Shelby at the Webb Center



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Artist Spotlight: Lila Downs
Lila Downs, born in Oaxaca, Mexico, is the daughter of Mixtec singer Anita Sánchez and Allen Downs, a Scottish-American art professor and filmmaker. She grew up in Oaxaca, California, and Minnesota, where she graduated from the University of Minnesota in voice and anthropology.
Her musical vision is anthropological in nature and as varied as the ancient and earthy cultures that continue to nurture and inspire her. Embracing and highlighting indigenous origins, whether in the U.S. or Mexico, has always been an important aspect of her music, as well as the topics of political and social justice, immigration, and transformation, all rooted in the human condition. She strives to make a meaningful connection with her diverse audiences through her music and performances. “I’m so lucky,” remarks Downs. “People who follow our music are from all walks of life, and they want to scratch the surface to know the whys and hows. Every day we get to connect in so many ways.”
For over a decade, Lila Downs has traversed the planet, bringing her dramatic and highly unique reinvention of traditional Mexican music and original compositions fused with blues, jazz, soul, African root, and even klezmer music, all supporting her soaring voice. Some would classify Lila as a Mexican artist, but there is no real way to categorize her music except to say that it is a unique and exciting fusion of international sounds. A musical journey with Lila Downs is always a fascinating one, simultaneously edgy and powerful, yet sumptuous and graceful.
Lila Downs has long been recognized by the music industry, receiving a Latin Grammy for the 2004 release “Una Sangre” and a Grammy nomination for 2008’s “Shake Away,” and most recently Lila received a Grammy in 2013 for her latest record PECADOS Y MILAGROS (Sins and Miracles).
Lila Downs will be performing on the Webb Center stage on Saturday, April 13 – find more information here.

Artist Spotlight: Lila Downs

Lila Downs, born in Oaxaca, Mexico, is the daughter of Mixtec singer Anita Sánchez and Allen Downs, a Scottish-American art professor and filmmaker. She grew up in Oaxaca, California, and Minnesota, where she graduated from the University of Minnesota in voice and anthropology.

Her musical vision is anthropological in nature and as varied as the ancient and earthy cultures that continue to nurture and inspire her. Embracing and highlighting indigenous origins, whether in the U.S. or Mexico, has always been an important aspect of her music, as well as the topics of political and social justice, immigration, and transformation, all rooted in the human condition. She strives to make a meaningful connection with her diverse audiences through her music and performances. “I’m so lucky,” remarks Downs. “People who follow our music are from all walks of life, and they want to scratch the surface to know the whys and hows. Every day we get to connect in so many ways.”

For over a decade, Lila Downs has traversed the planet, bringing her dramatic and highly unique reinvention of traditional Mexican music and original compositions fused with blues, jazz, soul, African root, and even klezmer music, all supporting her soaring voice. Some would classify Lila as a Mexican artist, but there is no real way to categorize her music except to say that it is a unique and exciting fusion of international sounds. A musical journey with Lila Downs is always a fascinating one, simultaneously edgy and powerful, yet sumptuous and graceful.

Lila Downs has long been recognized by the music industry, receiving a Latin Grammy for the 2004 release “Una Sangre” and a Grammy nomination for 2008’s “Shake Away,” and most recently Lila received a Grammy in 2013 for her latest record PECADOS Y MILAGROS (Sins and Miracles).

Lila Downs will be performing on the Webb Center stage on Saturday, April 13 – find more information here.

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Backstage view of the Black Watch and the Scot Guard at the Webb Center on 3/7/13.

Backstage view of the Black Watch and the Scot Guard at the Webb Center on 3/7/13.

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Webb Center artists nominated for JUNO Awards

It’s Awards season! The nominees for the 2013 JUNO Awards were recently announced, and several artists that have performed on the Webb Center stage this season and in the past were recognized for their contributions to music.

We’ll be watching for the following familiar names to take home a trophy during the 2013 Juno Awards on April 21st:

  •  Emerson Drive, nominated for Country Album of the Year for “Roll”
  • Canadian Brass, nominated for Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble for “Canadian Brass Takes Flight”
  • Michael Kaeshammer, with Tim Martin and Tom Berry, nominated for Music DVD of the Year for “KAESHAMMERLIVE!”
  • The Tenors (formerly the Canadian Tenors), nominated for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year for “Lead With Your Heart”
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The boys are back in town! You know them best as Bo & Luke Duke from the hit television series The Dukes of Hazzard, but Tom Wopat & John Schneider are both multi-talented and versatile performers.  Now see them again in the “Return of the Dukes” at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts in Wickenburg on Friday, March 1 at 7:30 pm. Read more about the performance here.

The boys are back in town! You know them best as Bo & Luke Duke from the hit television series The Dukes of Hazzard, but Tom Wopat & John Schneider are both multi-talented and versatile performers.  Now see them again in the “Return of the Dukes” at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts in Wickenburg on Friday, March 1 at 7:30 pm. Read more about the performance here.

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Riders in the Sky win Best of the West award
True West Magazine has announced their prestigious annual Best of the West awards, and Riders In The Sky is their choice for “Best Western Music Group.”
"It is an honor indeed to be recognized by a magazine which, like us, has spent many years treasuring, preserving, and keeping alive the true spirit of the West.  It’s the Cowboy Way!" said Ranger Doug, Riders’ yodeler, guitar slinger, and island of calm amidst his stage-mates’ antics.
Informed of the honor, bass pluckster Too Slim was characteristically not at a loss for words. “A big tip of my huge hat to thank True West Magazine for voting us ‘2013 Best Western Music Group,’ said America’s Favorite Funnyman.
"For 35 years and over four million miles we’ve tried to do justice to the music and its tradition, and, oh yeah, have a few hundred thousand laughs along the way. The other Riders will tell you that at times like this I often quote the words of Harper Lee: ‘You rarely win, but sometimes you do.’”
Congratulations to the Riders, who performed on the Webb Center stage over Gold Rush Days in February for 2 wonderful sold-out shows with actor Wilford Brimley!

Riders in the Sky win Best of the West award

True West Magazine has announced their prestigious annual Best of the West awards, and Riders In The Sky is their choice for “Best Western Music Group.”

"It is an honor indeed to be recognized by a magazine which, like us, has spent many years treasuring, preserving, and keeping alive the true spirit of the West.  It’s the Cowboy Way!" said Ranger Doug, Riders’ yodeler, guitar slinger, and island of calm amidst his stage-mates’ antics.

Informed of the honor, bass pluckster Too Slim was characteristically not at a loss for words. “A big tip of my huge hat to thank True West Magazine for voting us ‘2013
Best Western Music Group,’ said America’s Favorite Funnyman.

"For 35 years and over four million miles we’ve tried to do justice to
the music and its tradition, and, oh yeah, have a few hundred thousand
laughs along the way. The other Riders will tell you that at times like this I often quote the words of Harper Lee: ‘You rarely win, but sometimes you do.’”

Congratulations to the Riders, who performed on the Webb Center stage over Gold Rush Days in February for 2 wonderful sold-out shows with actor Wilford Brimley!

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Llysa Holland of theater simple, ready to interview someone for the Park Bench project.

Llysa Holland of theater simple, ready to interview someone for the Park Bench project.

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The Park Bench project being set up in the Alco parking lot.

The Park Bench project being set up in the Alco parking lot.

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Theater company interviews locals

The Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, has invited a theater company, which goes by the name theater simple, to Arizona from Seattle, Washington. While in Wickenburg, theater simple will interview local adults and students about the role of arts and culture in their lives and the greater community.

The interviews are part of the project Park Bench, where theater simple sets up a Mobile Interview Outpost, records the conversations and edits them together into a podcast. A podcast is a multimedia digital file made available on the Internet for downloading.

Llysa Holland and Andrew Litzky, of theater simple, have used this process across the country for arts groups, cities and civic planners. Once the interviews are turned into podcasts and posted on the internet, the responses serve as useful tools for organizations to discover the needs of their communities.

Park Bench was set up in front of the Wickenburg Post Office and Safeway on Monday, Jan. 28, and Wickenburg High School and Basha’s on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. During these times, the public was asked to sit on a literal park bench and take part in casual, anonymous audio interviews.

Today (Wednesday, Jan. 30) Holland and Litzky will be setting up Park Bench in the Northwest Valley at several locations to interview those residents on the effect of Wickenburg’s arts and culture on their lives.

 On Thursday, Jan. 31, Park Bench will be conducting roving interviews and visiting many local businesses.

The Webb Center and Museum will use the compiled responses when making future programming decisions; ensuring that the community’s arts and cultural needs are being met.

For more information on these activities in Wickenburg, please visit the Webb Center’s website at www.dewpac.org, or call the Box Office at 928-684-6624.  For more information on theater simple, visit www.theatersimple.org.  

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Interview with former Dukes of Hazzard star - Tom Wopat
He might be known as Luke Duke from the 1970′s television show “The Dukes of Hazzard,” but Tom Wopat has had a long acting and singing career since his time causing trouble in the fictional Hazzard County. His credits include a number of Broadway shows and big-time films like Quentin Tarantino’s new movie “Django Unchained.”
Wopat has a new album coming out on February 12th titled “I’ve Got Your Number,” a compliation of Great American Songbook classics as “The Folks Who Live On The Hill,” “Call Me,” “Born To Be Blue,” and “I Won’t Dance” and singer/songwriter tunes, like James Taylor’s “The Secret O’ Life,” Paul Simon’s “The Afterlife,” Judy Collins’ “Since You Asked,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Meeting Across the River.”
On January 11th, he joined the Nevada Public Radio in studio to discuss his role on the Dukes of Hazzard, the new album and more. Click the link below to hear the entire interview.
Tom Wopat interview
Tom will be performing with John Schneider on the Webb Center stage on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 7:30 pm. The original Bo and Luke Duke will be swapping stories and singing songs from their solo careers, all backed by a full band. Find more information and get tickets here.

Interview with former Dukes of Hazzard star - Tom Wopat

He might be known as Luke Duke from the 1970′s television show “The Dukes of Hazzard,” but Tom Wopat has had a long acting and singing career since his time causing trouble in the fictional Hazzard County. His credits include a number of Broadway shows and big-time films like Quentin Tarantino’s new movie “Django Unchained.”

Wopat has a new album coming out on February 12th titled “I’ve Got Your Number,” a compliation of Great American Songbook classics as “The Folks Who Live On The Hill,” “Call Me,” “Born To Be Blue,” and “I Won’t Dance” and singer/songwriter tunes, like James Taylor’s “The Secret O’ Life,” Paul Simon’s “The Afterlife,” Judy Collins’ “Since You Asked,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Meeting Across the River.”

On January 11th, he joined the Nevada Public Radio in studio to discuss his role on the Dukes of Hazzard, the new album and more. Click the link below to hear the entire interview.

Tom Wopat interview

Tom will be performing with John Schneider on the Webb Center stage on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 7:30 pm. The original Bo and Luke Duke will be swapping stories and singing songs from their solo careers, all backed by a full band. Find more information and get tickets here.

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Tony Babino singing “Luck Be A Lady” during sound check with Mike Berkowitz conducting the New Gene Krupa orchestra. Sinatra & Basie at the Sands should be a great show this afternoon!

Tony Babino singing “Luck Be A Lady” during sound check with Mike Berkowitz conducting the New Gene Krupa orchestra. Sinatra & Basie at the Sands should be a great show this afternoon!

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