The Bisbee Telethon brought in donations of $41,890!
Mark your calendars! The next Bisbee Telethon will be held Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Performers: Request a disc by leaving a comment here. (Limited 1 to each set of performers only.)
If you want to read more about the programs that the telethon money supports, click here!
Dan Simonis will again be part of this program, bringing his Americana brand of music for your listening pleasure. He will be playing songs off his recent release such as Didn’t Commit, West Texas Town and a host of others. So come Saturday, April 30, for fun, food, and Dan’s music for a great cause.
The West Texas Millionaires have entertained country music lovers everywhere from New York City to Los Angeles. Based in the South West, the boys travel in their steer horned, tail finned 1957 Cadillac, harking back to a time when working the road had glamour and style. Home is anywhere from Austin to Bakersfield. Check out their blog:
InAscent is a Tucson based Alternative Folk Duet featuring Robin Burkhart on guitar and vocals and Michelle Fernandez on harmonica, flute and vocals. Choosing from a wide array of genres, this duo covers popular songs from the past, intentionally giving each selection an InAscent twist and new vibrancy. Original songs are interspersed with old favorites and add to the overall charm of this creative duo. http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1488339028431&id=95964132177#!/InAscentMusic
Michael Grande’s career began at the original Woodstock Festival where he was picked up by Richie Havens and spent the next three years touring the world with Havens and other stars. His first CD “Hey Friend”, was a hit; charting nationally: Country, Pop, and Indie. He has played venues from Tanglewood to the LA Forum and Carnegie Hall to Country Thunder. Lately, Michael has tried to give back by doing benefit concerts, and has recently been involved with the Caisson Platoon Equine-Assisted Program that pairs disabled veterans with horses. His song, “Horses for Heroes” was greeted enthusiastically at the WIHS in Washington, D.C. The song is now making its way all over the world. Michael has performed for the Boys & Girls Club of Bisbee before, and was proud and honored to be asked again.
Steve will be one of dozens of hosts at the 2011 Bisbee Telethon
Steve, formerly of Tucson’s KOLD Business Files and 30 year broadcast veteran, is one of dozens who will host The Bisbee Telethon that raises funds for children’s programs at The Boys & Girls Club of Bisbee. The 10-hour event is scheduled April 30, 2011.
Steve regularly lectures at Canyon Ranch and the Queen Mary 2 on memory subjects, topics including How to Remember Names with Ease, How to remain Cognitively Active for Life and the Power of Positive Affirmations. Steve is very active with corporations as well, some of his clients includes World Savings, Jim Click Automotive Dealerships, Centurian Alliance Corp, La Posada Assisted Living Centers and United Health Care, just to name a few. Steve continues to be featured in many local commercials and has hosted KOLD News 13 Business File for the past 9 years.
Steve holds a MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) and is a past board member of the National Speakers Associations Arizona chapter (2008-2010.)
Steve is very active hosting many social and charity functions, including the Salvation Army’s Fashion Show, Make a Wish annual Cowboy Ball, Northern Pima Chamber annual Pinnacle Awards Ceremony,Tucson Attractions Alliance annual meeting, first tee announcing for the LPGA ladies golf tournament are just a few of his official functions among his many duties in the Tucson community.
In addition to his memory lectures, Steve is adding a new lecture and work shop on Communications-”How to deal with the news media” to his many available workshops. Steve has recently partnered with frequent Today Show’s guest Robyn Spizman, she is a national recognized author and gift giving expert, on coauthoring a book “Making Memories A No Brainer’ and their agent/publicist is searching for a publisher.
Jack Wheeler (solo and with his band) have been entertaining in clubs, saloons and music halls since 1997 with 50s-style rock & roll, rockabilly show and country music. With 200 live performances annually they enrich the live music scenes around the world.
Since 2006, Jack Wheeler has become very well known as the voice of Pullman City where he sang himself into the hearts of thousands of country fans.
Already a huge component, performing during intermission between shows May through November, Jack Wheeler also performs in the Pullman City “American History Show-Seven Days a Week” that is well known throughout Europe.
At the International Harley Davidson Meeting 2006 in Faak/See, Austria, Jack Wheeler was the surprise of the year, and was impressively documented on a live CD.
Based on the huge demand for Jack Wheeler the band published their first studio album, “One for Rock & Roll.”
In 2007 he produced the CD “Pullman City – Main street Songs” which includes all the songs he sings daily on the Main Street of Pullman City.
Since mid-2009 Jack has been involved in the Apache Spirit Ranch project.
This western resort is located near Tombstone, Arizona where Jack is responsible for entertainment and events.
Jack started his songwriter/composer career with a very unique album called “Sounds of the Apache Spirit Ranch” that includes mixes of western and Native American sounds. In 2011 he founded his own publishing company, Jack Wheeler Music. For those who love the Rock & Roll and Country scene, Jack Wheeler’s shows are sure to please.
Prido Polanco is a Bisbee High School graduate and a senior at the University of Arizona. He has been singing in 2 different choirs at of U of A for almost 4 years and recently completed his first semester of vocal studies as a baritone in classical singing.
When we asked for a personal experience about music, he wrote these words: “I picked up a guitar when I first came to college and quickly fell in love with the sounds that I could produce. Basic chords were enough to keep me engaged to further my skills. I decided to write my own music and perform them at local coffee shops. I was really nervous at first, but each time it became easier because of all the positive feedback I received.
I performed at the Boys and Girls telethon last year and it was a very exciting experience. I was happy to be in the club that I had attended when I was 12 years old. I just want to sing my music and make people smile! It is one of the best feelings!”
Welcome back, Prido! We appreciate you and congratulate you on your success as a musician.
Azlin Villa will return this year to perform at the 2011 Bisbee Telethon for the Boys & Girls Club. Her first apparance on the program came in 2008, just days after she had won the Bisbee Idol competition.
Azlin was was born and raised in Bisbee and graduated from Bisbee High School. She went on to Cochise College, where she earned her associates degree in psychology. Now she has returned to Cochise to work — you can find her on the Douglas campus in the financial aid department.
Azlin started singing when she was six years old. She performed in public as a member of Bisbee High School’s concert choir for three years, with another year in the advanced choir.
She became a member of the Bisbee Community Chorus in 2005. In April of 2008, she decided to take a run at the Bisbee Idol competition, another fun fundraiser for the community. Those who heard her perform were not surprised that she won the competition. Shortly after that, she took her performance down to the Boys & Girls Club, where she used her voice to help raise money for that organization.
Her simple philosophy about singing explains these activities: “…..to me, the biggest sin of all sins is to be given a gift, a talent, because its actually a gift from God, to take that and not cultivate it and make it grow, that’s the biggest sin in the world”. Not a sin Azlin will be guilty of.
In June 2009, she traveled to Pasadena, California to audition with 15,000+ others for the 9th season of American Idol. Though she didn’t win, it was great experience. She obviously won’t be shy about facing the camera at the Bisbee Telethon on April 30.