APRIL 1 · Kiko Jacome Duo
The Kiko Jácome Duo, featuring Kiko and Ernie Mendoza, perform a a mix of original and classic tunes referred to as Desert Rock and Soul, a mixture of rock, blues, and folk with a Southwest flair. Kiko, another branch on the Ronstadt tree, writes original songs that delve into almost every heartfelt emotion imaginable, longing, desire, betrayal, joy, and loss - it's all there. Every tune is a little gemstone with something special to offer.
APRIL 8 · Hot Club of Tucson
The Django Reinhardt inspired Hot Club of Tucson features the incredible virtuosity of guitarist Matt Mitchell and violinist Nick Coventry. Exceptional musicians as children who trained classically, the duo bonded in 2004 over their shared love of the French inspired jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. They excel in the 1930's original, hot-club style and repertoire. This group is Tucson's best gypsy jazz this side of the left bank.
APRIL 15 · Sophia Rankin
(Americana-inspired Folk Rock)
Multi-award-winning singer-songwriter Sophia Rankin, a recent U of A music graduate, is an accomplished writer, guitarist and pianist who has earned fans all over Arizona. Her musical style is a blend of Americana, folk, rock, and pop. After winning numerous songwriting awards, she is firmly established and is now a staple at many events including the annual Tucson Folk Festival, Meet Me at Maynards, Spring Fling, Dusk Music Festival, Nova Bowl Events, and more. She is currently working on her third album, set to release this summer.
APRIL 22 · Peter McLaughlin & Alvin Blaine
Peter McLaughlin, singer, songwriter and past National Flatpicking Guitar Champion, has been a staple in the bluegrass and Americana scene for more than four decades. Currently he is a member of The Sonoran Dogs, Canyon Currents, and The Colton House Trio. He is a former touring member with The Grammy Award winning Bluegrass band, Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands. Joining him will be Alvin Blaine, a multi-genre, multi-instrumentalist musician. With 25 years in Las Vegas as a professional lounge musician, he plays everything from cowboy swing to jazz, blues and country standards. On pedal steel, dobro, banjo, guitar and mandolin-basically all things with strings, Alvin is a truly gifted musician.
APRIL 29 · PD Ronstadt and Don Armstrong
Don Armstrong has been hailed as a "Tucson legend," and "folk treasure. Originally influenced and inspired by the New York Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1960s, Don plays folk, blues, bluegrass, and Americana. A consummate songwriter, his songs have been recorded by artists nationwide. Don is joined by Peter Ronstadt, a fifth generation Ronstadt in Tucson. His music paints a musical picture of the American Southwest by presenting music from the region, music from Mexico, collected favorites, songs of his father, and new songs that draw inspiration from all the elements of his upbringing.
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