Event Update: It has recently come to the Rec Centers attention that tickets given out for the Sizzling Summer Series have the wrong venue address listed. The shows will be taking place at the Palm Ridge Recreation Center, 13800 W Deer Valley Dr. We apologize for the mistake.
Update: Tickets for the Sizzling Summer Series are now sold out
Get some relief from the heat this summer by attending the Sizzling Summer Concert Series on June 14, 28, July 12 and July 19.
Concerts for this four-show series will be held on Tuesdays, twice a month in June and July, inside Palm Ridge Recreation Center. All shows start at 5 p.m. Cabaret seating will be used, allowing you sit at tables and bring your favorite beverages and snacks.
Tickets are $8/person or $24 for all four shows. Ticket packages for the series go on sale at 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 3. Individual show tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 17. Tickets will be available for purchase online and at the R.H. Johnson Box Office.
If you go
- June 14 and 28
- July 12 and 19
- Palm Ridge Recreation Center
- Shows begin at 5 p.m.
- Cabaret style seating
- $8 per person
- $24 for all four shows
- Ticket packages available 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 3
- Individual show tickets available 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 17
- Available online
- Available at the R.H. Johnson Box Office
Tutorial for new ticketing website
The Sizzling Summer Series will be the first RCSCW event to use the Rec Centers’ new ticketing website! In order to help prepare the community for the new change in online ticket sales, staff created the tutorial video below. Please give it a watch so you are prepared for when the Sizzling Summer Series tickets go on sale May 3.
Note: When purchasing tickets online, please make sure you’ve created your account and are logged into it prior to attempting to purchase tickets.
Scheduled to Perform
Click on any of the tabs below to learn more about those performing in the Sizzling Summer Series.
Amazing Pianos - June 14
Amazing Pianos is made up of the duo of Scott Dunlap and Mike Smith. Scott a professional musician from the age 17 has worked in all genres of music. He is self taught on the Piano but quite accomplished and admired by peers and audiences alike. A master showman and crowd interactive expert. His 20 years of dueling piano expertise will not disappoint. Mike Smith has taught piano, songwriting, sound and recording for the past 19 years. Together these men will bring piano music to a new level of fun and interaction.
The most recent issues of the Rec Centers News had “West of the Blues” listed as the performance for the June 14 show. The change to “Amazing Pianos,” was made after the newspaper had already gone to print.
Come Back Buddy - June 28
Come Back Buddy is a three-piece rock ‘n’ roll band inspired by the legendary Buddy Holly and the Crickets. The trio’s repertoire includes the music of many artists from the ‘50s-era, including Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Ricky Nelson, and Buddy Holly. Mike Randall provides lead vocals and guitar with Janine Randall on bass and Don Rinehart on drums.
This Travelin’ Trio has performed for festivals, grand openings and other special events throughout the West in Arizona, Nevada, California, Oregon, and Washington. Come Back Buddy has been headliner at Hollywood’s world famous Whisky-A-Go-Go.
Swingin' Jazz - July 12
Swingin’ Jazz: “Basie to Broadway to Beatles” features the Swing Time trio of Dan Reed on trumpet, Clark Chaffee on drums, and Ellie Chaffee on vocals, along with special guest Nicole Pesce on keyboards.
Enjoy Count Basie hits like “One O’Clock Jump,” as well as standards that were written for Broadway shows and jazzy versions of Beatles tunes, all played by this swingin’ quartet.
Clark Chaffee, drums and vocals, is a versatile performer and music educator from Illinois who has been a driving force in the musical life of the Valley since his move to Sun City West in 2013.
Dan Reed, trumpet, lends his energy, expertise, and sense of fun to every ensemble in the Valley. He picked up the trumpet at age 9 and hasn’t stopped playing since.
Ellie Chaffee, vocals, is a former teacher and librarian who rediscovered singing after retiring to Sun City West.
Nicole Pesce, keyboards, has been called “Arizona’s Premier Pianist” and “a master of the keyboard.” July 18 features the Aragon Brothers performing country music.
Aragon Brothers - July 19
From Prescott, the Aragon Brothers are sixth-generation Arizonans. Not only are they heavily booked in Prescott, but they also perform in surrounding cities and perform at venues, large gatherings, conventions, and theaters. Aragon Brothers create rhythmic tones of outlaw country, rock and blues. There is nothing so special as to the vocals and harmonies that only siblings can create. They will also be accompanied by their pianist, Scott Smith. Formerly a Pacific Northwest native, Smith performed in the folk music scene in Seattle and Boston in the early 1970’s. Smith joined the Aragon Brothers in November of 2021. Come see what they’re all about!