Brian Chartrand Quartet

By JESSE BERTEL
Across the Street

Roll into your autumn on a tide of folk and rock harmonies, sung in an intimate setting with close companions, table beverages and four of the finest musicians around. Yavapai College Performing Arts Center (YCPAC) 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott, invites you to enjoy the Brian Chartrand Quartet, in the second session of its critically acclaimed Cabaret Series, at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21.

Favorites of the Phoenix club scene and YCPAC’s own Concerts on the Green, the Brian Chartrand Quartet deftly blends soulful original songs with an extensive rock/folk set list that has captivated crowds everywhere from the Crescent Ballroom to Carnegie Hall.

The band’s members are Chartrand on guitar, drummer Todd Chuba, keyboardist Lamar Gaines, and Adam Armijo on electric guitar.

“We’ve been making music together for, gosh, over 10 years,” Chartrand said. “We all met at a club in Scottsdale that’s no longer there, but I play original music with these guys. I also have a show called ‘Live from Laurel Canyon,’ which tours around the country, and they’re also in that.”

When live music was canceled across the country because of the pandemic, the band recorded reinterpretations of Steely Dan tunes, some of which will be performed at the Oct. 21 concert.

“We’ll do a little bit of everything,” Chartrand said. “We’ll definitely do some original material and we’ll do some of the Steely Dan tunes, and we will play some of the songs from ‘Live from Laurel Canyon,’ which is kind of a retrospective.”

The Brian Chartrand Quartet has a love of live performances and an impressive versatility that has taken them from the bar band circuit to Scottsdale’s Musical Instrument Museum to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

After dialing up their skills to fill Prescott Valley’s open-air amphitheater, the Quartet brings a nuanced show to the bistro-like environs of YCPAC’s 120-seat Cabaret.

By turning its 1,100-seat auditorium into a 120-seat Bistro, YCPAC invites Cabaret audiences to join the Brian Chartrand Quartet onstage. Watching comfortably from tables with coffee, drinks or hors d’oeuvres, audiences can catch every chord and nuance from the four compelling performers.

Tickets for the Brian Chartrand Quartet are $55 general admission, which includes seating at a table onstage, appetizers, desserts, coffee/tea and a cash bar. The YCPAC Ticket Office is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.

For reservations or more information, call 928-776-2000 or visit www.ycpac.com.

Jesse Bertel is a reporter/videographer for the Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter @ JesseBertel, email him at jbertel@prescottaz.com, or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2043.

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