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29th Annual Tucson Folk Festival
May 3th & 4th, 2014

Performer Bios


Adara Rae Sunday 4:00 – La Cocina
I'm a young country singer/songwriter born and raised in Tucson Arizona. Playing original songs and covers putting a little bit of a natural twang to whatever comes my way. Whether I'm performing songs of my own or not, I'm always singing from the heart and trying to serve up some country with a modern twist.
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AJ Odneal Saturday 4:00 – Plaza
AJ Odneal is an indie folk musician whose sound is heavily influenced by jazz and pop. This up-and-coming singer/songwriter has a unique style and an exceptional voice with a vintage quality. She can be heard on her new EP "Tell Me A Tale".
Amber Jade Saturday 1:30 – Plaza
Award-Winning Tucson native singer-songwriter returns home with her uniquely haunting and compelling style: smoky-sweet distinctive vocals that powerfully dance over heartfelt lyrics and soulfully addictive melodies that hover in the ether between pop, folk, and alternative. Well-crafted songs flow with a performance that's vulnerable and solid, plaintive and confident, breathy and insistent, soulful and angelic. Sounds like: Sarah McLachlan, Feist, Imogen Heap, Ani DiFranco, Patty Griffin.
Amber Norgaard Sunday 4:00 – Plaza
A nurse-turned-musician, Norgaard is known as "a singer/songwriter to be reckoned with" (Tucson Lifestyle). Since beginning her music career in 2004, she has released 4 full-length albums, was voted Tucson's 2007 Up & Coming Artist of the Year and has opened for Judy Collins and Kenny Loggins. She is known for her passionate vocal/piano/guitar delivery and eloquent lyrics that inspire hope and compassion. Currently, Amber tours nationally and writes music for film.
Andy Hurlbut Sunday 3:30 – Courtyard
Andy Hurlbut is a singer/songwriter who plays folk, blues, and originals. She is a member of the Artichoke Sisters and the Improbable Quartet as well as a solo performer.
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Anne English Saturday 1:00 – La Cocina
Whether it is the song being sung by a mother to her child, in a warm circle of tender friends or that of lessons learned in love; music is the language which binds us all together... Tucson is indeed a special place. Anne's new CD "After The Rain" is available at the Kitchen Store.
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Annie Hawkins Saturday 5:00 – Plaza
Annie Hawkins and Luci Figuera perform a pop/folk style with piano and guitar. Their voices have a sweet blend. Songs are melodic and uplifting. They sing about love and remaining in it's presence. Lovers of Joni Mtchell, Cheryl Crow and Radio Head. Together they create a unique blend of folk, pop, and rock.
Antler Room Sunday 1:00 – Courtyard
Antler Room is an Indie-folk collaboration between guitarist/vocalist Laura Kepner-Adney (Silver Thread Trio, The Cordials), poet/musician Joni Wallace, and violinist Samantha Bounkeua (Tango Rosano). Antler Room's original songs recall the dusty struggles of westward expansion and combine vocal harmonies, guitar, banjo and violin to create an intimate acoustic soundscape. Part 50's-style country crooners, part folk singers, part Americana band. RIYL Holly Near, The Verna Cannon.
Arizona Balalaika Orchestra Sunday 11:00 – Plaza
Celebrating it's 34nd year, this group began in 1980 as a small ensemble in the UA Russian Department. It is a spirited, nonprofit community folk orchestra that plays native Slavic instruments and wears colorful costumes. They've toured Arizona and Mexico and are members of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America, which holds conventions in North America and Europe.
Arnold/Klingenfus Ensemble Sunday 5:00 – La Cocina
Dick Arnold (Guitar & Vocal), Jim Klingenfus(Guitar & Vocal), Bob Benedon(Bass)and Jim Lipson(Percussion & Vocals) come to together to answer the musical question "What is Folk Music?" Through eclectic tastes, humor and solid musicianship, they have consistently proven to be a festival favorite.
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Arroyo Boyo Saturday 2:00 – Museum
ArroyoBoyo is a group of friends and musicians playing Americana music with the distinct flavoring of the Desert Southwest. Take a heaping helping of Americana music, add a sprinkle of Tex-Mex, a pinch of Cajun/Zydeco, a tad bit of Waila and you've got a red-hot ArroyoBoyo stew that will keep you coming back for more.
AZTRAL FOLK Sunday 5:00 – Museum
Aztral Folk is an experimental fusion band based in Tucson, AZ. The group merges a range of musical styles from gypsy jazz to Mexican folk in a blend we like to call Ethno Psychedelic Fusion. The lead singer, Kiri, is one of the most original and versatile voices to come out of Mexico in recent years, integrating everything from Tuvan throat singing, to operatic voice production, to the guttural Louis Armstrong growl.
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Baba Marimba Saturday 6:30 – Museum
Baba Marimba is a world beat dance band with a jazz flair, playing mostly original instrumental songs with influences from Brazil, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and of course Africa. If you don't believe us, come see us and try to not dance.
Bear Saturday 3:30 – Patio
Bear is a seasoned musician and performer. His work included blues,swing and ragtime and many originals. He has opened for Leo Kottke,John Prine and Leon Redbone and continues to expand his repertoire while performing
Beth Bombara Sunday 6:30 – Plaza
Beth has developed her signature sound over the past decade, drawing inspiration from not only her favorite folk, blues and rock musicians but also from the places she’s lived in and toured through over the years, first as a member of Samantha Crain and the Midnight Shivers and now as a solo artist. Her captivating voice melds well with her Americana/folk stylings, offering a fresh take with her original tunes.
Bill Parker Saturday 12:30 – La Cocina
One reviewer (Carla Duriyea, "Midnight Rambler") thought I sounded like "the lovechild of Gram Parsons and Keith Richards" while a dear friend in Seattle describes me as "an acquired taste". I'm pretty sure that was meant as a compliment. I see myself as a songwriter who deals in traditional American music forms, a storyteller not bound to a particular style or genre. Like John Sebastian, I try to make performances as intimate as possible. "Make every room a living room", I say.
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BISH Saturday 3:00 – Patio
BISH provides smooth Gordon Lightfoot type Easy-Listening originals about looking, questioning, loosing, gaining, and the walls related to both love and fear. BISH is known for his musical talents within surrounding Tucson community, providing a tasteful selection of 100, ‘70s to 2014, popular, easy-listening, danceable, light rock, and country hits, each on request, for resorts, clubs, private events, and weddings.
Bittersweet Highway Sunday 12:00 – Courtyard
Bittersweet Highway is a singer-songwriter duo from "the borderlands" between Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. Known for a style they call "Progressive Folk." They were nominated in, and finalists in the "Best Song" and "Best Bluegrass/Americana Song" categories at the Indie Music Awards in the Southwest 2013. Evocative story-telling and captivating music combined with compelling harmonies and dynamic acoustic guitar create tunes that echo long past the first listen.
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The Blue Goats Sunday 2:00 – Plaza
Americana artists The Blue Goats take their name from a once popular Scottsdale Arizona pub where some of the band members first performed many years ago. Founding member John Laman started the band in 2009 to showcase his original material. Their playing style runs the gamut blending Country Rock, Folk and Bluegrass.
THE BLUE MUSIC Sunday 4:00 – Courtyard
"The Blue Music" is a West Coast style Country/Folk band formed by multiple award winning hit songwriters Jerry Careaga and Stephanie Gladhart. Among the many artists who have recorded their songs: Michael Martin Murphy, Crystal Gayle, Highway 101, The Bellamy Brothers, Charlie Rich. The Blue Music's debut album recorded in Hollywood Calif with and A list of musicians who's recent sessions include John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Jackson Browne, is set for release in January 2014.
Blue Prairie Dogs Sunday 3:00 – Courtyard
The Blue Prairie Dogs play family friendly Folk and Western music which will energize and amuse you. "Cactus" Dan Oved writes clever songs, sings the leads, and plays guitar, banjitar and harmonica. "Limestone" Pete Fine wows everyone with his 12-string guitar leads. Bringing in fresh energy, Stuart Oliver plays a creative bass line and sings backup. Bringing in great vibes, Mike Brennan keeps it all solid on percussion. Their CDs are available at the Kitchen Store.
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bob wilders Saturday 12:00 – La Cocina
Americana artist performing original songs rooted in blues, country, folk, and rock.
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Bright & Childers Sunday 4:30 – La Cocina
Nancy Lynn Bright and Hank Childers constitute the longstanding duo of Bright & Childers. (She's Bright, and he's not.) They play a mix of originals and covers, and bring their own style to that, with a strong emphasis on their vocal harmonies. They are joined once again by Jim Ruff, from Socorro, NM, on bass and mandolin.
Buffelgrass Saturday 5:30 – La Cocina
These veteran performers offer up a rich vocal blend of acoustic favorites with an emphasis on bluegrass harmony. Using classic bluegrass instrumentation, Bufflegrass draws from a wide range of influences in bluegrass, traditional country, and folk music. The band members have all been in the Tucson music scene for over 40 years. Jain Barrett on vocals, EJ Ricotta,Vocals&Guitar, Andy McCune on Banjo, Arizona Slim on Fiddle, Ralph Colwell on Standup Bass, and Sandy Staples on Resonator Guitar.
Bunny Kirby Sunday 2:00 – La Cocina
Bunny Kirby has performed nationally and locally in bands and as a solo artist. She grew up singing with her family and learned how to play on the $25 guitar her father bought in Nogales. She has performed most recently with Sabra Faulk and the Angel Band and in the past with the Desert Rain house band at the original Maverick King of Clubs. Her focus now is on singing and crafting songs that celebrate life and love.
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Cadillac Mountain Bluegrass band Saturday 4:00 – Museum

Carnivaleros Sunday 6:30 – Museum
The Carnivaleros' music combines moody Eastern European motifs, western movie themes with strains of Zydeco rhythms, Tex-Mex polkas, waltzes and swing to create a stew of Desert Bayou Music. The band's live performances are always filled with high energy and the joy of playing music for a thirsty, music-loving audience.
Cheap Shots Sunday 1:30 – La Cocina
"Cheap Shots" is an energetic six-person acoustic band that draws upon an eclectic mix of Old Time, Celtic, Contra Dance, Folk, Country, Blues, Bluegrass, Swing, and Rock. Intertwining instrumental and vocal music (including original songs), the band features hammer dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, banjo, bass, and the occasional Bodhran (Irish drum). The group may be joined by clarinetist Gary Libman on traditional style swing and Klezmer music.
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Christina Antipa Sunday 12:30 – Courtyard
Newly local singer-songwriter Christina Antipa mixes a northwestern indie-folk background with a southwestern sensibility. Antipa has released four albums on different labels over the past decade, self-released one recent compilation, and is currently writing new material inspired by the desert. Christina Antipa’s music is lyrics-based—you have to listen closely to catch the meaning conveyed through raw vocal melodies and low-key bedroom acoustics.
Cinder Bridge Saturday 2:00 – La Cocina
Cinder Bridge consists of a singer/keyboardist (Susan Wenger) and a drummer (Ron Amistadi), both of whom are still trying to figure out which one is Cinder and which one is Bridge. At the forefront of coffeehouse stadium rock, the band outplays 92 percent of all cappuccino machines.
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Cinnamon Twist Saturday 1:00 – Plaza
Cinnamon Twist performs a mix of Celtic and American Folk songs and are known for their clear, sweet vocals and guitar accompaniments. This duo includes Jennifer Baltz (lead vocalist) and Annie James (vocals and accompaniment) is from Payson, Arizona and performs throughout Arizona at Celtic and folk music festivals as well as other venues. Cinnamon Twist has recorded two albums of mostly Celtic music.
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The Clam Tostada Sunday 2:30 – Museum
The Clam Tostada originated in 2001 near downtown Tucson as an acoustic duo, and has slowly evolved into a more complex creature. The band is an eclectic mix of styles with lyrics and stories at the forefront--upbeat folky, funky, blues, country roots, and desert rock 'n' roll. The new album, Amusing Neanderthals, is now available online and at the Kitchen Store and features many local talents including Donny Russell, Tim O'Connor, Erik Truelove, Aaron Gilmartin, Alan Shockley, and Andy Hersey.
Courtney Robbins Saturday 4:30 – Museum
Courtney Robbins is a difficult act to pigeonhole. From her percussive guitar style to the heartbreaking, mellow vocals of her ballads, the Tucson-based musician spans several genres. Robbins' music, with its folk rock and indie roots, has been compared to that of Erin McKeown, Ani DiFranco and Amy Ray. Courtney's muscular guitar playing and gritty vocals have earned her such accolades as "Powerful;[one] of Tucson's best singer-songwriters."-tucsonscene.com
Dan Weber Sunday 12:30 – Plaza
Award Winning songwriter Dan Weber has been described as “The Classic mid-life overnight sensation.” A gifted storyteller, energetic and often hilarious performer, he won 3rd place in the 2013 Woody Guthrie songwriting contest and was a finalist in the prestigious Kerrville ‘New Folk’ and Dave Carter competitions. He's an ex-Park Ranger and is currently touring the US in support of his latest CD ‘Ash and Bone’.
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Darrell Elmer Rodgers Saturday 5:00 – Courtyard
Darrell Elmer Rodgers has been performing at the Tucson Folk Festival with trio members Rick Heyman (bass) and Michael Parker (drums) for the past 5 years. Darrell Elmer Rodgers has been called "Bard of the Baby Boomers". He writes with the wit of John Prine and sings with the depth of Johnny Cash. His humor shows in many of his original folk-blues songs. One reviewer, a music educator, wrote "He (DarrellElmer Rodgers) can pack so much into one song with such finesse - great songwriting skills!"
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Dave Brown - Solo Guitar Sunday 12:00 – Museum
My musical influences with guitar came from John Denver, Neil Young,Gordon Lightfoot and others, but most of all Leo Kottke, whom I still love to see play since he is still touring around the world. I would say my style is a folkish-jazz-melodical fingerstyle - but I do use a pick from time to time on certain songs also.
David Stoddard Sunday 1:30 – Plaza
David is a writer from Minnesota who plays festivals, arts centers, and living rooms across North America. He's compared to Randy Newman and Loudon Wainwright III, and he's won a number of awards, from Kerrville to South Florida to Minnesota. He was once mistaken for George Winston at a book store in Milwaukee.
Denise Lane Sunday 11:30 – Plaza
Formerly of the Bay Area, Denise Lane has been living and playing music in Tucson for the past twelve years as both a solo artist and the front person for her band, The Spurloafers. Her music is a blend of folk, blues, and old-style country with a bit of the desert mixed in for good measure.
Determined Luddites Saturday 6:00 – Museum
Acoustic music for the sophisticated urban hillbilly. The Luddites play high-octane original music with tinges of folk, country, and punk. Always be careful of a band who's unofficial anthem is a song called "I Took Some Pills". On the other hand, when the revolution comes, who you gonna call?
Don Simpson and Friends Sunday 2:00 – Museum
Don Simpson and friends do dark and light songs. A musical black and tan with guitars and vocal harmonies.
The Dusty Buskers Saturday 4:30 – Plaza
This is bluegrass, Celtic and folk music guaranteed to make you smile! The Dusty Buskers offer arrangements of traditional tunes full of hobos, heartbreak, trains and spirits - the kinds you drink from a bottle, the ones that haunt after death and the sort that need lifting.
Eb Eberlein Saturday 4:30 – Courtyard
A singer-songwrite in the Woody, Rambling Jack tradition, Eb brings songs of freedom and the heart to the stage on 6 string guitar, dobro and harmonica. A rare solo appearance.
Elise Grecco Sunday 3:00 – La Cocina
Elise is returning this year with guitar in hand like she did in the early years of her Tucson performance history. With her rich, deep voice and nostalgic songs, you do not want to miss this rare opportunity to see Elise Grecco.
Elizabeth Tighe Saturday 3:00 – Plaza
Elizabeth is a Tucson native, first appearing on the music scene on Cinco de Mayo, 2010 at age 10 performing an original song she wrote for piano in Spanish. Elizabeth now lives in Phoenix where she performs regularly and was a finalist in a 2013 "Idol" competition performing only original music for guitar. She aspires to be a professional musician/singer/songwriter.
Eric Hansen Saturday 4:00 – Patio
Eric has a warmth and love for his audience that just makes you feel so darn good. His songs range from an interactive chorus barking like dogs, to deep thoughts to sentimental love songs. Eric truly appreciates every day and every person in this world, and he wraps up little bits of life and gives them to the audience as his gift of thanks.
Greg Loumeau Saturday 2:30 – Courtyard
Greg is a singer/songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player and keyboardist whose career spans more than three decades. His repertoire includes hundreds of original songs that range in style from folk rock to pop, country and jazz. He is a popular entertainer at a variety of venues, including: coffee houses, restaurants, clubs and festivals. His melodies are infectious, and audiences leave his concerts singing along to the catchy tunes stuck in their heads.
Heather Lil' Mama Hardy Band Saturday 7:30 – Plaza
Heather “Lil’ Mama” Hardy began studying the piano at age six and picked up the violin at nine. In 1983 entered The Manhattan School of Music and studied under Raphael Bronstein. In 1984 she joined The False Prophets Punk band and began touring the US and Europe. After moving to Tucson in 1990, she joined the Sam Taylor Band. By 1997, Heather had formed her Lil'Mama Band. In 2000, she was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame. Heather tours internationally and has released 3 albums.
High Desert Saturday 2:30 – Plaza
Don Hughes, John June and Larry Lashbrook are "High Desert." Their music is influenced by 60's folk, light rock and classic country. As a band they have been performing for a dozen years playing regularly all over the local area. This will be their 8th year appearing at the Tucson Folk Festival.
I Hear Voices! Saturday 5:30 – Courtyard
I Hear Voices! is a vocal quartet formed by Bobby Kimmel, the founding member of The Stone Poneys with Linda Ronstadt, and includes Bobby Ronstadt, Suzy Ronstadt and Kathy Harris. The group features up-beat & positive songs, sung in lush 4-part harmonies. 2014 will include shows at the legendary McCabe's Guitar Shop in LA and a local show featuring Laurie Lewis, plus the release of the groups 2nd CD featuring brilliant Tucson players, Greg Morton on guitar and Heather Hardy on fiddle.
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Ice-9 Saturday 6:30 – La Cocina
Ice-9 is a consistent festival favorite-a notoriously unclassifiable trio featuring Michael Tanzillo, a songster extraordinaire, on guitar, the distinctive harmonica work of Richard M. and the fluid and upbeat bass of Slim Ross. They'll be joined by the talented Mitzi Cowell and her tasteful guitar playing, and the strong, beautiful voice of Nancy Lynn Bright.
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Israfel Awakened Saturday 12:30 – Courtyard
This trio of young women intertwine touching and deep lyrics about life, love, and friendship with heart-melting harmonies. Lead singer and songwriter, Ellanora DesManae, fronts this Global Change Music record label band and composes most of the songs with a soulful and stylish voice that is beyond her 16 years. Background vocalists Savijaveh and Ascendia blend as one voice with her. The three grew up singing and making music together and this unity comes through in the music.
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JC & Laney Saturday 7:00 – La Cocina
A High Energy AZ Americana Duo, JC Scott acoustic guitar & vocals, writing songs since age 12 & Laney Greynolds with years touring as a lead singer, fuse to create shows always filled with Playful Banter, Memorable Songs, Emotionally Charged Lyrics & Unmistakable Harmonies to make your toes tap & steal your heart away. Perform over 100 times each yr. 5 CDs Cataloged over 70 original songs in the past 4 yrs. & 2 CDs on top 100 Internet Radio Charts. 2nd place TFF songwriting contest 2011 & 2013.
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Jillian Bessett Sunday 1:00 – Plaza
Jillian Bessett is a soul-folk singer born in Tucson, AZ. Her musical influences include Bill Withers, Ani DiFranco, Charles Bradley.
Joel Eliot Sunday 11:30 – La Cocina
I'm a cowboy singer, mostly. I collect and perform songs that reflect the West and the Western Lifestyle. Sometimes that includes songs or poems about drifters, miners, saloons, sailors, not just cowboys. I've been influenced by Bob Dylan, Ian Tyson, Robert Earl Keen, Tom Russell, and many Western Americana artists. I write a few songs but I really enjoy performing iconic songs of the West.
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Joyce Luna Sunday 2:30 – Plaza
Joyce Luna started out as a singer/songwriter/guitarist/dulcimerist in the duo "Justina & Joyce". They self-released 2 CDs and sold over 10,000 copies. While preparing to record her 1st solo CD, several back surgeries forced Joyce to take an extended sabbatical from performing. Now she is "back" onstage and wants to learn what trending means. Lahri Bond wrote in "Dirty Linen",[Joyce Luna] possesses exactly what the throngs of angst-mad modern folk singers only crave: originality, wit & style."
Karen Mal Sunday 5:00 – Plaza
Karen Mal, from Austin, Texas, is a past winner of the TFF song contest, and is delighted to be returning to Tucson this year. She has five CDs, including her newest release, a collection of lullabies in honor of her daughter. She's been touring nationally for the last 12 years on her own and as a mandolinist for other folksingers. In addition to her daughter Coralina, she's also raising 20 laying hens, 2 dogs and one cat.
Karima Walker Sunday 11:00 – La Cocina
Tucson raised musician and songwriter Karima Walker brings you original tunes, quiet musings on loss, love and hope.
Kathy Kolmer Saturday 3:00 – Courtyard
Singer/Songwriter born and raised in Waterloo, Illinois. The small southern Illinois town and surrounding farmland inspire songs with romance, heartbreak and storytelling that is captivating. Described by a fellow musician as "Cold Weather Folk" Kathy Kolmer's music will take you back home.
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Keli and the Dream Sunday 6:00 – La Cocina
Keli and the Dream is a fairly new local act centering on founder and front woman of local band The Tryst. At the forefront of the project you will will find Keli's sweet, rich, velvety vocals and you will find her being backed by a number of Tucsons finest musicians all culminating in a intoxicating sound that you won't wanna miss!
The Keller Sisters Saturday 7:00 – Plaza
Sheryl and Kerry grew up in San Francisco and started singing together in glee clubs, choirs and musical theater . Daughters of film and theater performer " Eileen Christy " the summers were spent on the road learning from the best . They were also discovering guitars and folk music.After years in a rock and blues band they missed the stripped down acoustic sound that they loved as children.In 2012 the sisters began performing as a duo again and released their first CD " Shine ".
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Kristie Cunningham Saturday 12:00 – Courtyard
Back for her third year at the Folk Festival, Kristie Cunningham offers an eclectic mix of folky originals and covers that make you say, "Oh, I LOVE this song!" Come sing along! Kristie is also the singer/guitarist for The Shameless Flirts.
Kyle Bronsdon Saturday 2:00 – Plaza
Kyle Bronsdon is a genre iconoclast, warping the blues of his hometown of Chicago, pilfering jazz, and mildly damaging country and Americana. He regrets that he doesn't have the skill to do better justice to any of these styles but makes few genuine apologies for the songs he writes. As a piano player, he has been described as "pretty good for a drummer."
Lara Ruggles Sunday 1:00 – La Cocina
Lara’s music is intensely soulful and unafraid to acknowledge the dark places within the range of the human emotional experience. She engages with her audiences in an unabashedly genuine way, telling raw stories and allowing her own vulnerability to to be a point of connection and empowerment. The Colorado Music Buzz says: "An accomplished pianist, guitar player, and Folk Artist to be reckoned with...Lara Ruggles as composer is fearless."
Larry Armstrong & CopperMoon Saturday 3:00 – Museum
Locally active since the mid-1980s, CopperMoon builds it's sets around a mix of originals by Larry Armstrong, classic country, and Americana singer/songwriters. Americana Music from deep in the heart of Tucson. Larry Armstrong sings and plays guitar. Kathy Armstrong sings and plays harmonica and egg. Sam Sawyer plays bass. John Jensen plays whatever he wants. Larry and John are members of the Tucson Musicians Museum. CopperMoon plays every other Sunday at Nimbus Brewery.
Last Minute Bluegrass Saturday 4:30 – Patio
LMB is a multi-generational, high-energy, high-fun Bluegrass outfit hailing from central New Mexico. Winners of the 2012 Santa Fe Bluegrass Festival band contest. They play locally and at festivals including Pickamania, Socorrofest, and SF Bluegrass Festival.
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Lee Penn Sky Saturday 1:00 – Courtyard
Lee plays folk-oriented songs that span the Americana range, rooted in his Michigan childhood and the high-plains desert of Idaho, where he now resides.Though poetic Lee's songwriting is deceptively simple, but the unadorned nature of his writing makes the songs all the more powerful - he has a way of cutting to the heart of a matter and is often compared to Colin Hay. As a solo artist he has a unique, direct, dynamic style of conveying his lyrics which lends to a very intimate feel.
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LeeAnne Savage & Her Curveball Cowboys Sunday 5:30 – La Cocina
Over the past 15 years, LeeAnne Savage has been a mainstay in Tucson music, sharing the stage with national acts such as Lonestar, Belinda Carlisle, Clay Walker, Kool and the Gang, The B-52’s, Eddie Money, Jefferson Starship, and most recently, Clint Black. LeeAnne has also been adding to her collection of TAMMIE awards - most recently in 2012 when she won five separate awards that included Entertainer of the Year as well Best CD, Best Country Band, Best Songwriter and Best Female Vocalist.
Leila Lopez Sunday 6:30 – La Cocina
Linda Chorney Saturday 5:00 – La Cocina
Chorney made history as the first truly independent Grammy-nominated artist, for Best Americana Album, "Emotional Jukebox", featuring originals that straddle rock, folk and country. "Her vocals are confident and soulful, and her songwriting strong, with a wry humor that should appeal to lovers of folk, R&B, contemporary blues and Americana" (SF Weekly). Last year, at her Tucson Folk Fest debut, received a standing ovation for her hilarious poignant song "The Cantina". Don't miss her perform it!
Linda Lou & the Desert Drifters Sunday 3:00 – Museum
We play an eclectic combination of folk, jugband, old-timey, bluegrass and western--and have alot of fun doing it! John Jensen plays dobro, "Arizona Slim" Tim Barrett fiddles away, Barry Schaede plucks the bass, Ric Volante plays mandolin and Linda Lou strums guitar and sings. We hope you will come enjoy our music!
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The Long Wait Sunday 2:30 – La Cocina
The Long Wait merges the songwriting sensibilities of yesteryear with melodic harmonies and guitar. They have performed at the Folk Festival every year since 2011. They have also performed at various local venues and are looking to showcase their music to many more venues around town. With Liz Cerepanya’s lead vocals combined with Bjorgvin Benediktsson’s guitar and vocals, The Long Wait plays melodic folk rock that caters to anyone who can relate to strong melodies and popular song structure.
Lori Sumberg Saturday 5:30 – Museum
Award-winning singer-songwriter-guitarist Lori Laska Sumberg takes her cues from the likes of contemporary singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow and the Divine Ms. Joni Mitchell creating an inspired, rhythmic folk-rock sound. Lori’s 2013 album, Tales of the Road, enjoyed success with a release concert at the Fox Tucson Theatre and the honor of being “Artist Pick of the Week” on KXCI radio. Lori's emotionally compelling lyrics and heartfelt voice can be heard on her latest release, Farther to Run (2014).
Michael Cooney Sunday 12:00 – Plaza
Former Tucsonan Michael Cooney is "a one-man folk festival," according to The New York Post. "He gives the audience a crash course in folk music, but keeps the mood cheery and informal." (Boston Globe) "Like Pete Seeger, he can turn a whole auditorium into a living room." (NY Times) "An exceptional folk singer, Cooney is also a sincere folklorist. Not only does he sing well, but he can also weave engrossing tales about how, why and when the songs came about." (Ottawa Citizen)
michael friedmann Saturday 1:30 – La Cocina
After a 15-year foray into jazz, Michael Friedmann returns to his pop roots with his debut album Stuck in Samsara, a collection of brooding, melancholy original songs. "Lest you get the idea that Stuck in Samsara is standard folky singer/songwriter fare, the fingerprints of Friedmann's jazz background are all over the album...gorgeously fluid...wistful and uplifting..." -Tucson Weekly, June 2010
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Minute2Minute Saturday 5:00 – Museum
Minute2Minute is a Gypsy/Roma-inspired folk troupe that performs a lively blend of traditional and contemporary music. The eight-member troupe includes vocals, clarinet, bass, percussion on a variety of folk drums and objects, two guitars, two mandolins, and a Sultry Stage Madam sure to bring a smile to your face.
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The Missing Parts Saturday 2:30 – Museum
Expect to hear echos of everything from Beethoven, to the Balkans, Buenos Aires to Appalachia. The Missing Parts are an instrumental trio consisting of violin, cello and acoustic guitar. Playing mostly original compositions (with a few traditionals for good measure) the group pairs intense, technical musicianship with soulful melodies and unpredictable transitions. The Missing Parts have been touring the West since '08 (or so).
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Mitzi Cowell Sunday 5:00 – Courtyard
This year Mitzi's set will feature her newly acquired 1935 National resonator guitar, so you can count on some incomparable blues slide tones as well as some sweet, fresh original songs from this funky fingerpicking Folk Fest fave. Yeah, she'll have some friends up to join her.
Moonshine Sunday 12:00 – La Cocina
If you enjoy the lively Old-time traditional dance music of fiddle tunes along with some songs, then you will love Moonshine because that is exactly what we play. And we use the traditional instruments of fiddle, guitar, mandolin, Irish tenor banjo, five-string banjo, and hammered dulcimer. So come tap your toes to this music and fill your spirits with Moonshine!
The Moonstruck Coyotes Sunday 4:30 – Plaza
The Moonstruck Coyotes band was formed in 2009 and they've been howlin' at the moon ever since, performing a soulful mix of original Western Songs, Cowboy Swing, and 50's Rhythm & Blues Favorites. The Moonstruck Coyotes are renowned for their close vocal harmonies and shimmering guitar and mandolin accompaniment. Saddle up and enjoy The Moonstruck Coyotes!
Mrs Lincoln Saturday 1:00 – Museum
Arizona’s own eclectic attack of American roots music, performing their expanding repertoire of re-arranged favorites and prolific originals. With a familiar sound they explore unfamiliar territory in their lyrics, harmonies and arrangements. With Annrenee Jones singing and on guitar Gram Benike on slide guitar, Marconias sings and plays mandolins, guitar, banjo and harmonicas, Dave Wells drives upright and electric basses, while Chad Standlea sings,plays guitar, mandolin, and percussion.
Muhlenberg County Sunday 1:30 – Courtyard
Muhlenberg County is a group of 4 lovers of traditional country/folk music. We are big fans of singer/songwriter John Prine. Our name refers to the area in Kentucky where John's parents came from that he refers to in his song "Paradise". We are: Millie Davis, lead/harmony vocals and guitar, Vince Ingrassia, lead/harmony vocals and guitar, David Rubin, violin and harmony vocals, Mike Jenkins, Resonator guitar (Dobro) and an occasional background hum. We cover songs from the late 1800s to present.
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Mustang Corners Saturday 3:00 – La Cocina
Seasoned singer/songwriters and multi-instrumentalists raised in Baja Arizona playing their original tunes about natural disasters, mass transit catastrophes, venomous reptiles, heartbreak and fried chicken.
Mzekala Balkan Ensemble Sunday 11:30 – Courtyard
Mzekala is Tucson's premiere Balkan a capella ensemble. We’ve been singing together since 1991. Our name means “Sun Woman.” It is our pleasure to share the song and culture of the Balkans with you.
Neil McCallion and The Mighty Maxwells Sunday 3:30 – Museum
The original music of The Mighty Maxwells ranges from breakneck country to cry-in-your-beer blues. With Tucson legend Allan "El voz" Bartlett on drums, Gentleman Jack Fandray on bass guitar, and songwriter Neil McCallion on guitar, you can expect to stumble just a little off the beaten path with this raucous trio.
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Noctrane Sunday 1:00 – Museum
Noctrane, an adventurous new band, explores the dynamic rhythms and sonic landscapes of jazz, bluegrass and roots music.  The ensembles’ broad influences include music pillars such as Thelonious Monk, Pat Metheny, Earl Skruggs and J.S. Bach. Their performances are a blend of ground breaking original compositions, as well as, exciting arrangements of jazz and bluegrass classics played with ease and virtuosity.
Northeast by Southwest Sunday 12:30 – La Cocina
Northeast by Southwest debuted at the 2013 Tucson Folk Festival and plays original music by Susan Taunton, who performs on guitar with accompaniment by Bev Seckinger on bass and Shanti Foster on mandolin and violin. Susan lived for 37 years in the Philadelphia area before moving to Tucson in 1991. She began writing songs at the age of 16. The untimely passing of her oldest friend in life in May 2011 unleashed a torrent of new songs that explore themes of longing for home and redemption.
The Out of Kilters Sunday 6:00 – Museum
We're all about traditional Irish music; those ballads, jigs and reels that make you tap your feet and want to get up and dance. We feature pennywhistles, accordion, guitar, fiddle, banjo, bass,Irish drum, and vocalizing. You'll also hear some tunes you've never heard before, as Peter, Russ, and Tom debut their original tunes, still with that traditional Irish feel. We feature some raucous tunes about drinking and fighting...but honestly we are a bunch of happily sober pacifists!
Pamela Reinagel Saturday 2:00 – Patio
Pamela Reinagel brings a fresh voice to the oldest stories ever told. She takes a storyteller's approach to traditional ballad singing. As an unaccompanied vocalist, she interprets traditional story-songs from throughout the English speaking world - from Appalachia to Texas, from Ireland to Australia. Her influences include Pete Seeger, Jean Ritchie, Joan Baez, Mississippi John Hurt, Anne Briggs, Jean Ridpath, and Shirley Collins. These songs are the deepest roots of American folk.
Pete Covitz Sunday 4:00 – Museum
I write three types of songs: ones that parody songwriting, others are songs I heard (in the distance, on the radio or in a dream) but can't remember so I "re-create" them incorrectly and lastly those that have roots in Americana.
Pete Steinberg Saturday 6:30 – Plaza
As a kid I learned blues and fingerpicking from Lightnin' Hopkins, Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt and Merle Travis. I learned bottleneck from Son House. I have won several state championships and now teach fingerstyle guitar at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. I play everything from country blues to swing. I like to entertain. I am not PC. We are going to have fun.
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Privy Tippers Saturday 1:30 – Museum
The Privy Tippers are lurking nearby… think about that when you step into the Porta Potty! The Privy Tippers are: Jacquie Wohl on fiddle, Dave Firestine on mandolin, Jerry Ray We-Inert on bass, and Jesse Jacob Anderson on guitar. We love playing high-energy old time dance music. We will sing some of your favourite goofy songs. Enjoy the Festival!
Puca Saturday 3:30 – Courtyard
Puca? Sounds like pooka, which is what? Shape shifters, sound shifters….Claire Zucker and Dave Firestine bring a spontaneous collection of weird songs, tunes, and stories from deepest, darkest Cucamonga, and other exotic sounding places. Strings, drums, hums, reeds, and feet!
Randy Lee Brown Saturday 12:00 – Plaza
I am an Arizona based songwriter with songs in 7 motion pictures & 25 television shows. Writing country & Americana songs I have also won 2 national songwriting contests, one by American Songwriter magazine & one by Billboard magazine.
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Red Rock Crossing Band Sunday 3:00 – Plaza
Red Rock Crossing Band BIO Hometown: Sedona, AZ Members: Gary and Rochelle Tinstman & Terri Sue Rossi Red Rock Crossing Band is fast becoming known for their "off-the-hook" harmonies and unique song arrangements. Gary plays bass and ukelele. Rochelle plays mandolin/percussion/ukelele. Terri Sue plays rhythm guitar and mandolin. All three sing lead and harmony in a wide variety of songs from folk to jazz.
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Riddle & The Stars Saturday 6:00 – La Cocina
Bobbo & Tracy Byrnes, the duo that makes up the core of The Fallen Stars, have been making music and traveling the world playing their brand of Americana music for over a decade. While on tour in Germany last year they were paired up with Australian singer/songwriter Ben Riddle and they started playing and writing together. Offered a joint record deal, they spent 3 weeks in Southern California making "This is Happening", which has been called "Fleetwood Mac meets The Waterboys".
Right Brain Ready Sunday 1:30 – Museum
Come hear some exciting covers of bands as far away as Australia and Maine as well as more familiar tunes from southwest artists and others. We mix swing and dance tunes with more somber minor chord offerings with the bluesy voice of Jackie Hesford combining with the groups vocals, Jim Dumbauld on guitar,mando and bass, Barry Richards on dobro and and bass all to the rhythm of Randy Omdahl on cahone and Wally Lawder sittin in. For a good variety of songs and vocal harmonies, check us out!
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The Robby Roberson Quartet Saturday 3:30 – Museum
The Robby Roberson Quartet's music is reminiscent of 'americana roots.’ Our repertoire consists of original songs that are stories of fact, fiction, joy, and sorrow; set against a backdrop of the various acoustic stringed and percussive instruments that create a balanced harmonic, organic, and original musical style. The Quartet consists of Robby Roberson (vocal, guitars, banjo, mandolin, resonators), Ed Garnero (bass, vocal), Michael Mulryan (fiddle) and Jim Banister (percussion, vocal).
Robyn Landis Sunday 4:30 – Courtyard
Melodic original folk-pop-Americana by a warm, unpretentious, energetic performer with intelligent, evocative lyrics and pure vocals. A childhood poet, spelling bee champ, and published author, Robyn’s literate songcraft has earned 50+ songwriting honors—1st place Woody Guthrie Folk Festival and Grand Prize John Lennon Songwriting Contest among them. A nationally touring songwriter with two acclaimed CDs, she discovered Tucson via TFF in 2005 and moved here in 2010. This is her 10th year at TFF!
Roman Barten-Sherman Saturday 2:30 – Patio
Roman has been playing stringed instruments since receiving an enchanted handmade banjo at the age of 2. His early influences were Bob Dylan and Leadbelly. Now at the age of 11, he has immersed himself in fingerstyle and country blues guitar, including the music of Fred McDowell, Blind Blake and John Fahey. Roman has performed at the Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, MS and the Centrum Acoustic Blues Workshop in Port Townsend, WA. He lives in Tucson, AZ.
Ron Pandy Saturday 3:30 – La Cocina
Lots of great originals by the Song Dog. Wit without the pretense of wisdom. Dr Demento himself agrees with this after hearing "The Age Of Asparagus"!
Roon Saturday 2:00 – Courtyard
Socorro's good time original folk rock band. Hard to categorize, fun to listen to.
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roth d'lux Saturday 4:30 – La Cocina
roth d’lux Partners in song and life, Ginette and Daniel have been creating and performing together for almost forever. Originally from Winnipeg, this duo has performed its own brand of acoustic prairie soul from the Canadian Shield, to the beaches of the Caribbean, to the desert of Tucson, where they now call home.
Sabrina & Craig Sunday 6:00 – Plaza
Sabrina & Craig entertain with musical and lyrical depth yet a refreshing variety of songs and styles that are at turns lyrically sophisticated, whimsical, witty, and always engaging with heart-felt honesty. Their sound is rooted in luscious and unique harmonies anchored by Craig’s finely-crafted guitar arrangements and award-winning finger-style playing. Their ease with each other and their audience invites listeners into musical ‘storyscapes’ embellished with bass, harmonica, ukulele, & humor.
Sandy Hathaway Sunday 2:30 – Courtyard
Sandy Hathaway is from Chandler, AZ and has been playing live in AZ for over 14 years. She has performed at the Tucson Folk Festival since 2005 and was in the top 10 Songwriting contest for 2004. The music is an eclectic mix of folk and indie rock. Sandy has a new CD Edge of Twilight. Her songs are colorful, soulful and descriptive. In the last two years Patty Arnold has accompnaied Sandy at festivals and gigs. Her flute music is hauntingly beautiful and on several of the tracks.
Scatter the Dust Sunday 3:30 – La Cocina
You'll want to push back the kitchen chairs and grab a partner for an old style Irish country house dance, or just sit back and enjoy a traditional song or two. Scatter the Dust's jaunty jigs, punchy reels, soulful airs and traditional songs will transport you from the dry heat of the Old Pueblo to the green hills of the Auld Sod. Uilleann pipes (Eric Wilson), fiddle (Sharon Goldwasser), guitar & bodhran (Frank Daley), vocals (Maggie Morton).
Sid Hausman Saturday 12:30 – Museum
SID HAUSMAN loves good horses and stories about the Wild West. Sid performs at Cowboy Poetry Gatherings and Folk Festivals across the country.This troubador has also performed four times at the Edinburgh International Folk Festival in Scotland and has written and illustrated three books for children. He is a strong and varied instrumentalist playing banjo, guitar, ukulele, harmonica and bones. Sid's songs and stories reflect his experience with the rural environment of the southwest.
Tom Bertling, a.k.a. “smootmahooty,” is a full time working musician. He has been playing around Phoenix and Northern Arizona for the last 30 years. His earliest musical influences were listening to his grandmother play guitar and sing old songs from the 20’s and 30’s, and of course the Beatles. With an appreciation for all kinds of musical styles, Toms’ original music cannot be categorized. He writes a little bit of everything and he calls it “Mutt Music.”
The Speedway Brothers Sunday 5:30 – Plaza
James Swafford (mandolin and harmonica) and Thom Gelineau (guitar and vocals) played together in a high school rock band 45 years ago and hadn't seen each other since. James saw Thom on Facebook and they found out that they both liked Country and Bluegrass Music. Thom told James that he had written about 50 songs and they started playing together again. With the addition of Bill Clifford on lead guitar they became "The Speedway Brothers". Come and hear their lively country influenced set.
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Stone Broke Band Sunday 4:30 – Museum
The Stone Broke Band departs from the mega-decibel country and rockabilly of recent years. We favor the clean tones of acoustic guitar, mandolin, dobro and bass – but oh Lord, we know how to make ’em growl. Originals range from the jazzy "Stone Broke Swing” to the heartbreak “I Know" and into extrospective realms such as "Xenophobia Blues"' - Stone Broke is: Jason Stone, Dan Sorenson and Ric Volante, all accomplished pickers and singers from Southern Arizona’s rich music scene.
String Bean Folk Orchestra Saturday 12:00 – Museum
The String Bean Folk Orchestra is a unique ensemble comprised of local musicians who have come together to perform folk tunes and songs arranged for a large ensemble. Performing on fiddles, mandolins, bass, harp, clarinet, and whistle, we showcase a wide variety of folk traditions including American fiddle tunes, Irish, Cajun, Klezmer, and more! More fun than you can imagine.
Tammy West Saturday 12:30 – Plaza
hopeful, melancholy americana
Three-Legged Dog Sunday 3:30 – Plaza
Three-Legged Dog is a contemporary version of string bands from the 30s and 40s that played everything -- old ballads, fiddle tunes, blues, pop songs of the day -- on acoustic instruments. They take to the stage with twelve to twenty instruments: guitars, mandolins, banjos, Dobro and Hawaiian guitar, fiddle, cello, upright and fretless electric bass, accordion, bouzouki, harmonica, mandocello.
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TITAN VALLEY WARHEADS Sunday 6:00 – Courtyard
Titan Valley is a five piece bluegrass band from Tucson, Arizona. They perform regularly throughout Arizona and the Southwest playing a blend of acoustic bluegrass, western and western swing music. Known for their tight harmonies and instrumental skill, Titan Valley has been voted Best Bluegrass Band by the Tucson Area Music Awards and won the prestigious “Best Band” title at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. They have also performed for appreciative crowds at festivals, concerts and corporat
The Ukesters Saturday 4:00 – Courtyard
The Ukesters are a group of senior citizens playing ukuleles. They have performed in Tucson, Green Valley, the Pima County Fair. Their first Folk Festival appearance was the 25th Annual Folk Festival. Our group plays most styles of music country and western, 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, some 60's, folk, blues, rock, holiday music, and we even play Hawaiian music too. If you are looking for a unique comical and all around fun give The Ukesters a call at (520) 663-1218. Happy Strumming!
Uncommon Folk Sunday 12:30 – Museum
Susan Shobe (vocals, percussion, and melodica), BJ Bartlett (bass and vocals), Brad Herbert (guitar and vocals), and Alan Clark (mandolin and vocals) have musical interests ranging from folky folk, to bluegrass, to funk, to rock and beyond. You will hear some original music along with some covers you never thought you would hear at a folk festival. So find a seat and pay the conductor. You know where this train starts and ends but there are going to be some unexpected stops along the way.
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Wally Lawder and Acoustic Sky Saturday 2:30 – La Cocina
On a stormy night in Katmandu four strangers sought shelter at an inn, having met only after being kidnapped by insurgents and left with little to nothing. The innkeeper, sympathetic, said "Is there some way you can repay me?” One of the strangers noticed a collection of local folk instruments and began to play. One by one each of the strangers picked up an instrument. Guests descended into the lobby to listen; passersby stepped in from the street. The innkeeper smiled. So began Acoustic Sky.
Way Out West Sunday 5:30 – Museum
WAY OUT WEST is a psycho-Sonoran band that specializes in "Bordergrass" music. Their performances include alot of their own celebrated songwriting as well as creative covers of some Western classics. Expect an energetic set from Tom Poley, Emmy Creigh and Slim Rost and friends with guitars, banjos, bass accordions and harmonies.
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Wayback Machine Saturday 6:30 – Courtyard
Question: When is a cover band not really a cover band? Answer: When it chooses tunes no one has either heard of or would ever dare to attempt. Add lots of rich harmonies, three different lead singers, a little bit of jamming and a little bit of Dead and that's mostly who we are.
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Whiskey & Honey Sunday 2:00 – Courtyard

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Widow's Hill Saturday 1:30 – Courtyard
Widow's Hill has been playing rockabilly, vintage country, and happy Hillbilly, feel-good music together for 3 years now. We play and sing music that will have your toes a-tappin' and your hounddog's tail a-waggin' with our resplendent harmonies by Ruthie Spies, hot guitar licks by Jimbo Becker, and a sumptuously cool acoustic bass line from Fed Pennacchini. So bring the folks, bring the kids, shoot, bring all your kin, 'cause we always provide a fun musical experience for the whole family.
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WomanSong Saturday 4:00 – La Cocina
WomanSong is one of Tucson's premier female vocal ensembles. Pure and sweet vocal harmonies from Linda Rothchild and Grace Hartman and one of Tucson's hottest multi-instrumentalists, Mark Holdaway of Baba Marimba. Their music is full of warmth and life, joy and happiness, tenderness and fire. Come out and enjoy some of your old favorites done up in WomanSong's signature arrangements. From intense and exciting to soft sweet sounds hanging in the air, this group can really take your breath away.
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