Diamond Tribute

Tonto Community Concert Association season resumes with tribute to pop icon and his music

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Bobby Bruce and his Nearly Neil Tribute will be featured in the Tonto Community Concert Association’s first program of 2010 at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29 at the Payson High School auditorium.

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Bobby Bruce and his Nearly Neil Tribute will be featured in the Tonto Community Concert Association’s first program of 2010 at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29 at the Payson High School auditorium.

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Daniel Rodriguez, “The Singing Policeman,” will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, March 5 in the Payson High School Auditorium.

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Hunt Family Fiddlers, Tuesday, May 11.

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Pianist and comedian Rudolph Budginas, below right, Monday, April 19.

TCCA hosts “dead-on” Neil Diamond tribute?

After a lengthy break for the holidays, The Tonto Community Concert Association (TCCA) ramps up the 2010 leg of its 31st season with Nearly Neil and the Solitary Band. TCCA ticket holders will join the energetic group to celebrate the music of Neil Diamond at the Payson High School auditorium at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29, 2010.

For nearly 16 years, Nearly Neil and the Solitary Band have been thrilling thousands of screaming concertgoers with Bobby Bruce’s tribute to the popular hit artist Neil Diamond. Now the TCCA is bringing the popular show to Rim Country as part of their annual concert series. In 1994, a legendary path was set in motion when Vancouver-born Bruce won a talent show with his incomparable impersonation of Neil Diamond. Since then, Bruce has never looked back, playing throughout North America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Past performances have included Legends in Concert in Las Vegas and Australia, and a crowd of 30,000 in Calgary. Audiences and critics alike are amazed with Bobby Bruce and the Solitary Band’s “Nearly Neil”.

According to the Canadian Press, “Bobby Bruce does Neil Diamond maybe better than the original.” His work has earned him the Entertainer of the Year award in 2006 at the Pacific National Exhibition. Tickets are available for this performance and the four remaining concerts of the season by calling 928-478-4363 or paying at the door. Student admission is free with a paying adult.

The remaining concerts for the ’09-’10 season:

Saturday, Feb. 13: Red Hot Hollywood! - Matt Davenport Productions Inc. celebrates the music and dance of the silver screen.

Friday, March 5: Daniel Rodriguez - America’s Beloved Tenor, “The Singing Policeman”

Monday, April 19: Rudolph Budginas - Piano Virtuoso with Comedic Commentary

Tuesday, May 11: Hunt Family Fiddlers, the 8-Member Hunt Family with Fiddling and Footwork

The TCCA is a nonprofit organization that brings high quality concerts to Arizona Rim Country at an affordable price. The all-volunteer group also supports other performing arts activities in the region. For subscriptions or other information, call 928- 474-6115.

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