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Tucson Folk Festival

Celebrates Its 30th Year

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Featured Is The Preeminent Folk Festival Of The Southwest But Also Included Is Performances By Rock Bands, Pop Favorites, Classical Standards, And Theatrical Events For All Ages


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

April 16, 2015 —  There many festivals that occur and bring a good show, but there are few that are run completely by volunteers, and this spring the Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association is once again organizing that very thing with the 30th Annual Tucson Folk Festival.

The festival is the weekend of May 2 and 3, at El Presidio Park, 160 W. Alameda St., Tucson, The Tucson Museum of Art, 166 W. Alameda St., Tucson, and La Cocina at Old Town Artisans, 201 N. Court Ave., Tucson, all in downtown area.

Not only is it run by volunteers, it also welcomes any musician that can fit into the festivals very broad definition of “Folk Music,” with open arms. This year's headliners are Ray Wylie Hubbard, Ronstadt Generations and Tom Chapin.

Ray Wylie is renowned as a songwriter and storyteller and his performances include snippets of stories, songs, and albums of present and past. He will be at the Plaza Stage, Saturday May 2, at 9 p.m.

Ronstadt Generations represent five generations of family in North America with a group comprised of a father, Michael J. Ronstadt, and his sons, Michael G. and Pete who were joined by veteran musicians - Alex Flores, Sam Eagon and Aaron Emery in 2012. Thier repertoire preserves the traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs of their heritage while offering innovative original material on the cutting edge of blended genres, stretching the boundaries of folk, blues, jazz and beyond. The group can be seen at the Plaza Stage,  Sunday, May 3 at 8 p.m.

With a career that spans five decades, 23 albums and three GRAMMY awards, singer, songwriter and guitarist Tom Chapin shouldn’t be missed. Check out this performance at the Plaza Stage, Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. and at the Children’s Show at the Courtyard Stage, Sunday May 3 at 2 p.m.

Joining the headliners will be past local headliners John Coinman, Stefan George, Sabra Faulk, and Kevin Pakulis, members of 2014 headliner Run Boy Run, local favorites Nancy McCallion and Ryanhood, British/American collaboration Maivish and more than 140 acts featuring 400 hundred musicians from Tucson, Arizona, and across the Nation.

This FREE to the public festival is for all ages. For more information visit or call Greg Rogan at 520-461-1125.

Friday, April 17 and Saturday April 18

Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 at Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second Street, Phoenix. The Phoenix Symphony will be performing a piece from Mozart’s final symphonic trilogy. Tickets for the event can be purchased online or at the box office now or on the day of the event. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event page at

Morgan Heritage, aka the Royal Family of Reggae, will be jammin at Cactus Jacks, 4747 E. Elliot Road, Chandler. The ‘roots reggae’ quintet, includes siblings Peetah Morgan (vocals), Una Morgan (keyboard/vocals), Gramps Morgan (keyboard/vocals), Lukes Morgan (rhythm guitar) and Mr. Mojo Morgan (percussion/vocals).  The band is touring in support of a new album, “Strictly Roots,” which will be released April 21. The album features appearances from Shaggy; J Boog; third generation ambassadors from the Morgan and Marley families, Jemere Morgan and Jo Mersa Marley; Chronixx; Rebelution; and Bumble Bee from SOJA. For more information, visit and

Tuesday, April 21

The American quintet rock band Whirr are coming to Nile Theatre, 105 W. Main St., Mesa. They'll be joined by Adventures, Wildhoney, and Wild Moth. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15. Just remember, don't forget your earplugs. For more information on this event visit or

Friday, April 24

The Phoenix Symphony’s Legends Series continues at Symphony Hall, 75 N Second St., Phoenix, with the return of the popular Music of Led Zeppelin. During this two-plus-hour concert, creator Brent Havens will conduct an orchestra amplified by a rock band as they as they capture some of Led Zeppelin’s classic tunes, including “Stairway to Heaven,” “Heartbreaker,” “Black Dog,” “Immigrant Song,” and more. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and for more information and to purchase tickets visit

Saturday, April 25

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, present Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca in Ay, te quiero Antigona for a two nights in the Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. The show is directed by Martin Santangelo and stars his Bessie Award-winning wife, Soledad Barrio, Noche Flamenca and has become Spain’s most successful touring dance company. Tickets start at $29 and are available through or 480-499-TKTS (8587).

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts also presents a family-friendly outdoor concert in Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, with Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb. One or her better known works include her platinum-selling No. 1 song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the 1994 film Reality Bites. Open lawn seating is $39 (and $19 for children 12 and under) with limited number of premium seats are available through or 480-499-TKTS (8587).

Wednesday, April 29

After their album release in early March of this year the Austin psychedelic rock outfit, Bright Light Social Hour have embarked on North American tour and will include a stop The Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix.Since their inception, the band's songs won over their hometown, and they scored six awards at the SXSW 2011 Austin Music Awards. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m. The show is for those 16 and older with tickets at $10 to $12 and Valley Bar tickets honored. For more information or to purchase tickets visit

Thursday, April 30

Catch the a pre-opening night performance of the one-man show, A Weekend with Pablo Picasso, written and starring, Herbert Siguenza at Arizona Theatre Company, 222 E. Monroe St., suite 12, Phoenix. Or catch the show that is said to forever change the way one thinks about Picasso on opening night, Saturday, May 2 at p.m. at 8 p.m. For more information about this event visit   


COLDCOCK American Herbal Whiskey has launched the company's first “Battle of the Bands” Competition, providing unsigned bands a chance to win a year-long booking agency and record deals along with prizes from Schecter Guitars, KRANK Amplifiers, and more. Certain limits apply to entry, for instance, all band members from participating bands must be 21 years of age or older. The contest begins May 1 and runs through August 31. For more information visit

Ticket sales begin Friday, April 17 at 10:00 a.m. for the live rock act, AEROSMITH, that will take place at Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, on Saturday, June 13, 2015 as part of their 2015 Blue Army Tour. Reserve tickets start ar $35, for more information visit

The Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., unveiled a, “One-of-a-Kind: Unique Photographic Objects from the Center for Creative Photography” on April 11. The exhibition will run until Oct. 25. This exhibition, “challenges the expectation that photographs are infinitely reproducible multiples,” and, “includes works from the entire history of the photographic medium, from the 1840s to the present day. Unique photographs in the exhibition include photographs by David Emitt Adams, Pierre Cordier, Betty Hahn, Bill Jay, Chris McCaw, Joyce Neimanas, Susan Rankaitis and Andy Warhol. For more information, visit
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