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Abby K Sunday 2:00 – Court
Abby K is honest. Her melodies are instantly hummable and imminently memorable, and her stories will hit you smack dab in the heart. In all, Abby K is hard to categorize. She is not pop. She is not country. She is not rock. Nor is she alternative or folk. She is Heart Rock. Her sound is nostalgic and modern in the same breath. Abby's fourth album, “Where We’re At”, co-written with husband, touches upon the reality of what it means to be “getting by” together during a time of great uncertainty.
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Alan Ehrlich Saturday 3:30 – Telles
I am a singer songwriter with an eclectic style that offers up flavors of folk, country, swing, bluegrass, blues, reggae and western swing. My songs are about current issues like homelessness, immigration, the environment, globalization and aging. I was told that I have a “special way of communicating big ideas in simple terms”. You can also expect to hear witty, satirical songs. I have on several occasions been a finalist in the Tumbleweed Music Festival songwriting contest.
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Alison Wahl Sunday 2:30 – Court
Alison Wahl’s work as a vocalist, composer, and songwriter spans many genres and seeks to center authentic human presence. Her music is earnestly human, stubbornly optimistic, intricate, and thoughtful. Her newest EP, “Songs of Change,” was released in September of 2022. Equally at home on the operatic and oratorio stage, Alison was praised by the Chicago Tribune for her “appealing,” “bright, vibrant soprano.”
Amber Norgaard & Friends Sunday 3:30 – Presidio Museum
Described as “Tucson’s folk-rock goddess” (Natural Awakenings), Norgaard is a nurse-turned-singer/songwriter who uses music as a healing art to foster compassion, spirituality and positive social change. She is known for her passionate vocal/piano/guitar delivery, eloquent lyrics and graceful melodies that inspire hope. Since departing her Alaskan nursing career, she has released seven albums, toured nationally, opened for Judy Collins and Kenny Loggins and achieved songwriting accolades.
Anne English Music Saturday 2:30 – Court
Anne English Music is considered New Acoustic Folk Duo based in Tucson AZ. Originally from New England. Most appearances at this Festival were from 1988,and with others(vocal, Guitar) or several groups under Anne English Music. Sujahni Blacker drumming and percussion journey has included study in West African drumming and performing with The Dancing Trees and Rubyfruit Marimba bands in Portland Oregon. Since moving to Tucson she has performed as a percussionist and drummer with Anne English.
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Arielle Silver Saturday 5:30 – Telles
Arielle Silver is a consummate storyteller whose rich, expressive voice and acoustic guitar frame expansive melodies that echo her tours and travels across the American heartland. Raised on folk festival fields and synagogue pews, in woodsy and watery places up and down the Atlantic Seaboard, Arielle now lives in Los Angeles, just a traffic jam away from the Pacific Ocean. "Commands attention from the moment she takes the stage" - Folk Project NJ; "Superb stage presence" - Music Connection
Arizona Balalaika Orchestra Saturday 12:00 – North Church
Celebrating it's 44th 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.
The Arnold/Klingenfus Ensemble Sunday 3:00 – North Church
Redefining folk music since 1983, the Ensemble features stark original music with songs you never expect to be heard at a folk festival.
Ava Paige Sunday 6:00 – Wildflower
Writing songs since she was small and taking guitar lessons since 7 years old, Ava Paige is decidedly unique from other teenagers. Her idols have always been the creators of songs and she has never wavered in her desire to be one of them. An innate understanding of lifetimes past with her naturally young perspective has proven beneficial in her delivery of any song. This skill is especially reflected in her writing, which is why she continues to work with some of the industry’s best, with co-writes recorded by Lee Ann Womack, Chris Stapleton, Cody Johnson and more. She has also performed at legendary venues such as the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, the MGM grand in Las Vegas, and was aired on the Kelly Clarkson Show in 2023. With her music career traveling in the fast lane, Paige was delivered a blow just before her 15th birthday. She was diagnosed with leukemia. Gigs and songwriting were put on hold and replaced with chemotherapy treatments. Ava is excited to announce she finished all treatments for leukemia on Dec 13th 2021 and is Cancer Free!
Ayla Moreno Sunday 12:30 – Wildflower
She is a winner in various national and international competitions such as Young Artists’ Competition by the Civic Orchestra of Tucson, Dorothy Vanek Youth Concerto competition by Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, CT, Concerto competition by Tucson Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, WPTO Spain International Piano Competition, Tiziano Rossetti International Music Competition, Charleston International Music Competition and many more.
Baba Marimba Sunday 7:15 – Plaza
We play “World Beat Fusion" featuring baritone and soprano marimbas, kalimbas, electric viola, conch shells and African, Latin and Middle Eastern drums and percussion, mixed with drums, bass, guitar, horns and flute. We create original compositions that draw heavily from Latin, Jazz, African, Reggae and R & B genres - with a few tangos and waltzes - hence the fusion tag. We love to make people dance!
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Baja Caravan Sunday 2:30 – Presidio Museum
Baja Caravan has a unique musical style which blends folk surf reggae rock with the rhythms of Latin music. They have played all over Arizona and are quickly becoming one of the best original bands to come out of Tucson. They get their unique sound through a diverse musical background. Grab a drink and relax, they are considered Tucson's island music!;
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Barnaby and the Butcher Saturday 1:30 – North Church
Barnaby and the Butcher are a 4-piece from Tucson, AZ; playing music from the broadly defined genres of Roots Rock and Americana. Their original compositions and cover choices run the gamut of classic country, dark country, blues, and rock; all of which they perform with a distinctly unique style that evokes deep nostalgia while managing to feel entirely new. These musicians have played internationally for decades; this is the project that finally allows them to play and create together.
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Bella Sunday 5:00 – Wildflower
Bella is a mostly folk and pop performer who sings and plays guitar. The major influences were Hozier and the Lumineers who have been immense influence on style.
Bessett and Callahan Sunday 12:30 – Court
Bessett and Callahan are an alt-country duo from Tucson, Arizona. A one two punch of haunting vocals and sun faded, fuzzed out guitar—Jillian Bessett and Chris Callahan perform lilting western ballads and hook heavy anthems with rock and roll sensibilities.
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The Blue Goats (Duo) Saturday 4:00 – Telles
John Laman formed The Blue Goats in 2009 to showcase his original material. The Blue Goats have an extensive and varied song list covering Country Rock, Americana, Folk and Bluegrass. Their original material reflects the duo's many influences, while their carefully selected classic covers from other genres gain new perspective with their own unique arrangements.
Brett Anthony Saturday 1:30 – Telles
Brett Anthony is a singer/songwriter from Ravensdale, Washington. Brett's inspirations are as wide and varied as the songs he sings. Whether it's a coal mining song about his great grandfather or a song about being isolated and alone in the wilderness with only your thoughts, (and regrets?) Brett's songs invoke a deep appreciation for the journey and the lessons learned. His style has been compared to the likes of John Moreland and Steve Earle.
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Brett Dooley Sunday 5:00 – Telles
Brett Dooley is a local Tucson singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He writes and performs original music with local bands and as a solo performer. Most recently, Brett has released his debut solo album, The Long Road, and will be performing selections from this new release. This album is a chronological exploration of Brett's life, moments that have impacted him the most. These songs reflect his roots in Midwestern farmland, to the US Navy, and now to Tucson, Arizona.
Brian Berggoetz Saturday 3:00 – North Church
Brian is based in Tucson, AZ. His music is sweet and melodic with unique changes. An original Americana sound with songs about love and loss. Violin and lush harmonies are a big part of the sentimentality of the music. They also play original covers, cover songs written to a different melody and chords.
Bryan Fishkind Sunday 1:30 – Telles
Bryan has been writing and performing songs about wild fires, guns, borders, dogs in the night, sanity, vampires, hot shots, princesses, propane, churches, fields, beaches, ships, repression...fractured hearts, words from the beyond, confusion for a half century.
Cabin John Saturday 4:30 – Wildflower
Cabin John is based on the charm of two old and two young people who love to play traditional-style bluegrass music. Howard Anderson, whom we like to call Mr. Bluegrass, and his wife Susan hosted weekly jams in their home for 35 years. Many people got their bluegrass wings right in their living room. Howard joined the Jam Pak Blues ‘N’ Grass Neighborhood Band as a banjo coach and mentor many years ago and continues to support the band in these ways. Seven years ago he formed a small band from members of Jam Pak which now include Alan Moreno on guitar, Nazarena Delgado on bass and banjo, Anni Beach on mandolin, and Howard on banjo. This band plays straight out traditional bluegrass for gigs including the Beach House Reviews, folk and bluegrass festivals, coffee houses, and senior living. They are what down home bluegrass is all about.
Carlos Arzate & the Kind Souls Sunday 12:00 – Plaza
Tucson native Carlos Arzate has been a standout member of the Arizona music community since the 90’s, first known for leading bands like Innisfail and American Android with his huge voice. While those bands were known for their loud, confrontational sound and message, he nurtured a deep love of soul, folk, Norteno, and what is broadly called Americana, influences that finally found a home in his solo project, Carlos Arzate and The Kind Souls.
Chris Baron And Two Secrets Sunday 4:30 – North Church
Chris Baron stormed into the TKMA scene with a rowdy first-place finish in the 2022 Stefan George Songwriting Competition, which culminated in an unprecedented four-song encore on the Plaza Stage the next night. He is a model singer-songwriter from the Pacific NW, with a big band style reminiscent of Cat Stevens. The highly stylized music will draw you in, shake your hand, and eliminate all your fears.
Christine Santelli and Heather Hardy Saturday 4:00 – Presidio Museum
Grammy Nominated songwriter and NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Christine Santelli (guitar,vocals) teams up with Blues Hall of Fame, powerhouse Heather Lil’ Mama Hardy (fiddle,vocals) for special project. Christine and Heather bring deep soul to their original songs, with heartfelt harmonies and pure fire and emotion. Their songs are a combination of blues, americana,and adult alternative. These veterans exhibit true respect for each others art and talent, its obvious in their shows, together
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The Colin Trio Sunday 12:00 – North Church
Less of a trio and more of a triple-headed hydra roving through an alluring array of genre-blending styles, The Colin Trio is anything but typical.Whether it’s Colin’s knack for slipping in and out of musical eras, or bassist Brian Link’s adeptness with any groove, or drummer Cheo Larcombe’s ability to start at the flick of a match, watching The Colin Trio perform live a cavalcade of rock, soul, jazz, funk and the blues.
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Connie Brannock Acoustic Quartet Saturday 4:30 – North Church
Once a year, Connie trades in her dogpound growl for a good ole’ bobcat purr! She’ll be joined by Tucson master musicians Matt Mitchell on acoustic guitar, Rafe Centouri on acoustic bass and Rob Paulus on violin.
The Cross-Eyed Possum Sunday 6:15 – Plaza
The Cross-Eyed Possum is an award-winning, nationally touring, and identical twin-led Newgrass/Americana band playing festivals and events such as Pickin’ in The Pines 2023 and the 40th Annual Huck Finn Jubilee. They feature vocal harmonies and technical proficiency with original music inspired by such groups as CSNY and the Punch Brothers, and also by their dedication to jazz and classical music while attending universities. The band is currently celebrating their second studio album, Out on My Own, which was released in July 2023.
Cypress Grove Sunday 11:30 – Telles
Cypress Grove plays music of our American Heritage. Featuring guitar, harmonica, upright bass and mandolin, plus 3 part harmonies, this versatile collaboration of Tucson musicians explores the deep roots of American acoustic music.
Daniel Bracken Saturday 2:00 – Court
Songwriter and finger-style guitarist Daniel Bracken plays music informed by his rich history as a recordist and producer for Public Media, and as a performer in the US and Ireland. In recent years Dan has delved deeper into personal songcraft, a wholehearted mix expressing the crossroads of spirituality, wistfulness, and humor. His songs embrace many of the storytelling qualities of traditional Irish and American roots music.
Darrell Elmer Rodgers Trio Sunday 12:30 – North Church
Want to DANCE (and Chuckle)? Darrell Elmer Rodgers is a 40+ year veteran songwriter and performer. Often called the "Bard of the Baby Boomers”, his deep voice and witty lyrics are like hearing Hoyt Axton sing a John Prine song. Yet his style is all his own, often with a swing beat that makes you want to DANCE! Matt Bruner (on bass) and drummer Michael Parker, both veteran Tucson performers, complete this trio that has brought past TFF crowds to their feet since their debut in 2009. A must see!
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Deb Seymour Sunday 3:00 – Court
Her third year at the Tucson Folk Festival, Deb Seymour is a true entertainer who sings whimsical comedic originals about hitch-hiking chickens, tango-dancing Martians and the unintended generational consequences of eating a piece of DDT-laced cake (true family story!) When not making you laugh, she will touch your heartstrings with songs from her more serious side- songs of searching, yearning and caring for the environment.
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Desert Museum Family Band Saturday 3:30 – Wildflower
The Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum’s very own resident band is bringing their family show to the Tucson Folk Festival! Sing and dance along to their serenades about desert life that celebrate this beautiful region’s biodiversity with tunes like “I Am a Packrat” and “In the Shade of the Saguaro”.
Determined Luddites Saturday 2:30 – North Church
Original acoustic music for sophisticated urban hillbilly. We've been at this for 30+ years. They didn't send me an application this year. Hmmm....
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Diana Keymolent Saturday 5:00 – Wildflower
Hey I’m Diana Keymolent and I am a current student at Canyon Del Oro High School that was born in Southern California and raised in Arizona. I am aiming for a future in the medical field. My love for music started with the saxophone and evolved to playing both the acoustic and electric guitar and singing. After a long day, I really enjoy playing, learning and writing music.
Don Armstrong and the Whiskeypalians Saturday 4:00 – North Church
For fifty years, folksinger Don Armstrong has been touring the country (also Canada and Mexico) singing his songs. He has been called a "Tucson Treasure" and a "consummate songwriter" (Arizona Daily Star). Don (vocals, guitar, banjo), Liz Cerepanya (vocals), and Peter Dalton Ronstadt (vocals, guitar, Pennsylvania stomp box) make up the nucleus of the Whiskeypalians with Alvin Blaine (dobro) and Slim Rost (bass) filling out the band. "A wonderful and robust performance" - Tucson Folk Festival
Dry River Band Sunday 12:30 – Presidio Museum
The Dry River Band got together about 5 years ago with members that brought folk, blues, country, rock, and Americana influences to the table. From those influences, our shows are a combination of originals and covers mostly from Americana, country, blues, and folk artists, new and old. The band is comprised of Jim White, vocals and rhythm guitar, Hank Childers, vocals and accent guitar, Dave Lehrman, lead guitar, and Mark Nearing, bass.
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The Dry Wash Anglers Sunday 6:00 – Telles
The Dry Wash Anglers perform everything from classic country to hard driving Bluegrass with some thoughtfully written original music as well. Composed of veteran musicians a high energy show is guaranteed!
Dunnóg Saturday 2:00 – Telles
Dunnog plays the music of Irish cottage kitchens, crossroads dances and friendly pub sessions: a lively mix of jigs and reels, with the occasional song tossed in for good measure. Sharon Goldwasser (fiddle), Tom Ryan (mandolin and tenor banjo), and Keith Reins (guitar and vocals) invite you to make yourself at home with us for a few tunes. We take our name from the Irish word for the Dunnock, a sweetly singing bird at home in the gardens and hedgerows of the Irish countryside.
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The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers Sunday 3:00 – Plaza
The band preserves traditional music by echoing the stylings of blues, folk, country, and Gospel music from the early 20th century. They push these genres into new territory with electricity, modern vocal harmonies, and pop music arrangements. They play a combination of Gothic Americana roots, Indie Folk Rock, Rock n' Roll, and traditional Gospel music. A hybridization of genres.
EarthPicks of Cochise County Sunday 2:30 – Telles
The EarthPicks, Liz Lopez and Jeff Sturges, compose and perform songs about the people, history, and natural wonders of Cochise County and the great Southwest. They feature bass, acoustic guitar, harmonica, and vocal harmonies. Liz is a native of Bisbee, currently teaching choral music for the Bisbee Unified School District. Jeff, a long-time resident of Cochise County, is Faculty Emeritus at Cochise College. They make their home in the foothills of the Huachuca Mountains near Sierra Vista.
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Eb's Camp Cookin' Sunday 1:00 – Presidio Museum
We play for your enjoyment. Usually a some of Eb's originals and a couple of seldom heard covers. Rooted in the singer-songwriter tradition with folk, blues, and country influences. From unrequited love to dogs, and intoxication we don't figure any topic is off limits. Shanti Foster on fiddle. Slim Edelman on rhythm and lead guitar. Jim Anderson on rhythm guitar, Of course Phil Anderson on Bass. Eb does promise to keep his shirt on this year no matter what instruments he might pick up.
Eila C. Saturday 3:00 – Wildflower
Claire Wertenberger, aka Eila C., is a 13 year old singer and piano player who is active in choir at Mansfeld Middle School, bikes with El Groupo and has had many years of music lessons. Her love of k-pop songs is contagious and her family has supported her musical expression ever since she was born. Daughter of local music educator and singer, Sara Gascho, Eila C. captures the emotions and musicality of her song selections with skill beyond her age. Her dog is her best friend who sings with her.
Eric Douglas Sunday 12:00 – Telles
Eric Douglas is a true Americana songwriter, drawing on influences from traditional folk, blues, bluegrass, and jazz. His lyrics paint an American landscape, with songs from the Southwestern desert, the Great Plains, and the open road. Eric’s performances are engaging and intimate, as he shares the stories behind the songs, as if he is telling a secret for the first time. He is a veteran of Arizona's major folk festivals, and his songwriting has been recognized in nationwide competitions.
Eric Schaffer & The Other Troublemakers Saturday 4:00 – Plaza
Longtime Tucson Folk Festival favorites, Eric Schaffer & The Other Troublemakers recently released their third studio album, "Dry Lightning" - available at The Kitchen Store. Eric is an award-winning songwriter and The Other Troublemakers (Loren Dircks, Jess Barrera and Daniel Thomas) deliver a fun show every time. The band has opened for Grammy Award winners Marc Cohn, Lonestar and Radney Foster.
Eugene Boronow Sunday 4:00 – Court
Music that is from the heart-- mellow, melodic, and deeply felt.
The Fallen Stars Sunday 3:30 – North Church
Sharing a love of 70s songwriters and growing up listening to the alternative 90s,, Americana all while learning our own craft of songwriting has led us across the U.S. and Europe on many tours. We've released several critically acclaimed albums including one about the tv show Firefly. We've won awards such as "Best Country/Americana Band", "Best Acoustic Band" by the OC Music Awards and being named "Best Live Band" by OC Weekly. We're SoCal now but were born in Boston.
Fox and Bones Saturday 6:00 – Telles
Scott Gilmore and Sarah Vitort are Fox and Bones—energetic offbeat folksters with a retro pop-rock bent who have been setting the world alight with a handclapping, foot-stomping good time since 2016. The indomitable duo has brought their optimistic Americana polish to international stages shared with the likes of Rayland Baxter, The Dead South, ZZ Ward, The Talbott Brothers and Horse Feathers among others.
Frankly Scarlett Saturday 2:30 – Presidio Museum
Frankly Scarlett is known for their lovely harmony singing and fun, entertaining performances of folk, country and bluegrass covers and originals. Vocals by Suzy Ronstadt, Mary Kuskin and Kathy Harris, Sabra Faulk on guitar, Deanna Sylvester on bass.
FRESH APPLES Sunday 12:00 – Court
FRESH APPLES' toe-tapping, feel-good music features Doc Rolland & Meryl Brown's tight harmonies and stellar fiddle & guitar playing, performing an eclectic mix of originals & "fresh" arrangements of trad folk, country & bluegrass. Doc & Meryl's playful synergy, good old-fashioned humor & lively audience participation make each FRESH APPLES performance special. Doc's a 3X Certified Division Natl Fiddle Champ, with 9 intl tours & recd the 2016 SW Folklife Alliance Master/Apprentice award.;
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Gabrielle Pietrangelo Sunday 4:00 – Presidio Museum
Gabrielle Pietrangelo's desert inspired, voice centered, indie-folk has been evolving in the Tucson region for two decades. Driven by guitar and ethereal vocals, Gabrielle’s music holds themes of nature, image invoking lyrics, humor and personal spirituality. She is a recent John Lennon Songwriting Contest winner and has arranged and performed vocal harmonies for many national and local acts including, Calexico, Howe Gelb, Amos Lee, Marianne Dissard, Brian Lopez, Mamma Coal and more.
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Gardenias AZ Sunday 12:00 – Presidio Museum
Gardenias AZ is a small acoustic ensemble specializing in Mexican Folk music including rhythmic adaptions of huapangos, rancheras, boleros, cumbias and more. We do feature a few original tunes as well. 2 female vocalists, one doubling as a flautist, an acoustic guitar and congas round out the smooth but folky sound.
George & Georgia Saturday 12:30 – Court
George & Georgia - We are a music duo living in Phoenix. We found each other in Denver, Colorado and instantly found perfect harmony together. Our approach to music is unique, and we play a wide variety - rock, pop, and Americana. Did we mention? You will LOVE our harmonies!
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Graham Good & The Painters Sunday 2:00 – Telles
Graham Good is an eclectic and electric feel-good-folk songwriter from Loveland, Colorado aiming to bring laughter and light to audiences across Earth. Inspired by the possibility that today could be the best day of your life Graham’s goal is help you make that true. Come smile and enjoy heartfelt original songs with topics ranging from talking to ourselves like we talk to our dogs, moving out of your mom’s basement, and making the most out of a career in the music industry.
Greg Morton Sunday 4:30 – Telles
Greg Morton has been playing the guitar and performing for 55 years. He has played on The Don Ho Show for 3 years, and toured with Mark O'Connor and The Whites, to name a few. Greg enjoys playing a fun entertaining show.
Grey Skies Blue Sunday 11:30 – Presidio Museum
Grey Skies Blue is a duo of Stephen Budd & Kimberly Sciabica, based in Tucson, who focus on original and classic Folk/Americana with an emphasis on vocal harmonies, much aligned with 60’s through 90’s popular songs. If you like Dylan, Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel but also like Iron & Wine, Indigo Girls, & Brandi Carlisle then you’ll enjoy their music which can be found at and also on Facebook at:
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Griffin & His Gang Saturday 5:30 – Wildflower
Griffin (aka Jack Collins) & His Gang specialize in Jazz music, typically from the 20s to the 40s. Swing is their main style of music and they arrange most of their own music. They have a traditional sense of style and love to jam.
Grupo Tradiciones Saturday 1:00 – North Church
Est. in 2010, Grupo Tradiciones is a 7-piece ensemble that explores Latin America's diverse landscapes. Beyond a band, we delve into the heart of the diverse cultures—from Mexico's north to Argentina's enchanting Patagonia , including instruments like the haunting quena, the vibrant charango, the soul-stirring pan pipes, and the rhythmic bombo legüero. As ambassadors of Latin American musical heritage, we transport audiences to Peru, Mexico, Bolivia, Colombia, to name a few.
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Gwen Ryan Sunday 5:30 – Wildflower
At 13, Gwen Ryan, is set to grace the Young Performer Stage at the Tucson Folk Festival for her third year. With a passion for guitar, keyboard, musical arrangement, and singing, Gwen’s performances captivate audiences. Under the mentorship of Shawn at Sonoran Music Academy since age 5, she’s cultivated a unique musical style. A dedicated fan of Taylor Swift, Boygenius, and Billie Eilish, Gwen continually explores new music genres, showcasing her diverse musical palette.
Heather Lil' Mama Hardy Saturday 6:00 – North Church
Heather Hardy's smooth ambient violin playing, contrasted with her tasty, soulful “wah-wah” blues solos has captivated audiences and lead to her induction into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame in 2000. An accomplished session player, Heather has been featured on over 200 albums since 1983, including her own 5 albums of original songs. She continues to perform regularly in Tucson and New York, and tours internationally.
Hot Club of Tucson Saturday 3:00 – Plaza
With Nick Coventry on fiddle, Matt Mitchell on guitar, and Evan Dain on upright bass, this group will awe you with their musical prowess, all while curating hot-club style jazz for the modern era. For over ten years, Hot Club of Tucson was a Sunday morning tradition on the patio of Hotel Congress, merging their desert town sensibilities with the essence of the original Quintette du Hot Club de France.
Humanjones Review Sunday 4:00 – Telles
Humanjones Review plays “Americana” music, including complex covers and great originals with unique instrumentation. Bryan Fishkind plays guitar, sings, and writes brilliant songs. His talented and accomplished daughter Z plays keyboards, accordion, harmonica, and sings. With her leads and beautiful fills, classically trained flute player Gail Paul adds to the great variety this group brings.
Jacob Haber Sunday 1:30 – Court
Jacob Haber is a songwriter whose music tells the story of his spiritual journey and carries the flavor of everywhere he's lived, from the Australian oceans and Pacific Northwest mountains to the sprawling Sonoran desert. Check out his set for energetic bluesy-folk guitar playing, a passionate & soulful voice, and honest, vulnerable songwriting. Try not to miss his newest song, “Desert Rain”, an ode to the destructive and creative power of Tucson’s yearly monsoon.
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Jam Pak Saturday 2:00 – Wildflower
After 30 years in the bluegrass world of AZ, most folks know the story of Jampak. Enfolded in the love of music, community, food, travel and love itself, this unique band of all ages, races and walks of life makes bluegrass music. In the name of Anni Beach of Chandler, they teach each other, gather twice a week, practice, dance, entertain, and at the center maintain the singular goal to make themselves and others happy with their music.
Jamie Anderson band Sunday 5:00 – Court
This singer-songwriter has played her unique original songs in 100s of venues in 4 countries. She’s a multi-instrumentalist who’s folk without the Birkenstocks, country without the big hair, & jazz without the angst. Songs on her 13 albums range from the serious “Beautiful,” about body image, to the tongue-in-cheek “Marry Me,” about wanting to marry Rachel Maddow because, really, who wouldn’t? She lives in Tucson & in Canada. Rounding out the band are some of Tucson's finest musicians.
The Jane Heirs Sunday 11:30 – Plaza
Tucson band The Jane Heirs was established in 2019 by Kristie Cunningham, Kathy Kolmer, and Denise Lane. Following Kristie’s move to the Midwest, they were delighted to welcome Nancy McCallion to the band. Their music features original songs by all three songwriters, familiar tunes spanning multiple genres, achingly lush harmonies, and a fun, high-energy performance.
Janelle Loes Sunday 6:00 – Court
Janelle Loes is an award-winning singer/songwriter who knows how to spin a song and mesmerize an audience. Her distinctive style fuses elements of jazz, pop, and contemporary music, while her sultry melodic voice and narrative style speak to the heart. She was the winner of the 2016 Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Competition, Top-Ten Winner of the 2017 Rocky Mountain Songwriting Competition, and Winner of the 2010 Chicks with Picks Songwriting Competition.
JC & Laney Saturday 5:30 – Presidio Museum
JC & Laney are seasoned high energy Acoustic Folk Rock Balladeers. Together since 2009, they are well known for their trademark harmonies, playful banter, memorable toe tapping & heart throbbing original songs. JC is an accomplished acoustic guitar player, vocalist & songwriter, and Laney will steal your heart away with her amazing vocals. With 7 CD releases; they were chosen for the 1st round of the 2016 Grammy Awards in 3 Americana categories.
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Jennifer Spector Sunday 4:30 – Court
Singer/songwriter Jennifer Spector showcases her award-winning songwriting, paired with her uncommon vocal talent and a genre-bending guitar style. Her music is anchored in traditional folk, influenced by the smart sassiness of modern jazz and rootsy Americana. She has been a Top Ten National Songwriting Finalist at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Tumbleweed Folk Festival in Washington State, and here at the Tucson Folk Festival.
John Coinman Band Sunday 5:00 – North Church
John Coinman is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Tucson, Arizona who has recorded six solo albums along with several award winning music videos. His video of Long Way From Home won the Best International Music Video of 2021 at the Procida Film Festival in Italy. He has numerous songs in films and television including a featured piece in the 2024 film Horizon: An American Saga. He's the co-founder of Kevin Costner & Modern West and was the Music Supervisor for Dances With Wolves.
Kaia & Micah Sunday 3:30 – Wildflower
A sibling duo performing acoustic covers of hit songs from the Beatles to Taylor Swift.
Karyn Ann Band Sunday 1:00 – Plaza
Portland-based singer-songwriter Karyn Ann is a bit of folk, a tad of blues, and whole lot of soul. With comparisons to Patty Griffin, Brandi Carlile and Amy Winehouse her powerful vocals and emotive lyricism pack a proverbial punch that will beguile even the most inattentive listener. Connect with her at
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Katie Haverly Saturday 6:00 – Court
Tucson based multi-instrumentalist and composer Katie Haverly is “one of the city’s most deeply disciplined and widely beloved singer-songwriters,” says KXCI (91.3 FM). While adroitly navigating rock, pop and folk genres, Haverly has discovered an aptitude for building time machines that travel back and forth between late 60's Laurel Canyon and our chaotic and modern musical world. Her live performances are energetic, sensual, explosive and intimate; it is clear Haverly is truly at home on stage
Keith Secola Sunday 4:00 – Plaza
Native folk & blues rocker Keith Secola is an award-winning songwriter, producer, guitarist, and native flute player. His music is familiar to thousands of fans across North America and Europe. Keith’s famous song, “NDN KARS”, is considered the contemporary Native American anthem and is the most requested song on Native radio in the US and Canada. Keith Secola is Anishinabe (Ojibwa) originally from the Mesabi Iron Range country of northern Minnesota, now residing in Arizona. He is a member of the Anishinabe Nation of northern Minnesota and southern Ontario.
Kevin Pakulis and his Band Sunday 5:30 – Presidio Museum
Americana singer-songwriter Kevin Pakulis is a master musician and storyteller. No Depression, put it most succinctly: “His music represents the best of a genre.” Featuring original songs and homages rooted in the traditions of rock and roll, country, and blues, his edgy, guitar-driven compositions earned him national and international attention with his debut release of Yeah Yeah Yeah. You can catch Kevin Pakulis every week at his popular sets at Borderlands Brewery on Sunday afternoons.
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Klezmerkaba Sunday 11:30 – North Church
Klezmerkaba, Tucson's Premier Klezmer Ensemble, marries two Jewish concepts: “Klezmer”, Yiddish for musical instrument/musicians describing the dance music of Eastern European Jews, and “Merkabah” referring to the Chariot of God. Klezmerkaba was formed the summer of 2008 to bring the Klezmer sound to Tucson. The group is comprised of a dynamic group of musicians with various backgrounds in music ranging from enthusiasts and semi-professional musicians to professional music educators.
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Koda Krause Sunday 3:30 – Court
Koda Krause has been a song-writer and musician for almost 20 years and has developed his own brand of Desert Music. While studying with country legend Bill Ganz and classical guitar Maestro Tom Sheeley he was taught the importance of good technique, a good ear, and diverse listening habits. He has played all over Arizona and Virginia at spots including JoJo's (FKA La Cocina) and Tohono Chul. He now spends most of his time playing folk music around Tucson and cooking french food for his partner.
Lady Psychiatrist's Booth Saturday 1:00 – Court
Lady Psychiatrist's Booth is the joint efforts of vocalist Ashley E. Norton and violinist Stephanie Groot. After 5 years on non-stop tours with their band Whitherward, they have quickly become San Diego Music Award’s all female Americana band nominee with music that ranges from comedy, creepiness and all heart. They have just released their second studio and first concept album. "Once you land on Lady Psychiatrist's couch, you may never want to leave." - Lee Zimmerman, Goldmine Magazine
Lara Ruggles Saturday 12:30 – Telles
Lara Ruggles performs folk songs with soul, drawing comparisons as wide-ranging as Janis Joplin and Sarah McLachlan. Since 2011, Ruggles has released an EP, two albums, and four standalone singles both as Sharkk Heartt and under her own name. She has shared the stage with multiple Grammy Award winner LeAnn Rimes; toured with activist and Colorado poet laureate Andrea Gibson; and in 2023 she spent the month of May in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park as artist-in-residence.
Laura Jean Band Sunday 3:00 – Presidio Museum
The Laura Jean Band (formerly Laura and the Killed Men) steep their songs in the lore of the American West, refracting its triumphs and tragedies through an intimate lens. Laura Kepner-Adney, the lead singer and guitarist in the Tucson-based, harmony-driven band, shades her spellbinding voice with echoes of country and Appalachia. Her expansive songwriting highlights her connection to Arizona’s unforgiving environment. RIYL Riddy Arman, Sarah Jarosz.
Leslie Mendelson Sunday 5:00 – Plaza
If Leslie Mendelson’s only collaboration with a legendary musician was Jackson Browne, it would be a worthy point to celebrate. What’s truly telling is that Leslie has also drawn the attention of The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir who recorded a duet with her on Roy Orbison’s standard, “Blue Bayou,” while The Who invited her to open two shows at Madison Square Garden last year. Today, she is supporting her most recent studio album If You Can’t Say Anything Nice…, as well as a solo acoustic EP In The Meantime.
Lisa Morales Band Saturday 8:15 – Plaza
Lisa Morales draws from a creative palette informed by the rhythms, colors and flavors of the Southwest — from the painted-desert skies of her native Tucson, Arizona, where she, her sister Roberta, and cousin Linda Ronstadt grew up. Morales continues to record and release music sung in English, Spanish, and Spanglish, conveying the promise of new beginnings and confirming that she is a woman in touch with her emotions and inner power. Morales once again affirms her world-class stature on her new solo album, She Ought to Be King.
Little Jane Saturday 5:00 – Court
This would be an acoustic version of Little Jane and the Pistol Whips - Little Jane with lead singer/songwriter Ashly Jane Holland. She is a part time Mesa resident and has availability in the area. Bred in Montana, Little Jane is a mix of Americana and Folk that is inspired by the dusty mountain roads of Montana's Big Sky Country to Arizona's winding canyons. Lead singer/songwriter Ashly Jane has shared the stage with Zac Brown to John Mayer and headlined festivals like Red Ants Pants..
Liz & Pete's Sparrows & The Last Train Saturday 3:30 – North Church
Liz Cerepanya and Peter Dalton Ronstadt, simply known as Liz & Pete, pushed each other's musical boundaries into new territory until they became a band unto themselves. A new sound emerged: Sparrows & The Last Train. You will find yourself transported to the musical wonderland of the Postmodern American West and the grit and beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Featuring Ed Friedland, Tyrus Watson, Don Armstrong, and Alvin Blaine along with Liz & Pete’s haunting harmonies, which will tug at the heart.
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Lizzie Saturday 2:30 – Telles
"Lizzie" is the stage name of 18 year old singer songwriter Erin Elizabeth. Born and raised In Tucson, Arizona she enjoys playing around town at local venues as well as writing and performing her original music. Her debut EP "Words" was released this past June and more music is on the way! Lizzie's music incorporates a variety of folk, indie, jazz, and rock influences. She performs all over town playing her acoustic guitar and singing.
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Mamma Coal Sunday 2:00 – Plaza
Mamma Coal and her band play a wide variety of country and Americana styles, from Southern Rock to Western Swing and Honky-Tonk to Country Folk. It's all fused together by Mamma Coal's heart-felt and sassy songwriting. Enjoy the classic sounds of telecaster guitar, fiddle, drums and bass along with Mamma Coal's smokey and soulful vocals.
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Mariachi Nuevo Azteca de Tucson Saturday 12:00 – Plaza
Alumni from Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo High School, Mariachi Nuevo Azteca de Tucson are some of the Old Pueblo’s best and brightest on the mariachi scene! They have notably played the Rialto Theatre with Mariachi Estrella Juvenil Inc. as part of their anniversary show, “Un Homenaje A Lose Grandes”, and regularly bring their ensemble to events throughout Southern Arizona. Now, they are once again gracing the Tucson Folk Festival’s Plaza Stage with their enlivening mariachi sound.
Mark Gostnell Saturday 3:00 – Court
Influenced by rivers, falling in love as a boy, the Hanford Nuclear Plant, the austere landscape of southeastern Washington State where I hale from, and my many and varied jobs throughout my life all come through in my lyrics. Later on, seventeen years in New York City where I lived and worked, provided me with a whole new perspective. I've been writing songs for fifty years or more. Now, I draw from my seventy-three years of life experience to cobble together my narratives and poems.
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Mark Insley and the Broken Angels Sunday 1:00 – North Church
High octane blend of Americana and Outlaw Country music Mark Insley has been a mainstay in Americana music for over 20 years with four critically acclaimed albums to his credit. He cut his teeth in the fertile Southern California music scene taking cues from Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, and the Flying Burrito Brothers. In 2023 Insley recorded his fifth album, Redux with his band The Broken Angels. The CD was recorded at Jim Brady’s studio, live in one take, no overdubs, using two-track mastering.
Marty Province Saturday 12:00 – Telles
For 40+ years, Marty has entertained audiences with a blend of story, topical, & children's songs, drawing from artists such as Pete Seeger, Holly Near, John McCutcheon, and others. Performance venues include coffee houses, schools & large concert halls, from NC to CO, AZ to WA (state) & CA to IA. Recently, he has been performing a salute to the father of U. S. folk music with "A Pete Seeger Sing-Along." In “real life,” Marty is a conductor, currently conducting the Gilbert Symphony Orchestra.
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Max & Ben Saturday 6:00 – Wildflower
Max and Ben are a high school singer-songwriter duo who are multi- instrumentalists that love classic rock and modern indie/folk. You can hear them playing Fleetwood Mac, Hozier, The Grateful Dead, Noah Kahan, among other treasures of the sixties and seventies. If you enjoy hearing a groovy mystical blend of covers and original songs, you will love watching these two music lovers keep the essence of folk alive.
The McCallion Band Saturday 5:00 – North Church
The McCallion Band plays original Americana, folk/rock, traditional style country, and rock and roll with joyful, punkish abandon. Fronted by Nancy McCallion, former singer/songwriter from international touring band, The Mollys, The McCallion Band features an impressive repertoire of original material and some of the finest veterans of the Tucson music scene: Danny Krieger on guitar, slide guitar, and vocals, Neil McCallion on bass and vocals, and Les Merrihew on drums.
Mikaela Milczarek Sunday 1:30 – Wildflower
Mikaela Milczarek is a Tucson based 16-year-old singer/songwriter. She has been playing music and singing since the age of five, on primarily ukulele and guitar. She is inspired by artists like Elliot Smith, Jeff Buckley, and Black Country New Road.
Mikayla Williams Sunday 1:00 – Wildflower
Mikayla Williams is an 18 year old singer-songwriter from Tucson, Arizona. She has been writing songs since the age of 12 and performing since the age of 13. She has performed at places such as: Monterey Court, Wings Over Broadway, AZ Hops & Vines, and Tucson Folk Festival!
Mike Stocksdale Sunday 3:30 – Telles
With a guitar in hand and a gift for crafting profound lyrics, Mike Stocksdale weaves melodies that resonate deep within the soul. He draws you in with compelling riffs and intricate fingerpicking, but it’s not just the music; it’s the words that truly set Stocksdale apart. As a lyricist, he possesses an uncanny ability to distill complex emotions into relatable verses, painting vivid stories with his words.
Mister Ronstadt Sunday 3:00 – Wildflower
Music for the kid in all of us. Mr. Ronstadt is a tradition that was started by Michael Joseph Ronstadt (1953-2016) when he decided to start singing to the classrooms of his two sons, Peter Dalton and Michael Gilbert, at Cragin Elementary in Tucson, AZ. As his singing became school wide he began to collect and write songs for not only children but for a generational audience, music that awakens the kid in all of us. This tradition is now being carried on by his sons, Peter and Michael, in their respective hometowns of Tucson, AZ and Cincinnati, OH.
Mitzi Cowell Saturday 3:30 – Presidio Museum
Funky fingerpicking, swampy songcraft, bottleneck blues, juicy jams, musical mirth, psychedelic psoul... Mitzi will take you on an adventure for the mind and heart.
Nico Barberan Band Sunday 2:00 – North Church
Nico Barberan, the dynamic and virtuosic musician hailing from Chile, the southernmost country in the world. Nico's passion for music has taken him on a journey that has shaped his unique blend of Latin American music, jazz, blues, and classical music. His travels have exposed him to diverse cultures, which has helped him to create a captivating and enriching musical experience. He is a versatile performer, with skills in electric and classical guitar, as well as Latin American popular music.
The Odd Birds Sunday 4:00 – North Church
Weaned on the 70s Laurel Canyon sound, Ron Grigsby and Jennifer Moraca write and play intimate music about connections, both lost and found, with an authentic and intimate sound. They have toured throughout the US and Europe and have released two critically acclaimed albums, "Better Days" and "Tremolo Heart". Their strength lies in their vocal harmonies; Ron's rougher twang merges with Jennifer's sweeter delivery and they bring out the best in each other.
The Out of Kilters Sunday 2:00 – Presidio Museum
Traditional Irish music is what we are all about. With rousing ballads, original songs, and a reel or a jig thrown in. With our Irishman Peter Rodgers on fiddle and guitar, Russ Healy on accordion and whistle, Tom Feild on guitar, mandolin and whistle, Mike Dunleavy on guitar and whistle, Reuben Vinal on bass, Katie Dunleavy on bodhrán and everyone sings. So, if you want to get your toes tapping, your hands clapping and sing-along to your favorite Irish song, come and give us a listen. Sláinte!
Out of the Blue Saturday 5:30 – Court
Add some energetic "Bordergrass" to your Festival experience and join Out of the Blue as they combine their unique songwriting and inter-stellar vocal harmonies with a booster-rocket performance. OOTB is: Emmy Creigh guitar and vocals, Tom Poley banjo and vocals, Donny Russell mandolin and vocals and Slim Rost bass. Hear songs from their newly released CD that will be available at the Folk Festival.
Pineross Saturday 4:30 – Court
Pineross is an experimental folk ensemble lead by songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Kevin Larkin. With roots in Celtic, bluegrass, and world music, the band incorporates electronically manipulated field recordings, sound design, and performance art into their performances and recordings. Larkin spent the last decade creating theatrical productions with Denver based art-folk band Chimney Choir (named Denver’s best Folk Band in 2017).
Rachael Snyder Saturday 4:00 – Court
Rachael Snyder is Tucson-based singer/songwriter who recently moved from Seattle, WA. She began playing music and writing songs after falling in love with the music of women in early country music. Her voice and writing can be described as a blend of those musicians, along with newer generations of country singers, including Edna Poplin, Laura Legrand, Maybelle Carter, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Gillian Welch.
Raggedy Edge Sunday 12:30 – Telles
Nationally touring Raggedy Edge duo performs originals and covers in folk, rock, blues, pop and swing styles on guitars, mandolin, harmonica, and hand percussion. Their music delves into their feelings for each other and the world around them. They present a family friendly show featuring rich harmonies and Bob's creative guitar wizardry that is full of variety, spark, and fun for folks who desire a positive, upbeat message in the music they hear. Learn more at
RamseyRoberson Saturday 4:30 – Presidio Museum
Robby Roberson and Eric Ramsey are award winning songwriters and multi instrumentalists who together form the powerful, eclectic Americana duo RamseyRoberson. The two perform mostly original compositions along with select covers.
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Rave Review Sunday 11:30 – Court
Rave Review is a Tucson based contradance band formed in 2022. It consists of veteran contradance musicians Carina Ravely on fiddle, Steve Richard on guitar, and Russ Healy on accordion and whistles. John Esak joins them on percussion to add extra zest and danceability! Rave Review performs dance tunes in various genres, such as Old Time, Celtic and Quebecois.
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Rena Randall and the Due West Trio Saturday 12:30 – Presidio Museum
Together since the early 90s, Rena Randall and the Due West Trio performs Western music in rich harmonies. A native Tucsonan, Rena sings lead and plays tenor guitar and three string and mountain dulcimers and is a fine songwriter. David Gibson also writes songs and plays stand up bass, guitar and banjo. Dave Bertoglio Is also a songwriter and plays guitar and harmonica. Emily Holmes, Learned fiddle at the age of 10 and also plays bass. We are all Western music enthusiasts.
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RISO Sunday 4:30 – Presidio Museum
From Tucson, Arizona, RISO's sweet vocals and dynamic instrumentals serve as a striking counterpart to gritty, beautifully honest, and captivating original songs. For the last decade, Matt and Rebekah Rolland have been on the road with their band, Run Boy Run, participated as artists-in-residence for the National Parks Centennial, appeared twice on American Public Media's A Prairie Home Companion and collaborated on eight studio albums, including their 2022 RISO release, New Eyes.
The Roland Roberts Band Saturday 1:30 – Presidio Museum
Drawing inspiration from a mixture traditional country, folk, blues and old time rock-n-roll, Alaskan Folk Rockers The Roland Roberts Band deliver a live performance that's sure to leave you wanting more. From the their thought provoking lyrics to the unmatched electric energy of their live performances, The Roland Roberts Band are sure to deliver an experience you won't want to miss!
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Rollin' Solands Saturday 3:30 – Court
OLDIES music......I mean great OLDIES! Are you a music lover 65 or over? We have been entertaining Tucson's senior crowd since 2015. Our tunes come from the Great American song book, plus classic 50's and 60's country, folk and rock. I'm a singing guitarist/clarinetist and Susan a light percussionist. Come on down and experience a blast from the past!
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Ron Pandy & The Wild Pitch Band Sunday 2:30 – North Church
Born in the Ohio outback, Ron was abandoned in a vacant music store and raised by a pack of acoustic guitars. This explains a lot. Ron offers a collection of original tunes that penetrate the nuances of today's social injustices by examining the roots of racism, misogyny, homophobia and mental illness through the lens of America's favorite pastime -baseball. Multi-instrumentalist Slim Edelman and bassist Greg Rogan provide the perfect musical setting for these disturbing yet inspiring tales.
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Roth D'lux Sunday 6:00 – North Church
Originally from Winnipeg, Ginette and Daniel have performed their own brand of acoustic prairie soul from the Canadian Shield to the beaches of the Caribbean, to the desert of Tucson, where they finally established roots and raised a family. The music of roth d’lux - part folky - part soul - part dancy blues – continues outrunning the law of music labels. Joined by Tucson’s finest musicians, roth d’lux’s shows are energetically poetic!
Russell Bartlett Saturday 1:00 – Telles
"Truly a poet," wrote Townes Van Zandt on his liner notes for Russell Bartlett's debut album, "I wish I'd written them," he added. A former Seattle Grunge rocker who shifted gears entirely and relocated to Austin, TX in the mid 90's, Bartlett's lyric-rich body of original songs over the subsequent 30 years has drawn praise from the likes of Steve Earle, Mickey Newbury and Billy Joe Shaver. While their literary country influences are all present, RB's "ecclectric" styling is uniquely his own.
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Ruta Verbena Saturday 12:00 – Presidio Museum
Latin band inspired by music from South America that makes you want to dance. Our music is a high energy fusion of different rhythms and musical styles. Instrumentation includes congas, flute, trumpet and more.
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Ryan David Green Sunday 5:30 – Telles
Ryan David Green's music has been called "virtuosic acoustic guitar that is remarkably accessible", with fast fingerwork that is always in service of unmistakeable melodies. Performing a blend of instrumental guitar pieces and delicate vocal tunes, Green takes audiences to a place both ethereal and otherworldly, and somehow surprisingly intimate.
Ryanhood Saturday 5:00 – Plaza
International Acoustic Music Awards winners for ‘Best Group/Duo’, Ryanhood’s tight vocal harmonies and big acoustic riffs have made them favorites on the touring circuit for over 15 years. A merging of virtuosic musicianship with rich and transformative storytelling, their shows are driven by strong acoustic guitar interplay and turn-on-a-dime harmonies forged in a decades-long friendship.
Sage Sunday 4:30 – Wildflower
Audrey Cordrey is a 18 year old musician. Sage has been playing guitar for 6 years. Some of her favorite musicians are Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley and Chris Cornell. She soon hopes to release music of her own.
The Secret Trails Saturday 2:00 – Presidio Museum
The Secret Trails is an indie-folk/Americana band based in the mountains of northeastern Arizona. Only in existence for about a year, The Secret Trails have been releasing singles from their debut, self-titled EP, which was produced by Ken Coomer, drummer and founding member of the band Wilco. Their music focuses largely on lyrically driven storytelling as well as infectious melodies and harmonies.
The Senators Saturday 1:00 – Plaza
Electric folk from the Sonoran Desert, The Senators have become a staple of the Southwestern music landscape since the band's debut in 2012, which landed them on Billboard's Next Big Sound chart. The group signed to Fervor Records for a third full length, which releases in early '24. "Not only are The Senators declaring a kind of liberation from previous folk rules, but charting ahead ... their music follows suit." – Tucson Weekly
Simon Lunche Saturday 12:00 – Court
Influenced by Eric Clapton's solos at age five, California singer-songwriter Simon Lunche developed a precocious knack for guitar and soon became the youngest endorsed artist in the history of Gibson Guitars for his stylings on a vintage '56 Stratocaster. Known for his dynamic live performances, Simon channels influences such as John Mayer, Jeff Buckley, and Van Morrison. His velvety voice, lyricism, and instrumentation induces the kind of emotion that leaves you speechles
smootmahooty Saturday 3:00 – Telles
Tom Bertling aka "smootmahooty" is a singer, songwriter, and working musician who began playing guitar at age 7. Taught and inspired by his Grandmother. From a small town in Ohio, Tom is #8 of 12 children. He has been writing songs and is still gratefully performing for 45 years. His original music consists of many genres, he calls it "Mutt Music." Never one to shy away from social commentary, Tom's music delivers strong messages of awareness, change, hope, and love.
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Sophia Rankin & The Sound Sunday 1:30 – North Church
Sophia Rankin & The Sound (SRS) is an acclaimed Alternative Folk Rock band from Tucson, AZ. With Connor Rankin (drums), Noah Weig-Pickering (lead guitar), Ben Arthur (bass), and Sophia Rankin (guitar/vocals), SRS has opened for RCPM, Ryanhood, and more. Sophia has placed first at both the 2017 Tucson Desert Song Fest and the 2018 Stefan George Songwriting competition. She placed 6th out of 400+ entries for the 2023 Planet Bluegrass Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Songwriting Competition in Lyons.
Southbound Pilot Saturday 2:00 – Plaza
Southbound Pilot is an original Tucson band with roots in blues, rock, and Americana. Brad Nichols writes potent songs that examine life’s complexities with an open heart and keen eye. Vasanta Weiss has a pure and beautiful voice which captivates the crowd. Known for their energetic live performances and musical explorations, their groove is infectious and guaranteed to get folks out on the dance floor!!
Starseed Acoustic Ensemble Saturday 2:00 – North Church
This five-piece ensemble brings all-original, socially-progressive music to their audiences. With lyrics, melodies, and powerful harmonies that cry out for true peace, they bring hope and a sense of a future of unity and conscious cooperation. Starseed Acoustic Ensemble is one of the voices of true change and their music will get you on your feet, uplift your heart and inspire your mind to build a future of light and life.
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Steff Kayser & Alvin Blaine Saturday 1:30 – Court
*** CRAFTSMANSHIP ** PRECISION ** GROOVE *** An insightful composer and brilliant interpreter of others’ material, STEFF KAYSER offers unique and diverse performances with a soulful soaring voice and rock solid rhythm guitar. One of the finest multi-instrumentalists in Tucson, if not the country, ALVIN BLAINE adds his tasteful, mesmerizing, and jaw-dropping virtuosity to Steff's tunes.
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Steve Poltz Saturday 7:00 – Plaza
Steve Poltz opens himself up to the universe in a way most of us will never be loose enough to achieve, and the universe responds with a wink, a seemingly bottomless well of inspiration, and the talent to truly connect with an audience. Steve has co-written with numerous stars of the folk and bluegrass worlds, including Jewel, Billy Strings, and Molly Tuttle. His new album, Stardust & Satellites, was produced by Oliver Wood and Jano Rix of the Wood Bros.
Sunny & the Whiskey Machine Saturday 1:00 – Presidio Museum
Hard hitting americana with acoustic blues roots
Sydney Swanson Sunday 4:00 – Wildflower
Sydney Swanson is a singer-songwriter musician from the Phoenix area. She’s 17 years old and plays piano and guitar, in addition, she wrote her first song at age 9 and continues to write and perform. She has performed in Alice Cooper’s “Proof is in the Pudding” yearly competition.
Teal & Joyce Sunday 1:30 – Presidio Museum
Teal & Joyce delight and engage with original songs of life’s delights and dilemmas! Serious, sensitive, and audaciously funny with a side of vaudeville thrown in for good measure (feather boa included) they leave audiences with a tune in their heads and a song in their hearts. Their performances are flavoured with a variety of instruments. Dave accompanies on guitar, banjo and harmonica. Carol plays guitar, mandolin, and an occasional washboard!
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Ted Ramirez Saturday 5:00 – Telles
Ted will perform classic Southwest folk music in an endearing guitar and vocal style. Ted has a vast repertoire of wonderful Southwest folk classics and is very excited to be sharing his music with the Festival. Ted has presented music all over the U.S. Canada, Mexico, and Europe. He is a native of Tucson and in 2001 proclaimed Tucson's Official Troubadour, by Mayor and Council. Please stop by his stage for a listen - you'll be glad you did.
Ten Dollar Wedding Saturday 3:00 – Presidio Museum
Ten Dollar Wedding is a 5-piece bluegrass band with a love of tradition and an eye toward the future. A typical set might move from a heartfelt traditional number to an energetic original, followed by a playful reworking of a pop tune. What’s the connecting thread? Superb musicianship and the joy of hearing a band that loves playing together!
Tom Gibney Sunday 3:00 – Telles
Tom Gibney is an Americana and new folk singer-songwriter based in Nashvlle TN. He has been writing songs and performing for over 40 years. He has played in clubs, in coffeehouses and on concert stages all over the US, and been a part of the singer-songwriter scene in many cities, having lived at various times in San Francisco, New York, Phoenix, LA and Nashville. His storytelling songs pull from folk, country, & blues. He is often accompanied by a mix of bass, percussion and add'l guitar.
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Tom Robert Sunday 5:30 – Court
Inspired originals, interpretive covers, and impassioned vocals. Tom Robert is a Buffalo NY born and bred singer-songwriter whose sound is deeply rooted in traditional blues, folk, and country, and incorporates the music of his childhood - 60s/70s folk and rock and 90s/00s alternative. Tom's performances evoke joy, nostalgia, and wonder; his music is a reflection of a growing connection to his roots and a playful exploration of his craft.
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Tracy Howe Sunday 1:00 – Telles
Tracy Howe is a songwriter and cultural organizer who has toured throughout the US and Latina America. Tracy's songs have been sung around the world in spaces of justice and community building. With guitar, piano and vocals, she weaves stories of social transformation and violence into calls to action and celebrations of life and beauty with the authority of one who stays in the struggle.
The Tucson Klezmerados Saturday 12:30 – North Church
The Tucson Klezmerados is a local group dedicated to the genre of folk music called "klezmer," loosely defined as Eastern European music in the Jewish tradition. Commonly performed at weddings and other celebrations, the music is lively, danceable, and joyous but also can be plaintive and reflective. The Tucson Klezmerados brings original interpretations and orchestration to the traditional body of klezmer music to create a unique yet familiar sound.
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Wally Lawder Saturday 4:30 – Telles
Wally Lawder was born in Kansas and grew up in Connecticut; he left the east coast for Silver City, New Mexico in 2003 and recently returned after 11 happy years in Tucson. An active performer, he showcases his music in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado. His style of writing and performing is eclectic! The late Pulitzer Prize winning poet Stephen Dunn wrote: “Wally Lawder is both a romantic and a social critic, and his quiet lyricism heightened by his gifts as a guitarist gives me great pleasure.
The Wild Swans Sunday 1:00 – Court
The Wild Swans are a newly formed traditional Irish Music husband and wife duet. We play traditional Irish ballads session tunes, sea shanties, and Irish language (Sean Nos) songs. We formed our band this fall after a wonderful tour of playing music in Donegal, Ireland this summer. We enjoy sharing our love of Irish music and language; we host traditional music sessions at The Hotel McCoy twice a month. Instruments include guitar, banjo, penny whistle, bodhran, uilleann pipes and harmonica.
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Would Bees Sunday 2:30 – Wildflower
The Would Bees is Jam Pak’s youngest band and maybe the hardest working band under the leadership of Thomas Leon, Alan Moreno, Nazarena Delgado, and Paul Lopez.. They are learning their instruments and learning to sing the heart of bluegrass traditional music. The kids work on their arrangements and are very dedicated to their music. The two leaders know about the concept of being Servant-Leaders and Jam Pak is so proud of them and the gift they are giving to young Jam Pak members. This band is truly a wonderful sight to see!
Zaylie Windsor Sunday 2:00 – Wildflower
Zaylie Windsor is a seventeen year old singer/songwriter and Arizona native. She began performing when she was twelve and has continued her musical journey into her teens. Some of her greatest accomplishments are singing the National Anthem for a WNBA game, winning battle of the bands in Show Low Az in 2021 and 2023, and opening for country star, David Nail. She was recently recognized as a Most Influential Youth of Graham and Greenlee County. Zaylie attends Eastern Arizona College where she performs in two choirs, Acapella and Gila Soul. She is excited to get in the studio and record some of her own music in the next few months.