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Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 3:15 pm | Updated: 4:15 pm, Wed Nov 16, 2011.

Country music artist Frank Ortega will be coming home to Arizona to auction a guitar for charity during his performance at SKYE in Peoria. The show is at 8 p.m. Friday.

Ortega is in partnership with Dos Equis and has been auctioning off custom Frank Ortega/Dos Equis guitars at his concerts to raise money for various charities.

“This is a homecoming of sorts for me as it’s been too long since I’ve played my hometown,” Ortega said. “I’ll be bringin’ the twang and playing it on my custom Dos Equis guitar, which will then be auctioned off.”

“One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to support the needs of kids at Tomahawk Elementary School in Phoenix — which is about a block from where I grew up,” he said.  “My mother, Jessie Ortega, has assisted with the kids there for many years.”

Ortega recently performed in Illinois with country artist friend Heidi Newfield — formerly of Trick Pony and known for her hit “Johnny and June” — and raised $2,000 with one of his Ortega/Dos Equis guitars for “Victory Junction Camp” for chronically ill children, founded in 2004 by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife.

Ortega hails from Tempe and was raised in Phoenix. He lives in Nashville, and has been in the South for the past 15 years. He has performed at many Arizona venues over the years such as Celebrity Theatre and the Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion, formerly known as Desert Sky Pavilion and Cricket Pavilion.

Ortega has been featured in national magazines such as “Country Weekly,” has charted on the country music charts, and has been celebrated as an emerging American Country Artist.  His Latin background has been said to allow him to draw a variety of ethnicities into the American country music genre.

While in town for the show, Ortega will be visiting the music class at Tomahawk Elementary on Friday to meet with students and share some of his childhood musical experiences.

SKYE is at 16844 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Drive, Peoria. Tickets are available at www.liveatskye.com.

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