Scottsdale Waterfront Canal Bank
7135 E Camelback Rd
Sat, Nov 25
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sing-Along & Tree Lighting Ceremony
This signature seasonal celebration serves as the kickoff to more than a month of festivities. Amble through the Scottsdale Waterfront among beautifully lit holiday décor and sing along to classic Christmas tunes led by Scottsdale Community College Orchestra and local celebrities. Sip on a hot coffee or cocoa, nibble on light bites inspired by the season, and engage in general merriment sure to put you in the mood for a very happy holiday indeed. The night culminates with the lighting of a 40-foot Scottsdazzle tree!
- 7:00 PM Scottsdale Community College Orchestra
- 7:15 PM Scottsdazzle Sing-Along
- 7:55 PM Tree Lighting Ceremony
- 8:00 PM Scottsdale Community College Orchestra
Santa and Mrs Claus will be available throughout the evening for photos. Be sure to stop by and let them know what is on your Wish List this year!
Addison Bowman is an American film/television actress that got her start performing on Arizona stages. Most recently Addison played Cassie in the Amazon Prime series "Outer Range” starring Josh Brolin and is going to be seen in a new Netflix tv series filming this year. Other recent projects include the movie/musical "Never Alone" and the thriller "Swim" now playing on Apple TV and Tubi. In her personal life, Addison enjoys hiking, traveling and music. She has been singing since age 9 and performs the National Anthem for the Phoenix Suns.
Andy Gonzales is a multi-talented musician, songwriter and producer, whose work as a vocalist, bassist, guitarist and percussionist has made him a musical force in the Southwest, U.S. music scene as well as parts of Europe, Mexico, Canada and Southeast Asia. As an inductee into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame, this versatile musician has also performed with top Southwest artists and bands in all genres; Blues, Latin, Rock, Jazz, Americana, Reggae and Country.
As a proven producer and songwriter, Andy’s music can be heard on many motion pictures. Examples: "Ransom" w Mel Gibson-"The devil's own" w Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt-"Two Guns" w Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg-"McFarland U.S.A." w Kevin Costner-"Cake" w Jennifer Aniston and an endless list of television song placements.
As well as being involved in music, Andy and songwriting partner Jennifer Bone have also been involved in many ongoing Humanitarian efforts.
Christian Hall is thrilled to be a part of ushering in the holidays at Scottsdazzle this year. Christian has been performing music in the Valley for over 10 years. His credits include membership in GCU's selective vocal ensemble, Critical Mass, baritone soloist in Arizona’s debut of Ēriks Ešenvalds' "St. Luke’s Passion," and regularly leading church music. During the week, Christian teaches elementary music at Great Hearts Archway Glendale. Christian wants to thank his wife, Haley, and his two daughters for filling his life with beauty and joy.
Cory McCloskey handles the weather duties for FOX 10, and since 2001, he’s been ramming around the Valley in search of fun people and exciting places to weave into the show. In a now-famous clip, he nearly disabled the internet by turning a temperature-map glitch into deadpan comedy gold! Nearly 40 million views and climbing!
As a standup comic, he’s appeared at Tempe Improv, Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy, Standup Scottsdale, The Comedy Spot, and anywhere people love to laugh. He also loves the improvisation scene, and regularly goes up with Jester’Z Improv.
Cory began his weather career at WGEM-TV in Quincy, Illinois in 1989. Before that, he spent the 1980s in show business, playing East Coast stages from New York to Washington. He appeared on NBC’s “Another World,” and provided voiceovers and jingle work for national commercials, from McDonald’s to U.S. Lube!
Cory frequently enjoys the privilege of opening a Suns, Diamondbacks, or Coyotes game with the national anthem.
Cory and his wife Mary Jane live in Moon Valley. Their family menagerie includes three delightful daughters, two perfect granddaughters, and two insane chihuahuas.
Dave Calzaretta, CSEP grew up in Northbrook, IL and graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN in 1996 with a degree in accounting.
In 1998, Dave founded the award-winning national cover band Maggie Speaks. Performing over 3,800 shows over the past 22 years across the globe, Dave gained exposure to all facets of the entertainment community through his work at corporate events, weddings, charity galas, country clubs, festivals and nightclubs. In 2000, Dave left the corporate world to pursue a full-time career in the entertainment industry, founding Magnificent Events. He quickly established himself as one of the top event producers in the Chicagoland area. With a keen eye for talent and a strong business background, Dave was able to build Magnificent Events into a company that helps clients produce high quality events, secure top quality celebrity and professional entertainment and production for their events. Magnificent Events currently books over 5,000 dates annually. Magnificent Events has been recognized annually as one of the top event producing companies by NACE (National Association of Catering and Entertainment) and ILEA (International Live Event Association) at the NICE Awards. Magnificent Events has been the recipient of the following awards:
- Named by BizBash as one of the 500 Most Influential Event Professionals (2021)
- ILEA Lifetime Achievement Award – Dave Calzaretta (2020)
- ILEA Rising Star Award – Dave Calzaretta (2012)
- Best Musical Entertainment (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
- Best Fair or Festival (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
- Best NICE Team Event (2017)
- Best Social Event or Wedding (2018)
Additionally, Illinois Meetings and Events Magazine recognized Magnificent Events in 2016 with the Best Entertainment Award.
In October of 2020, Dave moved to the Valley, expanding his business to the Phoenix / Scottsdale area and now has an Arizona cast of Maggie Speaks and has brought multiple new concepts to the Valley under his Magnificent Events and Entertainment umbrella.
Dave has become known for his custom entertainment creations for clients. His motto is "If it doesn’t exist, I will create it.", whether this means a custom themed event such as an evening of Yacht Rock, Disco, country or 80's music to his Celebrity Sit-In model where famous lead singers such as Steve Augeri (former lead singer of Journey), Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts), Jason Scheff (longtime bassist and lead singer of Chicago) Tone Loc, Mickey Thomas of Starship, Michael Glabicki or Rusted Root, Fran Cosmo (former lead singer of Boston) or Art Alexakis of Everclear sit in with Maggie Speaks for their greatest hits. Clients love Dave’s vision, creativity and calm demeanor.
Francine Reed can’t remember a time when she didn’t sing. In her youth, the Chicago-born, Phoenix-raised song stylist sang in church and in grammar school. She began singing professionally with her family when she was five and continued into her teens. She got married young and had four children, whom she ended up raising alone. She worked a variety of days jobs and kept her singing career an avocation until 1985, when some friends introduced her to Lyle Lovett. Lovett was interested in finding a female vocalist for his new band and found his singer in Reed. She toured with Lovett for ten years as a member of Lovett’s Large Band, and did several TV performances with the Texas singer/songwriter. While her association with Lovett continues, she has embarked on the kind of solo career she always wanted when working the day jobs to support her family.
Mauricio Perusquia, baritone, holds an MM in Opera Performance from Arizona State University and a BM in Voice Performance from the University of Texas at El Paso. Mauricio has recently performed with the Operatunity Troupe of Arizona Opera, bringing music to schools in the Phoenix area. He has also participated in the Curbside Opera initiative as a Resident Artist with El Paso Opera. He has engaged in many new works such as El Paso Opera’s Frida, Arizona Opera's Silent Night as well as standard repertoire such as La Traviata and Il barbiere di Seviglia.
Soprano Melissa Solomon, praised by Opera Canada as "delightful" and "vivacious," is currently the soprano Artist in Residence with the Scottsdale Philharmonic. She recently originated the role of Agatha in the world premiere of Frankenstein with Arizona Opera. She also covered the role of Maria (The Sound of Music, Arizona Opera), and performed as Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos, Arizona Opera). Additional roles include: Johanna (Sweeney Todd, Arizona Musical Theatre Orchestra), Despina cover (Così fan tutte, Arizona Opera), Maria (The Sound of Music, Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre). Other favorite roles include Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, Lily in The Secret Garden, and Marian Paroo in The Music Man.
Duet by Greasepaint's Samuel Roalofs and Charlotte Mikalsky
Samuel Roalofs is honored to perform at Scottsdazzle. He recently made his Greasepaint debut in Matilda as Eric and the understudy for Bruce. He has performed as Thomas O'Malley in The Aristocats Kids, Bruce Bogtrotter in Matilda Jr., and Mr. Salt in Willy Wonka Jr. Samuel is 10 years old, a 5th grader who started middle school this year. When he is not performing, he is laughing with friends, playing guitar, crocheting, and participating in cross country and gymnastics. Samuel would like to thank his family for their love and support and Moe Watson for always believing in him. Happy Holidays to all!
Charlotte Mikalsky is ecstatic to be here on stage at Scottsdazzle! She is 8 years old, in the third grade and she loves musical theater and making people laugh. She's performed in 9 productions to date both locally and one in New York City. Her favorite roles have been Molly in Annie at Mesa Encore, Zazu in the Lion King at TheaterWorks and most recently Alfred in Aristocats Kids at Greasepaint! She's been recognized for her singing at both the state and regional levels in Musical Theater and Classical categories. She's also done commercial work and just completed her first short film as well as a voiceover guest role for an animated series that will air on a major network. Beside singing and acting, she adores being part of her softball team, the Huskies and enjoys swimming. She thanks her family for all their love and support and Miss Moe Watson for giving her the opportunity to shine!
Scottsdale Community College Orchestra
The Scottsdale Community College Orchestra was founded as a class in the 1980's. As any community musical ensemble, it's purpose was to create a group where both students and high caliber musicians could have an outlet to perform the great works of classical music. It has seen many changes over the years. Eileen Wright took the helm in the fall of 2014. At the time it was a very small string chamber group. Ms. Wright added the winds back 2 years later and the full symphony is strong and growing to the present day. The group meets Thursday nights at Scottsdale Community College and all my musicians are welcome.