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Music in May kicks off next Friday

Staff Report~ 4/23/2014

Anthem’s outdoor concert series “Music in May” returns for the 12th year to the ACC Community Park Amphitheater every Friday throughout May. Open to the public, each show will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 41730 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy.
Attendees at this family-friendly event are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, picnics and flashlights. Admission and parking will be free.
Food trucks return for the opening week of the series for the second straight year, offering a variety of dinner options. Ice cream will be available at the remainder of the concerts.
The weekly event schedule includes:
May 2: Young Country
Young Country covers current and past country hits, incorporating many genres into the mix. Powerhouse duo Brooks and Dunn hails, “The boys of Young Country rival any national act we’ve ever heard; they’re just plain good.”
May 9: The JJ’s Band
JJ’s Band performs music from the ‘60s and ‘70s funk, ‘80s, ‘90s, disco, classic soul, Motown, standards and current dance hits. From Frank Sinatra to Nicki Minaj, this band covers it all.
May 16: The Saucy Jacks
This band is comprised of former professional back-up musicians who have toured the world. They transport the audience back in time with performances that embody the feel, energy and sounds of the ’60s British Invasion with live versions of music just as the original bands performed them. They tribute the Rolling Stones, The Who, The Beatles, Jeff Beck and more in their set.
May 23: David Hernandez
Singer/songwriter David Hernandez gained national attention with his voice as an American Idol finalist in 2008. He began his musical journey as a child, performing in musicals and with theater companies throughout Arizona. A Phoenix native, he recently moved to Hollywood full-time to write, record and produce his own work and to pursue his passion for acting. His set will include original songs, as well as covers of a variety of genres.
May 30: Sugahbeat
Sugahbeat is a musical fusion show that embraces a variety of cross-cultural rhythms with contemporary beats—reggae with samba, pop with soul calypso, Latin with R&B—until the lines are blurred between them all to create a distinctive sound.
Music in May typically draws in about 2,000 spectators each week, said ACC special events manager Michele DeMichele.
“Music in May is a good example of what makes Anthem the special place that it is,” DeMichele said. “Neighbors, family and friends all turn out to catch up, relax and enjoy fantastic live music.”