Thank you , Tucson Weekly for the attention you give to local music. Thanks to Tucson for voting for all of your favorite bands. Of course, one artical per year is not enough space for all of the town's local music news, and everybody wants their own project to get ink. Your good reporters reviewed a lot of the year's big events, but from reading the artical, someone might not realize that Tucson has a happening reggae scene and an original (not just covers) reggae band. Planet Jam performed 54 concerts in 2011, 47 of which were in Tucson, including shows that you reviewed as well as at the Fox and Rialto Theaters and many benefits for good causes. We thank Tucson that we were voted again as one of town's favorite reggae bands and strive to continue to earn that accolade. In March 2012, after 12 years of shows together, we mourned the loss of our percussionist, Cecil Carter, our favorite conguero who called Tucson his home for many winters. In May, we released a full-length CD of Bob Marley tunes translated into Romanian language (Canteci de un Suflet Rebel) and dubs and toured Romania and Oregon to support it. We are getting ready to perform at the Hut's Dubfest tomorrow night as well as a benefit for wild Mustangs on Oct. 4th at People's Imports Rug gallery. Hope to see you all there.
I hope Linda ultimately comes out of this retirement from singing. Even if her voice diminshed 50% it would still be remarkably beautiful.
Neon Prophet is a tremendously talented band. The combination of covers and oringinal soundtracts have entertained me for the entire 16 years I have lived in Tucson. One person I believe that also influenced this tremendous sound is their conga player and vocalist Kevin Robinson who sits in at the Boondocks nightclub with Neon and Performs at Sakuras Nightclub in another Great Local band Called "The Equinox Band". Great job Neon looking forward to many more years of great music.
You see the same bands and the same names over and over thru the years....I agree with Jimmy on this....Pretty tight knit group...If you don't play downtown or at "certain" venues, it's safe to say that you won't see any other names on this list....I like how Timmothy tries to reason it out....It's all about ballot stuffing....2 groups...the public.....So basically if you can get your mom, dad and every Tom, Dick & Harry (the same ones that come to your show...and are the only ones there) then bingo....and if you are buddies with one of these so called critics....SHAZAMM!!! Who are these so called critics???
I agree that there should be some sort of requirements to weed out some of these names....Like maybe another thing to add is that you have to play at a certain number of DIFFERENT venues....rather than the same one...Continuously....
Some names to considered checking out:
Each one of the names I posted here play a different style of music. This is to show that I do get around and listen to ALL kinds of musicians AWAY from the "so called scene". These guys definitely would blow the doors off the names on the list
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How about a qualification rule. Lets say that to be eligible a band has to have played at least 6 gigs in the past year in front of more than a dozen people. There are a number on the list who would not qualify.
Yea for Heather Hardy! Best musician in the Old Pueblo!
Jimmy...could only be sour grapes if I played in a band. I don't.
I disagree that the critics are only focused on downtown; this, frankly, strikes me as sour grapes. There are a lot of bands who were winners or finalists who play beyond HoCo or Plush. In any case, I look forward to hearing about these bands we've missed.
Jimmy...First, sorry about the double post. Computer error.
Yes, I know the editors don't pick the Tammies winners, but take a look at the critics list. Pretty tight group don't you think. ? Downtown is highly represented. I wonder just how many of the "critics" go beyond the boundaries of downtown to see other, real working bands play. I go to Plush and Club Congress so as to see what's going on with our local music. It's the same bands playing to the same people over and over.
The scene is indeed vibrant, and that's great, but year after year the Weekly pimps the same local, downtown bands. Maybe if they made some real effort to see what's going on around town they'd find that the music scene is bigger than they thought, and better.
As to your suggestion, I will make an effort to let you know about other bands I hear .
Timmothy: The "editors of this paper" don't decide the TAMMIES winners. Two groups of people vote: 1) the public and 2) a group of 20 writers, critics, club bookers and music aficionados. The top vote-getters from each group then go into a final round of public voting. So ... your criticism is misplaced. If there's a great band out there that's being missed, let us know about 'em.
Who are some of these bands ?? Do they play other places besides Club Congress and Plush about 2 or 3 times a year.??? There are a lot of real working bands that the editors of this paper don't know about and who play someplace other than downtown and who could blow some of these bands out the door. I suggest that the editors and "critics" get out of downtown and hear some of the real working bands in Tucson. They just might be surprised at the quality of the music that goes on outside of downtown.
My name is Jean James and I am trying to reach Ernie Menehune. I would appreciate knowing his phone number or email address. Thank you, Jean James 520-648-1118
Glad to see them being recognized more and more, they're so talented, they deserve it!
Hey Ya'll I saw your performance at the Blues Festival in Silver City, NM and hope to attend next year with a group of friends from God's Country Tucson, AZ. You Guys ARE SO OUTSTANDING & AWESOME PERFORMERS! My boyfriend and I were so embarrassed the locals weren't as excited as we were about you! Love You! Joyce Weeden & Larry Brazie
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