TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Don’t miss some of Southern Arizona’s finest local musicians at Tucson Premium Outlets (TPO) this Spring and Fall. A creative collaboration between TPO and the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, the family-friendly concerts bring opportunities for local musicians to showcase their talents to the community.
The popular free concert series, held every Saturday evening April 20 – May 25 and then September 7 – December 28, will feature a variety of weekly performances from local musicians and bands. The concerts will be held each Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Mountain Court at TPO at 6401 Marana Center Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85742 . Coupled with delicious food from Market Hall and over 60 stores offering extraordinary savings, the evenings provide the perfect outing for the whole family.
"Events like these are exactly what Mountain Court was designed for, and we are thrilled to welcome families out to gather and enjoy the space as it gets cooler in the evenings." said Amy Lee, Director of Marketing and Business Development with TPO, in a recent news release. "We have an excellent lineup of performers that we can't wait for our shoppers to enjoy."
The Cochise County All-Stars started their musical journey nearly 15 years ago as strictly a honky tonk band playing the jukebox country music popular when Route 66 was Main Street USA. A few natural additions and subtractions in personnel have led to an evolved group of seasoned veterans who perform songs they love, regardless of style or genre. A CCAS show could easily feature a Hank Williams tune back to back with an obscure Latin rock instrumental followed by a jazz standard. It all seems to work when you have a group of tasteful musicians who have come together from a variety of backgrounds, both geographically and experientially.
Front man Wally Lawder is one of the leading singer-songwriters in the Tucson area, with 6 albums of original music and several songwriting awards under his belt. Wally is known for his rich baritone vocals accompanied by guitar and ukulele. For this show he will be joined by several outstanding musicians—the Stragglers!--who have fine reputations in their own right: Don Armstrong on banjo, Jim Dumbauld on bass, and Jim Lipson on percussion. Together they create a unique, Folk/Americana sound, mellow in feel, upbeat in mood!
Freddy Parish is a singer/songwriter performing original songs and traditional tunes in a neo-traditional folk and country style. Backed by two-time Arizona State Fiddle Champion Matt Rolland on fiddle and mandolin, along with classically trained multi-instrumentalist Nathan Fenoglio on clawhammer banjo, accordion, guitar and harmony vocals, the trio plays dark Appalachian folk songs, sweet country ballads, and upbeat Cajun and honky tonk shuffles.
Tucson-based Blues and Rock five piece, Black Cat Bones, is making a name for themselves for their signature mix of classic blues and rock with R&B, featuring smooth vocals and blues jams. The band features Charles Pitts (vocals), Jeff Daniels (bass), Dan Laetsch (drums), Gary David (guitar), Richard Rivera (guitar). Fans of BB King and Johnny Winter will love this band.
Award-winning Americana singer-songwriter Kevin Pakulis is a master musician and story teller. Emerging in 2004 from Tucson’s deep pool of talented musicians, his award-winning edgy, guitar-driven compositions, delivered with plenty of raw energy, earned him national and international attention with his debut release of Yeah Yeah Yeah. No Depression Magazine put it most succinctly in their review: “His music represents the best of a genre.” Kevin’s songwriting ranges from introspective and reflective to satirical and political, from rocking blues anthems to quiet acoustic pieces. Whatever the message or the sound, the constant is the soulful honesty of the art. Anyone who has ever been to Tucson in the summer cannot help but sing along when they hear the chorus of the title track to Yeah Yeah Yeah: “It’s hot here, hot as hell here, swamp cooler and a cold beer,” a bluesy haiku on the Sonoran Desert summer. Tempered by time and experience, the latest offering, Holliday (Summer, 2018) revisits the themes of life in the Sonoran Desert, love in its many forms, and the nuances of social disparity. Over the years, Pakulis has opened for numerous major acts including Billie Joe Shaver, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Dwight Yoakam, Sonny Landreth, John Gorka, Little Feat, and Merle Haggard.
Concert schedule is subject to change. Please visit www.saaca.org for updates.