As we were going to press, Stefan George was organizing a memorial show for Gerry Glombecki, set to take place at 7 p.m., Sunday, June 13, at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St.
As we mentioned last week, Glombecki, a local singer, songwriter, musician, poet and actor, and an inductee into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame, passed away on May 25.
Admission will be free, and you can keep up on updates at hotelcongress.com.
Craig Tinney, a beloved local musician whose contributions to our community reach far and wide, will be honored this weekend at a benefit concert for the NTAF Southwest Spinal Cord Injury Fund, with proceeds earmarked to cover Tinney's mounting medical expenses. He was severely injured in November when he was in a catastrophic motorcycle/car accident.
According to a press release, Tinney "was instrumental in starting a regular square and contra-dance series for the Tucson Friends of Traditional Music. Thirty years later, the dancing continues. He was responsible for bringing dozens of nationally known traditional music acts to Tucson during the '80s and '90s, and he served on the advisory board for the Arizona Commission on the Arts. For the past 15 years, Craig has played guitar and banjo with the Privy Tippers."
The benefit will include a contra-dance, food, a raffle, a silent auction and performances by the String Bean Folk Orchestra, Linda Lou and the Drifters, the Determined Luddites, the Privy Tippers, Big Jim Griffith and the Stellar J's, Mzekala and New Mexico-based zydeco headliners Bayou Seco.
The event runs from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, June 13, at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. The suggested donation is $20 for adults, $10 for ages 6 to 16, and free for those younger than 6. For more information, or to purchase tickets in advance, head to inconcerttucson.com. For more information on Tinney, visit www.privytippers.com.
You know those events that people rave about years after the fact, and you just have to stand there and nod unconvincingly, because you weren't there? I suspect that the Marianne Dissard- and Parasol Project-organized "Lonesome Cowgirls" will be one such event.
Dissard, the French-born, Arizona-raised chanteuse, is currently recording a new album, L'Abandon, to follow up her critically acclaimed 2008 release, L'entredeux, and she decided it would be nice to pair the CD with a DVD. Inspired by the recent Warholmania that took over Tucson in February (Andy Warhol Portfolios: Life and Legends will be showing at the Tucson Museum of Art through July 3), Dissard endeavored to remake Warhol's Lonesome Cowboys, which was filmed in Southern Arizona, recasting it as Lonesome Cowgirls. As part of the production, a party is being held this weekend—and you're all invited.
The party, also called "Lonesome Cowgirls," will take place from dusk to dawn on Saturday, June 12, at Cowtown Keeylocko, which is alone worth the hour or so drive out of Tucson.
Situated on a piece of land bought by Ed Keeylocko 35 years ago, when he was just out of the service, Cowtown Keeylocko is a sanctuary to the Old West towns of yore and the home of the Blue Dog Saloon, an authentic dirt-floor saloon festooned with relics. Or, as it was described in a press release from Cowtown Keelocko's 30th anniversary party five years ago, "It is a bar where Native, Hispanic, Afro-American and white visionaries drink side by side." In other words, it's a real desert treasure.
One would be hard-pressed to think of a better locale at which to shoot Lonesome Cowgirls, whose attendant festivities will include performances by Dissard, Brian Lopez and Gabriel Sullivan, and fire performance artists Flam Chen, as well as DJ sets from Minneapolis-based BK-One (Rhymesayers Entertainment) and Carl Hanni (who is also a Weekly contributor).
Directions to Cowtown Keeylocko are as follows: From Tucson, take Ajo Way west (Route 86) 13 miles past Three Points. Turn left on Coleman Road (mile post 142). Follow the signs to Keeylocko. If you get lost along the way, give bartender Susan a call at 203-5060. Unfortunately, Ed, who's got stories for days, will be out of town at a speaking engagement in New Mexico.
Oh, and by the way, admission is free.
Following the wildly successful inaugural event, which brought an estimated 10,000 people downtown last month, the second installment of Second Saturdays Downtown, a retooled version of what used to be called Downtown Saturday Nights (and, later, the Congress Street Urban Block Party), will go down downtown this weekend.
The family-friendly event, which includes street performers, vendors of all types, gallery openings, specials at area restaurants and, of course, lots of live music, runs from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, centered around Congress Street, but extending beyond. Here's a quick look at some of the musical offerings to be had.
The Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St., will feature two sets by Chicago-based Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band Creedence Again, with the first one starting at 7 p.m.
The Scott Avenue Main Stage, between Broadway Boulevard and Congress Street on Scott, will include '60s soul and '70s funk covers by Drama Club (6:30 to 7:30 p.m.), original neo-folk songs by Leila Lopez (7:45 to 9 p.m.), and desert rock legends the Sand Rubies (9:15 to 10:30 p.m.).
Street performers will include the Seven Pipers Pipe Band, Beatnik Dream Vacation, Mirror Image, Catacoustic Groove, the Dusty Buskers, Jimmy Carr and Cruz Billy. Meanwhile, Hank Topless will treat you to country tunes at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St., and Tom Walbank and George Rosenberg will perform at the Red Room at Grill.
Admission to all the aforementioned performances is free, but there will also be a couple of paid shows, too. Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., has MC Chris and Math the Band at 7 p.m. ($13 advance, $15 day of show), and Vaudeville, 110 E. Congress St., has a triple bill of Robert the Devil, The Monitors and Elephant Soup Kitchen for a nominal cover charge starting at 9 p.m.
For lots more information, head to 2ndsaturdaysdowntown.com.
On his latest album, Li(f)e (ANTI-, 2010), rapper Sage Francis collaborated with a host of musicians, producers and a DJ, including Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla, Tim Fite, Jason Lytle (ex-Grandaddy, Admiral Radley), the late Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse), our own Calexico, and members of Califone and DeVotchKa. On Friday, June 11, he'll bring a live backing band, Free Moral Agents, featuring The Mars Volta's Ikey Owens, to Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., to perform as part of his Li(f)e on the Road Tour. B. Dolan opens the 9 p.m. show, which is open to those 18 and older. Tickets are $16 in advance, or $18 on the day of the show. For more info, call 622-8848.
Also this week: An Acoustic Summer Evening in Downtown Tucson featuring Grams and Krieger, Kevin Pakulis with Larry Lee Lerma and BK Special at Old Town Artisans on Saturday, June 12; War and the Average White Band at the Diamond Center at Desert Diamond Casino (Interstate 19 location) on Saturday, June 12; Breadbrick, Rooftop Vigilantes and Young Mothers at Plush next Thursday, June 17; Sundown Songs at Dry River Collective on Tuesday, June 15; Andy McKee and George Dickinson at the Copper Hall at Hotel Congress on Friday, June 11; Tomorrows Bad Seeds and Seedless at The Hut, tonight, Thursday, June 10; Ricky Stein at the Red Room at Grill on Sunday, June 13; Just Surrender at Skrappy's on Saturday, June 12; Crime, Cadillac Steakhouse and Lifers at the Red Room at Grill next Thursday, June 17; The Provocative Whites at Che's Lounge on Saturday, June 12; White Rhino, Mean Beans (solo) and God of the Sea at Vaudeville on Wednesday, June 16; Sweet Leaf and Whole Lotta Zep at Boondocks Lounge on Saturday, June 12; Eddie West in the lounge at Plush on Sunday, June 13.