DESERT DIVA: It's hard to believe that it's been nearly 30 years since Tucson's wild child Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys first appeared on the Southern California music scene, adding down-home elements of bluegrass and country to rock and roll. Soon after, Ronstadt began working with Neil Young, singing backup on a number of his albums as well as opening for him on tour.
It was Ronstadt's 1974 album Heart Like A Wheel that launched her into the musical mainstream. Radio was quick to add the record to their play lists and suddenly she found herself in the heat of the spotlight--a place in which she didn't always seem to be comfortable. Blessed with a natural beauty as well as a big voice, Ronstadt preferred to perform sans makeup and shoes and had to be coaxed into playing up her physical attributes.
Giving in to the pressure of presenting a sexy image appears to have been the only compromise Ronstadt allowed in her career. By keeping her focus on the music Ronstadt has 28 albums to her credit as well as having mastered a variety of genres, taking home seven Grammy Awards in rock, pop, country, and Latin music categories.
Linda Ronstadt will be singing many of her hits when she appears in concert with the San Diego Symphony at the TCC Arena on Thursday, August 29, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $38 and $27 available at Dillard's, Zia Records and the TCC Box Office. Charge by phone at 791-4266 or 1-800-638-4253.
LAST NOTES: Phoenix rockers The Piersons will be making an in-store appearance and acoustic performance at Zia Records, 3370 E. Speedway, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 22, before heading over to the Third Stone, 500 N. Fourth Ave., at 10 p.m., where they'll follow up with a full-blown electric gig, including songs off their debut CD, Humbucker.
Cover charge is $2 and you can get more information by calling 628-8844.
The Samples bring their world-beat influenced rock to The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave., on Friday, August 23. The Why Store? kicks off the show at 9 p.m., playing straight ahead power pop with a hard rock edge.
Tickets are $10 in advance, available at The Rock, Dillard's and Zia Records. Price jumps to $12 day of show. Call 629-9211 for more information.
35 Summers takes the stage at the Third Stone at 10 p.m. Saturday, August 24. One of Tucson's premier songwriting teams, Chris Holiman and Tammy Allen, also enjoy a reputation for putting on dynamic live performances. Cover charge is $3.
Singer-songwriter Stefan George will be performing a solo concert at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave., Saturday, from 8 to 11 p.m. August 24. George, who has just returned from a summer tour that included stops in Santa Fe and Taos as well as festival appearances in Kerrville, Texas, and Telluride, Colorado, will be playing the blues with "Beulah," a 1932 National steel guitar.
Admission is $5 at the door. Call 884-1220 if you need more information.
Rockabilly legend Ronnie Dawson hasn't stopped rockin' since the fifties. Catch the Blonde Bomber when he rolls into Empire Café and Lounge, 61 E. Congress St., on Wednesday, August 28. With a new band featuring members of High Noon, The Derailers, and Teddy and the Talltops, this is a must-see for classic rock fans.
Parisian lounge lizards 8 1/2 Souvenirs open the show at 9 p.m. (People are still talking about their last show at the Rialto a few months back.)
Tickets are $5 in advance, available at Hear's Music and Empire. Tickets will be $7 at the door.
SPECIAL SESSION: Club Congress, 311 E. Congress, unveils the Library of Congress, Tucson's first cyber-caberet, at their Open House '96 on Saturday, August 24, from 6 to 10 p.m. Various local non-profit organizations will also be on hand to dispense information from the rooms upstairs, giving you a chance to check out the rooms while learning a thing or two about your community. See Cheap Thrills for more information on participating organizations. If that doesn't satisfy your curiosity, you can call 622-8848.
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