Originally Published: December 8, 2017 6:01 a.m.
Though the Esteban Christmas Concert at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Dec. 10 is sold out, there are still a few chances to catch the singer prior to and after the show.
Performing alongside his daughter, Teresa Joy, and a full band, Stephen Paul (the titular Esteban) said he loves performing at the Elks. This concert won’t be like other Christmas concerts he’s played at the Elks Theatre either, Paul said.
“We never do anything the same twice. We have all new Christmas songs and we’re playing some stuff I recently wrote,” he said. “We’re doing all kinds of stuff. It’s a lot of fun.”
Those unable to get a ticket do have a chance to catch Esteban at the Elks Theatre, 117 E. Gurley St., when he returns next May for a Mother’s Day show, Paul said. However, there are some other appearances he’ll have before that. On Saturday, Dec. 9, Esteban will have two shows at the Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd, and on Saturday, Dec. 23, he’ll have an acoustic Christmas show at Sound Bites Grill in Sedona, 101 N Highway 89A. Prescott and Sedona are his two favorite places, Paul said.
The one in Sedona is going to be really cool, featuring just him and his daughter, Paul said. It’ll be a totally different sound, but still beautiful, he said. In fact, people leave his concerts and they feel changed, Paul said.
“When you have a father and a daughter playing together, you can feel that love connection between my daughter and me and it’s just awesome,” he said. “I’m blown away every night I play with my daughter, she’s just so good. I’m very lucky in this world to have nice music in my life and make people happy.”
For those able to attend his show at the Elks, one of the new songs they’ll hear is called Silver Rain, a song Paul said he wrote when in Ireland. He was standing on the beach in Galway while the sun was shining during a slight rain and at the same time, a rainbow came to where he was standing and stretched to 15 miles inland, he said.
“I wrote this song and every time we play it, people are either in tears or they’re feeling the joy that came from that experience,” Paul said. “I always say look at your own lives or find your own magic moment.”