The real thing in an updated package, the Uptown Big Band is a 13 piece vintage jazz orchestra with saxophones, trumpets, trombones, full rhythm section and vocalists performing standards from the WWII Era to the present, and swing music from around the world. Talented vocalist Sara Libby works with the band to light up the stage with rhythm and pizzazz. Swing dancers Julie Roman and Jacob Spinney entertain alongside the band. The band also features short film clips of some of its tunes performed by the original artists and then morphs into the same song live and on stage.
Uptown’s repertoire is influenced by Natalie Cole, Linda Ronstadt, Michael Buble, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Pink Martini, Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Connick, Jr., Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack, and uses original scores to its own arrangements.
Uptown has performed at a variety of venues throughout Arizona, including in Tucson, Flagstaff, Phoenix, Prescott, Sedona and returns to the Verde Valley for the 4th time.
Doors open at 2:25 pm at the Phillip England Center. The concert begins at 3:00 pm. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door for $20. Students are admitted free of charge.
Click to watch a sample video of The Arizona Wildflowers
The Arizona Wildflowers are coming to Camp Verde on January 28th at 3pm!
The Arizona Wildflowers is a family-member Bluegrass band living on a working ranch in southern Arizona. They have been featured on The Cowboy Channel’s “Wild Rides” and two episodes of “Woodsongs” in Lexington, KY. They have also opened for American singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphy and a number of other notable Bluegrass performers, such as The Cleverly’s.
Arizona Wildflowers were recognized for their achievements at the 2023 International Bluegrass Music Association Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh, NC, and recently won the 2023 Pickin’ in the Pines Band Contest in Flagstaff.
Every member of the band plays a fiddle and each has been recognized as a state and national fiddle champion in recent years. In addition, band member Ranelle recently won The Grand Master’s Fiddle Contest in Nashville, TN.
Audiences love the Wildflowers’ sweet three- and four-part vocal harmonies in addition to their fiddle performances of well-known and much loved western swing tunes.
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Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts Foundation
Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts Foundation (PECPAF) supports the Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts (PECPA) in presenting a rich array of culturally diverse arts programming for the Town of Camp Verde and the Verde Valley region in order to educate, enlighten, enrich and entertain students, citizens and patrons of all ages, while providing leadership and support to advance cultural/performing arts and nourish appreciation for various art forms in the community.