Hi Everyone – So much going on this week it’s hard to keep up – the Marana Bluegrass Festival, the Tucson International Mariachi Conference, and the Pima County Fair is still happening, just to name a few! And the weather is just about perfect – so have a great week!
And – just one more time – the FREE Tucson Folk Festival is next weekend – on May 6 & 7 – and is still in need of volunteers, so go on their website, tucsonfolkfest.org and click on the volunteer button. You can sign up for whatever job you like, whenever you like, and then feel even better about enjoying the rest of the festival!
Thursday, April 27 – Saturday, April 29:
Tucson International Mariachi Conference at AVA at Casino del Sol. tickets.casinodelsol.com.
Thursday, April 20 – Sunday, April 30:
Pima County Fair – lots of music – including Tanya Tucker on April 29! Check out the schedule at pimacountyfair.com
Thursday, April 27:
Kyklo at Cafe Coronet, 7 – 9 pm. Traditional music from around the world. 402 E. 9th St.
Titan Valley Warheads at Monterey Court, 6:30 – 9:30. Bluegrass & Western music in the tradition of Bob Wills & Earl Scruggs. 505 W. Miracle Mile.
Corey Spector at Noble Hops in Oro Valley, 5:30 – 8:30. Fun, classic rock show! 1335 Lambert Lane.
Jamie’s Gang at Radisson Suites, 6 – 8 pm. Classic rock, blues and country. 6555 E. Speedway on the Breeze Patio.
Andy Hersey at Saguaro Corners, 6 pm. Country, bluegrass folk/rock. 3750 S. Old Spanish Trail.
Hank Topless at La Cocina, 6:30 – 9 pm. Hard 60’s Nashville & early country blues. 201 N. Court.
Salvador Duran at Hotel Congress on the Plaza, 7:30.
Connie Brannock with Swingset at Cafe A La C’art. Jazz, pop & blues. 6:30 – 8:30. 150 N. Main – Courtyard of Tucson Museum of Art.
Friday, April 28 – Sunday, April 30:
5th Annual Marana Bluegrass Festival. 9 hours of music each day! RV and Tent camping, bonfire at night, food trucks, hosted by Desert Bluegrass Association. http:/www.maranafestival.com/.
Friday, April 28:
The Doo Wop Project at the Fox, 7:30 pm. Not Your Grandma’s Doo Wop Group – from 50’s & 60’s classics to top hits of today, “doowopified!” www.foxtucson.com.
Heather Hardy and Lil’ Mama Band at Monterey Court, 7 – 10 pm. $6 or 2 for $10. Blues violin & vocals like no one else! Better get reservations. 207-2429. 505 W. Miracle Mile.
Cadillac Mountain at Sentinel Peak, 7 pm. A pre-Tucson Folk Festival performance! 4746 E. Grant Rd.
The Coolers at Friday Night Live, the Free Jazz Summer Concert Series at Geronimo Plaza, Main Gate Square. 7:30 – 9:30. 814 E. University Blvd.
Sean Fresh at Sea of Glass. 6 piece R&B hip hop band from Arkansas, 7:30 pm. 330 E. 7th St.
Greg Morton Band at La Cocina, 6:30 – 9 pm. Great Bluegrass! 201 N. Court.
Freddy Parish’s Country Club at La Cocina, 9 -11 pm. Freddy does honky-tonk shuffles, Appalachian folk, & sweet country ballads. Featured guests. 201 N. Court.
Eb Eberlein at Delectables, 6:30 – 9:30. Original folk music – story-telling. 533 N. 4th Ave.
Corey Spector at Loew’s Ventana Canyon “Cascade Lounge”, 8 – 121. Fun, classic rock show!
Rick with Risa at Saguaro Corners, 6 pm. 3750 N. Old Spanish Tr.
Swingset at Cafe a La C’ Art, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Connie Brannock and her blues band! 150 N. Main – courtyard of Tucson Museum of Art.
Tom Walbank at Sky Bar. Great blues!
John & Jeanne Ronstadt at El Saguarito Mexican Restaurant, 6:30 – 9:30. Great folk group! NW corner of Prince and Campbell.
Justin Townes Earl & The Sadies, KXCI Presents, 8 pm at 191 Toole. Singer/songwriter.
George Howard Band at Finis’ Landing, 8 pm. rock, jazz, blues, pop, R&B, & Motown! 5689 N. Swan.
Belinda Esquer at Borderlands, 7 m. 119 E. Toole.
Austin Counts at Cafe Coronet Brunch Show, 11am – 2pm. Blues, country, R&B, soul. 402 E. 9th St.
Susan Artemis at The Dusty Monk. Jazz piano and vocals. 201 N. Court in the La Cocina bar.
Michael P & Mighty Joel Ford at The Parish, 9pm – 12 am. Americana. 6453 N. Oracle.
The Metros at the Playground, 6 pm. 278 E. Congress.
Tom Walbank at 5:45, Congress Hotel – on the Plaza.
80’s & Gentlemen at Brother John’s Beer Bourbon and BBQ, 9 pm – 12 am. 867 6787.
Lost Hombres at Hi Falutin Restaurant, 5 – 9. Fun band – bluegrass, country, old rock and more! E side of Oracle, S of Ina.
DJ Ghost at Oracle Inn, 7 – 11 pm. 305 E. American Ave, Oracle, AZ. 896-3333.
Saturday, April 29 – Sunday, April 30:
Don Armstrong & Friends, 2 pm both days at AZ Folklore Preserve in Hereford. Exceptional singer/songwriter/guitarist of SW and folk songs. With Gary Mackander, Michael Markowitz.
Saturday, April 29:
Rhiannon Giddens at The Rialto, 7 pm. Founding member of the Chocolate Drops – Country, folk, American roots, old time, bluegrass. www.rialtotheatre.com.
LoBros, 7 – 10 pm. at Monterey Court, $7. 505 W. Miracle Mile. Trombone-led Latin jazz/funk band with big, brassy sound! 207-2429 for reservations.
Song Circle with Ted Ramirez at Presidio San Agustin del Tucson, 1 – 3:30 pm. Starts with a mini-concert by Ellen Murphy Edmonson. TKMA members, free – General public $5 (in the shaded courtyard). 196 N. Court Ave.
Joyce Luna at El Saguarito Mexican Restaurant, 6:30 – 9:30 on the dog-friendly patio. Poetic folk songs, lovely voice. NW corner of Prince and Campbell.
Heather Hardy and Lil’ Mama Band at The Hideout, 8 – 12 am. Amazing fiddle, vocals, original music. 1110 S. Sherwood Village Dr.
Roman Barten-Sherman, at Cafe Coronet, 7 – 10 pm. Delta blues. 42 E. 9th St. cafecoronet.com.
Adara Rae at Delectables, 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Country/pop/indie. 533 N. 4th Ave.
Black Cat Bones at Fini’s, 8 pm. Blues, classic rock & roll. 5689 N. Swan.
Carniveleros, 6 – 9 pm at La Cocina. Western, Zydeco, Tex-Mex, waltzes & swing. 201 N. Court.
Connie Brannock and Tiny House of Funk at Cafe A La C’art, 6:30 – 8:30. 150 N. Main – courtyard of Tucson Museum of Art.
Caiden Brewer at Saguaro Corners, 6pm. 3750 S. Old Spanish Trail.
K-Bass and Farafina Music – at Hotel Congress, 8 pm. International night filled with Latin, funk & Afro-pop music and dancing on the plaza stage.
Anna Warr & The Giant Blue Band, 8:30 – 11pm at Brother John’s BBQ, jazz, rock & blues. 1801 N. Stone.
ROH Band at J & V’s Rockabilly Grill, 7 pm. with Stefin Gordon and Terrence “TK” Kelly. Rockin’ dance hits from 60’s to now. 3700 N. Oracle.
Corey Spector at Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, 6 – 9 pm. On Terazza Patio Lounge. Fun, classic rock show!
Priority One Band at Loew’s Ventana Canyon, 8:30 – 11:30 pm. Rock, country, & blues. 7000 N. Resort Dr., Cascade Lounge.
Austin Counts at Borderlands, 7 pm. Blues, country, R&B and soul. 119 E. Toole.
Jillian and the Giants at Mercado San Agustin, , 6 – 9 pm in the courtyard. Modern soul americana pop.
Flipside at The Maverick, 8 pm. Country music and dancing! 6622 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Neon Prophet at Chicago Bar, 9:30 pm. Reggae. 5954 E. Speedway.
Wild Ride at Oracle Inn, 7 – 11 pm. Country dance band. 305 E. American Ave.
Sunday, April 30:
Nancy Elliott and guest artist, GT Hurley and his “outlaw Western music”, share the stage at Sunday Brunch Performance, 10 – 1pm. at Monterey Court. 505 W. Miracle Mile.
Peter Dalton Ronstadt y El Tucsonense, $5, 6 – 9 pm. at Monterey Court. Traditional SW & Mexican songs and innovative, new material on the edges of folk, jazz, blues, & beyond. 505 W. Miracle Mile. Reservations, 207-2429.
Justin Townes Earl & The Sadies, KXCI Presents, 8 pm at 191 Toole. Singer/songwriter.
Michael Land house concert at Catalina Concerts in Saddlebrooke, 3:30 Pot Luck and 5 pm show. Musical style of Al Green, Justin Timberlake, John Legend. For registration and info: www.CatalinaConcerts.info.
Larry Armstong and CopperMoon at Nimbus Brewery, 5:30 pm. Country, folk, Americana. 3850 E. 44th St.
Mik and the Funky Brunch at La Cocina, 12:30 – 2:30. Multi instrumentalists – hi-energy performance. 201 N. Court.
Heather Hardy at Shooters, 2 – 5. Amazing fiddle, original songs, she’s very special! Country Club and Prince road.
Don Nottingham & Jamar Harmon at Best Western Royal Sun, 7 pm. R&B Singer & keyboard/vocalist. 1015 N. Stone.
Kenny Alan Erickson, singer/songwriter, with Greg Rogan on bass and Marc Rennard, mando/fiddle at Delectables, 2 -4 pm. Originals, old-time, blues, swing, folk, bluegrass, country. . 533 N. Fourth Ave.
Nikki Lane at Club Congress, Doors at 8 pm. $f13/$15. Country & rock songwriter.
Kevin Pakulis at Borderlands, 2 – 4 pm. One of Tucson’s favorites! Blues, country, folk, rock – he does it all! 119 E. Toole.
Andres Pantoja & Ricardo de Mello at Tohono Chul Park in the gardens, 1:30 – 3:00. S. American music. Free with admission
Andrew Daniel Cates at Saguaro Corners, 5pm. Desert country boy. 3750 S. Old Spanish Rd.
Mariachi Luz de la Luna at the Playground, 11 am. 278 E. Congress.
Hot Club of Tucson at Hotel Congress, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm. Great gypsy jazz band. 662-8848
Ivan Denis at Royal Sun Bar, 7 pm. 1003 N. Stone. Folk, blues/country sound.
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, May 1:
The Queens of King – The Carol King Songbook in 3-part harmony with Janet Page, Katherine Byrnes & Crystal Stark. 7 pm at Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway. thegaslighttheatre.
Ronstadt Generations at Chicago Bar, 8:45 pm. Southwest fusion band. 5954 E. Speedway.
Bryan Dean Trio at Rockabilly Grill. 3700 N. Oracle. 888-1900. Bluesy/indie/rock.
Rebecca Carlson at The Parish, 7 – 9 pm. Classic Blues & Jazz. 6453 N. Oracle. Jazz, R&B singer.
Jazz Guild Jams at Elliotts On Congress, 9 – 12 am. 135 E. Congress. 622-5500.
Tuesday, May 2:
Nancy McCallion & Danny Krieger with Heather Hardy, 6:30 – 9:30 at Monterey Court. Original music steeped in traditions of Ireland, Appalachia & traditional Americana. 505 W. Miracle Mile.
Jazz Night at Sky Bar – 6:30 Tom Walbank and Naim Amor. Great blues harmonica! 536 N. 4th Ave.
Southwest Songwriter Showcase at Hotel Congress, doors at 7:30 . Free. Ex-Cowboy, Dadisman, Adam Townsend, Blood of Love, Blue Mañana.
Connie (Mama) Brannock’s Tiny House of Funk, 7 – 9pm at Revel Tucson Wine Bar, 416 East 9th St. Great funk, blues band Featuring Billy Yates on Guitar.
Tommy Tucker at Elliott’s on Congress, 8 – 10 pm. 12-string guitar and vocals. 135 E. Congress. 622-5500.
Open Jam w/ Deacon at Chicago Bar, 8:30 pm. blues & rock – Everyone welcome – bring your instrument. 5954 E. Speedway.
Sly Man and Sheryl Anne at the Viscount. Jazz, blues standards and American songbook. 4855 E. Broadway.
Open Mic at Delectables, 8 – 11. Sign-up at 7. Originals only, please. 533 N. 4th Ave.
Open Mic at Shooters, 7 – 10 pm. 3115 E. Prince Rd. facebook@shootersopenmic.
Wednesday, May 3:
Nick McBlaine and Log Train at Monterey Court, 6:30 – 9:30. Peter McLaughlin, Nick Coventry, Alvin Blaine – all top musicians! Bluegrass, newgrass, and much more! 505 W. Miracle Mile.
Corey Spector at The Living Room Wine Cafe & Lounge, 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Fun, classic rock show!
at Cafe Coronet, 7 – 9 pm. 402 E. 9th St.
Matt Venuti at Galactic Center, 7 – 9 pm. Singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist – “Acoustic Alternative.” $10/$20.
Cadillac Mountain at Public Brewhouse, 7 pm. Bluegrass! 209 N. Hoff Ave.
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.
Miss Lana Rebel and Kevin Michael Mayfield at La Cocina, 6:30 – 9 pm. Original songs – American folk, blues, & country.
AZ Roadrunners Traditional Jazz Jam, 6:30pm at Viscount Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway, 745-6500.
Bad News Blues Band at Chicago Bar – great blues band, 7:30. 5954 E. Speedway.
Thursday, May 4:
Sabra Faulk and Heather Hardy at Monterey Court. A couple of our favorite musicians releasing their new CD – “Slow As We Wanna Go.” 505 W. Miracle Mile. 207-2429 for reservations. This will be a good one! Be there!
Cadillac Mountain at Nimbus Brewery, 5:30 – 7:30. Bluegrass. 3850 E. 44th St. 745-9175.
Salvador Duran at Hotel Congress Plaza, 7:30.
Freddy Parish at La Cocina, 6:30 – 9 pm. Country guitarist, clawhammer banjo, singer/songwriter – originals & classics. 201 N. Court.
Bossa Rhythm Project at Elvira’s 6:30 – 8:30 pm. 256 E. Congress. Louie Levinson, Howard Wooten, Jack Wood.
Corey Spector at La Hacienda Bistro at Saddlebrooke, 4:30 – 7:30 in Oracle. Fun, classic rock show!
Swingset at Cafe A La C’Art – Tucson Museum of Art, 150 N. Main. Connie Brannock, Jazz and blues. 6:30 – 8:30 pm. 628-8533.
Thursday, May 5:
Tucson Folk Festival Kick-Off Party at La Cocina, 6:00 – 10:00 PM, 201 N Court Ave. $10 Suggested Donation
Saturday & Sunday, May 6 & 7:
Tucson Folk Festival at El Presidio Park, Tucson Museum of Art, La Cocina & Presidio Museum. 130 musicians on 5 stages! Food & craft vendors! Children’s show! Young artists stage! Headliners: Black Lilies, Billy Jonas & Ryanhood. tucsonfolkfest.org.
Saturday, May 13:
Darius Rucker at AVA. Country star, formerly with pop-rock band Hootie and the Blowfish. tickets.casinodelsol.com.
Friday, May 19:
Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds at Centennial Hall.
Sunday, June 4:
Nikki Talley house concert at Catalina Concerts in Saddlebrooke, 4 pm potluck, 5:30 pm show. For registration and info: www.CatalinaConcerts.info.
Tuesday, June 6:
The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band at the Fox Theatre, 7:30 pm. Two Blues Legends share the stage for a once-in-a-lifetime night of music. www.foxtucson.com.
Friday, June 16:
Jason Mraz at Centennial Hall, 8 pm.
Thursday, June 22:
Gordon Lightfoot at The Fox Theatre, 8 pm. Legendary singer/songwriter and musician. www.foxtucson.com.
Alice Cooper at AVA at Casino Del Sol.
Thursday, July 6:
Martina McBride at the Fox, 7:30. CMA & ACM Award-Winner. www.foxtucson.com.
Saturday, July 8:
Boney James at Desert Diamond. Grammy-nominated sax-man. ddcaz.com.
Saturday, July 15:
Craig Morgan at Desert Diamond. Country singer. ddcaz.com.
Sunday, August 13:
Wynonna & The Big Noise at Fox Theatre, 7 pm. Roots & Revival Tour. www.foxtucson.com.
Saturday, August 19:
Live and Let Die – Tony Kishman as Paul McCartney, hits from the Beatles and Paul McCartney’s solos. 7:30 pm. at The Fox. www.foxtucson.com.
Friday, September 29:
Laura Alaina, “American Idol” finalist in 2011 with her 2nd CD release tour. ddcaz.com.