Posted by: Nancy
June 17, 2013
Hey all you children of the 8os, do you remember that great song “In A Big Country” by the Scottish band, Big Country? Well, you can hear it live Tuesday, June 18 when Big Country performs at the Tempe Center for the Arts TCA.
Big Country is touring the U.S. this summer promoting The Journey, their first album in 14 years and Tempe is their only performance in Arizona. The band’s first album, The Crossing, sold more than 2 million copies in 1983. Since then, Big Country has toured Europe extensively. The band performed at Live Aid, was a favorite opening act in the UK for the Rolling Stones and for Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
AmeriCamera will open for Big Country with a performance that weaves memorable stories with a blend of poetry and music. The group features internationally-known band leader Billy Cioffi and Dr. Terry Hummer, an accomplished musician and English professor at Arizona State University.
Billy Cioffi has worked with musicians including Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Tom Petty, George Harrison and The Smithereens. Hummer is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry and essays, including, “The Muse in the Machine: Essays on Poetry.” He also plays saxophone and other instruments. Watch AmeriCamera on Songwriters’ Showcase.
It’s going to be a great evening and it all begins at 7:30 p.m. on June 18. To purchase tickets, call The TCA box office at 480-350-2822 or visit the Tempe Center for the Arts website.
There are all kinds of great live music, comedy and dance performances to enjoy in Tempe this week. Check out this line-up and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.
- June 18: Big Country: The Journey Begins Here, Tempe Center for the Arts
- June 18: Performance with a View: CONDER/dance, Tempe Center for the Arts
- June 18: Open Jam, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- June 18: Stu Siefer Trio with Dave Henning and Felix Sainz, Mad Hatter Brew Pub
- June 18: Off the Cuff Comedy Improv Show, Changing Hands Bookstore
- June 19: Adam Richmond’s House of Comedy; June 20: Boom Boom Room: Travis Thurman, Tempe Improv
- June 21: Pat Roberts And The Heymakers, Desert Botanical Garden
- June 21: Finally Friday; June 21: Tempe Comedy Concert Series: John Jesmer, Tempe Center for the Arts
- June 21 & 22: Stand Up Revolution Comedy Festival: The Dirty Show Hosted by Martin Moreno, Tempe Improv
- June 21: Paul Ludenia; June 22: Bill Dutcher, Top of the Rock
- June 21: Sea Merchants; June 22: Jeff Hunt Band, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- June 21: Shawn Johnson & The Foundation; June 22: Wes & Nick Dueling Pianos, Tempe Marketplace District Stage
- June 21: León Santiago; June 22: Janelle Loes, Tempe Marketplace Barnes & Noble Fountain
- June 22: Arizona Idol Open Auditions, Tempe Marketplace District Stage
- June 22: Walk-in Family Art Workshop: Jeff Falk, “Working from Life,” Tempe Center for the Arts
- June 22: Second Act Dance Company, Tempe Center for the Arts
- June 23: Killswitch Engage: Disarm The Descent Tour, Marquee Theater