Photos: KXCI benefit a rocking street party
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.