Alice Tatum, Dennis Rowland headline Carefree concert series

The electric string quartet Urban Electra performs 1 p.m. March 29.

The electric string quartet Urban Electra performs 1 p.m. March 29.

Valley music fans are invited to enjoy a variety of artists and musical styles during the Carefree Concert Series offered on select Sundays through the end of March.

Concerts are held at the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion of the Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St., Carefree.

Alice Tatum kicks off the Carefree Concert Series 1 p.m. Feb. 22.

Alice Tatum kicks off the Carefree Concert Series 1 p.m. Feb. 22.

Admission is free. Upcoming concerts include:

* Alice Tatum, 1 p.m. Feb. 22.

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 most recently, her summer concert series at the Hilton, with 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 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.

* Sahnas Brothers, 1 p.m. March 1.

Blending the sounds and rhythms of their native Greek culture with the warm, inviting romance of the classical Spanish guitar, brothers Thano and Demitri Sahnas have created a magical and intimate Mediterranean style that perfectly complements the powerful jazz-fusion of their popular Phoenix based band Turning Point.

Sahnas—as the brothers are collectively known—has enthralled thousands of people at clubs and arts and crafts festivals throughout the Southwest with their unique hybrid sound.

Many of Sahnas’ fans may wonder how two Greek brothers who grew up playing traditional Greek instruments developed such an affinity for Spanish music.

“When our father’s parents came over from Greece, they settled in Arizona, but many of our mom’s relatives lived south of the border,” says Demitri.

“We spent a lot of time there, and our uncles would teach us Latin rhythms and flamenco music. Our album ‘Odyssey’ is an exploration of how all of these wonderful influences blend together.”

Dennis Rowland and Diana Lee perform 1 p.m. March 8.

Dennis Rowland and Diana Lee perform 1 p.m. March 8.

* Dennis Rowland and Diana Lee, 1 p.m. March 8.

Dennis Rowland is well-known to theatergoers in his home state, appearing in Arizona Theatre Company productions of “Blue” (with Leslie Uggams), “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Blues in the Night” and Phoenix Theatre productions of “Chicago” and “Once on This Island” among others.

In 2007, he was inducted into the Herberger Theater Center Hall of Fame for his contributions to the performing arts.

A Concord Records artist, Rowland’s CDs include “Rhyme, Rhythm & Reason”, “Get Here” and “Now Dig This” a celebration of ’50s and early ’60s Miles Davis music. Other recordings include the inaugural project “Blonde” for the Playboy Jazz label, Joe Sample’s “Sample This” and Frank Foster’s Loud Minority Band recording “We Do It Diff’rent”.

Rowland has been a Phoenix resident since 1987. He is married to Sydney Blaine, an Emmy award-winning writer/producer.

In December 2012, Rowland suffered a near fatal stroke and cerebral hemorrhage, which severely impacted his ability to sing, to work and to express himself consistently. With ongoing therapy, he continues to improve.

He is fully committed to returning to the stage, the classroom and the career he loves (performing and music education).

The daughter of proprietors of a prominent music store, Diana Lee plays nearly every instrument there is. She sang even before leaving her mother’s womb and became professional by age 17. Her first original recording was 1985’s,”Call on Your Friends.”

After touring the southwest she collaborated with Donnie Dean on guitar establishing several rock and soul albums and recordings.

She has performed and toured with countless superstars all over the world such as, Reba McEntire, Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Neil Sedaka, David Foster, Stevie Wonder and George Benson.

* The Sugar Thieves, 1 p.m. March 15.

The Sugar Thieves were born in 2006, in a smoky dive bar in Tempe. They began as a duo with Mikel Lander and Meridith Moore on guitar and vocals. By adding upright bass (Jeff Naylor), organ and sax (Shea Marshall), and drums (David Libman), they have become one of the hardest working bands around.

Over the past seven years they’ve independently produced and released five albums, and have won the Phoenix Blues Society’s “Arizona State Blues Showdown” three times.

In 2009, 2010, and 2013, The Sugar Thieves went on to compete in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, where in 2009 they were voted one of the Top 10 unsigned blues bands in the world, and won the “People’s Choice” award in 2010 and 2013.

* Marmalade Skies, 1 p.m. March 22.

A labor of love, the seven members of Marmalade Skies are all seasoned, professional musicians who perform a musical tribute to The Beatles. Most of them have known each other for many years, playing together in various bands throughout the ages.

* Urban Electra, 1 p.m. March 29.

Urban Electra is an all-female electric string quartet with a repertoire that includes top hits from artists like Muse, Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and everything in between.

Playing high-energy live music for corporate entertainment, social events and festivals, Urban Electra (a.k.a. Urban Quartet) has been shaking up the music since 2008.

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