Webb Center celebrates 19 years with a dynamic lineup

Roy “Dusty” Rogers Jr. joins The Sons of the Pioneers for a nostalgic evening of cowboy western stories and songs Thursday, Jan. 16.

The Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts schedules a wide variety of performances in the intimate, 600-seat venue every year from November through March. The theatre is celebrating its 19th presenting season with diverse artists from country, classical and folk musicians to dancers and comedians.  

The 2019-2020 season will open at the theatre on Thursday, Nov. 7 with a performance featuring The Bellamy Brothers. Brothers Howard and David are one of country music’s most celebrated duos, dazzling audiences with No. 1 hits, including “Let Your Love Flow,” “For All the Wrong Reasons,” and “Redneck Girl.”

“We had a wildly successful 2018-19 season and are thrilled to be presenting a combination of bran new and returning artists this season,” said Cathy Weiss, executive director of the Webb Center.  “The Webb Center strives to offer exciting performances from multiple genres. For example, the legendary Gatlin Brothers will help kick off Wickenburg’s annual Gold Rush Days celebration; Rhythm of the Dance will present world champion Irish dancers accompanied by traditional music; and fan favorites The Texas Tenors will return for two shows this season.”

Continuing the Webb Center’s November lineup is the operatic arias of The Four Italian Tenors; country music royalty Carlene Carter; and the music and comedy of Jane Lynch and Kate Flannery in their cabaret act “Two Lost Souls.” Unwrapping the holiday season are The Wizards of Winter, featuring former members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra as they perform holiday songs set to rock-pop music.

December rings in with a holiday concert by Canadian Brass and the Zoppé Italian Family Circus returns to Wickenburg with a brand new show for a fun-filled weekend when audiences of all ages will have the opportunity to experience the joy of being a kid again. The 2019 calendar year will conclude with an 11-member a cappella group, Voctave, as they showcase holiday favorites.

Celebrating the New Year in January are comedian Yakov Smirnoff; western legends The Sons of the Pioneers; four-time “Las Vegas Headliner of the Year” Frankie Moreno; a presentation by National Geographic Live speaker and filmmaker Shannon Wild; and the classical repertoire of Poland’s Wroclaw (vrots-wav) Philharmonic Orchestra.

February welcomes the classically trained hip-hop crossover duo Black Violin; the retro renderings of The Doo Wop Project; and a note for note, cut for cut performance of the Eagles: Hotel California by Classic Albums Live. Then two bands, Davina and the Vagabonds and The Hot Club of Cowtown celebrate the music that ended WWII in The Finest Hour concert. The Webb Center’s seventh annual Find Your Center Gala features returning favorite Neil Berg and the world premiere of his Best of Opera on Broadway concert. This premier event promises over 100 silent auction items, hors d’oeuvres and a concert with proceeds benefiting the Webb Center’s many programs.

Rounding out the season in March are Rhonda Vincent and the Rage and The Malpass Brothers with an evening of traditional bluegrass and country music; a “Sentimental Journey” down memory lane with 1930s and 1940s big band The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra; and a showcase of classical music with piano duo Anderson & Roe; followed by the songs and stories of folk rock legends with the artists of Live from Laurel Canyon; Americana duo Mark and Maggie O’Connor will exhibit their fiddling skills; and finally, the musical Piaf The Show celebrates the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse Édith Piaf.

Tickets for the 2019-20 season go on sale to members of the Webb Center’s support organization, the Encore Society, Sept. 11, and to the general public Oct. 9. Call the Webb Center’s Box Office at (928)684-6624 to find out more about membership or visit dewpac.org for a full schedule of events, artist information and video previews.

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