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Tucson Jazz Festival

All that jazz about to hit Downtown

A free concert on Martin Luther King Day will be one highlight of the inaugural Tucson Jazz Festival. The 12-day event will cover a wide range of the jazz spectrum and also showcase local jazz artists. Featured performers include Burt Bacharach, Dianne Reeves, Robert Glasper and Joey DeFrancesco. ... Read more»

Classical music flowers at Desert Song Festival

The third annual event features collaboration by local groups with national guest artists in a celebration of opera & art song, including concerts by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Opera, UA Presents, Tucson Chamber Artists, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, Tucson Guitar Society and the UA School of Music.... Read more»

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Al Perry gives some love to the Beach Boys

Anyone who has known me for more than a half hour or so knows that I am a huge Beach Boys fan, or to be more specific, a huge Brian Wilson fan. I know that Mike Love has for a long while now licensed the rights to the Beach Boys name and tours with a bunch of hired guns. I must admit I was not expecting much of Saturday's concert at the TCC.... Read more»5

Auld Lang what now? The story of a New Year's song

The history, meaning and lyrics of "Auld Lang Syne," just in time to impress your friends this holiday.... Read more»

Christmas playlist: Perry Como to punk rock

It may not be quite cold enough in Tucson to gather around the fireplace, but here are some holiday songs to warm your heart — and some to make you nod your head and play air guitar. With about four hours of music spread over 80 songs, these Christmas classics will liven your gatherings this week.... Read more»

KXCI's Peterson tuned out as head of community radio station

The head of Tucson's community radio station, General Manager Randy Peterson, is leaving KXCI after six years at the helm, and 15 years with the station, to consider "new leadership roles and opportunities of his own," a statement from the nonprofit said.... Read more»2

Happy Christmas from John Lennon

Beatle John Lennon was shot to death Dec. 8, 1980. R.I.P. (with archival videos)... Read more»

All Souls: A walk to remember the departed

Tens of thousands of people are expected to converge on downtown Tucson dressed in costumes and sugar skull make-up on Sunday for the 25th annual All Souls Procession.... Read more»

'Everyone's a Celt' at Tucson Highland games

Highland dancing, caber tossing, bagpipers and drummers, skilled dogs, kilts a-plenty and even a dram or two of whisky can be found at this weekend's Tucson Celtic Festival and Highland Games. The revelry takes place this Friday—Sunday at Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N. 1st Ave.... Read more»

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Haunted roundup: Where to celebrate Halloween

Pumpkins, candy and costumes: Halloween is almost upon us and there are many family-friendly and adult options when it comes to celebrating in Tucson this year.... Read more»1

Musical alchemist Gabriel Sullivan releasing 'Jvpiter'

If one were to read singer-songwriter-producer Gabriel Sullivan's musical resume, with all his talents and successful projects, one might be led to believe that it belonged to someone twice his age. The multi-faceted Tucson musician is set to release a solo record next month.... Read more»

Rebellion, renaissance & redemption: Billy Sedlmayr's 'Charmed Life'

Anyone who follows the local music scene knows all too well the tribulations of poet-author-singer-songwriter Billy Sedlmayr’s life. We know of the wasted years and poor choices. One could easily become bitter and hardened after enduring such trials as drug addiction and incarceration, but not Sedlmayr. He still has much to give.... Read more»

Heavy Metalachi comes to Club Congress Thursday

Heavy metal mariachi band Metalachi will play Club Congress on Thursday night. Audience members can expect a mixture of classic metal covers from artists such as Metallica, Ozzy Osborne, and Judas Priest, all played with traditional mariachi instruments, along some mariachi standards.... Read more»

Brian Lopez opens up with 'Static Noise'

Record release shows this Fri & Sat: While talking about his record "Static Noise," Tucson singer-songwriter Brian Lopez presents a fascinating study in contrasts. Lopez becomes passionate and animated when he is describing his project and then retreats into quiet reserve when he is finished. "I wanted the music to be potent, compelling," he says.... Read more»

Program uses music to aid memory in Alzheimer’s, dementia patients

Music & Memory is a national program that uses second-hand iPods to bring music into the lives of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. Four Valley facilities participate in the program. ... Read more»

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