Benefit Concert for the Homeless & the Hungry in Arizona

Benefit Concert for the Homeless & the Hungry in Arizona

Sun, April 30, 2017

4:00 pm

"The Hall" at Pranksters Too

Scottsdale, AZ

This event is all ages

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Pistoleros
Pistoleros
The Pistoleros started out as Mill Avenue mainstays, The Chimeras. The legendary Doug Hopkins - formerly of the Gin Blossoms - formed the group with Mark and Lawrence Zubia, Scott Andrews and Mark Riggs. The Chimeras quickly exploded on the local scene, but Riggs and Hopkins departed the group soon after.

Ultimately, Gary Smith and Thomas Laufenberg replaced Hopkins and Riggs and the crew forged onward landing a major label deal with Hollywood Records. Changing its moniker to The Pistoleros, the group released its Hollywood effort, "Hang on to Nothing", which included "My Guardian Angel", written by Hopkins and Mark Zubia. "Hang on to Nothing" also featured songwriting collaborations with The Jayhawks' Gary Louris and Mark Perlman, Radney Foster and The Smithereens' Pat DiNizio.

The Pistoleros furthered their recorded legacy with a self-titled effort which included co-writes with Jesse Valenzuela of the Gin Blossoms and producer Marty Frederickson.

In 2002, the band marked its 10th anniversary with the concert collection "Bars and Guitars". In 2012, to celebrate 20 years together, they re-released their first recording, "Mistaken for Granted".

Recently, Pistoleros released their Fervor Records debut,"Shine".
Alice Tatum
Alice Tatum
Alice Tatum has been a fixture in the Phoenix music scene for 30 years. She is an award winning and critically acclaimed singer who is always on the 'must have' list for events needing the finest in musical entertainment.


As a performer, Alice has played alongside such greats as Michael McDonald, Tom Scott, The Righteous Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Alice Cooper and Nancy Wilson. She has also worked with producer giant Don Costa as well as entertainers Flip Wilson, Paul Anka and Merv Griffin. As a recording artist her discography is expansive. She has national commercials, TV, and film as well as her own three CD Projects.


Alice has made her home in Scottsdale Az. and has committed not only her talents but her personal time to many valley charities such as the Arthritis Foundation, Arizona Foundation for Women, Make a Wish Foundation and others.


Due to her amazing versatility, Alice is perfect for almost any occasion. Intimate jazz trio or quartet up to nine piece dance variety band. You can be assured that she is committed to providing a first class and memorable musical experience.
August Manley's Waylon Tribute
August Manley's Waylon Tribute
Tacoma, Washington native, August Manley, spent his childhood in the rural outreaches near his Grandfather's farm in the Pacific Northwest. Being raised on country music in the mid seventies laid the perfect foundation for what would later become the Nation's premier Waylon Jennings tribute. Since 2005, August Manley has been bringing the finest moments of country music back to Waylon's vast number of fans, as well as providing thousands of newcomers to Waylon's music the opportunity to see, feel, and take in this special brand of country music in its purest form, LIVE. Currently based out of Phoenix, Arizona, August Manley continues to strive for his ultimate goal: keeping Waylon's music in front of live audiences around the world.
Christopher Robin
Christopher Robin
Christopher Robin taught himself to play guitar at the age of 14, and at 18 he studied with luthier Brad Nickerson, and built his own acoustic guitar. Since that time, his journey has been an exciting one...whether it was taking guitar lessons from his roommate, Gregg Allman, and working as a guitar tech for the Gregg Allman Band and Jefferson Starship...to sharing the stage as a performer - or recording with - a long list of artists including Gregg Allman, Robert Cray, Lee Sklar, The Marhsall Tucker Band, Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings, Reggie Young, Del McCoury, Paul Thorn, Bee Spears, Richie Albright, Big and Rich, Don Was, Tony Joe White, and Steve Cropper...just to name a few. Christopher has written hundreds of songs...many of which are heard consistently on tv and in movies.
Francine Reed
Francine Reed
Born in Chicago and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Francine Reed has had a passion for singing since her early childhood. She began singing professionally with her family's gospel group when she was five. "I always say I was born singing," Reed has said in a biographical release. "I can still remember my first performance when I was a 3-year-old in my aunt's church. I used to listen to rehearsals with her gospel choir and I'd sing 'I Wanna See Jesus' in front of the congregation...It's a natural, God-given talent."

After marrying young, the everyday struggles of life kept Reed from pursuing her dream of singing full-time until her children were older. Fortunately, she was able to sing in local jazz clubs and at various functions in Phoenix. She became known for her powerful voice and commanding stage presence, and delivered an eclectic blend of jazz, blues, and R&B. She was often the opening act for such headliners as Miles Davis, Etta James, Smokey Robinson, and the Crusaders.

In 1985, friends introduced Reed to Lyle Lovett, who was searching for a female singer for his new band. Lovett was still a struggling, virtually unknown performer when they began their association, but as his star rose, Reed became an integral part of his show. Reed began touring with Lovett and his Large Band as a background vocalist, and also often performed duets with the country musician. She was featured with Lovett on several albums, and appeared with him on television shows such as "Late Night with David Letterman," "The Tonight Show," and "Regis and Kathy Lee."

In the mid 1990s, she decided to pursue a solo career and moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Here she recorded her debut solo album, "I Want You to Love Me," which featured a duet with Lyle Lovett. Her follow-up, "Can't Make It On My Own," featured a duet with Delbert McClinton. The success of these early works resulted in nominations for the prestigious W.C. Handy Award. (Blues Song of the Year and Soul/Blues - Female Artist of the Year - 1997)

Reed continued to release several solo albums and has collaborated with other great performers, as well. She performed on Willie Nelson's acclaimed album Milk Cow Blues (2000), lending her soulful voice to the title track as well as to the song "Funny How Time Slips Away." She has also contributed vocals to the recordings of Delbert McClinton and Roy Orbison.

Francine Reed has become one of Atlanta's most treasured artists and continues to expand her fan base at venues around the country. For several months out of the year, she performs in Seattle or San Francisco, appearing as the Chanteuse for Teatro ZinZanni. She describes the avant-garde production as "Cirque du Soleil meets dinner-in-the-round, on acid." Reed continually blesses audiences with her amazing vocals and vibrant personality; she is truly a musical experience that should not be missed.
Hans Olson
Hans Olson
HANS OLSON is a veteran performing musician with over 45 years in the music business. He began his career as a lead singer in a Rock & Roll band in Southern California in 1967. By 1970, Hans had developed a very unique and powerful solo act.
He plays an amplified acoustic guitar and harmonica. He is known as one of the best "harp-in-a-rack" players in the world.
Hans' singing is very powerful. His voice is comfortable singing many styles of music ranging from mellow folk ballads to growling boogie blues.
Hans' songwriting is one of his most notable assets. He has recorded over 70 of his songs on his 13 independent record releases.
Hans has been a full time performing musician since 1972. He has toured all over the world, but most of the time he travels the highways in Arizona where he has an amazing reputation of being a solo act that can rock a nightclub all night long..
Hans plays music in a wide variety of styles influenced by artists such as: Muddy Waters, Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Burdon, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, John Lee Hooker, John Hammond and Tom Waits.
James Parks
James Parks
James Parks is a fifth generation Arizona native. He was born in Scottsdale, and still spends time on his family-owned ranch just outside of Tombstone, which has been in the family for over 100 years.
James picked up his first guitar at the age of twelve, and was hooked. The songs he writes reflect his love of home, family, the simple pleasures in life, relationships, humor, along with their hardships and loss. The writing process comes in waves...it can be a fifteen minute got-to-get-this down, or sometimes years in the making - definitely a creative roller-coaster ride.
Growing up, listening to all kinds of music, James is inspired to this day by a variety of artists and everyday events...from Skynyrd to Jennings; Allman Brothers to Zeppelin; Haggard to Tritt; Bonanza episodes, John Wayne films, a favorite movie, "Trip to Bountiful," or a chat with a neighbor - all taught him that it's about one's commitment of expression - be true to the music.
James has shared the stage with many other amazing artists, such as Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Shooter Jennings, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, and Jessi Colter. His songs have been featured in several movies, and he is currently working on a new album.
RIG
RIG
RIG - is Ronnie Winters, Ivan Harshman and Gary Bruzzese. Gary made his start as the drummer for The Marty Mitchell Band, one of the most popular bands of the 80's. He was Glen Campbell's drummer for more than two decades...on tour and in the studio...and has performed as a studio musician on more recordings than you could even fathom. Besides playing in RIG, he is the drummer for Ray Herndon & The Herndon Brothers...one of the absolute best bands in Arizona. Add to that the incredible musicianship and vocals of Ronnie Winters and Ivan Harshman...and you have a rock trio that is unparalleled. Ronnie lends his reknowned technical and melodic sensibility via guitar and vocals, and has the experience and skill coveted by many and possessed by few. He has shared the stage with such notable acts as Foreigner, Darius Rucker and Beatlemania. Ivan Harshman has shared the bill with such acts as David Crosby, Little Feat, Cake, Delbert McClinton, Sugar Ray, Gavin DeGraw, Ian Moore, Keb Mo', Charlie Musselwhite and The Zombies. Their instrumental prowess, tight 3 part vocal harmonies, and ability to perform classic rock songs that scare away most other bands have earned them a spot at the top of the valley's musical food chain. You must experience a RIG show to truly appreciate the huge wall of sound performance that is created by merely a trio.
Young's Modulus
Young's Modulus
Forged in the crucible of the Arizona Desert, Young's Modulus has emerged like a Phoenix from the ashes of an ailing music industry. A group of seasoned musicians, Young's Modulus has combined rock-solid songwriting with the familiar tones of their youth to create a new, signature sound for a new century.

Comprised of musical veterans Mike Johnson, Tim Caggiano, Gary Smith and Ryan King, Young's Modulus has crafted an eclectic set of songs that suggest wide-ranging influences such as Bob Marley to Pearl Jam, Rancid to The Smiths, Stone Temple Pilots to Catherine Wheel, Social Distortion to REM, and Pink Floyd to the Old 97's.

In the words of Mitchell Hillman, JAVA Magazine, "Young's Modulus released one of the best records of the year, and the entire album is a fantastic romp through modern takes on the band's influences from the '90s. The album is nostalgic enough to be entertaining, but is thrilling enough to be an absolute rock 'n roll joyride." Whenever you can, try to catch Young's Modulus in a live setting! Whether unplugged and acoustic or plugged-in and loud, Young's Modulus is playing some of the freshest, most compelling music in town and acquiring news fans each and every time they play out!
Venue Information:
"The Hall" at Pranksters Too
7919 E. Thomas Rd
#101
Scottsdale, AZ, 85257