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Bennuval! An Evening of Space, Art & Music


Outer space takes the stage when Dante Lauretta, University of Arizona professor of Planetary Science and Cosmochemistry and Principal Investigator on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission,is joined by Geoff Notkin, star of Science Channel’s Meteorite Men, to present Bennuval! An Evening of Space, Art and Music. This live variety show features performances by some of Tucson’s most innovative entertainers, including comedic troupe Tucson Improv Movement, daredevil acrobats Flam Chen, and avant-garde music project, ChamberLab.

The Art of Planetary Science will exhibit works created from and inspired by the solar system and the scientific data with which we explore it. Meteorites will also be on display, completing the otherworldly atmosphere of this unique event.

Bennuval! takes its name from the asteroid Bennu, destination of OSIRIS-REx. Bennuval! celebrates the University of Arizona’s accomplishments in space as part of the vibrant creative culture that thrives in Tucson by bringing together art and science in an entertaining setting. Both imaginative and informative, Bennuval! establishes Tucson’s reputation as a space age city.

Currently ranked number one in NASA funding, UA has been an integral partner in space exploration since the early days of America’s space program in the 1960s. OSIRIS-REx will launch in September, 2016, and travel to the asteroid Bennu where, in 2019, it will collect a sample before returning to Earth in September, 2023. For more information on the mission:

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O.A.R. (Of A Revolution)

Classic American author Thomas Wolfe famously stated "you can't go home again," but don't tell that to the members of O.A.R. On their eighth studio album, THE ROCKVILLE LP, the shape-shifting rock band found that returning home triggered a journey of creative renewal and inspiration. 


"This isn't about us going back to our musical roots per se," says lead singer Marc Roberge, who founded O.A.R. in 1996 with his Rockville, Md. high school classmates, drummer Chris Culos, guitarist Richard On, and bassist Benj Gershman (saxophonist Jerry DePizzo joined while the group was at Ohio State University). "It's about us getting inspired by the place we came from. We'd drive the same roads, visit the old haunts, spend time with our people.  Rockville was the catalyst then, and it's the catalyst now." 


For the first time in a while, the band found that visiting their Maryland hometown gave them a sense of peace. For years, they had been pushing themselves to reach new levels of success, searching for their place in the world. Plus, turbulent times within their personal lives had led them to a slightly disconnected state. "I went home to Maryland many times while making this album and based these songs on all the familiar feelings that Rockville gave me," Roberge says. "I tried to focus in on the simple things that always made this band so creative and driven. For everyone in the band, this was a restart. We've been hanging out, enjoying life, letting things go…The whole album is about a reboot." 


That sense of renewal is evident on the first single, the deep, yearning "Peace." "As we were writing it, I felt the weight of three years lift off my shoulders," Roberge says. "We wrote it about getting back to that even playing field after you go through turbulent times.  It's about what I see people going through all around me, everyone deserves second, third, fourth chances." 


Roberge wrote "Peace" with Blair Daly and Nashville-based producer Nathan Chapman, best known for his work with Taylor Swift, after Roberge introduced himself to Chapman at an event in Los Angeles. The two got along so well that, in addition to "Peace," their writing sessions yielded three other songs: "Favorite Song," "Two Hands Up" and "We'll Pick Up Where We Left Off." Chapman produced "Favorite Song" and "Two Hands Up," while Gregg Wattenberg, who co-wrote O.A.R.'s No. 1 smash, "Shattered (Turn the Car Around)," produced "Peace." Chapman and Wattenberg shared production duties on "We'll Pick Up Where We Left Off." With those four tracks serving as the foundation for the album and as a boost to the band's confidence, Roberge produced the rest of the tracks on THE ROCKVILLE LP including a co-production with Jerry DePizzo on "The Element." "We felt like we were on to something with an overwhelming freedom to chase down some more songs," Roberge says.


THE ROCKVILLE LP, which was recorded in Nashville, Bethesda, Md., and Brooklyn, N.Y., features some of O.A.R.'s most diverse, intricate songs to date. Bold horn arrangements weave in and out of several of the tunes, including "Irish Rose" sequel and DePizzo showcase, the jangly, story song, "Caroline the Wrecking Ball," as well as the ambitious "The Architect," a song adored by longtime fans, but one O.A.R. had never committed to an album before. 


Pure joy and light-heartedness infuse album opener, the spiky infectious anthem, "Two Hands Up," and the irrepressible reggae-tinged "Favorite Song" in which Roberge cheerfully references dozens of song titles. "We were driving down roads in Nashville and Maryland feeling nostalgic harkening back to the days of endlessly flipping through the radio dial singing loudly to your favorite songs.  This song is an ode to the hit, to recognize the pure joy you can get from a song and some rolled down windows."


O.A.R. is renowned for its intense, vibrant live show — including selling out Madison Square Garden twice —and the communal feeling it shares with its fans. With each studio album, the band has endeavored to achieve that sense of immediacy. On THE ROCKVILLE LP, "it comes the closest," Roberge says."Every live band I know will always want nothing more than to carry their live performance onto the album.  It's an elusive thing to capture, so I'll never say we nailed it," Roberge says. "But I can guarantee we put that same live show energy and passion into each minute of THE ROCKVILLE LP and we can only hope the audience feels that."

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Dana Carvey

Emmy-award winning comedian Dana Carvey has maintained an illustrious career.  Carvey was born in Missoula, MT.  While a student at San Francisco State University, he won the San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy Competition.  After his graduation (with a degree in communication arts), he played at numerous clubs in the Bay Area and then moved to Los Angeles in 1981 to pursue his career.

            A repertory member of “Saturday Night Live” since the 1986-87 season, Carvey left in 1992 after seven seasons.  Carvey is best known for his characters the Church Lady; Hans, of the Hans and Franz body building duo; Garth, Wayne Campbell’s (Mike Myers) ‘Excellent Co-Host’ on the immensely popular sketch ‘Wayne’s World,’ and Weekend Updates Grumpy Old Man. 

            In addition to these characters, Dana has received widespread praise for his uncanny comedic impersonations of such political figures as Ex-President George Bush, H. Ross Perot, Jerry Brown, David Duke and Bob Dole.  He also does impersonations of George Burns, Johnny Carson, Jimmy Stewart, John McLaughlin, Mickey Rooney, Casey Casem, and Regis Philbin.

On television, he hosted the 1992 presentation of the MTV Music Awards, co-starred in two pilots and was a member of the Showtime special “Salute to the Improvisation,” with Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and Robert Klein.  In 1995, Dana performed stand-up in his own one hour comedy special on HBO aptly named “Critics Choice ****.” In 2008 Dana recorded his second solo comedy special for HBO entitled “Dana Carvey:  Squatting Monkeys Tell No Lies."

In 1992 Carvey appeared in the blockbuster film “WAYNE’S WORLD,” based on the hit “Saturday Night Live” sketch.  The film grossed over $160 million and was produced by “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels.  The public demanded a sequel and in 1993 Carvey appeared in “WAYNE’S WORLD 2,” recreating his role of Garth, alongside Mike Myers’ Wayne.  The film was hugely successful.

            Carvey’s transfer from the small screen to the large screen included roles in Alan Parker’s “THE ROAD TO WELLVILLE,” for Columbia Pictures, Richard and Lili Zanuck’s “CLEAN SLATE” for MGM, and Twentieth Century Fox’s “TRAPPED IN PARADISE.”  His early film work includes his debut in “THIS IS SPINAL TAP,” “RACING WITH THE MOON,” “ONE OF THE GROUP” where he portrayed Mickey Rooney’s grandson, “BLUE THUNDER” with James Farentino, “TOUGH GUYS,” with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, and starring in the comedy “OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS.” In 2004, he starred in “The Master of Disguise” comedy fantasy for the whole family which features Carvey in 36 different identities and speaking 14 different languages as the hapless and heroic Pistachio Disguisey.

            Carvey won an Emmy Award in 1993 for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.  He has received a total of six Emmy nominations one of which was for a guest appearance on HBO’s highly acclaimed “LARRY SANDERS SHOW.”  Also, he was honored with The American Comedy Award as Television’s Funniest Supporting Male in 1990 and 1991.

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Lila Downs

Lila Downs has one of the world’s most singular voices and innovative approaches to music.  She is the daughter of a Mixtec Indian woman, Anastasia Sanchez, who ran away from her village at 15 to sing in Mexico City cantinas and a University of Minnesota professor Allen Downs, who saw her singing and fell in love.


Lila grew up both in Minnesota and Oaxaca, and her music and vocal artistry has many influences, including the folk and ranchera music of Mexico and South America and American folk, jazz, blues and hip-hop. Many of her lyrics focus on issues relating to social justice, and often tell the stories of the workers who migrate from rural Mexico to work in the U.S. She studied classical voice and cultural anthropology at the University of Minnesota.  “The Mexican American singer has a stunning voice, a confident multicultural vision grounded in her Mixtec Indian roots,” Los Angeles Times.  “Ms. Downs has multiple voices, from an airborne near-falsetto down to a forthright alto and a sultry, emotive contralto,” New York Times.


She and her husband / longtime collaborator, Paul Cohen, have produced 10 studio albums, with "Pecados y Milagros" having earned both a Grammy and a Latin Grammy award, and achieving double-platinum in sales in Mexico. She  received her first Latin Grammy for the 2004 release, “Una Sangre.”  Her current project, “RAÍZ," is a collaboration with Argentinian singer Soledad Pastorutti and Spanish flamenco singer La Niña Pastori.  This album has garnered two 2014 Latin Grammy nominations for "Album of the Year" and "Best Folk Album."


Lila Downs has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Festival of Sacred Music - Hollywood Bowl. She has been invited to sing at the White House, and performed on the 75th Annual Academy Awards and the 2012 Latin Grammy Awards televised ceremonies.

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National Circus & Acrobats of the Republic of China

Direct from Beijing, The National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China presents “Peking Dreams.”

A performance of movement, color and wonder incorporating elements of acrobatics, Chinese circus and Peking Opera, Peking Dreams invites audiences into an artistic world full of history as the actors' flawlessly perform astounding acrobatics in colorful costumes and elaborate make-up, with a show for the whole family that is filled with visual and aural treats.


Peking (today known as Beijing), the capital of the People’s Republic of China, is a famous historical and cultural city with a history spanning 1,000 years and a wealth of precious Chinese cultural heritage including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven.


Acrobatic art, Chinese circus and Peking Opera are Chinese cultural treasures and are beloved among the people of Peking. These art forms combine music, acrobatics, performance, mime, and dance and share many similarities with Western culture. Foreign tourists walking along the streets or strolling through the parks of Peking can often hear natives sing beautiful Peking opera, see them play diabolo or see them performing other acrobatics.


The National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China is especially acclaimed in China because of the unique acts in their program such as Great Teeterboard, Grand Flying Trapeze, Group Contortion, Straw Hats Juggling, Girls’ Balance With Bowls and many other outstanding acts. The troupe was founded in 1953, making it one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in China.


Many of the Artists in the troupe have won international awards including Ms. Li Liping, the first Golden Clown winner from China at the renowned Monte Carlo International Circus Festival and Madame Xia Juhua, the “Chinese Ulanowa” of the Circus World and Chairwoman of the International Chinese Circus Society since the early 1980’s. The Company has won over twenty Gold and Silver medals and various other awards at international circus festivals including the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival, Cirque de Demain, Wuqiao International Circus Festival, Wuhan International Circus Festival and China National Acrobatic Competition.


The contribution the Company has made to the world circus society is profound. During the 1980’s, the Company started to change the concept of the “animal circus” to a new style of “non-animal circus” which influenced the then pioneers of “Cirque du Soleil” who invited many coaches from the Company to teach them the acts such as Balancing Chairs, Bicycle and Chinese Poles, which culminated in the revolutionary program “Circus Reinvented!”.

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Herb Alpert & Lani Hall

The iconic music man and nine-time-Grammy Award winning trumpeter Herb Alpert side-by-side with his Grammy Award winning vocalist wife Lani Hall (Sérgio Mendes and Brasil ’66) hit the Fox stage for an evening jazz sprinkled with Brasilian flavors and songbook favorites such as “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” “Moondance,” “Let’s Face The Music & Dance,” “Fever,” “La Vie en Rose,” a TJB medley and many others.


"Few people can claim to be a Renaissance man in this complex age, but Herb Alpert might be one of them," says The New York Times. He is a platinum–selling musician, songwriter, record producer, visual artist and philanthropist. He is perhaps best known for his string of sensational, popular music hits in the 1960s with the Tijuana Brass, and he also co- founded A&M Records with Jerry Moss, one of the most successful independent record labels in music history.


"Lani Hall is a charismatic singer with a controlled passion and a point of view evident in her deliveries," says Cabaret Scenes magazine. Born and raised in Chicago, Hall is internationally celebrated for her emotional vocal interpretations as well as singing the 1983 James Bond film theme, "Never Say Never Again." Hall was the lead singer for Sergio Mendes's iconic group, Brasil '66 and won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Performance for her album "Es Facil Amar" in 1986. She is also a lyricist and author of "Emotional Memoirs & Short Stories," a collection of fiction and non–fiction primarily set in Chicago. The audio book will be released this fall.


Herb and Lani will be playing songs from their recent releases together, Steppin Out and In The Mood with their band, Michael Shapiro on drums & percussion, Hussain Jiffry on bass & Bill Cantos on keyboards and vocals.

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Chasing Rainbows Gala: Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell’s will hit The Fox stage headlining our Annual Chasing Rainbows Gala!


These multi-Grammy Award winning artists and long-time friends will be showcasing The Traveling Kind, music that Rolling Stones praises as "a nostalgic, chugging beat, ...which floats from Memphis grooves to classic, country-infused folk ballads, telling stories of love, struggle and the very special art of confessing to both through lyric.”


The Traveling Kind follows their last duet album, 2013’s Old Yellow Moon, which won Best Americana Album at the 56th annual Grammy Awards as well as two awards at the 2013 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards Show, for Album of the Year and Duo/Group of the Year. The album also debuted at #4 on the Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

Listen to a new recording from The Traveling Kind:


A 13-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Emmylou Harris’ contribution as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. Her most recent solo album, 2011’s Hard Bargain, debuted in the top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart and received tremendous critical acclaim—the Associated Press called it “gorgeous” and said Harris’ “…silvery soprano is in fine form,” while USA Today praised “…exquisite…her unmistakable soprano, at once grainy and ethereal, still wraps itself around a lyric with an angel’s delicate warmth.”


Rodney Crowell is a multi–Grammy Award winner whose songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Norah Jones, Etta James, and Grateful Dead, among others. His 1988 breakthrough Diamonds and Dirt generated five #1 singles and a Grammy Award for the song “After All This Time.” His critically acclaimed works The Houston Kid, Fate’s Right Hand, The Outsider, and Sex and Gasoline were followed by the 2010 release of his memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks. In 2011, Crowell released KIN: Songs by Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell, which debuted at #1 on the Americana album chart and featured specials guests including Kris Kristofferson, Vince Gill, and Lucinda Williams, among many others. His most recent solo album, Tarpaper Sky, was released in 2014. Crowell’s honors also include an ASCAP Lifetime Achievement Award and membership in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Kenny Wayne Sheperd

Kenny Wayne Shepherd has sold millions of albums worldwide and received five GRAMMY® nominations and two Billboard Music Awards, as well as a pair of Orville H. Gibson awards, the Blues Foundation's Keeping The Blues Alive award and two Blues Music awards. He's had six #1 blues albums and a string of #1 mainstream rock singles, and his acclaimed CD/documentary project 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads was the top-selling blues album of 2007.

Having already set an impressive standard for creative vision and world-class musicianship, Shepherd delivers his most personal project to date with Goin' Home. Recorded in an 11-day whirlwind in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana, the raw, righteous release finds Shepherd revisiting a dozen of the vintage blues classics that originally inspired him to pick up the guitar and pursue a life in music, approaching the material with an intensity that affirms his deep connection to these time-tested classics.

On the Goin' Home tour, Shepherd's sharp interpretive skills and sublime guitar work shine on his renditions of tunes originally popularized by such blues icons as B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King, Muddy Waters, Magic Sam, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Stevie Ray Vaughan,Buddy Guy and Junior Wells. Shepherd's memorable readings of such beloved standards as "I Love the Life I Live," "The House Is Rockin'," "Breaking Up Somebody's Home" and "Born Under aBad Sign," along with some lesser-known tunes drawn deep from within the catalogues of his heroes. Shepherd's new interpretations are faithful to the spirit of the originals, while serving as vibrant expressions of Shepherd's musical soul.

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Jesse Cook

Guitar virtuoso Jesse Cook returns to the Fox stage bringing his own tantalizing blend of rumba, flamenco and Latin jazz in a performance that will take you on a musical journey.


For Jesse Cook, music has always been a journey as he has sought inspiration through out the world and collaborated with artists from Cuba to Columbia, and from Lousiana to Cairo. He’s such a well known traveler that when people see him, their first questions is “Where did you go? Where did you take your guitar?”


The short answer this time? Nowhere. And everywhere. After two decades of criss-crossing the world in restless pursuit of inspiration, innovation and collaboration, the Paris-born, Toronto-raised Cook changed course for his newest release, One World.


Instead of exotic locales, he stayed home in his studio. Instead of a foreign legion of performers, he relied on his own devices. And instead of exploring cul de sacs of music — flamenco, classical, rumba, world beat, pop, blues or jazz — he united them.


“For this music, it’s not really about going someplace,” he says, “The idea is that there really is just one world. If you pull your focus back far enough, you start to see all music as being branches of the same tree. They’re all connected to the same trunk from way back.”


Cooks guitar playing is a hybrid of styles. He was a classical guitarist as a kid, and studied flamenco then jazz. And one of these forms rumba flamenco, is itself a hybrid created in the 1800s when sailors were coming back to Spain from Cuba, having heard these Cuban rhythms. "And here I am, 150 years later, taking it and mixing it back with modern music and seeing where it takes me. Music is a constantly evolving thing.”


“…lightning fast and bright flamenco guitarist…Jesse Cook…is about as seductive, percussive and danceable as this kind of music gets…also a powerful pop songwriter, with each melody standing out above the weaving rhythms sung by his intoxicating strings.”

– Jazziz (USA)

“…he sets spirits on high…combines his love for pure pop hooks with artful finger-stylings.”

– Jazziz (USA)

“Guitar virtuoso Jesse Cook is a walking embodiment of the gypsy music he plays: eclectic, energetic, and very exciting. Perhaps that is why he says that his music chose him, and not the other way around. After all, he does seem like the perfect candidate.”

– The Star Online (Kuala Lumpur)

“Cook’s talent is, simply, tremendous, and anyone who has any interest in contemporary instrumental music—particularly where acoustic guitars and percussion are concerned—should run, not walk, to get this CD.”

– Tampa Tribune

“Cook’s hot mix of world music punctuated by his astounding guitar work had the audience tapping, clapping, and shouting “ole!” the entire evening, and then up on their feet for three encores.”

– Esaton Concert Review (USA)

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