For nine years, Tana Kelch was the owner of Bohemia, an art gallery and gift shop that primarily sold the work of Tucson artists and craftspeople. She also incorporated live music by local musicians into events whenever possible. Bohemia closed in January, and Kelch is currently in search of her next adventure.
What was the first concert you ever saw?
It was the summer of 1985: Power Station with opener Spandau Ballet at Compton Terrace outside of Phoenix. I still heart John Taylor.
What are you listening to these days?
I have been devouring St. Vincent lately. I recently got turned on to a defunct Tucson band called Harlem, and they are delicious, too.
What was the first album you owned?
The Go Go's Beauty and the Beat. It was the '80s, and I was a 10-year-old girl who really liked to dance.
What artist, genre, or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?
I am certainly immune to Bieber fever.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Queen. That would be a totally epic concert.
Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Music is a guilt-free religion.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
"Holland, 1945" by Neutral Milk Hotel. The theme of the song is so heavy and morbid, but with a slight bit of optimism regarding reincarnation and moving on. Then it's masked in joyous, horn-driven music that just makes everything OK. I would want people to dance and celebrate at my funeral, but still reflect on the awesome folly that is life.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
In eighth-grade, I was obsessed with the Beatles' "White Album." It opened me up to a music world outside of '80s pop and helped me really start appreciating early rock bands that changed the face of music. And it was just weird enough to make me feel safely cool at an awkward age.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.