Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance and St Philip’s Plaza bring the arts front and center in Southern Arizona, with free performances, art exhibits and special offers from merchants Aug. 5

The whole Bryan Dean Trio will rock the next St. Philip’s Plaza Friday Night Live, Aug. 5, debuting new tracks from their much-anticipated new CD.

In 2010, Bryan Dean Trio won Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation Blues Challenge. The group performed at the SABHF Festival the following month where two of the trios musicians, Bryan Dean and Ralph Gilmore, were inducted into Arizona Blues Hall of Fame. In December, they opened for the blues legend Kim Wilson.

By winning the SABHF Blues Challenge the trio earned the right to compete in the International Blues Challenge, the biggest battle of the band held annually in Memphis, Tenn. The band competed against 110 other winners from all around the world. They made it to the semifinals with their own brand of original contemporary blues.

After receiving such great response at the international competition, the band can take their music anywhere. Most of Dean’s originals are not exactly traditional 12-bar blues that start with “Woke up this morning,” but are humorous and ironic, or sometimes painfully honest, takes of the life and the world.  

Bryan Dean Trio offers an experience with good music. One might have seen them perform number of times but the group guarantees that no two shows are alike. The band believes in improvisation rather than exact repeats of the tunes to keep the audience captivated.

Currently in production in Austin, Texas, the Bryan Dean Trio’s second CD should be coming in about two months. With 13 original tracks, Dean believes the new one should be better than the first.

Friday Night Live is designed to add cultural opportunities in the community. It occurs once a month on Fridays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and features free children’s art activities, special fashion displays, art exhibits and demonstrations from local artists, strolling performances, live music and more.

A dance performance by Kids Unlimited also will take place this Friday at 4:30 p.m., before the band takes the stage at 6 p.m.  

Kids Unlimited was created as a nonprofit corporation in 1986 to provide a safe stage for young performers who wish to explore the excitement of singing, dancing and acting with other children who share this interest.

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