Singing with a smile

Sun Lakes is home to Diana Perez where she loves to share her talent of singing and playing the keyboard. She is looking forward to another great season with songs from the ‘40s to the ‘70s. Her infectious smile and obvious love of music bring a smile to every crowd. With the heat tapering off and the “snowbirds” headed this way, she has some new “sets” that will have you tapping your toes and singing along.

The Perfect Place is a wonderful adult daycare facility where they also enjoy Diana as she donates her time to them each month. Don’t hesitate to stop in, check out the facility, and see the joy she brings to all these folks.

She also plays at Renaissance Assisted Living Facility here on Riggs Road. I have been there to see the crowd she draws, and it warms my heart to see these people sing along and reminisce with the songs she knows they love.

Dale Garcia, her partner on keyboard, joins her at the Gilbert Senior Center and the Cuisine and Wine Bistro (which is across from Safeway in the strip mall on Alma School Road). They really kick it up and have a good time which is fun to see. I have been there, too, and am definitely going back!

Diana has a trio group now which includes Maurice Cole on keyboard, Buddy Apel on bass, and Diana on vocals. Maurice has played for many “stars,” so he’s a legend in the music business. He’s played for Olivia Newton-John, Waylon Jennings, and more.

Diana certainly plays to her audience and even takes requests now and then. If you have not seen her yet, do yourself a favor and go enjoy a couple of hours of some great music. You can’t miss her with that “perfect” blond hair and infectious enthusiasm.

Diana’s Trio is thrilled to add the Palo Verde Country Club to her repertoire starting in January. This one I can’t wait to hear.

See below the upcoming schedule so you can mark your calendar early:

Cuisine and Wine Bistro, 4991 S. Alma School Road, Unit 101, Chandler 85248

Diana and Dale (Duo), September 3 and October 22, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (happy hour). Call for reservations and additional dates.

Sun Lakes Country Club, 25425 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes

Patio Bar area (Diana, Maurice, and Buddy – Trio) November 8, 2019; January 10, 2020; May 8, 2020; 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Renaissance, 9504 E. Riggs Road, Sun Lakes

October 1, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Diana Solo)

December 3, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Diana, Dale, Buddy – Trio)

Gilbert Senior Center, 130 N. Oak Street, Gilbert, AZ 85233

September 10, October 8, November 19, December 17 (Diana and Dale – Duo) 11:00 a.m. to noon

The Perfect Place

23914 S. Alma School Road, Sun Lakes

September 24, October 18, November 12, and December 13 (Diana Solo) 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Palo Verde Country Club (Next year), 10704 E. San Tan Blvd, Sun Lakes

Diana, Maurice, and Buddy (Trio)

January 8, March 1, May 13, August 26, October 14, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

In addition to the groups performing above, Diana has a five-piece band called Sentimental Breeze. This group has again been selected to participate in the Arizona Classic Jazz Festival in November at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort in Chandler. They will be performing on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. This is a fabulous weekend event for all ages.

Sentimental Breeze is also very pleased to have been selected to perform for several dance club events at Sun Lakes Cottonwood.

Sentimental Breeze Events:

* San Tan Ballroom – Sun Lakes Dance Club, November 10, 2019, and March 29, 2020, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

* San Tan Ballroom – Cotillion Dance Club, February 8, 2020, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Additional information will be posted in the Splash prior to the events.

If you would like to book a private event, please contact Diana at 480-334-8020 or email [email protected]