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First Saturday Concert Series

Paradise Valley Community College’s Center for the Performing Arts (CPA) will host a series of music concerts on the first Saturdays in September, October and November 2013. These free performances are presented on the CPA’s outdoor amphitheater stage from 6-8 p.m., and audience members are invited to bring a folding chair or blanket as the space accommodates lawn seating only.  Cash donations will be accepted and concessions are cash only.

For more information about events in the Center for the Performing Arts, go to or call  602-787-7738. Box Office hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday thru Friday and one hour prior to show.

The Center for the Performing Arts is conveniently located at 34th Street and Union Hills at the east end of the campus of Paradise Valley Community College in North Phoenix. Parking is free. For additional information or reservations, please call 602-787-7738 or on the internet at

6 p.m. Saturday, September 7th

Led by singer Andres Martinez, Ritmo Latino masterfully mixes up a Salsa, Cumbia, Cha Cha Cha, and Latin Jazz musical blend. From their festive up-beat rhythms to their relaxing & soothing sounds Ritmo Latino is an outstanding band that guarantees you an excellent performance every time. Mixing the best rhythms of Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, modern Jazz, and joining their wonderful musical energy together, Ritmo Latino will have you up and out of your seats dancing and enjoying a wonderful time. Creating an infectious and joyful mix of danceable and very listenable Latin Fusion music that will get you on your feet! A Gozar!

6 p.m. Saturday, October 5th

The Chuck Hall Band creates art in the form of music. The recipe they use is simple: Start with blues that’s so greasy it clogs the arteries in your ears. Stir in generous portions of refined talent and raw passion, add a dash of showmanship sprinkled with a touch of salty humor and cook on high heat until it smokes. Serve steaming hot.  The result is a spicy musical feast that satisfies and always leaves you wanting more.

The chef, Chuck Hall, was born in Louisiana and raised on the Texas side listening to the likes of Lightnin’ Hopkins, Muddy Waters, Freddie King, and Albert King as well as many others. Since moving to the Valley in 1984, he has become a well-known and respected musician. As a 35+ year veteran in the music business Chuck  has played with some of the best, opening shows for Albert Collins, B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Albert King, Willie Dixon, Robert Cray, Gregg Allman, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and many others. He recently opened for  Charlie Musselwhite and Robert Cray again!

In addition, he has written over 100 songs and more than half of the band’s playlist is original material. Chuck’s unique talent and uncompromising dedication to his craft have earned him accolades among fans and critics. He won “Best Blues Guitarist” in Arizona two years in a row, and his song “Young Boy” was selected Best Song by Soundboard magazine. He also was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame in 2000. His most recent offerings include a two-disc compilation CD and the ‘Live in Sweden’ disc.

6 p.m. Saturday, November 2nd

Stellacutta is a Tempe-based indie-rock band who have and continue to play regularly at greater Phoenix-area venues. The band was formed by high-school buddies Meredith Minne on vocals, Greg Diarra on keys, and Max Knouse on guitar. After years of small shows, EP releases and quite a few line-up changes, Stellacutta has grown past it's infancy and now stands stronger than ever featuring Dylan Thomas and his thunderously groovy bass as a compliment to Jordan Thompkins' crafty drum-set sorcery. Their eponymous debut record dropped in March of 2013 to much local acclaim. Stella draws influences from classic pop, jazz, funk, and classical music as well as current indie rock and contemporary jazz. Their group vocals, unconventional approach to arrangement, and underlying love of the songwriting craft set them apart at their shows and leave people scratching their heads while tapping their feet. Stellacutta's victory at the 2012 PVCC Battle of the Bands judged by award-winning NY band Johnny Society lead to them being selected to record a track for an upcoming Harry Nilsson tribute record produced by Johnny frontman Kenny Siegal. Stellacutta is currently working on a vinyl release of rerecording of tracks from 'Stellacutta'  featuring chamber group arrangements called 'the B-sides,' set to release in the fall of 2013.

In order to promote a healthy learning and work environment, the Maricopa County Community College District has created smoke-free and tobacco-free campuses effective July 1, 2012. Smoking and all uses of tobacco is prohibited at Paradise Valley Community College, including but not limited to parking lots, rooftops, courtyards, plazas, entrance and exit ways, vehicles, sidewalks, common areas, grounds, athletic facilities and libraries. Visitors also must adhere to this policy when on campus for public events.

Contact Us

Location: Building M-East

Phone: 602-787-6595

Fall Semester Hours
Mon-Thurs: 7:30am-7:00pm
Friday: 7:30am-3:30pm


Dr. Christopher Scinto
Fine & Performing Arts, Division Chair
Music Department, Director
Commercial Music/Music Humanities/Music Theory
M-East 169

Dr. Brett Reed
Commercial Music/Music Performance/Music Technology
M-East 178

Keith Kelly
Music Humanities/Music Performance
M-East 183
602-787- 7345

Kelly Quick
Division Secretary
Office Fax: 602-787-6674

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