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Festival en el Barrio

Tickets on sale for annual Calexico/KXCI street party

  • Calexico performs with the Tucson Symphony orchestra Jan. 8 at the University of Arizona.
    Josh Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comCalexico performs with the Tucson Symphony orchestra Jan. 8 at the University of Arizona.
  • Festival en el Barrio.
    /:Road Warrior /:/FlickrFestival en el Barrio.
  • Calexico at the Marquee Theater in Tempe in 2010.
    adamsfuller/FlickrCalexico at the Marquee Theater in Tempe in 2010.

Calexico will bring their desert sound home to Tucson to benefit KXCI when they headline the Festival en el Barrio on April 7.

This year's take on the annual benefit for the community radio station will be held in the El Presidio neighborhood, near the Tucson Museum of Art entrance at 166 W. Alameda St.

Tickets are now on sale, and the first 200 tickets are available for $15. They'll increase to $23, with a bump to $26 the day of the show. KXCI members can purchase tickets for $19.

The Tucson band will headline the April street party, which will include food and drink vendors as well as music throughout the afternoon.

Megafaun and Grupo Fantasma also will perform, along with modern mambo from Tucsonans Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkestra. KXCI General Manager Randy Peterson promises "many more acts" will be announced.

Megafaun is most known for their indie take on folk music. Grupo Fantasma is a Latin funk orchestra group from Austin whose music melds Anglo, Afro and Latin music. The band is and draws their inspirations from reggae, cumbia and salsa, according the group's website.

Calexico has released six albums, six tour albums, five EPs and a live DVD in their 18 years together. Their most recent album is "Carried to Dust."

The band last performed in Tucson at the candlelight vigil commemorating the first anniversary of the Jan. 8 shootings. Six people were killed and 13 were injured, including former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who says Calexico is her favorite local band.


If you go

  • What: Festival en el Barrio, featuring Calexico, Megafaun, Grupo Fantasma and Sergio Mendoza
  • When: Saturday, April 7th
  • Where: El Presidio neighborhood near Tucson Museum of Art entrance, 166 W. Alameda St.
  • Cost: $15 for first 200 people, then $23 and $26 day of show; $19 for KXCI members

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