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Photos: KXCI benefit a rocking street party

  • Megafun performed during Festival en el Barrio.
    Photo by Tim W. Glass/TucsonSentinel.comMegafun performed during Festival en el Barrio.
  • Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta performed during the Festival en el Barrio.
    Photo by Tim W. Glass/TucsonSentinel.comSergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta performed during the Festival en el Barrio.
  • Even though the Rialto website said gates would open at 1:30 p.m., people waited until nearly 2:15 p.m. to be let in to Saturday's Festival en el Barrio. The festival, hosted by the Rialto, raised money to support KXCI - a local, non-profit community radio station.
    Photo by Tim W. Glass/TucsonSentinel.comEven though the Rialto website said gates would open at 1:30 p.m., people waited until nearly 2:15 p.m. to be let in to Saturday's Festival en el Barrio. The festival, hosted by the Rialto, raised money to support KXCI - a local, non-profit community radio station.
  • Dry River Yacht Club started the Festival en el Barrio Saturday with their rocking and haunting combination of vocals and violin.
    Photo by Tim W. Glass/TucsonSentinel.comDry River Yacht Club started the Festival en el Barrio Saturday with their rocking and haunting combination of vocals and violin.
  • Kathy and Karen Lohse listen to Dry River Yacht Club as they take refuge in the shade from the heat during Festival en el Barrio.
    Photo by Tim W. Glass/TucsonSentinel.comKathy and Karen Lohse listen to Dry River Yacht Club as they take refuge in the shade from the heat during Festival en el Barrio.
  • Melissa Callahan and 6-year-old Mia Cramer Hula Hoop during Silverbell's set on the Telles Street Stage at Festival en el Barrio.
    Photo by Tim W. Glass/TucsonSentinel.comMelissa Callahan and 6-year-old Mia Cramer Hula Hoop during Silverbell's set on the Telles Street Stage at Festival en el Barrio.
  • Conceplion Davis dances to Hollywood Knights as they perform during the Festival en el Barrio.
    Photo by Tim W. Glass/TucsonSentinel.comConceplion Davis dances to Hollywood Knights as they perform during the Festival en el Barrio.
  • Berta Brack and Gregg Garfin dance a Rumba as Mariachi Aztlan de Peublo High School performs during the Festival en el Barrio.
    Photo by Tim W. Glass/TucsonSentinel.comBerta Brack and Gregg Garfin dance a Rumba as Mariachi Aztlan de Peublo High School performs during the Festival en el Barrio.
  • Katie Hathaway enjoyed the sounds of Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta with her friends during Festival en el Barrio.
    Photo by Tim W. Glass/TucsonSentinel.comKatie Hathaway enjoyed the sounds of Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta with her friends during Festival en el Barrio.

The third annual Calexico and Friends Festival en el Barrio saw a party fill the streets Saturday afternoon downtown near the Tucson Museum of Art.

Gates opened about 45 minutes later than the posted opening time of 1:30 p.m, with Dry River Yacht Club performing on the El Presidio Stage at the north end of the street.

Bands performed thirty minute sets at alternating stages with Calexico headlining at 6:30 p.m. Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo High School also performed at a stage just outside the Tucson Museum of Art doors. Museum admission was included in the ticket.

Concert-goers sought shade where ever they could find it in the early afternoon heat, but by late afternoon, the street was filled. Spontaneous dancing burst out throughout the crowd with nearly every band that performed.

The event raised money to support KXCI, a local non-profit community radio station.

About 2,000 people attended the concert, the station's general manager, Randy Peterson, said on Facebook.

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