Hearts Will Dance, Toes Pound With Celtic Blaze

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Rim residents will have dancing hearts and pounding toes this Valentine’s Day.

The Tonto Community Concert Association is presenting Celtic Blaze, featuring Stephanie Cadman, with its fast-paced, contemporary take on the music and dance of Canada’s Celtic tradition at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

Created by Cadman, Celtic Blaze draws on her 20-year career as an award winning “triple threat” — dancer, fiddler, vocalist. Cadman has appeared in such diverse productions as “Bowfire” — the highly successful fiddle and dance spectacular, the Broadway National Tour of “42nd Street,” and solo tap and fiddle appearances with renowned orchestras such as the Seattle, Portland and Edmonton symphony orchestras. Notably, she won the top solo female honors at the 1998 World Tap Dance Championships, in addition to many other titles and awards internationally. The Celtic Blaze band includes piano, guitar, violin, mandolin, bass and percussion. This is the fifth performance in the Tonto Community Concert Association’s 2010-2011 concert season. Single tickets are $30 (if seating is available). Children and youth, grade 12 and under, will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult. For more information, visit the association Web site at www.tccarim.org or call (928) 978-4363 or (928) 474-6115.

A few local restaurants have offered discounts to Tonto Community Concert ticketholders who dine before the Feb. 14 concert — Macky’s and Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe have both agreed to a 15 percent-off deal for diners who show their concert tickets. Other local restaurants may offer similar discounts. 

“The association brings world-class performers from around the globe to Payson,” said TCCA president Marilyn Wolfe.

The TCCA Celtic Blaze performance caps off a weekend filled with a variety of musical programs. Saturday there is a benefit for the Rim Country Literacy Program, “The Birth of Rock ’n’ Roll” at Uptown Espresso; Sunday afternoon there will be a jazz concert at the Community Presbyterian Church; and Sunday evening the Crossroads Foursquare Church will host a southern gospel program.

Join the Rim Country Literacy Program’s “The Birth of Rock ’n’ Roll” benefit from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12 at Uptown Espresso in the Swiss Village. Ray Baxter will lead this blast from the past. Relive the early days of rock ’n’ roll with rare video clips, a trivia contest and lots of terrific music.

Fabulous ’50s food is included in the $15 donation. Seating is limited, so get tickets early.

Tickets may be purchased at the Roundup, the Payson Regional Medical Center Senior Circle, The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Uptown Espresso or from RCLP board members and at the RCLP office.

All proceeds will go to supporting the free services offered by Rim Country Literacy. Call the RCLP office at (928) 468-7257 for more information.

Enjoy a “Prelude to Valentine’s Day” concert with jazz pianist and vocalist Mark DeCozio at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main, Payson.

DeCozio will perform with Mike King on bass and Gerry Reynolds on drums.

The Payson Friends of Jazz and the Payson Community Presbyterian Church present the concert.

DeCozio grew up in Connecticut in a musical family, studying with guitarist Joe Federico and saxophonist Larry McKenna and later at the Hartt School of Music under the tutelage of Jackie Byrd and Jackie McLean.

King has performed professionally for 30 years. He is the first-call bassist for all of the national touring Broadway shows at Arizona State University Gammage and Dodge theaters and he has performed with the Phoenix Symphony.

The Nashville-based “Blackwood Legacy” contemporary southern gospel group will be in concert at 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13 at the Crossroads Foursquare Church in Payson. Admission is free and a love offering will be received.

One of today’s most popular and requested touring groups, the Blackwood Legacy is led by Rick Price, a veteran southern gospel entertainer with more than 30 years in the industry, including many years as the lead singer for the Grammy and Dove awarding-winning Blackwood Brothers Quartet, with whom he was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Included in the talent lineup is Washington State native, Luke Yates, touted as one of the most talented pianists in gospel music today, and Daniel Childs, grandson of the late Cecil Blackwood, and a talented musician, singer and Christian songwriter in his own right.

The Crossroads Foursquare Church is at 114 E. Cedar Lane, Payson. For more information on this event, call 866-855-1036 or visit the group Web site at www.blackwoodlegacy.org.

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