Originally Published: July 8, 2016 6 a.m.
In celebration of the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic’s 50th anniversary, Canadian stand-up comic and founder of “Stand Up For Mental Health” David Granirer will be performing at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St., on Saturday, July 9.
“This hilarious show looks at the lighter side of taking meds, dealing with addictions, seeing counselors, getting diagnosed and surviving the mental health system,” reads a flier from the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic.
Granirer brings laughter to something he lives on a daily basis. As both someone treated for severe depression and as a counselor, Granirer knows the impact mental illness makes on one’s life.
And he knows that humor is often the only way to cope with what can be a daunting diagnosis.
The show’s opening act will be a performance by the Mile High Comedy Theater.
Granirer assures all who attend will gain some perspective on mental health, and will laugh “a lot.”
General admission tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $8 to $15 with box seats $25. To buy tickets, call the box office at 928-777-1370 or go to www.prescottelkstheatre.com.
On Sunday, July 10, the Elks will offer another night of entertainment with “Good Rockin’ Live! A Salute to SUN Records & the Birth of Rock and Roll.”
In 1950, a former disc jockey, Sam Phillips, moved to Memphis, Tennessee with a dream of revolutionizing the music industry, and in a rundown auto-store-turned-studio created SUN Records, a studio that produced such superstars as Elvis Presley,
Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Rob Orbison and Carl Perkins, according to a news release from Lonely Street Productions.
Good Rockin ’Live! Stars Robert Shaw, Brady Gross and Alex Mack who will revisit the music of some of those stars, pulling audience members to their feet with their lively renditions of such tunes as “Great Balls of Fire,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” and “Folsom Prison Blues,” the news release states.
In an interview, Shaw emphasized that the music of these legendary musicians is far from just for a senior crowd. The self-described bass-baritone, a vocal register he shares with the late Johnny Cash, said the music is engaging for all ages.
At 37, Shaw is a generation removed from Cash, yet is able to channel the iconic performer’s sound with his voice and guitar – a D-35 Johnny Cash model. He, too, is able to tap into the upper registers of his voice box to commemorate Elvis’ unique brand of tunes.
Through music and stories of that era, the three-man band encourages their audience to relive the birth of rock that continues to inspire entertainers and musicians to this day.
The performance is scheduled for 3 p.m. with tickets $25 for adults or $22 for seniors 65 and over.
To purchase tickets, call the box office at 928-777-1370 or visit www.prescottelkstheater.com