe Corral (flute and piccolo), Frank Smith (saxophones and flute), Bill Moio (guitar) and Joe Garcia (percussion).

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 Cedric Watson smiles while performing.

Cedric Watson and The Bijou Creole Band
ZYDECO, AMERICANA
Friday, November 22 at 7:30 pm
$35 premium, $30 reserved, $25 general admission

Cedric Watson’s impassioned musical blend of the spiritual rhythms of the Congo tribes of West Africa with Spanish and French contra dances and bourré has made him one of the world’s most beloved creators of Cajun, Creole and Louisianan Zydeco music. A singer, accordionist, fiddler and songwriter, Watson’s GRAMMY® -nominated album "L’ésprit Créole" featured entirely original material. Braiding string band numbers and bluegrass into his joyful sound, the band draws from a multitude of musical genres. Their songs channel Watson’s African, Native American, French and Spanish ancestry, creating unforgettably diverse music that connects communities throughout the globe.

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Nayo Jones sings at microphone during live show. 

Jazz Day AZ Productions co-presents Nayo Jones, Home for the Holidays
JAZZ, FUNK, SOUL
Friday, December 6 at 7:30 pm
$35 premium, $30 reserved, $25 general admission

Vocalist Nayo Jones, a spirited young veteran of legendary events such as French Quarter Fest and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, shares her sultry jazz, soul, funk and rhythm and blues selections in this very special intimate performance. When she’s not performing solo, Jones, based in New Orleans, performs with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and tours with trumpeter Kermit Ruffins. Lovers of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Natalie Cole will find lots to love in this rising star’s powerful voice. She’ll be sure to add a festive holiday favorite or two!

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Pianist, vocalist, bassist and drummer jam on stage.

Renee Patrick, Nicole Pesce - Happy Birthday Dionne Warwick
POP, SOUL
Thursday, December 12 at 7:30 pm
$38 premium, $33 reserved, $27 general admission

Valley stars Renee Patrick (vocals), Nicole Pesce (piano), Mel Brown (bass) and Greg Warner (drums) come together to honor the birth of sophisticated chart-topping superstar Dionne Warwick and her fiery blend of pop, soul, gospel and R&B music. Warner has toured as Warwick’s drummer since the 1980s, and will provide an authentically Dionne backbone to the performance. Warwick was one of the top-selling artists of the Brill Building era and has fans across many generations. This show will be a party to celebrate the birth of an American legend! Expect big surprises and some of the world’s favorite Warwick hits.

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DeLanna Studi holds a cloth stretched out in her arms

And So We Walked: An Artists Journey Along the Trail of Tears,
written and performed by DeLanna Studi

SOLO THEATRE
Friday, January 17 at 7:30 pm
$35 premium, $30 reserved, $25 general admission

DeLanna Studi, Cherokee performance artist, activist and winner of the 2016 Butcher Scholar Award from The Autry Museum of the American West presents “And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears.” The play is a frank and inspiring story about a contemporary Cherokee woman and her father as they take an incredible 900-mile journey along the Trail of Tears to retrace the path her great-great grandparents took in the 1830s during the forced relocation of 17,000 Cherokee from their homelands. This work is a powerful dramatic memoir that draws on extraordinary interviews, historical research and Studi's personal experience to convey the complexities facing indigenous people.

WAA AIP logoSupported in part by a grant from the Western Arts Alliance Advancing Indigenous Performance Touring Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This program received support from Arizona Commission on the Arts; WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sponsored by Dr. Jane Dowling.
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Woman plays fiddle, man plays guitar. 

Bettman and Halpin
FOLK, AMERICANA
Friday, January 24, 2020 at 7:30 pm
$30 premium, $25 reserved, $20 general admission

Bettman & Halpin play original Americana and folk music. They mix soaring upbeat bluegrass and roots-inspired compositions, beautiful ballads and positive, toe-tapping songs that audiences adore. The duo has become as well-known for their playful banter and storytelling as they are for their genuine songwriting and instrumental skill. Their fully acoustic, arrestingly eclectic sound adventures through tender ballads, down-home fiddlin' and hook-laden folk with catchy lyrics and melodies that will stay with you long after the show.

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Carmela y Mas pose with instruments.

Carmela y MásSalsa Con Sabor!
SALSA, LATIN JAZZ
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 7:30 pm
$30 premium, $25 reserved, $20 general admission

 

Vocalist and producer Carmela Ramirez fronts this award-winning Latin salsa-jazz ensemble for an exhilarating performance. They've performed their Afro-Cuban rhythms with a jazz flair to thousands of listeners from both our country's coasts to Mexico and Asia. Their kaleidoscope of cha cha, salsa, merengue, cumbia and classic Latin jazz has made them one of Arizona’s most revered and energetic bands. Performing classic salsa of the '50s to current Latin salsa arrangements, Carmela y Más  will take you through a journey of this provocative music and showcase why Latin salsa is so treasured around the world.

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Francesca Anderegg with violin.

Letras Sonoras featuring Francesca Anderegg and Reinaldo Moya
LATIN MUSIC MEETS LATIN LIT
Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 7:30 pm
$38 premium, $34 reserved, $29 general admission

Weaving Latin American music with literature, violinist Francesca Anderegg and Venezuelan-American composer Reinaldo Moya explore the inspirations of contemporary Latin American music. This beautiful blend of words and music alternates excerpts from Latin American literature in Spanish and English with music by Latin American composers that were inspired by literary ideas, forms and structures. Moya narrates the program, linking the music with readings from Pablo Neruda, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez and more. Amazing intersections are unveiled and created through the musical experience of hearing the literature in the original Spanish with its English translation.

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Las Cafeteras pose outdoors.

Las Cafeteras
LATIN, WORLD MUSIC
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 7:30 pm
$30 premium, $25 reserved, $20 general admission

Born and raised east of the Los Angeles river, Las Cafeteras are telling modern stories through remixing roots music. A striking musical fusion with a positive message and East LA sound, their Afro-Mexican beats, rhymes and rhythms serve uplifting lyrics that document stories of a community seeking justice and love. Using traditional Son Jarocho instruments like the requinto, jarana, quijada (donkey jawbone) and tarima (wooden platform), Las Cafeteras sings in English, Spanish and Spanglish and create bold new sounds from rock to rancheras and hip hop to cumbia, building bridges between communities and cultures through the universal vibration of music.

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 Ralna English singing on microphone.

An Evening with Ralna English
POP, JAZZ
Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:30 pm
$45 premium, $37 reserved, $27 general admission

Ralna English is an accomplished jazz, pop, gospel and country singer who built a successful career singing in night clubs and advertisements before locking down a regular gig on The Lawrence Welk Show. Celebrated by generations of fans, English performs more than 125 shows each year across North America. She appears in showrooms from Atlantic City to Las Vegas, with symphony orchestras from Arizona to Florida and on stages from San Diego to New York. Her vast range of music includes gospel, country, jazz, blues and songs from the ‘30s and ‘40s. Early ticket purchase is recommended for this highly-anticipated concert!

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A quartet performing together.

Phoenix Chamber Music Society co-presents Opus One
CLASSICAL
Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:30 pm
$65

Opus One unites four top musicians, Anne-Marie McDermott (piano), Ida Kavafian (violin), Steven Tenenbom (viola) and Peter Wiley (cello), into a masterfully expressive and buoyant ensemble. Present members and veterans of some of the world's most prestigious chamber groups including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Beaux Arts Trio, Tashi and Orion and Guarneri String Quartets, Opus One merges the mutual love of music-making between extraordinary friends and performers. As chamber musicians and soloists, each are familiar figures in top venues across the globe. Experience these giants of chamber music in our intimate, historic space.

Call PCMS to purchase tickets at 602-252-0095.



Tuena Marie singing with microphone.

Jazz Day AZ Productions co-presents Tuena Marie and Friends
JAZZ, SOUL, ROCK
Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:30 pm
$30 premium, $25 reserved, $20 general admission

Tuena Marie (pronounced “twee-nah”) is a singer, songwriter, vocal arranger and professional background vocalist. Formerly on Interscope Records with her band 4th Avenue Jones, she has traveled with and opened for The Black Eyed Peas, George Clinton, Ozomatli, Jurassic 5, Sheryl Crow, KRS-One and more. Featured on Tupac's “Letter to My Unborn Child," Marie has worked with Nicki Minaj, J Cole and Leela James as a background vocalist, appearing on The GRAMMY®  Awards, The American Music Awards and Late Night with Conan 'O Brien. Marie is a captivating solo performer, currently working on an EP that mixes good vibrations with hip-hop, rock and soul.


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Nokuthula Ngwenyama on viola in a desert setting

Composer’s Choice, curated by Nokuthula Ngwenyama
CLASSICAL, NOW
Friday, April 24, 2020 at 7:30 pm
$45 premium, $35 reserved

 

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