Domingo DeGrazia blends Spanish guitar passion with the flair of flamenco music. His music couples dynamic rhythms with vibrant Latin, salsa and rock drum beats.
On Friday, June 7, DeGrazia and his band will return to the outdoor courtyard of Geronimo Plaza at Main Gate Square, for Friday Night Live! Presented by Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, the free performances bring all styles of jazz to all ages, alternating Fridays at 7 p.m.
An Arizona-native raised with the sounds and imagery of the desert Southwest, DeGrazia's guitar playing has charmed audiences with songs as rhythmic as they are percussive, moving from passionate to whimsical, elegant to sorrowful. Born in the United States and raised in the Southwest, he is the youngest son of the late artist Ted DeGrazia and carries on the family legacy for artistry and diversity.
The group also includes Grammy nominated artist Jim Pavett, bringing percussion and live drums. Beth Daunis delivers exotic and soulful violin while Mark Brugler and Aaron Kirk round out the core of the band with bass and rhythm guitar.
Jim Pavett - Percussion
Jim Pavett is an experienced studio and live drummer, recording engineer, producer and has more than 20 years of experience in the recording industry. An amazing talent behind a drum kit as well as percussion, listeners and audiences are treated to Pavett's unique "theater of percussion" during live shows and on recordings. He expresses a powerful array of intense emotions in an energetic fury which is a refreshing change from the norm. His playing is well thought out, with a startling amount of control, never losing that spontaneous edge, yet never losing the pocket.
Beth Daunis - Violin
Beth Daunis has been playing the violin for 23 years. Her classical training began at age 4 and continued through her years at Bennington College, under the tutelage of renowned soloist and chamber musician Diane Pascal. Daunis draws from her diverse musical background and profound life experience to create a unique sound, infused with her personal brand of magic. She shows her unique ability to glide from upbeat pop tunes to deeper, brooding melodies, throwing her heart and soul into every story being told.
Mark Brugler - Bass Guitar
Mark Brugler's musical endeavors began with his first vocal solo at age 6, and he took up bass soon after. He travelled extensively throughout the U. S., Canada and Northern Europe as a vocalist, instrumentalist and assistant. He has been composing original music for more than three decades and was commissioned by Tucson Parks and Recreation in 2008 to create original music for Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" and again this year for an upcoming production of "Much Ado About Nothing."
Aaron Kirk - Rhythm Guitar
Growing up in Tucson, Aaron Kirk was exposed to music his whole life. His father, John Kirk, was a well-known Bluegrass musician and luthier who often brought Aaron to his gigs and practices even as a small child. Aaron spent countless hours assisting his father in building and repairing acoustic instruments of all types and began his own musical journey at the age of 6, taking piano lessons after school. He began exploring classical and Spanish style playing with Domingo DeGrazia in 1993.
Friday Night Live!
"People come to Geronimo Plaza and discover Main Gate is a great place in a lively atmosphere," said Jane McCollum, Main Gate Square general manager.
All ages can enjoy the live entertainment under the stars at Main Gate Square with pedestrian-friendly dining and shopping. Main Gate Square, between Park and Euclid Avenues on University Boulevard, features more than 20 retailers and 30 restaurants near the University of Arizona. Main Gate merchants validate parking for the Tyndall Garage Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to midnight.
"Prior to the concert people should experience all the different flavors of food we have here," McCollum said, either dining in the restaurants before or after the shows or grabbing food to go and eating during the performance.
"There's always something going on at Main Gate," McCollum said. "The concerts will be a showcase of Tucson's local performers and good music."
June 7: DeGrazia Band - Spanish guitar
June 21: Real Tears - contemporary jazz/blues
July 5: Butch Diggs - jazz sax
July 19: Heather O'Day - jazz vocal standards
Aug. 2: Annon & The Late Show - Latin jazz/R&B
Aug. 16: Hot Club of Tucson - jazz
Friday Night Live at Main Gate Square
When: Alternating Fridays at 7 p.m.
Where: Geronimo Plaza at Main Gate Square, between Park Avenue and Euclid Avenue on University Boulevard
Cost: Free, parking validated for Tyndall Garage
Phone: (520) 797-3959