Hi Acoustic Music Lovers – Just a reminder that this list is basically for those who are looking for acoustic music in Tucson, (although some rock sneaks in now and then.) That’s why I’m NOT mentioning the KFMA Fall Ball this Saturday at Kino Memorial Stadium, which has a list of rock bands starting at 1 pm. kfma.com. (ok – a little corner of my folk heart is a screamin’ rocker!)
Thursday, October 19:
Virginia Cannon Presents! at Monterey Court, 6 – 9 pm. Songwriter night – feature act, Mother’s Lament. Also featuring Jamie O’Brien, Andrew Miceli, Susan Tauton, Sophia Rankin, Harry Leal & Lauren Lawson. 505 W. Miracle Mile. 207-2429 for reservations.
Andy Hersey at Saguaro Corners, 6 pm. Country, bluegrass, folk-rock. 3750 N. Old Spanish Tr.
Connie Brannock Quartet at Cafe a la C’art, 6:30 – 8:30. Blues, jazz. 150 N. Main – courtyard of Tucson Museum of Art.
Cadillac Mountain at Nimbus Brewery, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Bluegrass! 3850 E. 44th St. 745-9275.
Garage Mexicano at Green Valley Recreation West Center. Cocktails in the Courtyard, 6 – 8 pm. Vast latin repertoire.
Guantanamo Baywatch at Club Congress, 7 pm. Portland-based “sludge-ridden surf.”
Mitzi Cowell at La Cocina, 6:30 – 9:30. Blues, folk, Rock & Roll. Acoustic guitar. 201 N. Court.
Salvador Duran at Hotel Congress Plaza, 7:30.
Open mic at The Mint – put on by Jam Zone Central. 8 pm. All musicians are welcome! 3540 E. Grant Rd.
Rudy Cortese, “RudyRalis Rhythm and Review, from Bach to Bluegrass.” at the Santa Cruz Farmers Market in the Mercado at San Agustin, 4 – 7 pm.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 20 – 22:
The Edwards Twins impersonate world famous stars including Cher, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Barbara Streisand at the Gaslight Music Hall. Sat & Sun, 7 pm. Sunday 2 pm. 13005 N. Oracle Rd. 529-1000.
Friday, October 20:
Regina Spektor at The Rialto, 8 pm. Quirky, highly eclectic, personal music. www.rialtotheatre.com.
Wally Lawder and Friends at Javarita Coffeehouse, 7 pm. Special concert featuring Tucson’s own Wally Lawder, with his amazing voice and poetic songs, joined by his musical friends Suzy Ronstadt and Jim Dumbauld to start Javarita’s new season! TX $10 advance at The Folk Shop or at the door: Good Shepherd Church, 17750 S. La Canada, Sahuarita. 625-1375.
Carnivaleros, 7 – 10 pm at Monterey Court. $5. Gary Mackender & the gang- combines moody Eastern European motifs with western movie themes & strains of Zydeco and Tex-Mex polkas, to create a “Desert Bayou.” 207-2429 for reservations. 505 W. Miracle Mile.
Peter Dalton Ronstadt y los Tucsonense at El Saguarito Mexican Restaurant, 6:30 – 9:30. Great SW fusion band! NW Corner of Campbell and Prince.
The Infinite Mercies & West Texas Intermediate, doors 7 pm at Hotel Congress on the Plaza. Local country supergroups. Part of the Hotel’s Annual Fall Concert Series.
Bob Einwick CD Release Party, 8 – 11 pm at Frog & Firkin. Full band with Chris Sanders. 874 E. University Blvd.
Piano Night with Tracy Amman, 5 – 8 pm. at 1912 Brewing Co. Music from 1900 – 1920’s – jazz, swing, blues. 2045 N. Forbes Blvd., Set. 105.
The 59th Street Bridge Tribute to Simon & Garfunkle at DesertView Performing Arts Center, 7:30 pm. $30. 39900 Clubhouse Dr. in Saddlebrook Two.
Natalie Pohanic at Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Market, Gibson Court, 7 – 9 pm. Dreamy folk. 11 S. 6th Ave.
Caiden Brewer at Saguaro Corners, 6 pm. Acoustic guitar, country singer/songwriter. 3750 N. Old Spanish Tr.
Mr. Boogie Woogie at The Parish, 9 pm. celebrating The Parish’s 6 year Anniversary! Bluesman. 6453 N. Oracle.
Lex Browning & Jim Stanley at La Cocina, 6:30 – 9 pm. Great bluegrass, new grass and more! 201 N. Court.
Freddy Parish’s Country Club at La Cocina, 9:30 -11:30 pm. Freddy does honky-tonk shuffles, Appalachian folk, & sweet country ballads. Featured guests every week. 201 N. Court.
CSM Trio at Catalina Crafts Pizza, 6 – 9 pm. Acoustic classic & contemporary folk/rock. 15930 N. Oracle, Oracle.
Kevin Pakulis with Chuck’s Band Wagon at Finis’ Landing, 8 – 11 pm. Tucson favorite who does everything – blues, country, rock. 5689 N. Swan.
Amber Norgaard at Sand-Reckoner Tasting Room, 5:45 – 8:45 pm in the Tucson Warehouse Arts District. Piano, guitar, great vocals, original music. 510 N 7th Ave., #170.
Andy Hersey at the Parish, 9 pm. Country, bluegrass, folk-rock. 6453 N. Oracle
Robert Moreno at Eddie’s Cocktails, 9 pm. Traditional country with Tejano & funk. . 8150 E. 22nd.
Susan Artemis at The Dusty Monk, 8 – 11pm. Jazz piano and vocals. 201 N. Court.
Pete Swan Trio, Friday Night Jazz at Cushing St. Bar, on the patio, 6 – 9 pm. 198 W. Cushing.
Lost Hombres at Hi Falutin Restaurant, 5 – 9. Fun band – bluegrass, country, old rock and more! E side of Oracle, S of Ina.
Saturday and Sunday, October 21 & October 22:
Scattered Grass Bluegrass at AZ Folklore Preserve, 2 pm both days. Traditional bluegrass, vintage country, gospel & Americana music. arizonafolklore.com.
CANCELLED! Desert Diamond Casino Pima Mine Rd Desert Bluegrass Festival. (May be re-scheduled for the spring.)
Saturday, October 21:
John Coinman Band at 7:30 on the patio in a free show at Hotel Congress. From the plains of New Mexico, Southwestern singer/songwriter, a gentleman and a poet, brings rocking Desert Noir. www.rhythmandroots.com.
Third Saturday Music Night at Roadrunner Coffee, 6 – 9 pm. Feature acts by Makinley Hinsberg at 7 pm and Kristie Cunningham at 7:30. Local acts, good food and drinks, and lots of fun! Stop in! 9665 N. Thorneydale.
Jammin’ for Vets at Reid Park Band Shell, 9 am – 7 pm. Music all day. including Patty & the Jukebox Junquies.
Octoberfest at Community Performing Arts Center in Green Vally featuring the Bavarian Brass Band of Green Valley, 5 pm. Outdoor setting. German meal & 2 drink TX included with $25/$30. performingartscenter.org.
Little House of Funk – Birthday Bash for Connie Brannock at Monterey Court, 7 – 10 pm. $6 or 2 for $10. 505 W. Miracle Mile. 207-2429 for reservations. Bring your dancin’ shoes!
Amber Norgaard at Plaza Palomino, 8 – 20 pm. Palomino Night Concert Series. Full Band Show! 2920 N. Swan Rd.
French Quarter at Borderlands, 7:30 pm. Blues, folk, jazz, jug band, alt/country. 119 E. Toole.
Mountain-First Porch Fest with Nancy McCallion & the Scarlett Letterman, Mark Holdaway’s New Dreamers, the Global Chant Enchanters and Mesquite Shade’s 60’s harmonies songs – 15 bands playing at homes clustered around 7 homes around Mitchell Park from 3 – 6 pm. Food trucks. Family friendly, bring chairs. www.facebook.com/MountainFirstTucson/.
Naim Amor at Mercado San Agustin, 6 – 9 pm. French-born musician. Indie. 100 S. Avenida del Convento.
Neil McCallion & The Mighty Maxwells, 7 – 9:30 pm. Eclectic mix of originals & unusual covers at LaCocina, 7 – 9:30 pm. 201 N. Court.
Corey Spector at Sazerac Creole Kitchen, 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Fun, classic rock show! 4340 N. Campbell. (St. Phillip’s Plaza.)
Keila Womack & Charlie Lolmaugh at Saguaro Corners, 6 – 9 pm. 3750 N. Old Spanish Tr.
Robert Moreno at Eddie’s Cocktails, 9 pm. Traditional country with Tejano & funk. 8150 E. 22nd St.
Rainy Daze Band at Fred’s Arena Bar & Steakhouse, 6 – 10 pm. Classic rock, oldies, rockin’ country & blues. Dancing! 9650 S. Avra Rd.
Sweet Willie “D” at Rockabilly Grill, 8 – 12 am. Blues band. 3700 N. Oracle. .
Kevin Pakulis & Clay Koweek at Catalina Craft Pizza, 6 -9:30 pm. Kevin’s award-winning songwriting rooted in the best of rock&roll, classic country music & the blues. 15930 N. Oracle, Catalina, AZ.
Priority One Band at Loew’s Ventana Canyon Cascade Lounge, 8:30 – 11:30 pm. Rock, country, blues.
Flipside at The Maverick, 8 pm. 6622 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Jeff Lewis Trio, Saturday Nite Jazz at Cushing Street Bar, on the patio. 7 – 10 pm. . 198 W. Cushing.
Neon Prophet at Chicago Bar, 9:30 pm. Reggae. 5954 E. Speedway.
Greg Spivey Band at Tucson Premium Outlets Fall Concert Series, 5 – 8 pmin the Mountain Court, Marana. Classic country.
Sunday, October 22:
Steven Stills and Judy Collins Chasing Rainbows Gala, Fox Theatre, 7 pm. VIP Dinner, 5 pm. www.foxtucson.com.
Jon Messenger is guest host for Nancy Elliott at Monterey Court. Singer/songwriter. Sunday Brunch Series, 11 am – 2 pm. For reservations, 207-2429. 505 W. Miracle Mile.
Nancy Elliott with Benny Young at Tohono Chul Park Sunday’s in the Garden, 1:30 – 3:00 pm. Wonderful singer/songwriter with Benny’s fiddle and harmonies. 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte. 742-6455.
Natman & the No Noose Allstars plus The Gotes, 6 – 9 pm at Monterey Court. A benefit show for Death Penalty Alternatives for AZ, which advocates against AZ’s death penalty. Natman & the No Noose Allstars represents Arizona Capital Representation Project, which provides direct representation in capital murder cases. The Gotes will start at 6 – and is our local Tucson public defender band. No cover but donations accepted. For reservations, 207-2429. 505 W. Miracle Mile.
Tubac Presidio Park & Teodoro Ted Ramirez Presents
Peter Dalton Ronstadt y los Tucsonense at Tubac Presidio Park Schoolhouse Stage, 2 – 4 pm. $18. reservations 398-2252.
Peter Dalton Ronstadt y los Tucsonsenses, Cabaret Boheme & Desert Sage play to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern AZ at GnomeFest 2017. 7:30 – 8:30 pm. (event runs from 3:30 – 8:30pm. Maracana Indoor Sports Center. Dress as a gnome! metrognomemusic.com/gnome-fest-2017/.
Arizona Balalaika Orchestra concert at St. Phillips, 2 pm. Suggested donation $15. Costumed Russian folk orchestra. Traditional Slavic repertoire. 4440 N. Campbell at River Rd. For more info azbalalaika.org.
Sunday Patio Sets at The Mint: 3:00 Tammy West and special guests 4:00Eb Eberlein. 3540 E. Grant.
Dennis Moore, Pianist at Caffe Torino (in the foothills) on the Courtyard patio, 6 – 9 pm. Extensive repertoire covers all genres. 5605 E. River Rd.
Don “Nod” Nottingham & Jamar Harmon at Royal Sun Lounge, 7 – 9 pm. R&B/Motown. 1003 N. Stone.
Corey Spector at The Living Room, 5 – 8 pm. Fun, classic rock show! 2905 E. Skyline.
Little House of Funk at The Public Brewhouse, 5 pm. Connie Brannock and her great, funk band! 209 N. Hoff.
Kevin Pakulis and his band at Borderlands, 2:30 – 4:30. One of Tucson’s favorites – he does blues, country, folk, rock – and does a great job of it all! 119 E. Toole.
Bad News Blues Band at Shooters on the porch, 2 – 5 pm. Great blues! Prince and Country Club.
Toe Jam, 5 – 9 at Shooters. Bring your instrument & jam! All ages, all styles. Prince and Country Club.
The Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band at Hotel Congress, doors 7:30 pm. Hi-energy country blues band.
Pair-a-Docs Duo at El Saguarito Mexican Restaurant, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm. 1763 E. Prince Rd.
Golden Boots at Cafe Coronet, 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Folk singer/songwriter. 402 E. 9th St.
Michael Lamonge and Friends at the House of Bards, Speedway and Arcadia, 7 pm. Classic rock and blues with some of Tucson’s finest musicians.
Tucson Jazz Society at Brother John’s, 3 – 6 pm. 1801 N. Stone.
Mik and the Funky Brunch at La Cocina, 12:30 – 2:30. Multi instrumentalists – hi-energy performance. 201 N. Court.
“The Deacon” blues jam at Rockabilly Grill, 5 – 9 pm. Bring your instrument and play! 5954 E Speedway.
Rene Taylor at Pastiche Modern Eatery, 6 – 9 pm. Jazz. 3025 N. Campbell. 325-3333.
Hot Club of Tucson at Hotel Congress, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm. Great gypsy jazz band. 662-8848
Rudy Cortese at Heirloom Farmers Market at Rillito Downs, 8 – 11 am. Classical, comical, country, bluegrass – everything!
Open Mic at the Hut on 4th Ave., 6 – 8 , hosted by Joel Leland and Rudy Cortese.
Monday, October 23:
Bryan Dean Trio at Rockabilly Grill. 3700 N. Oracle. 888-1900. Bluesy/indie/rock.
Miss Olivia Trio at The Parish, 7 pm . Jazzy, funky, R&B, blues & country. 6453 N. Oracle.
Ivan Denis at Royal Sun, 7 – 9 pm. Americana – story songs and soulful voice & guitar. 1003 N. Stone.
The Edwards Twins impersonate world-famous stars including Cher, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Barbara Streisand. 1 & 7 pm. pm at Gaslight Theatre. For TX 886-9428. 7010 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson Musicians Club at The Hut, 6 – 9 pm. Performances and open mic. 305 N. 4 th Ave.
Jazz Guild Jams at Elliotts On Congress, 9 – 12 am. 135 E. Congress. 622-5500.
Open Mic at House of Bards, 7:30 – 10:30 pm. 4915 E. Speedway.
Tuesday, October 24:
Sarah Jarosz at The Fox, 7:30 pm. Award-winning folk/roots singer/songwriter. www.foxtucson.com.
Kaki King at Centennial Hall, 7:30 pm. Unusual guitarist who plays an intricate melody while using digital technology to take the audience on a musical journey of light and sound. She calls it “guitar as a paintbrush.”
Eb Eberlein & Anne English at Monterey Court, 6 – 9 pm. 505 W. Miracle Mile. 2 prolific folk/roots singer/songwriters. 207-2429 for reservations.
Jazz Night at Sky Bar – 6:30 Tom Walbank and special guest at 8. Great blues harmonica! 536 N. 4th Ave.
Heather Hardy and Cadillac Mountain Bluegrass Band – Bluegrass Jamboree at Gaslight Music Hall, 6 pm. Big jam at the end! Pizza & ice cream – family friendly. 13005 N. Oracle Rd. 529-1000. gaslightmusichall.com.
Paul Charles at Sazerac, St. Philips Plaza, 5:30 – 8:00. Early blues and traditional folk. River and Campbell.
Bryan Thomas Parker at the Royal Sun, 7 – 9 pm. Desert rock/folk. 1003 N. Stone.
Bluegrass Jam at La Cocina inside The Dusty Monk, 7 – 9 pm. Hosted by Lex Browning & James Stanley. 201 N. Court.
Open Jam w/ Deacon at Chicago Bar, 8:30 pm – midnight. Blues & rock – Everyone welcome – bring your instrument. 5954 E. Speedway.
Wednesday, October 25:
JMYMAC, Touch of Grey & The Dust Devils play at Monterey Court, 5:30 – 9 pm for the 1st Annual Kids Chance Spooktacular Benefit Concert that provides scholarships to kids whose parent(s) have suffered a workplace injury or death. 50/50 raffle, costume contest & more. $15/$20. For more info https://tinyurl.com/KCSPOOK17. pm. 505 W. Miracle Mile. Reservations – 207-2429.
AJ’s Rockabilly Ruckus at the Royal Sun, 7 – 9 pm. 50’s & 60’s music – originals & covers, dancing. 1003 N. Stone.
Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield at La Cocina, 6 – 9:30 pm. Original songs – early American folk, blues, & country. 201 N. Court.
Mindy Ronstadt and the One-Bill Band, 6 pm. at Saguaro Corners, 6 pm. Eclectic music, great voice. 3750 N. Old Spanish Tr.
Gabrielle Pietrangelo, Thoger Lund & Ben DeGain , at Cafe Coronet, 7 – 9pm. Very talented musicians. 402 E. 9th St.
Corey Spector at The Living Room Wine Cafe & Lounge, 5:30 – 8:30 pm. 2905 E. Skyline. Fun, classic rock show!
Ivan Denis at Cafe A La C’art, 5 – 7 pm. Sort of folk, blues/country sound – guitar, vocals. 150 N. Main – courtyard of Tucson Museum of Art.
AZ Roadrunners Traditional Jazz Jam, 6:30pm at Viscount Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway, 745-6500.
Bad News Blues Band at Chicago Bar – great blues! 7:30. 5954 E. Speedway.
Thursday, October 26:
Titan Valley Warheads at Monterey Court, 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Bluegrass & Western music in the tradition of Bob Wills & Earl Scruggs. 505 W. Miracle Mile. 207-2429 for reservations.
Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show at Green Valley Recreation West Center, 7 pm. Tribute to the World’s Greatest Rock & roll band. gvrec.org.
KYKLO at Cafe Coronet, 7:30 – 9:30 pm. World music. 402 E. 9th St.
Andy Hersey at Saguaro Corners, 6 pm. Country, bluegrass, folk-rock. 3750 S. Old Spanish Tr.
Amber Norgaard with Sabra Faulk at Green Valley Country Fair, 10 – 11 am. Two dynamos! Continental Shopping Plaza (Continental Rd. & I-19).
Corey Spector at Vera Amor in Palomino Plaza (Swan) , 6 – 9 pm. Fun, classic rock show!
Jamie’s Gang at the Radisson Suites, 6 – 8 pm. 6555 E. Speedway Blvd. Dancin’!
Open Mic at The Mint – put on by Jam Zone Central. 8 pm. All musicians are welcome – bring your instruments! 3540 E. Grant Rd.
Salvador Duran at Hotel Congress Plaza, 7:30.
Rudy Cortese, “RudyRalis Rhythm and Review, from Bach to Bluegrass.” at the Santa Cruz Farmers Market in the Mercado at San Agustin, 4 – 7 pm.
Saturday, October 28:
Cassie and Margie MacDonald, from Nova Scotia, at Berger Performing Arts Center, 8 pm. Sisters play fiddle, guitar, keyboards, mandolin, sing and dance! Celtic and American tunes. Tx at Antigone Books and the Folkshop. www.inconcerttucson.com.
James Reams and the Barnstormers at Vail Theatre of the Arts, 7 pm. Traditional Bluegrass. Tickets at www.vtota.org.
Sunday, October 29:
Blaine Long house concert at Catalina Concerts in Saddlebrooke. 4 pm pot luck, concert at 5:30. Singer/songwriter, soulful vocals and powerful rhythmic acoustic guitar. For more info: www.catalinaconcerts.info.
Duwende: A Cappella, at Centennial Hall, 3 pm. Fiercely original, bass-and-beatbox-driven funk/pop style of music. uapresents.org.
Sonoran Dogs, debut of new CD, Navajo Rug, 6:30 on the patio in a free show at Hotel Congress. Contemporary Southwestern bluegrass with special guests stopping by. www.rhythmandroots.com.
Friday, November 10:
The Music of Motown featuring Joe Bourne and Crystal Stark at Vail Theatre of the Arts, 7 pm. Tickets at www.vtota.org.
Sunday, November 26:
Keith Greening house Concert at Catalina Concerts in Saddlebrooke. 4 pm pot luck, concert at 5:30 pm. For more info: ww.catalinaconcerts.info.
Irish Christmas in America at the Fox. www.foxtucson.com.
Sunday, January 21:
Frankie Valli at Centennial Hall, 7 pm. uapresents.org.
A Night With Janis Joplin, 7 pm. at the Fox. A tribute to the legend! www.foxtucson.com.
An Evening With Amy Grant at Fox Theatre, 7:30. 6-time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter. www.foxtucson.com.
We Banjo 3, 7:30 pm at Berger Center. Band from Ireland playing blues, old-time, originals and some Irish, with two banjos. Reserved seating. www.inconcerttucson.com or Folk Shop, Antigone Books.
Saturday, February 17:
The Kingston Trio at The Fox Theatre, 7:30 pm. With Josh Reynolds, (son of Nick), Mike Marvin and Tim Gorelangton.
February 27, 2018:
The Ten Tenors – Wish You Were Here, 7:30 at the Fox. www.foxtucson.com.
February 28, 2018:
The Chieftains at the Fox. Ireland’s ambassadors of contemporary and traditional Irish and Celtic music. www.foxtucson.com.
March 3, 2018:
Old Blind Dogs, 8 pm at Berger Center. Band from Scotland playing traditional and original, with fiddle, vocals and backed by modern percussion to create a new sound. Reserved seating, www.inconcerttucson.com, or Antigone Books, The Folk Shop.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018:
Herbie Hancock at Centennial Hall, 7:30 pm. Legendary pianist and composer. Awarded Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018;
Chris Botti, 7:30 pm at The Fox. Famous, awesome trumpeter. www.foxtucson.com.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018:
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 50th Anniversary, 7:30 pm. at the Fox. www.foxtucson.com.
Sunday, March 25, 2018;
Johnny Mathis at Centennial Hall, 7:30 pm. Legendary singer celebrating his 62nd year as a recording artist. “The Voice of Romance”
Wednesday, March 28, 2018:
Arlo Guthrie at the Fox. The Guthrie family – Arlo, Abe and Sarah will celebrate the legacies of Arlo and Woody in an evening of songs and stories. www.foxtucson.com.
Saturday, March 31, 2018:
Ryanhood at Catalina Concerts in Saddlebrooke. Pot luck, 4pm, concert at 5:30 pm. For more info catalinaconcerts.info.