‘Dunham Magical Night of Music’ set for Friday

March 19, 2019

Consider yourself warned. If you attend the inaugural Dunham Magical Night of Music in downtown Lake Havasu City Friday evening, you may be tempted to dance – or at least tap your toes. Others may be inspired to sing along.

One thing’s for certain — you’re going to react. Music has that kind of power over all of us. Live music amplifies the urge even more.

The late James Dunham knew that. Perhaps that is why he liked music so much. And why now – one year after the musician’s unexpected death – an annual night of music will occur each March in tribute to the man.

A gifted singer and pianist, Dunham was the director of the Havasu Community Choir and music director at Grace Episcopal Church. He was also a staunch supporter of music education in Havasu’s schools. That’s why his friends came up with this idea for an annual night of music event – to celebrate Dunham and his devotion to young musicians.

Retail stores along McCulloch in the lower downtown area will be open 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the event. Each will feature different types of music and singing, said organizer Sonia Cunningham. There will also be musicians performing on the sidewalks.

Cunningham is a member of the nonprofit James A. Dunham Organization, which planned the downtown event. The group was also behind the recent installation of a public piano in downtown Havasu.

Cunningham said that as guests visit each participating store at the March 22 Dunham Magical Night of Music, there will be a tip bag for donations placed near the performers.

“There will be 16 stores involved and 22 performers. All funds collected will be used to help local schools continue their music programs,” Cunningham said.

The section of downtown Havasu featuring the live music is from Querio Drive to Smoketree Avenue.

For details, call the Dunham Organization at 928-854-4799 or 310-701-3526.

Pam Ashley can be reached at 928-453-4237, ext. 230 or pashley@havasunews.com.