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The country-western group Desert Sun String Band will perform Feb. 15 at the Foothills Mall.

Performers of all genres will entertain mall-goers as they walk through more than 100 stores at the Foothills Mall as part of the Foothills Mall Music and Art Series. The mall also offers a kid’s play land, IMAX theatre and plenty of food options.

On alternating Tuesday evenings, starting at 6 p.m., the food court will stage live music performances. Talented line-ups for the winter and spring performances include top musicians, from jazz and blues to country-western and Native American music.

The next scheduled performers are the Desert Sun String Band on Feb. 15. The bluegrass and country-western group’s musical spectrum starts with hard-driving, traditional bluegrass, extending to slow-dance country-western and including everything in between. Band members include top-level performers in each position in this band, based on expert musical instrument skills, singing ability, compatible nature and the ability to complement each other musically.

Coming March 1 is the folk and traditional string music of Púca. Named after an Irish mythical beast, the duo of Dave Firestine and Claire Jamieson Zucker perform the songs and melodies of Ireland and Appalachia, as well as new innovations hot from the press. Foot-stomping instrumental sets feature the fine musicianship of Firestine’s energetic, precise mandolin-bouzouki against the rich heartbeat of Zucker’s bodhran or her spunky flatfoot clogging rhythms.

Arizona’s Sherry Finzer will perform on flute and guitar on March 15. A professional Pearl Flute artist, her artistic talent runs the gamut from classical to world, jazz and pop music. She performs regularly as a soloist and with several professional musicians, including guitarists, harpists and pianists.

Rounding out the month on March 29 is the Beatles cover band Those Beatle Guys. Playing everyone’s favorite Beatles’ tunes, the group will perform reminiscent songs from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. Lead singer and percussionist Jack Howell has played in a variety of successful rock bands for more than 25 years. His past work includes the classic rock of Led Zeppelin and many others. Rhythm guitarist, vocalist and percussionist Brian Lardie also has many years of experience playing in various bands in a variety of music genres including rock and folk. Guitarist, bassist, drummer, songwriter and singer Phil Daly is the only British member of the band.

The series is presented by  Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and Schottenstein Property Group.

If you go

What: Foothills Mall Concert Series

When: Music every other Tuesday at 6 p.m. and art presentations Friday evenings and all day on Saturdays

Where: Foothills Mall, 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd.

For more information, call 797-3959.

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