September 30: Carmela y Más

7:30 PM

Admission: $20, $10 Students (25 & Under w/ ID)

CLICK HERE for advance tickets

SPECIAL NOTE ON PARKING: The Chile Pepper Festival is happening from 5 – 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, closing Roosevelt from 1st Street to 3rd Street (including our parking lot shared with Carly’s Bistro). Parking for the Carmela y Más performance this evening could be challenging.

We have exclusive use of the FarmerWoods lot at 919 North First Street (south east corner of 1st & Roosevelt), in the lot surrounding the FarmerWoods Insurance building. Please note – because of street closures, the only way IN and OUT of the lot will be traveling NORTHBOUND on 1st Street, since 1st Street is under construction south of Roosevelt (new storm drains/sewer pipes right down the middle).

We would encourage people to take the light rail, if at all possible, to avoid this problem entirely. The Nash is a very short walk to the east from the Roosevelt/Central Ave. stop. Valley Metro Light Rail

The Nash welcomes back the electrifying sounds of Carmela y Más, an eight-piece Latin Jazz-Salsa ensemble.

Carmela Ramirez, Vocalist and Producer leads this award-winning band. The band concept was developed in 1988. Carmela had performed R & B. Fusion and Jazz for a decade, when she ventured into another format of Jazz, “LATIN JAZZ and SALSA”. The attraction was the complexities of the rhythms and arrangements. There was also an array of Jazz Artists such as Dizzy Gillespie who had taken classic Jazz and intertwined Afro-Cuban rhythms into them, turning them into Latin Jazz. Therefore, Carmela dove into her next style of music and Carmela y Más was born. From the beginning concert at Scottsdale Center for the Arts and the hundreds of performances that followed, the band took off and has been recognized as one of the leading performance bands in the valley and beyond.

Carmela’s versions of Más have not only been featured in local venues and festivals in the valley, but also traveled to be featured at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington D.C., the Himeji Castle 100th anniversary concert in Himeji, Japan and most recently the headliner for the Latin Jazz Festival in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. The band has also shared the stage with Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Tito Puente, Nestor Torres and many more Latin performers.

The musicians in the band are dedicated to the Latin Jazz artform and spend quite a bit of time on perfecting the true sound and execution of the music. The arrangements you’ll hear are one of a kind, written either by Más band Musical Director, Rebecca Kennell or arrangers who have written for Carmela over the years, including Carlos Luna, Jules Rowell and Auggie Mendoza.

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