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Sammi Martinez is a 19-year-old singer/songwriter from Phoenix, Ariz. She writes soulful, heartfelt songs that tell stories of love, heartbreak and finding yourself. She performs locally around the Valley and is currently recording her second EP, scheduled to be released in Winter 2020. Her first album, "Perspective," can be found on all streaming platforms.
She was a finalist in Alice Cooper's "Proof is in the Pudding "competition and has been featured in many songwriter showcases, including the "In The Spotlight" showcase with Walt Richardson. Her strong voice comes from the heart; she is mature beyond her years. Support Arizona musicians and dive into the Beams stream! Send your good vibes and questions for Martinez in the comments during the show, we love to hear from you.
No Beams show October 8 – tune in to ASU 365 Community Union's
Omar Apollo show at livefromasu.com
Thursday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.
gather: a live online storytelling event
Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Watch at https://youtube.com/asukerr
Three storytellers and a guest host circle up to tell stories. The theme this month is "Because of This." Storytellers: Chris Burton, Aaron Hopkins-Johnson, Katherine Patterson. Guest host: Rachel Barkley. Tune in, send your comments or questions for the storytellers and stick around for the Q&A!
Amazingly talented powerhouse vocalist and singer/songwriter Tuena Marie has an awesome set of original, soul-infused R&B with hints of hip hop and rock from her new record to perform for the Beams series! She has shared the stage and performed alongside a long list of greats including Stevie Wonder, Tupac, Nicki Minaj, KRS-One, J Cole, Sheryl Crow, Ozomatli and more. She’ll be backed by a top-notch full band and answering your questions during the stream.
Tuesday Morning Music and Tea - live online edition
co-presented with ASU School of Music
Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 10:30 a.m.
Students of Dr. Andrew Campbell
Watch at https://youtube.com/asukerr
Born and raised on the beaches of Long Island, New York, the foundation of the now Arizona-based songwriter's sound derives from the surf music scene of his formative years on the East Coast. Shortly after picking up the guitar in high school on a bet from a friend, Riccardo discovered the acoustically-driven melodies of artists like Jack Johnson, John Butler Trio and Ben Harper. These musicians, along with classic troubadours like James Taylor from his father's record collection would serve as the initial inspiration for writing his own songs. Following a post-college musical hiatus, Riccardo moved from New York to Arizona and, encouraged by his wife, started to take songwriting seriously for the first time. Since 2017, Riccardo has released five full-length albums, several EPs and is currently recording his sixth album, "Kid from the Sea.” The album's title track and first single marks a return to Riccardo's roots as an acoustically-driven artist inspired by the ocean and the endless journey into the unknown. Tune in live for a very special show and be sure to send your positive comments and questions during the stream!
Coffee at Kerr - virtual edition
co-presented with Arizona Opera
Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 10:30 a.m.
The Invention of Opera
Join us for an uplifting live solo performance of sacred music! Elizabeth Ursic is a classically-trained pianist, cellist and composer. She studied at the Yale Institute for Sacred Music and is certified in spiritual direction. Upon graduating with a masters of divinity, Ursic became a professor of world religions at Mesa Community College, the largest religious studies program at a two-year college in the nation. She completed a doctorate in Religious Studies at Arizona State University. Ursic is the author of “Women, Ritual, and Power: Placing Female Imagery in Christian Worship,” which was published by SUNY Press in 2014. The book has been named one of the top 100 books in contemporary women’s spirituality. Ursic has traveled extensively and is honored to have lectured and performed her music in countries across the globe, including China, Mexico, England, Scotland and Ireland. Her latest album, “Gratitude,” features Jesse Kalu and is a musical journey with cello, Native flute, piano, Celtic harp, chanting, synths, digeridoo, tablas, silver flute and violin. Her dreamy, calming music has been heard on over 100 radio stations, including National Public Radio.
ASU Kerr is a historic Valley venue that is part of ASU Cultural Affairs. Our small staff and facility strive to present a diverse mix of live music, storytelling and theater in order to share the unique perspectives of local, national and international artists. World music, indie folk, jazz, soul, baroque pop and more grace our stage each season. We currently produce free live streamed events to give greater access to music and storytelling programs, providing performance opportunities for artists and maintaining the connection between ASU Kerr, audiences, the arts and one another.
We are shouldering unprecedented costs in creating paid performance opportunities for artists that are free to the public during the venue's temporary hiatus. As a self-sustaining venue, our only income streams are ticket sales, rental bookings, concessions and the contributions of donors.
Consider helping sustain ASU Kerr with a donation to the venue. We are doing our best to bring the joy of music and the arts to you in new ways, and hope those able to financially support the venue's mission of Connecting Communities™ will do so. Your help is vital in ensuring that the shows will go on--online for now--and in person once it is safe for us to gather again.
Want to speak about a larger gift or include ASU Kerr in your estate planning? Contact Tim Walling at email@example.com or 480-965-9915 to learn more about how you can assist ASU Kerr at this important time!
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