Music fills the air in March as an array of concerts is planned around the community. Listen to big band music; two Celtic concerts; the Dixieland sound and more through saxophones; jazz; and the songs made popular by U2.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra

The Glenn Miller Orchestra, authorized by the estate of the late, great big band star, performs at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 2 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets purchased in advance are $20, at the door, if available the tickets will be $25.

Guests must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets available online at mazatzalcasino.com or at the cashier cage.

Rim Country Celtic Series

The Rim Country Celtic Series coordinator Carl Allison is bringing two groups to perform in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

HighTime and Réalta appear from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 13 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, if available. For tickets call 928-478-6350 or email guzzi007@npgcable.com.

There will only be seating for 120 as room is needed for the step dancing by one of the members of HighTime.

HighTime is a fresh new trio from the heart of Connemara, Ireland. It combines Irish music and an intriguing blend of modern folk influences to produce a rich sound and exciting experience to delight listeners. Featuring an unusual lineup of flute, whistles, harp, bodhrán, guitar and vocals — with some Irish dancing steps thrown in — HighTime make a youthful and energetic statement.

Réalta has two sets of Uillean pipes so Allison anticipates that after the lovely harp, flute and guitar of HighTime, Réalta will likely be a little loud. Plan accordingly — earplugs will be available at the door.

Described by Irish Music Magazine as “A full bodied pipe and whistle extravaganza” Réalta make full use of the intricate melodies and driving rhythms that make Irish music so loved throughout the world.

Performing on dueling uilleann pipes, whistles, bodhrán, guitar, bouzouki, double bass and vocals, this award winning, Belfast based band will lead the listener on a journey of music and song through the full range of the Irish tradition.

TCCA concert

The TCCA 2018-2019 season is the 40th anniversary of the organization. The next concert of the season is at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 13 and features SAXsational, The Next Generation. Arizona State University school of music graduate and founder of the Disney jazz band, the Side Street Strutters, Rob Verdi returns to Payson for his third concert featuring the saxophone.

He explores a variety of musical styles, including popular jazz standards of the swing era, iconic rhythm and blues selections and trendy, contemporary pop hits.

The concert will also feature a performance by the Payson High School band of music prepared in collaboration with the artist.

All concerts are held at the Payson High School Auditorium. Children and students under the age of 18 are admitted at no charge when accompanied by a ticketed adult.

A limited number of $25 single performance tickets are available 30 minutes in advance of doors opening.

For more information visit the Tonto Community Concert Association website at www.tccarim.org or call 928-472-2423 or 303-903-2895.

Jazz concert

Payson Friends of Jazz member and professional pianist Lew Turano brings the talented vocalist Michele Grace to Payson to perform in a quartet at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 16 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

Turano is a longtime friend of jazz fans in the Payson area — he spends a good part of the year in Sedona. The rest of the time he performs with Michele around the New England area.

Taking a short break from performing in the East, Michele will be vacationing in Arizona, and as luck will have it, she agreed to perform for us in Payson.

She is a professional singer, actor and teacher, performing all over the eastern tri-state area including New York City’s Le Cirque, The Yale Club and the Carlyle. And she performs with Lew, who is a masterful pianist.

Together they entertain with a variety of music; The American Songbook, jazz standards, Broadway favorites, a little country and pop.

Bassist Steve Douglas and drummer Gerry Reynolds will complete the group.

The Payson Community Presbyterian Church, Payson Friends of Jazz and live music fans in Rim Country support this event. There is a minimum $5 donation at the door and refreshments at the intermission.

L.A.Vation – tribute to U2

The World’s Greatest U2 Tribute — L.A.Vation performs Saturday, March 16 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.

Based in Los Angeles, L.A.Vation derives its name from the hit song “Elevation,” the third single released from U2’s 2000 album. L.A.Vation has faithfully crafted an amazingly accurate show, incorporating memorable stage elements from past U2 concerts, with “spot-on” musical execution, all the while emphasizing the pride and passion of the four lads from Dublin.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of event; get them online at mazatzalcasino.com or at the cashier cage.

Guests must be 21 or older to attend. The doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the show at 7 p.m.

Contact the reporter 

tmcquerrey@payson.com

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