Festival Music

Every Thunderbird Artists event has live musical entertainment. We are very excited about our line-up for this season. Our featured musician for the 23rd Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival, November 4th, 5th & 6th, is steel drummer extraordinaire, Paul McDermand.

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Paul MCDERMAND

Paul plays an assortment of percussion and a variety of musical genres. Enhanced by tasteful orchestration, his exuberant steel drums and soft, sensual marimba lead the listener through a vast array of standard, romantic and popular works.

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BRANDON GAESSER

Brandon Gaesser performs the music of favorite artists from the 1960s-1990s, as well as his original songs.  Brandon studied at the University of Miami Frost Music School before moving on to Nashville in 2008.

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MICHAEL KOLLWITZ

Played with both hands using a pianistic technique on a stringed instrument, the Chapman Stick is unique, versatile and probably the most expressive musical instrument ever devised.

24th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival, January 20th, 21st & 22nd, features Moodafaruka, along with Brandon Gaesser, Chuck Hall and Vibhas Kendzia.

mOODAFARUKA Mixing Flamenco, Middle Eastern, Spanish and Western motifs, Moodafaruka creates a tapestry of sound that is both familiar and new. The Global community is burgeoning into a multicultural, multicolored, multilingual village. Moodafaruka's mission is to remind people of the common values we share, to honor our differences, and promote the celebration of life through music.  

mOODAFARUKA

Mixing Flamenco, Middle Eastern, Spanish and Western motifs, Moodafaruka creates a tapestry of sound that is both familiar and new. The Global community is burgeoning into a multicultural, multicolored, multilingual village. Moodafaruka's mission is to remind people of the common values we share, to honor our differences, and promote the celebration of life through music.

 

CHUCK HALL “Rewired!” is eclectic acoustic instrumental guitar music, debuting after more than 40 years of Chuck Hall being hailed as a “Master of the Blues” for his electric guitar style. Chuck has always been enamored with the pure acoustic tones of a nylon-string classical style guitar.  He’s also “composted” about ten familiar cover tunes into his own unique sound.

CHUCK HALL

“Rewired!” is eclectic acoustic instrumental guitar music, debuting after more than 40 years of Chuck Hall being hailed as a “Master of the Blues” for his electric guitar style. Chuck has always been enamored with the pure acoustic tones of a nylon-string classical style guitar.  He’s also “composted” about ten familiar cover tunes into his own unique sound.

  vibhas kendzia Vibhas strength is versatility. He plays his original piano solos with a classical touch, his fingers running over the keys like a soft cool breeze in summer. With the keyboard accompaniment, Vibhas is free to play haunting melodies on the Indian flutes, or smooth jazz arrangements with the soprano sax.      

 

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Vibhas strength is versatility. He plays his original piano solos with a classical touch, his fingers running over the keys like a soft cool breeze in summer. With the keyboard accompaniment, Vibhas is free to play haunting melodies on the Indian flutes, or smooth jazz arrangements with the soprano sax.

 

 

 

23rd Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival, March 17th, 18th & 19th, features Paul McDermand, along with Brandon Gaesser, Chuck Hall and Vibhas Kendzia.

 

2nd Annual Sculpture & Wine Festival in Fountain Hills, January 13th, 14th & 15th, features Brandon Gaesser and Vibhas Kendzia.

 

6th Annual Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival, February 10th, 11th & 12th, features Brandon Gaesser,   Chuck Hall, Vibhas Kendzia and Michael Kollwitz.

 

5th Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival, February 17th, 18th & 19th, features pianist Brandon Gaesser and guitarist, Chuck Hall. 

 

13th Annual Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Affaire, March 24th, 25th & 26th, features Bob Culbertson and Brandon Gaesser.

 

Bob Culbertson is an influential Chapman Stick player. An early adopter of the instrument, he is notable for his many recorded albums and extensive touring.

Bob Culbertson is an influential Chapman Stick player. An early adopter of the instrument, he is notable for his many recorded albums and extensive touring.