Special Events

GVR Live! Special Event Series

Tickets on sale September 1st

Letters Home

November 10 – 7 p.m.

GVR Live! pays tribute to the men and women who serve our country with this inspiring production by Griffin Theatre Company. This special Veteran’s Day event allows audiences to witness the life of a soldier through their eyes.

Letters Home puts the current wars in Afghanistan & Iraq front and center by bringing to life actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East. Griffin Theatre Company’s production was inspired by the New York Times Op-Ed Article “The Things They Wrote” and the subsequent HBO documentary “Last Letters Home,” and uses letters and correspondence from Frank Schaeffer’s books, “Voices from the Front,” “Letters Home From America’s Military Family,” “Faith of Our Sons” and “Keeping Faith.” The play, without politicizing, gives audiences a powerful portrait of the soldier experience in the ongoing war. The initial production was critically acclaimed and was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for “Outstanding New Play.”

Although the title of the play implies that all the letters are from soldiers, the piece includes a small number of correspondence from parents, being no less important. These letters were written under the most difficult of circumstances; the disorientation of training, deployment, separation from family and loved ones and combat, and occupation duties in Afghanistan and Iraq. One theme seems to unite their diverse voices; the belief that the person standing beside you is more important than you are. They also help define for the audience—patriotism and what it means to serve our country today, through acts of bravery, compassion, social responsibility, sense of community and brotherhood. Collectively the production gives a voice to a generation that went to war against terror in Afghanistan and to war in Iraq, for reasons that are still being debated and who are still fighting and dying today. More importantly, the play reveals the humanity that lies within the war as seen through the eyes of the men and women fighting it.

Members $28/$24, Guests $31/$27, General Public $36/$32

 

This Wonderful Life

December 3 – 7 p.m.

Just in time for the holidays, This Wonderful Life is a one-man play beautifully acted by Jeremy Kendall. Based on the iconic 1946 holiday favorite film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the production brings to life over 32 familiar people in an amazing display of physical and verbal virtuosity. Kendall portrays the Jimmy Stewart-inspired George Bailey, and the whole cast of lovable characters from Bedford Falls including Clarence the Angel, Mary, Zuzu and all the townsfolk who rely on him to save them from the greedy Mr. Potter. Like the film, the play centers around the character of George, a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others, and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community of Bedford Falls would be had he never been born. Jeremy’s one man tour-de-force is at once inspiring, funny, poignant and most of all, uplifting.

Members $28/$24, Guests $31/$27, General Public $36/$32

 

Jon Reep

February 11 – 7 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of laughter with Jon Reep, the fifth season winner on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” who has also appeared on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” or the half-hour special “Comedy Central Presents: Jon Reep.” If it’s not from his standup performances, then you probably recognize Reep from his appearances on HBO’s “Eastbound and Down” and ABC’s hit show “Blackish.” He has also appeared on Dodge’s popular ad campaign, “Hemi Guy,” where Reep is known to millions as the red-headed hillbilly famous for leaning out of his rusty beater and uttering, “That thing gotta Hemi?” You also know Reep as the redneck farmer from “Harold and Kumar: Escape Guantanamo Bay” and TV host of “Are you Faster than a Redneck?” on the Speed Channel. Now based in Los Angeles, Reep is one of the hardest working comics in America, performing on television, in films, and selling out clubs and theaters across the country. His show is supersonic energy filled with non-stop characters, super clever writing and, of course, the one talent that separates Reep from all other comedians in the world: He’s the best redneck dancer since Elvis.

Members $26/$22, Guests $29/$25, General Public $34/$30

Jon Reep

 

Just Announced Leo Kottke and Keller Williams

Shut the Folk Up and Listen

April 1 – 8 p.m.

Green Valley Recreation welcomes two guitar legends for one amazing night of entertainment. Kottke and Williams embark on a 24 city tour beginning in January 2017. This tour takes them on a journey to intimate venues throughout the country and straight to the West Center stage at Green Valley Recreation.

Leo Kottke:
Famed acoustic player Leo Kottke is known for a fingerpicking style that draws on blues, jazz, and folk music, and for syncopated, polyphonic melodies. Kottke overcame a series of personal obstacles, including partial loss of hearing and a nearly career-ending bout with tendon damage in his right hand to emerge as a widely recognized master of his instrument. In concert, Kottke intersperses humorous and often bizarre monologues with vocal and instrumental selections from throughout his career, played solo on his 6- and 12- string guitars.

Keller Williams:
With over 20 years of making music under his belt, Keller Williams is best known as a one-man band for his exciting and unpredictable live stage show constructed around Keller singing his compositions and choice cover songs while accompanying himself on an acoustic guitar and creating samples on the fly in front of the audience, a technique called live phrase sampling or looping. Recent years have found Keller fronting a handful of collaboration projects – as Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCourys, Keller and The Keels, with his six–piece outfit More Than a Little, and with the newly debuted Keller Williams Trio featuring Rob Wasserman and Rodney Holmes and The Keller Williams KWahtro featuring Gibb Droll, Danton Boller and Rodney Holmes. For “Shut the Folk Up and Listen,” Keller goes back to his earliest roots: stripped down and loop-less with just him and his guitar and alongside one of his biggest musical heroes.

Members $38/$34, Guests $41/$37, General Public $46/$42

Keller Kottke

 

GVR Live! Outdoor Stages

Andy Hersey

Patio at Canoa Ranch Center, 5750 S Turquoise Mountain Dr.

December 11 – 6 p.m.

GVR Live! Outdoor Stages celebrates the holidays with a true Arizona cowboy, Andy Hersey.
After spending several years on ranches shoeing horses, Andy found his true passion of singing and song-writing. Influenced by country western legends like Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson, he brings country western music to life in his original songs. Andy leads his country trio playing songs of the greatest country musicians along with his own originals. His music is reminiscent of the Outlaw Country music you grew up on, yet distinctly Arizonan. Andy and his band will also add in a few cowboy Christmas songs for a festive and fun evening under the Arizona sky.

GVR Members $5, Guests $8, General Public $10

Green Valley Stage Band

 

Saguaro Sunset Trio

Canoa Hills Picnic Area, 3660 S Camino Del Sol

March 19 – 6 p.m.

Saguaro Sunset Trio, formed in 2014, plays a wonderful blend of easy listening bluegrass, country and folk. Original pieces, along with traditional favorites and a few lesser known tunes, make this trio a delight to listen to and even better to see live. JoAnn Shifflet provides wonderful lead vocals and harmonizes beautifully with the band. Not only is JoAnn a wonderful singer but she is also a great musician. Arlene Tomlinson gives the trio a steady bass beat coupled with a fantastic smile! Jim Sanchez rounds out the trio on rhythm guitar and adds his strong lead vocals and compliments the harmonies. The trio is sure to entertain and be a musical delight in the desert.

GVR Members $5, Guests $8, General Public $10

Green Valley Stage Band

 

Green Valley Stage Band

Santa Rita Springs Fiesta Deck, 921 W Rio Fuerte

April 9 – 6 p.m.

The Green Valley Stage Band has been around for 25 years, delighting audiences throughout southern Arizona since 1990. The 20 piece band of musicians performs a variety of big band music from the 40’s, 50’s and up to the present including music from such artists as Stan Kenton, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Perez Prado, Hank Williams, the Beatles, Bruno Mars, and more. Green Valley Stage Band is sure to make you get up and dance as you enjoy an evening under the Arizona stars!

GVR Members $5, Guests $8, General Public $10

Green Valley Stage Band

 

UA Musicians on Tour

UA Musicians on Tour
UA Musicians on Tour is a Fred Fox School of Music-sponsored program that sends performers into communities throughout the southwest. Soloists and chamber music groups perform in diverse settings, and make meaningful and artistic connections to educational, church, library, senior center and community audiences. The program was designed to give young student performers opportunities to gain real world performance experience, applying what they have learned in their music degree programs to the world outside the university halls.

Student performers determined by University of Arizona and announced when information is available to GVR. Student performers are subject to change and at the discretion of UA.

Upcoming performances:
January 15
February 5
March 26
April 23

Performances at 2 p.m./Doors open at 1 p.m.
Tickets for all patrons $5
Ticket sales help GVR support the UA Musicians on Tour program.