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Tom Chapin performs for Arts & Humanities Council benefit

Three-time Grammy winner Tom Chapin. (Courtesy)

Three-time Grammy winner Tom Chapin. (Courtesy)

Council going to do some good things in the future, Tom Agostino says.

Three-time Grammy winner Tom Chapin is performing a special, intimate concert to support the Prescott Area Arts and Humanities Council (PAAHC), Arizona’s oldest arts organization, Friday, Jan. 25.

Chapin comes to Arizona every year for a whole week-long program for the school system in Gilbert and always enjoys coming up to Prescott, said Folk Sessions Director Tom Agostino.

“He just likes our town,” Agostino said. Chapin wanted to come up for a show and though Folk Sessions didn’t have any openings, “I knew (PAAHC) had been working on some kind of thing to draw attention to itself.”

While PAAHC has been inactive for the last couple of years, it’s looking to do some good things in the future, Agostino said, adding he thinks it’s going to become relevant again.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $75, include the concert, artist reception, hors d’oeuvres and wine and are available online at www.paahc-tomchapin.eventbrite.com. MacDougal Street West, Prescott’s popular Peter, Paul and Mary tribute band, are set to perform as well.

The purpose of the show is to bring awareness that PAAHC still exists and it’s looking to be doing some bigger events to help support other organizations in the community with grant writing and marketing, Agostino said. The organization is an advocate and a resource for the arts to the public and government, serving as a primary liaison and unifying force for Prescott area arts and humanities individuals and organizations through the dedication of its board of directors and community members, according to a prior news release from Agostino.

Chapin has maintained parallel careers as a highly respected contemporary folk artist and pioneer in the field of children’s music for five decades. He also has 24 albums.

“In both roles, Chapin has established charismatic live performances,” the release states. “He continues to engage the hearts, minds and imaginations of listeners with witty, life-affirming original songs delivered in a sophisticated array of musical styles.”

Coming to the event would not only support Arizona’s oldest arts organization but also provide a chance to enjoy an up-close and personal performance by Chapin while also getting to hang out with him, Agostino said.

“He’s the most personable guy on the planet,” he said.

The event is at the ’Tis Gallery Ballroom, 105 S. Cortez St.

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