All of the events below are from the November 2018 event. Information about 2019 performances is coming soon!
Canal Convergence features performances in dance, spoken word, and music spread across 10 days.
Growth of Flowers by Nicole L Olson
The Growth of Flowers is a 40-minute light and movement installation that explores the phenomenon of flowers and their birth from plants. Olson and her dancers will investigate how this incredible act of nature relates to humanity and how human growth is similar to growth in other forms. Prior to the 20-minute performance, five dancers will explore a focused improvisation for approximately 20 minutes. The choreographed piece will begin at 7 p.m. and the dancers’ costumes —embellished with 3D-printed flowers — will be illuminated by embedded LEDs, creating a light show specifically designed for the performance.
Marshall Way Bridge, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at 7 p.m.
Nicole L Olson, choreographer and dancer
Nicole L Olson trained in ballet and classical jazz dance at Milwaukee Ballet School. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, she performed for Kirby Reed (Chicago), Bauer Contemporary Ballet (Milwaukee) and Emergence Dance Theatre (Chicago). Olson has presented her work nationally at the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Ruth Page Center for the Arts (Chicago), and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival (Portland, Oregon). She is the assistant director of Scorpius Dance Theatre and guest artist/soloist with Center Dance Ensemble. Olson received the 2016 Phoenix Mayor’s Arts Award for Dance and Phoenix New Times named her Best Dancer for its Best Of 2016
Anna Flores, Todd Fredson, and Sarah Vap
Poets Anna Flores, Todd Fredson, and Sarah Vap will share their work alongside a community-generated poem created by participants in the Poetry Bike Ride directly preceding the reading. Sarah Vap is the author of six books of poetry and poetics. Her most recent book, Viability (Penguin 2016), was selected for the National Poetry Series. She is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship and teaches in the MFA program at Drew University.
Goldwater Stage, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, 6:30 – 7 p.m.
Mario Avent, Jesse Balli, Niki Cuccinotto, and Estevan Pina
Listen to local storytellers Mario Avent, Jesse Balli, Niki Cuccinotto, Amy Love, and Estevan Pina share stories from their lives on the subject of light. Will they share something heavy? Will they let their little light shine? Will they trip the light fantastic? Whatever stories they tell, they will keep the subject light.
Soleri Stage, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, 6 – 7 p.m.
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Celebrating over 40 years since its founding in 1977, New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of genres including bebop jazz, funk, and R&B/soul. This sound, described by the band as a “musical gumbo,” has allowed the Dirty Dozen to tour across five continents and more than 30 countries, record 12 studio albums and collaborate with a range of artists, from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic to Norah Jones. Forty-plus years later, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world-famous music machine whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances.
Soleri Stage, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, 7 p.m.
Acclaimed cellist Matt Haimovitz will bring his concept of A Moveable Feast to the Scottsdale Waterfront for Canal Convergence. Haimovitz will begin the “feast” by performing three of Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello (1717-1723) in separate locations around the waterfront. Hailed by The New York Times as a “ferociously talented cellist who brings his megawatt sound and uncommon expressive gifts to a vast variety of styles,” Haimovitz offers a fresh ear to familiar repertoire, champions new music, and creates innovative recording projects. He was the first classical artist to play at New York City’s infamous CBGB and has performed his own arrangement of Jimi Hendrix’s take on “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Soleri Stage, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, 5 – 5:45 p.m.
Marshall Way Bridge, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, 6 – 6:45 p.m.
Goldwater Stage, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, 7:15 – 8 p.m.
QVLN’s signature, modern roots sound is a musical extension of his American, Mexican, and Brazilian heritage. As a gifted multi-instrumentalist and performer, QVLN (pronounced Q-Violin) expresses his passions for love, life, and dance with his voice, violin, guitar, and percussion. Overflowing with creative and cultural curiosity, QVLN is on the road about 200 days a year performing at clubs, festivals, and cultural centers—and for people in remote parts of the world that commercial music bypasses. QVLN is also an accomplished dancer and practitioner of the Afro-Brazilian martial art capoeira.
Soleri Stage, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, 6 – 6:45 p.m., 7:15 – 8 p.m.
The Arizona Trio
The Arizona Trio’s family-friendly style of entertainment takes audiences back to the era of Roy Rogers, The Kingston Trio and The Everly Brothers. Their original songs and zestful humor are suitable for all ages.
Soleri Stage, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Jake Arrington is a finger style guitar player from Chandler. Accompanying him during his Canal Convergence appearance is Dora Lim on cello and Kelly Reed on drums. Together they will perform instrumental pieces composed by Arrington.
Soleri Stage, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
AZ Beat Lab
Founded by the Arizona State University School of Music’s community engagement coordinator, Samuel Pena, AZ Beat Lab creates beats through technology, including Launchpads, laptops, iPads, and more. Pena applies curriculum design, program development, and community engagement to facilitate audience interaction and learning experiences.
Soleri Stage, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
The sound of Banana Gun’s eclectic rock has been described as bluesy, jammy, and jazzy, though the band has never approached writing or playing music with the intent of fitting into a comfy description. Banana Gun is the type of band that just lays it all out on stage and lays it all on the line for each other. They released their eponymous debut in 2010, followed by The Elephant in the Room in 2012. After touring California and the Southwest, they released Love Instinct in 2014. Their most recent EP, I and the Me, was recorded for their five-year anniversary.
Soleri Stage, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, 9 – 10 p.m.
Celebration Guns is a combination of nostalgia, energy, complexity, and joy. Rising from the vast Arizona landscape, their sound borrows from elements of dream pop, indie rock, and noise pop. The band’s tireless effort to blend these styles together has resulted in deceptively complex music that’s catchy and filled with hooks. Rarely able to sit still, their music stretches genres while retaining an undeniable pop charm.
Soleri Stage, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Straightforward, honest, and unapologetically raw, singer-songwriter Cameron DeGurski doesn’t mind baring his soul behind the microphone. As a self-proclaimed “purveyor of sounds and feels,” DeGurski offers listeners an intimately candid sonic glimpse into his heart and mind with each performance. “I’d rather play something that exudes emotion, and make an audience feel something, anything, than regurgitate the tunes you can play in any jukebox at any bar in town. If you want the jukebox, I’ll give you a quarter. If you want to share some energy and leave feeling a little more human, ‘I’m your Huckleberry.’” DeGurski’s music offers a rhythmic, folksy palate with a lush, soulful finish and “subtle hints” of Bill Withers, Eddie Vedder, and David Gray.
Goldwater Stage, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, 7 – 8 p.m.
Goldwater Stage, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, 5 – 6 p.m.
Ghost Cat Attack
Camping one night, former bassist Steve Beer heard tell of a ghost cat hanging out in the area. His camping buddy started teasing him, and so he said, “Hey man, I hope that ghost cat attacks you in your sleep tonight!” Thus was born the name Ghost Cat Attack—filed away in his mind and saved for when he joined forces with singer-songwriter-acoustic guitarist Sarah Chapman to form her first full band project: Ghost Cat Attack. Beer has since moved on to devote most of his time to his original project, The Woodworks, but GCA kept on with new members and is now made up of Josh Kneisel on bass, Richard Nihil on electric guitar, and Jeff Smoyer on drums. This new lineup recently recorded a live album at Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix and will be releasing it early 2019.
Soleri Stage, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The Hardways’ unique brand of desert Southwest saloon rock has been a staple of the Arizona music scene since 2004. Members include Daniel Bain, lead guitarist, harmonica, and vocals; Gingher Leyendecker, rhythm guitar, banjo, and vocals; Chris Lykins, bass; and Nate Hawbaker on drums. The band has four albums out with a fifth on the way and will be releasing singles soon. They can be heard on iTunes, Spotify, and CD Baby. The band’s high energy music and storytelling style make live shows a popular event for Arizona music lovers.
Soleri Stage, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Highest Conspiracy is an experience you must see! The energy is bouncing off the walls as soon as the band steps on stage, commanding attention with a HUGE original sound! Combing multiple genres like reggae, blues, jazz, hip hop and ska into a sound that makes you want to get up and dance, it’s a live band that stands apart from the others.
Soleri Stage, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, 9 – 10 p.m.
Phoenix-based singer-songwriter Cameo Hill has been performing her original rhythm-driven acoustic music in local coffeehouses and bars since 1995. Her musical style has been likened to artists such as Jack Johnson and Ani DiFranco. She has opened for Melissa Ferrick, Garrison Star, Edie Carey, Carrie Newcomer, and Charlotte Martin and has released two albums, Pages of Green and Vices on iTunes and CD Baby. She also plays bass and sings as her alter-ego, Ivana Pluchya, in the notorious comedic queercore rock ‘n’ roll band, The Pübes.
Goldwater Stage, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Alt-indie-pop artist Gabe Kubanda blazed a unique trail by creating his own educational concert tour and bringing other bands with him on the road and around the world. Beginning with an old-school bus powered by used vegetable oil, he launched the Epic Proportions Tour, bringing recognition to up and coming bands while simultaneously promoting the importance of music education to aspiring high school and college students. The tour has now played more than 650 concerts through the course of 21 tours in the United States, Australia, and Europe. Kubanda’s music has sonic similarities to Ed Sheeran, The Black Keys, and Maroon 5.
Soleri Stage, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, 9 – 10 p.m.
Lelea Fonua is a teenage singer-songwriter-musician who started performing at age 9. After two short months on his ukulele, he started playing regular gigs and has been the opening act for such artists as Jordin Sparks, Common Kings, Spawnbreezie, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Joan Jett, and L.A. Guns. He also has made numerous television appearances and has performed at major league sporting events.
Goldwater Stage, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, 6 – 7 p.m.
The Lonesome Wilderness
The Lonesome Wilderness plays desert garage rock, filled with traces of surf, classic punk, and psychedelic rock—all mixed with sounds of the American Southwest. Formed in Phoenix in 2011, the band includes Joe Golfen, Paul Golfen, Andrea Golfen, and Brian Weis. They released their debut EP in 2015, followed by 2017’s LUSH. That record featured the lead single “Alright,” which Impose Magazine called “Incredibly satisfying psychedelic rock” and the Phoenix New Times named one of The 50 Best Songs by Phoenix Bands in 2016. The group recently performed at the 2018 McDowell Mountain Music Festival. You can find them playing shows on ramshackle stages in dirt lots, backyards, and dark bars.
Soleri Stage, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Phoenix-based singer-songwriter Janelle Loes knows how to spin a song and mesmerize an audience. Fusing elements of jazz, pop, and adult contemporary music, her style is both catchy and soothing while her voice is a deep-sea serenade through rich, expressive waters. An accomplished fingerstyle guitarist, pianist, and violinist, Janelle’s songs are crafted orchestrations, driven by honest lyrics and a maturity that reaches far beyond her years. She was the winner of Chicks with Picks 2010 Songwriting Competition, a finalist in the 2011 Alice Cooper Proof is in the Pudding Competition, and a 2012 Rocky Mountain Music Festival honorable mention. Her song “Thinking Too Much” was aired in Poland’s television series, Julia. Janelle’s debut album Here and Now is available through Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby, and as a live stream through Pandora.
Goldwater Stage, Monday, Nov. 2018, 12, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
There are few things more distinctive than the look and the sound of Banana Gun’s frontman and lead singer Kevin Loyd. From his rail-thin, rakish appearance with dreadlocks nearly as long as he is tall, to his voice that can range from a sexy rock ’n’ roll growl to something so sweet it would suit a serenade to angels, Loyd is a walking anomaly. In addition to his sonorous voice, Loyd also plays some pretty amazing guitar. Loyd has proven himself to be an ever-growing, ever-capable talent, and possibly one of the finest local guitar players.
Goldwater Stage, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
A modern, one-man-band, Mike Maleckar is an acoustic jukebox with over 800 cover songs and years of playing music in the Phoenix area. You can find him all over town, mostly playing solo and live looping. He occasionally plays with a full band at Copper Blues or other events.
Goldwater Stage, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Full of glassy synths, deep beats and whimsical vocals, MRCH is a pop-post-punk-dream-wave amalgamation for fans of Purity Ring, Metric, Cocteau Twins, Phantogram, and Beach House. Their music has been recognized by The Guardian, CMJ, and Consequence of Sound. They have opened for Chvrches, Foster the People, Skylar Spence, and others. Their songs have been featured in episodes of Shameless, Guilt, The Vampire Diaries, Pitchfork’s Ford in Focus series, Famous in Love, Search Party, and 13 Reasons Why.
Goldwater Stage, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, 5 – 6 p.m.
The Naughty Bits
This glam-rock influenced band, whose members take themselves not so seriously, do take their crowd quite seriously. Always throwing the party they’d want to go to themselves, every performance is full of medleys and mash-ups that run the gamut. From rock ‘n’ roll via the David Bowie era to funk Sly style to ‘80s new wave like the B-52s. “They don’t do it anymore, but The Naughty Bits do.”
Soleri Stage, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Old Star is a three-piece band from Phoenix that mixes elements of rock, folk, and jazz to create a sound entirely its own. Taking the best elements of classic rock and infusing them with modern sensibilities, Old Star is sure to entertain a broad spectrum of audiences.
Soleri Stage, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, 4 – 5 p.m.
A veteran performing musician with over 50 years in the music business, Hans Olson began his career as a lead singer in a blues-rock band in Southern California in 1967. By 1970, Olson had developed a unique and powerful solo act. He plays an amplified acoustic guitar and harmonica and is known as one of the best “harp-in-a-rack” players in the world. Armed with a powerful voice, Olson is comfortable singing many styles of music, from mellow folk ballads to growling boogie blues. He has released more than 17 albums of original material, and his songs have been included on soundtracks for TV shows like George Lopez, Ghost Whisperer, Criminal Minds, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Saving Grace, Justified, and more. Two of his songs have appeared in major motion pictures, including Freeheld and Rock the Kasbah. Olson toured the world for 35 years and has opened for artists as diverse as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chuck Berry, Tom Waits, ZZ Top, The Allman Brothers Band, Paul Butterfield, Joe Cocker, and Bonnie Raitt.
Soleri Stage, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, 6 – 7 p.m.
Outside the Line
Outside the Line is among Arizona’s premier Motown variety bands. Since 2012, they have been performing throughout the Valley and the state. From Motown and rock, to funk and soul, they have something tasty for everyone to sink their teeth into. Featuring three of the Valley’s finest vocalists, they are sure to put a smile on your face and warm your heart.
Soleri Stage, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, 6 – 8 p.m.
Armed with an eclectic taste in musical styles and a versatile skillset vocally and instrumentally, Provenzano has provided first-class entertainment at a vast variety of local venues, from Phoenix’s renowned Crescent Ballroom to numerous 5-star resorts and upscale wine-bars, in addition to festivals and private events all across the state.
Goldwater Stage, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Lana Rebel and Kevin Michael Mayfield
Rebel and Mayfield’s original songs quietly honor the simple beauty of early American folk, blues, and country. Guitars, sweet harmonies and the occasional harmonica, fiddle or singing saw blend together to result in a perfect tranquil soundtrack for a long road trip, or a late-night porch gathering on a quiet summer night. Prior to their collaboration, Rebel recorded a live session for BBC Radio One in London, was featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered and was chosen as Best Northwest Country Artist at KBCS in Seattle. Mayfield has professional experience in film scoring and music and film editing. He has contributed to several studio albums, including Seeds by Ryland Bouchard. The Tucson duo has released two albums together.
Soleri Stage, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, 4 – 5 p.m.
Robby Robberson Band
The Robby Roberson Band performs original musical stories and abstractions steeped in reality and imagination and happiness and sorrow. Lyrical narratives are passionately carried by diverse instruments and musical backgrounds that weave a rhythmically compelling fabric of alternative roots.
Soleri Stage, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, 9 – 10 p.m.
Sara Robinson Band
The Sara Robinson Band delivers a solidly rock ‘n’ roll sound, influenced by legends like Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, but twisted through a modern filter. From heavy rockers to emotional ballads, this Valley-based four-piece performs music that is both epic and deeply felt. They will perform during the Canal Convergence Launch Party on Thursday, Nov. 8, prior to Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
Goldwater Stage, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
The Secret Destroyers
The Secret Destroyers is a female-fronted band from Phoenix. Their unique sound combines indie-folk instrumentation with alternative pop harmonies and confessional lyrics.
Soleri Stage, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, 6 – 7 p.m.
The members of The Senators were self-described “high-school band geeks” who listened to their parents’ Beatles records as loud as possible and started “crappy bands” in their garages. Music brought them together in Phoenix, and soon they gave life to melodies that had been in Jesse Teer’s head for years. Eventually, they realized their songs, at their core, stemmed from the stories they shared with each other and their hometown. The Senators’ songs speak to love, family, community, and the simple beauty of the Southwest. The Senators have opened for Phillip Phillips and other national acts, were licensed for overhead play in all North America Starbucks locations, and landed on Billboard’s Next Big Sound chart. The band is currently preparing to release its sophomore album, recorded with Simone Felice (The Lumineers, Conor Oberst, Vance Joy) in his Catskill Mountain studios.
Soleri Stage, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, 7 – 8 p.m.
Phoenix-based singer-songwriter-guitarist Nikki Shue has performed throughout the Valley. She also volunteers and teaches with a Musicians On Call, a non-profit organization that delivers bedside music to patients, their families, and staff at the Phoenix VA Health Care System Hospital and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Shue is drawn to many different genres of music, especially music from the ‘60s. Oldies covers and hits from the ‘80s to modern times tend to be on her set list. She is known for her smooth voice, incredible range, and eclectic song choices.
Goldwater Stage, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, 7 – 8 p.m.
Joe-Willie Smith is an artist, musician, and designer who lives in Phoenix. He is also what current American culture calls a “picker.” He has an innate sense for finding value in cast-off objects that are given away to thrift stores, found on the street or in the desert, and un-noticed by others. He is a cultural treasure hunter. From these treasure, Smith crafts unique instruments that he uses to perform music.
Goldwater Stage, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, 5 – 6 p.m. and 7 – 8 p.m.
Canadian-born singer-songwriter Kyle Owen brings flavors of funk, soul, folk, and rock with his acoustic guitar and vocals. His two album Colors and Something to Say to You can be found on most streaming and online platforms.
Goldwater Stage, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, 7 – 8 p.m.
The American music melting pot of blues, jazz, country, folk, gospel, and rock ‘n’ roll influences the sound of The Sugar Thieves, which they deliver to the audience through their high-energy showmanship and raw emotion. Firmly rooted in the blues, The Sugar Thieves have a love for all things Americana. Their shows mix original music with Americana covers that span the past 120 years. Based in Phoenix, the band regularly tours through the United States, Mexico and Europe, sharing bills with Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Taj Mahal, The Flaming Lips, The Blues Brothers, Lucinda Williams, Robert Cray, and others. They have recorded five albums of original tunes and reinvented covers. The Sugar Thieves began as a duo in 2006 with Meridith Moore’s deep and colorful vocals against Mikel Lander’s gritty and gutsy guitar picking and vocal approach. Today they are backed by drummer Todd Chuba’s wall of sound, multi-instrumentalist Shea Marshall on everything from keys and sax to harmonica and railroad spikes, and Jeff Naylor upright bass, electric bass, and backing vocals.
Soleri Stage, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, 7 – 8 p.m.
There is Danger
There Is Danger is an Americana-dream-pop outfit from the Sonoran desert. The band’s rock-tinged songs are best described as lush, bedroom-pop heartbreakers full of wanderlust and suitable for your next 4 a.m. road trip, slow-motion make-out party, and/or somnambulist fever dream.
Soleri Stage, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Tucson-based singer-songwriter Hank Topless blends country-blues with classic, Nashville-style honky-tonk and outlaw country.
Soleri Stage, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Carrie Lynn Van Winkle
A Phoenix musician who has toured venues and festivals in Arizona, California, Colorado, and Tennessee, Winkle’s original, lyrically charged tunes mix indie rock and blues influences with soulful, R&B-inspired vocals. Her music appeals to fans of Alabama Shakes, Band of Skulls, and Local Natives.
Soleri Stage, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, 6 – 7 p.m.
Nicki Park is a Phoenix-based solo musician who also heads up a duo and band. She performs locally and tours. As a singer-songwriter, Park performs an eclectic mix of covers and originals. She is currently promoting her new project, STRONGER. The project includes eights songs and eight books that tell the story of each song. STRONGER is all about overcoming adversity. The single, “I Won’t Be Silenced,” aligns with the #metoo and the #whyididntreport movements. She is including all songs in her fall/winter shows and tours and is also speaking at women’s conferences this season. With amazing versatility, Park’s music offers both entertainment and inspiration.
Soleri Stage, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. (band)
Goldwater Stage, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, 7 – 8 p.m.
Eighteen-year-old Lois Zozobrado is a Chandler-based songwriter whose lyrics capture the heart in a way that everyone can relate. Her vocal range is diverse; she is able to rock up-tempo songs and deliver heart-melting ballads. Not only is Lois a lyricist, she is also a musician. With her guitar, Baby Joel, and ukulele, Cordelia, Zozobrado never fails to make the crowd smile, laugh, and sometimes dance. She has performed throughout Arizona at the Musical Instrument Museum, Mesa Music Festival, Ostrich Festival, The Van Buren, and the Hard Rock Cafe. She has appeared on Fox 10 Phoenix News, Independent Artist Radio, In the Green Room Radio, The Entertainer Magazine, and SanTan Sun News. No matter where Zozobrado goes, she enjoys sharing her stories through her music.
Goldwater Stage, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, 4 – 5 p.m.