Public Invited to Attend Five Free Performances Supported by FastMed, Concert Dates: July 27th, August 3rd, 17th and 24th and Septembe

CHANDLER, AZ – [June 20, 2012]  — Chandler Center for the Arts is proud to announce the lineup for its annual Free Summer Concert Series. Now in its sixteenth terrific year, this popular series blends music from across all major genres including country, jazz and classic rock ‘n’ roll. 

Chandler Center for the Arts offers Valley residents the opportunity to beat the heat and enjoy a total of five concerts this summer season, free of charge.

Starting the Free Summer Concert series off with an old school bang on Friday, July 27, 2012 is Come Back Buddy, a Buddy Holly tribute band.   Inspired by the renowned 1950’s band, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, the 3-piece rock ‘n’ roll band Come Back Buddy has a wide variety of famous ‘50s songs in their arsenal, including those from Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ricky Nelson and Roy Orbison.  Comprised of a lead vocalist and guitarist, bassist and drummer, this small but mighty group brings audiences to their feet with their catchy beats and infectious excitement.

Next up is the hypnotizing trio of country music playing sisters, Firefly.  Born in Gilbert, the Nashville recording artists bring both original and cover songs to the stage, combining the sounds of the guitar, mandolin, keyboard, fiddle, cello and one-of-a-kind vocal harmonies.  On August 3rd, audience members can expect to get a taste of Firefly’s unique songwriting as well as a new take on hits from artists such as LeAnn Rimes, The Gin Blossoms, Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band and more.

Sun Lakes Big Band is set to keep the series momentum going in the middle spot on August 17th.  The 15-piece group, founded by lead trumpet player Bart Salzman, will easily take anyone in earshot back in time with classic tunes from big band idols such as Glen Miller, Harry James and Jimmy Dorsey.

Then, Brian Chartrand and The Voce Project bring things back to modern times, with a new twist on classic jazz.  Beginning in 2008 with Chartrand’s weekly residency at Voce Lounge in Scottsdale playing solo, the now quartet comes to Chandler Center for the Arts equipped with well rehearsed and intricately crafted mixes of percussion, bass guitar, electric guitar and smooth vocals.  If you somehow have not heard of or seen Brian Chartrand and The Voce Project live yet, the August 24th performance is one surely not to be missed.

Closing out the 2012 Free Summer Concert Series on September 21st is the 12-member Territorial Brass Band.  Formed in 1987 to take the stage at the Mesa Southwest Museum’s Territorial Days, the band has since served as an entertaining living history resource with a repertoire of more than 200 original works dating back to the 19th century.  Complete with turn-of-the-century costume, Territorial Brass Band recalls the pinnacle of the American town band.

All shows start at 7:30 p.m. and seats are available on a first come, first serve basis. 

The 2012 Free Summer Concert Series will appeal to audiences of all ages, reviving historical sounds, drumming up fond memories and opening ears to styles never heard before.

“We’re thrilled to continue our annual tradition of free summer concerts at the Center,” said Chandler Center for the Arts General Manager, Katrina Pappas.  “This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to both experience quality entertainment and visit our beautiful facility.  We thank our sponsors, such as FastMed, for making the series possible and anticipate a great turnout again this season!” 

All concerts are free to the public.  For more information visit or call the Box Office at (480) 782-2680.


Event: 2012 Free Summer Concert Series 
Concert Dates:   July 27 – Come Back Buddy
                              August 3 – Firefly
                              August 17 – Sun Lakes Big Band
                              August 24 – Brian Chartrand  and The Voce Project
                              September 21 – The Territorial Brass Band
Time: All concerts start at 7:30pm
Tickets: FREE – Seating on first come, first served basis 
Venue: Chandler Center for the Arts
Venue Address: 250 North Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ 85225
Venue Website:
Box Office Phone: 480-782-2680
Interview Request Form:
Venue Contact: Judi Johnson, Marketing Coordinator
Phone: 480-782-2674

Located on the northwest corner of Arizona Avenue and Chandler Blvd, the Chandler Center for the Arts is Arizona's leading collaborative arts institution dedicated to reaching out to audiences of all ages with the highest quality of artistic work to continuously inspire audiences and artists to dream, to discover, to create and celebrate.

The Chandler Center for the Arts serves as a creative driving force, educational resource, and economic engine of entertainment vitality in Chandler by making visual and live performance arts accessible to the entire population.


About Chandler Center for the Arts

The Chandler Center for the Arts is jointly owned by the City of Chandler and the Chandler Unified School District.  The Chandler Cultural Foundation was contracted in 1989 by the City of Chandler as a means to facilitate programming and fund development for the Chandler Center for the Arts.  

As a nonprofit organization, the Center relies on a variety of funding sources to help underwrite internationally acclaimed artists, educate young audiences, create important community programs and maintain our remarkable facility. Ticket sales and other earned income do not completely cover the costs of the Center’s numerous programs and education offerings. Only support from individuals, corporations, foundations and our public partners can make these programs possible.

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