Missy & Prissy, TVBS hosts
Best described as "avocado toast meets guacamole", Tucson's freshest comedy duo will take charge of hosting duties this year at The Very Big Show (of Support!). Ridiculously talented, smart and just a little bit sassy, Missy & Prissy will keep the party going all night long! Missy is a wife, mother of two and hipster activist and Prissy is a wife, mother of four fur babies, and a whacky Latina comedian.
Steff & The Articles, TVBS house band
Steff and the Articles came together in 2009, after singer-songwriter Steff Koeppen assembled the group to bring her piano-based songs to life. The band produces music that touches on jazz, classical, and folk styles while maintaining an accessible, pop-oriented sound. They've opened up for national acts such as A Great Big World, Holychild, and Copeland (whose most recent record Ixora features Steff).
Apocalypso Steel Drum Band
Established in 1999, Apocalypso is Tucson's steel band for any occasion, with a repertoire ranging from standard socas and calypsos to reggae, popular songs and beyond. The band's one drummer and three pannists (artists who play the steel pans that make the genre's hallmark sound) have a passion for bringing the sweet sound of pan to anyone who'll listen. Apocalypso will be entertaining the guests at the VIP pre-show party!
Cirque Roots Productions & Studio is a grassroots artist collective founded in 2011 with a vision to inspire the community to create and play through movement and dance. Based in downtown Tucson, the Cirque Roots performance crew has been performing collectively over the past four years and created space for the community to engage in circus-inspired arts and co- create in the community through conscious events and workshops. Cirque Roots will be performing during the VIP pre-show party as well as on Rialto's stage!
The Arizona Daily Star's editorial and political cartoonist since 1986, "Fitz" is a Pulitzer Prize
finalist with a wicked sense of humor and an equally wicked pen, syndicated worldwide in more than 800 publications. Asked about the current political zeitgeist, he had only this to say: "The White House wants its critics to shut up. I'm a cartoonist. My mouth is the least of their worries.” Be advised: No one in the news or in this audience is safe! Fitz will be sketching caricatures of VIP pre-show party goers for donations to Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona!
Häus of K
Based in Tucson, Häus of K is an amazing performance group of talented individuals combining dance and drag to produce high energy and very entertaining numbers that are definitely going blow your mind every time they hit the stage! Members include Mr. Gay Sin City & Mr. National Capitol Cities Dvyne Valentino, Former Mr. Arizona USofA Orion Steele and Zayn Blanco.
18 year old Arizona native, Brendan Kellam, has been trained in jazz, ballet, modern, hip-hop, and ballroom; but his heart lies with tap. Brendan is a professional tap dancer who has traveled all over the U.S. to study with many masters including Jason Samuels Smith, Nico Rubio, Aleksandr Ostanin, Jason Janas, Lady Di’ Walker, and the late Professor Robert L. Reed. Brendan has been on faculty for the past two years at Wing it tap intensive, Phoenix Tap Fest, and Motor City tap Fest. He has also been seen performing with Phoenix-based tap company, Tap 24.7 since 2012. At age 12, Brendan began his journey as a choreographer and his work has been selected to perform in the Big Apple Tap Festival in New York City, and the Motor City Tap Festival in Detroit. Currently he choreographs for multiple studios across the country, and his work can be seen at many competitions, awarded numerous high accolades. Most recently, Brendan was seen competing at the World Tap Championships in Riesa, Germany; where his choreography placed 4th in the world. Currently Brendan is attending the University of Arizona as a dance and business major.
Odaiko Sonora is Tucson's taiko, or Japanese ensemble drumming group. Serving southern AZ since May 2002, Odaiko Sonora is dedicated to increasing familiarity with and understanding of taiko in our community. We do this for over 100,000 people each year through classes and master workshops, performances, school residencies, teambuilding workshops and by producing concerts by internationally acclaimed taiko artists.
Diana Olivares with Mariachi Sol Azteca
For two seasons Diana has been a teaching artist for Arizona Opera. Through this school tour, Diana has been given the "opera-tunity" to expose children to the operatic art form. Diana has premiered an original reworking of Puccini's "Quando m'en vo" from La Boheme in past engagements with The LoBros horn band. She is a featured vocalist in CBJ Flamenco’s production of “FlaMEXico!”, a combination of flamenco and mariachi music, that in 2015 was presented at Jazz at Lincoln Center and New York City Center. For over 10 years, Diana has been seen performing with mariachis in the Tucson area. Highlights of her mariachi career include sharing the stage with Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, performing arena concerts, and travelling throughout Mexico.
Diana is thrilled to once again be collaborating with Mariachi Sol Azteca for The Very Big Show (of Support!). In August 2017, under the leadership of director Angel Guzman, Mariachi Sol Azteca attended the Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y La Charreria where they had the honor and privilege of accepting an invitation to perform at the Mariachi Gala in the renowned Teatro Degollado of Guadalajara, Jalisco, MX. Serving the Tucson community since 2001, Mariachi Sol Azteca has become a vehicle of expression, growth, and discipline whose mission is to educate and continue to preserve mariachi music in a professional and respectful way.
The Tucson Raging Grannies
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The Tucson gaggle of Raging Grannies is part of Raging Grannies International - an offshoot of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). We write pointed, humorous lyrics to well-known tunes, get dressed up in eccentric attire then sing our songs at public events to promote peace, justice, social and economic equality... and laughter!
Nancy Stanley came late to comedy after being in television news for twenty years, teaching political science for six years, and working as a stockbroker for one long year marked by searing trauma. She now works as an administrator and teaches at the UA. She is a two-time semifinalist in the Arizona’s Funniest Comedian contest and was a featured Wild Woman of Comedy at the Laughlin LaughFest. She created and hosts “The Estrogen Hour” at Laff’s Comedy Caffe, performs at benefits and open mics, and is a frequent guest speaker at gatherings of post-menopausal women, though younger audiences tend not to heckle too much because, you know, that’d be like dissing on your mom.
Crystal Stark is an award-winning jazz/pop/r&b singer based in Tucson, AZ who has performed on both national and international stages. Crystal was a semi-finalist on the hit TV show American Idol and toured as a back-up singer for Katharine McPhee. Crystal has released 2 albums and currently tours the country as a vocalist and tribute artist.
The Tappening is a crew of childhood tap dancers making their comeback. Born out of Floor Polish Dance Studio on 4th Avenue, the tap crew performs and collaborates with local artists. The Tappening loves to have fun and have previously performed as The Addams Family, The Plastics from the Mean Girls and a disco band.
The University of Arizona Dance Ensemble
The University of Arizona’s School of Dance consistently ranks among the country’s top schools. UA Dance Ensemble performs 40+ concerts a year in their architectural award winning home, Stevie Eller Dance Theatre.
The Zoppè Family Circus emerged from humble beginnings more than 160 years ago in Italy to become one of the legendary circuses in all of Europe. Giovanni Zoppè, the great-great-grandson of founder Napoline Zoppè, revived the Zoppè Family Circus in America three years ago and has been building its reputation with audiences and critics as an enchanting exhibition of traditional European circus.
Scheduled performances subject to change