Spirit of the Season Concert
Saturday, December 10, 2022, 7:00 PM
$20 general, $22 door, $25 priority seating in first 3 row
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A live concert featuring Arizona music legend Walt Richardson, Hannes Kvaran and special guests Suzie Shoemaker, Robin Miller and Tommy Anderson. The concert will feature a mix of uplifting songs, holiday classics, and ‘songs of the spirit.’
Walt Richardson is one of the most endearing, lasting, talented, and influential musicians in Arizona’s history. He was inducted into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2014 and continues a busy schedule of performances.
Joining Walt for this concert will be long-time friend and guitarist extraordinaire Hannes Kvaran. Hannes has played with Walt since the ‘early days,’ and adds amazing acoustic guitar sounds and vocals.
Also appearing in the ‘Spirit of the Season’ Concert is Suzie Shoemaker, Robin Miller and Tommy ‘Tommy Rocks’ Anderson. While residing in the Sedona - Verde Valley area, each of these musicians are award winning, performance artists with national touring experience.
This concert will be a great way to kick off your holiday season. “We are so pleased and honored to present this amazing group of talented Arizona musicians,” commented OTCA Co-Director William Eaton.
In an interview for the concert Walt commented, “This is a good time to ‘re-ignite’ and re-light the candle of hope, in this season of return. Especially after a worldwide pandemic that has affected all of us. With hope, faith and love, we can start over.”
Walt Richardson performed the opening concert at Old Town Center for the Arts in 2008, and has since played several sell out concerts for OTCA. “Walt is a great friend, musician and songwriter, but what I notice most, in myself, and with an audience is - he just makes you feel good,” commented co-director William Eaton, “he’s a beautiful soul.”
Richardson was 21 when he migrated to the Phoenix Valley in 1974 and his easy-going nature has endeared thousands of fans who have followed Walt’s career through his solo and band musical career. In 1976 Richardson began playing open mic nights in Tempe, and interacting with other local musicians, a passion that would lead to many future collaborations. His first professional gig followed a year later with the formation of the band Driftwood. In the early 80’s Walt started the popular Morning Star Band and began to expand his reggae repertoire, playing a mix of covers and original music.
By the late 90’s Walt’s songwriting began to blossom as he explored themes of love, relationships, injustice, social and political issues. As he continued his solo work, his new group, the Peaceful Warriors, became a sounding board for the advocacy of peace. His music also began to reflect his deepening interest in the mysteries of life and music as a conduit to the spirit. Richardson is quoted as saying, “Music is a very magical form of meditation and prayer. I totally believe that when used in that way, it enhances us. It's a wonderful thing. There is so much you want to share, so much that you want to give.. . . . in essence, the spirit is saying these things through music.”
Suzie Shoemaker was born and raised in New York city and prior to becoming a northern Arizona resident, enjoyed a long career as a NYC performer, singer and songwriter. Since moving to Sedona she has played a diverse array of venues and events including a stint with the Heavenly J’s as Jim Morrison, June Carter Cash and her most memorable and powerful performance as Janis Joplin. Suzie has also performed at the Encore Theater with the Branson Hall of Fame Sax player Marvin Short in a show entitled “Marvin Short’s Rock ‘n Roll Dreams.” Currently she performs with the band Menagerie at local clubs and many private parties, Suzie has been a great supporter of the arts to the area, and as Founder and Director of the late Sedona Live presented many local, regional and national performers. She recently said she is “sticking to a strong belief that the arts are crucial to the fabric of every community.”
Performing artist, composer and songwriter Robin Miller has surrounded himself with music since he was a child. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Robin began playing the guitar at the age of 7, started his first band at age 14, and composed and recorded his first album before he turned 18.
Robin Miller has recorded albums with various artists for labels such as A&M, MCA, and RCA. Proficient on guitar, keyboards, bass, and mandolin, Robin loves to demonstrate his versatility through rock & roll, blues, new age, and many other types of music.
In 1993, Robin received the prestigious Arizona Entertainment Award for New Age Artist of the Year. In 1995, he performed on the NBC nationally syndicated talk show THE OTHER SIDE. Performances have included shows with celebrities such as medium and healer James Van Praagh, who has appeared on LARRY KING LIVE, OPRAH, UNSOLVED MYSTERIES and others.
Tommy Anderson known as Tommy Rocks is an acoustic rock singer & guitarist who has performed thousands of shows throughout America. Currently Tommy performs 100+ shows a year, and is known as one of the most versatile singers and performers in Arizona. His repertoire covers around 1700 songs, and combines a mix of original songs, pop, classic rock, R&B, Alternative country & Americana and reggae, as well as covering over 250 songs by The Beatles. Tommy’s other musical side projects include the Tommy Rocks Trio, B3 (his Beatles group) and with his super group OvO (The Owls), featuring world-class guitarist Joe Berger from NYC.
Tommy is also regarded as one of the top ukulele players in the state. He is the creator of the Jerome Ukulele Orchestra, which in their first year got noticed by America’s Got Talent, and later formed the Sedona Ukulele Posse in conjunction with the Sedona Arts Center where he taught music for two years. Tommy made the cover story of Ukulele Magazine in the winter 2018, and became an official Kala Ukulele Ambassador in December 2021.
Come enjoy a wonderful evening of music to lift the spirit. An intimate evening with these artists will be a magical journey.
Wine, beer and snacks will be available for this performance.
Tommy ‘Tommy Rocks’ Anderson
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