In 2023, Remi Goode & Gabe Lehrer, Tatiana Crespo, and Hot House Orchids will perform in the Scottsdale Civic Center for free as part of Sun & Sounds. Singer-songwriter Goode and guitarist Lehrer have collaborated on albums and sang on each other’s tracks. Crespo, a Costa Rican singer and composer now based in Phoenix, blends and blurs the borders between genres including Cumbia, reggaeton, waltzes, bossa nova, and more. She has just added other instruments to her signature mix of accordion and guitar, and she can’t wait to share her brand new songs full of loving, healing energy with the world. The Tucson-born Carlos Arzarte and the Gentle Souls have been stalwarts of the Arizona music scene since the ’90s.
Carlos Arzate & The Good Souls is his solo project, and it fuses soul, folk, norteo, and Americana. Phoenix, Arizona’s Japhar Pullen, a 19-year-old singer/songwriter, was recently asked to provide background vocals on a new Sister Sledge album. Gabriel Bey & Friends, a trumpet group founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1960, has toured the world extensively since then. Bluegrass, folk, and vintage Americana are Cisco and The Racecars’ forte. Now they are recognized as one of the best bluegrass groups in the South West.
Singer-violinist-bandleader-poet-recording-artist Kim Weston does it all. She collaborated with Aaron Sterling, Adam Armijo, Brian Chartrand, Clarke Rigsby, Shea Marshall, and others to create nine songs in 2021. The honesty of Weston’s observations and the grace of his poetic prose are both reassuring and enlightening since they come from a place of having thought deeply about the good and bad times of life. Her jazz ensemble is made up of some of Phoenix’s finest musicians, and they provide seductive renditions of jazz classics, fan favorites, and Weston’s own compositions. Tickets are selling quickly at rodeoscottsdale.com; get yours before they’re all gone! If you get there early, you may peruse the wares of the merchants and fill up on tasty treats before the event begins.