Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Beijing Guitar Duo To Perform at Crowder Hall

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 1:27 PM

click image UA Presents welcomes the Beijing Guitar Duo to perform at Crowder Hall on Nov. 15. Meng Su and Yameng Wang are widely known for their superb technique and artistic musicality. - BEIJING GUITAR DUO FACEBOOK
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  • UA Presents welcomes the Beijing Guitar Duo to perform at Crowder Hall on Nov. 15. Meng Su and Yameng Wang are widely known for their superb technique and artistic musicality.
UA Presents welcomes Meng Su and Yameng Wang of Beijing Guitar Duo to perform in Tucson.

Their debut CD Maracaípe received a Latin-GRAMMY nomination. It was dedicated to them by Sergio Assad, a Brazilian guitarist and composer.

The duo has performed throughout Europe, Asia and North America in countries such as Germany, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Poland, China, Panama and the United States with their mentor, Manuel Barrueco.

Meng Su and Yameng Wang were born in the city of Qingdao, China, and have packed great musical success in their young lives.

Su won the Vienna Youth Guitar Competition and the Christopher Parkening Young Guitarist Competition and Wang won the Tokyo International Guitar Competition at age 12 and was invited by Radio France to perform at the Paris International Guitar Art Week at age 14.

Before they performed as a duo, they both made solo recordings. This duo is currently supported by the Maryland State Art Council’s Touring Artists Grant program, and has been since 2014.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, at Crowder Hall. 

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Know Your Product - Spafford

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 12:31 PM

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What started out as four Phoenix guys playing songs together quickly turned into one of the biggest jam bands touring today. Their special style of “electrofunk therapy” has found listeners at festivals all across the nation. Now on the road with their third album, Spafford is touring on into Tucson, while playing rock, funk, pop, reggae, jazz and anything else they'll think of on the spot.


Catch the groove with Spafford at 191 Toole, two nights in a row! 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 & 3. $20 - $25. All ages.

Here are five albums that inspire Spafford:


Foo Fighters Foo Fighters

Probably have to go with the Foo Fighters self titled album. That was the first album that I sat down at a full professional quality kit and some studio headphones and really dissected the parts and every little fill and beat had to be exact or I would start the song over if I missed it. The first track, “This is a call” you could say was really the first song I learned on drums front to back and I knew that from that moment, I wanted to play music for a living. - Cameron


Silverchair Frogstomp

It’s the earliest cd I remember playing over and over again. 10 years old. I spent the summer of ‘95 spinning it in a grey Sony discman while I fished the river that went through my backyard of my childhood home. Never heard anything like it. This propelled me on my lifelong search to always find new music! Fun fact: we used to cover “Tomorrow” a long time ago. - Brian


Little Feat Waiting For Columbus

There have been dozens of albums that have had a huge impact on me over the years - both as a musician and just as a fan of music in general. One of my favorite albums of all time is Little Feat’s Waiting For Columbus. The way the band gelled together, the song selection, and the fact that it’s live all just blow me away every time I listen to it! I remember the first time I heard it thinking “Whoa! You can do that?” I had never heard music like it before. It was really my first introduction to “jam bands”. I’ve been hooked ever since! - Red


Weezer The Blue Album

My family had recently moved back to Nashville from Michigan and I was starting 7th grade when I met my friend Joe. I grew up around church music and oldies 96.1, modern rock was undiscovered for me. One day after school we were hanging at Joe’s house, we listened to Nirvana. He let me try my best Dave Grohl impression to “In Bloom” on his drum set over and over while he clunked away at the guitar. I had never listened to Nirvana before, it changed me. We listened to a lot more music that day and in the days to come. When I left, he handed me a Disc Man, a pair of headphones, and the Blue Album by Weezer and said “Check this one out, I think you’ll like it.” I loved all the music we listened to that day but I spent the next 3 months listening to that Weezer album. I remember seeing the songs when I would listen to them, like I was being painted a picture of this person’s memories and pain and joy and goofiness. I was 11 years old and I remember being connected to feelings I knew I hadn’t had yet that I would probably experience one day. Not long after that I started writing my first songs. - Jordan


Counting Crows August and Everything After

In my mind, this album is a masterpiece. It’s been with me since I was about 9 and to this day, I listen through it about once a week. Adam Duritz’ genius is all over this, their first record. The honesty and heart in this music rocks me, today, the way it did when I was a kid - if not more. It changed me for sure. The words. The feel. It’s poetry. It’s rock. It introduced me to the sound of a mandolin in rock music. My first taste of the Hammond B3 sound as well. This is one of few albums in my life that continues to gain and carry more meaning with every listen. - Chuck

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Let's Listen To Sharkk Heartt's New Single Ahead of Tonight's Show

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 1:00 PM

The song and video were recorded live at Frank Bair's studio in the old Comic Con building in downtown Tucson. Audio by Frank Bair, video by Theo Panousopoulos, James Grip, and Jedidiah Baker.

Head over to CANS Deli tonight to celebrate the release of Sharkk Heartt's first single, "Maybe We Are Infinite." 

Electronic producer, singer, songwriter and pianist Lara Ruggles is the one-woman show behind Sharkk Heartt. She's revamping her sound since moving back to Tucson in 2016.

Ruggles toured under her own name and released a full-length album with her band in Colorado, but she's switching gears from writing folky love songs to songs that tackle feminism, equality and activism.

The new single is a love song, with a portion of record sales from the CANS Deli show going to Planned Parenthood.

Sharkk Heartt will be joined at CANS by Phoenix electro-pop duo MRCH and Tucson indie-soul artist Jillian Bessett. The show, presented by Wooden Tooth Records, is 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. $5 advance or $8 at the door. Find tickets here.

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Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Thursday, Oct. 18

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 1:00 AM

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Free Third Thursdays at MOCA. In Tucson, third Thursdays are for contemporary art. Because every third Thursday, the museum is open free to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. for a special art-making activity. This month, visitors can build their very own “pocket shrines” or little miniature altars, with the help of DIRT (Alan Dickson and Taylor Garcia Dickson). These little devotional pieces are meant to be personalized with little object like candles, oracles or photographs. So, while the museum will be providing a variety of supplies, you should definitely bring some stuff from home to make the piece your own. A picture of a deceased loved one? A dried flower petal from your wedding? A photo of a hot celebrity cut out of a magazine? Up to you. DIRT will also be doing free one-card tarot readings, and the night also offers music, a cash bar and food trucks. 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art, 265 S. Church Ave. Details Here.

MEN on BOATS by Jaclyn Backhaus.
They say truth is stranger than fiction, and that’s pretty evident when you consider what this play is based on: an 1869 expedition led by a one-armed captain and a crew of crazy volunteers who head out to chart the course of the Colorado River, and to discover the Grand Canyon. In Backhaus’ theatrical adaptation of this, she genderbends the story—all of the characters are women, and the events in the play, like so many facts today, are “mostly true.” It’s gone over well so far, receiving a Kilroys 2015 playlist choice for one of the best plays by women and being named a NYT Critics’ Pick. Why not check out this production by Something Something Theatre Company? 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays in October and 2 p.m. on Sundays in October. Temple Cabaret, 330 S. Scott Ave. $25, or $20 for students, seniors, teachers and military. Thursday, Oct. 18, and Thursday, Oct. 25, are “pay what you decide” nights. Details Here.

UA 6th Annual Downtown Series: Soundscapes
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Brought to you by the UA School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and hosted by Fox Tucson Theatre, they present to you visual aspects of music culture and the role of urban youth when it comes to shaping cross-culture and identity. Maurice Rafael Magaña will discuss a series of topics relating to art and music. From art in public spaces to cultures crossing borders and working together, he proves that the music and art scene is an important aspect in many different people’s lives. He will focus on youth and the way they use artistic and musical abilities to speak up about their identities and struggles; particularly across the border of Mexico. Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress Street. 6:30 p.m. Details Here.

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Events compiled by Brianna Lewis, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot, Ava Garcia and Jeff Gardner.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Tucson Meet Yourself: Festival by the Photos

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 11:11 AM

Showcasing all of the diverse cultures and customs that dwell within our beloved town, the Tucson Meet Yourself Festival has done it again!

Affectionately coined, "Tucson EAT yourself," the festival presents a unique opportunity to have nachos and pad tai, tacos and dumplings, fry bread and curry all in one sitting.
"Tucson Meet Yourself is a folklife festival. We focus on presenting artists and communities that carry on living traditions rooted in a group’s own definition of identity, artistry, and cultural significance," according the TMY's mission.
Culturally based arts and crafts galore, performances from an array of artists and talks and tabling from various organizations are also a part of the heart of the festival.

Tucson Meet yourself just celebrated its 45th festival, and from us at the Tucson Weekly, thank you to all the volunteers that came together and make this weekend a success, even with all the rain!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Local “Passport to Nashville” Songwriting Contest Announces Finalists

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2018 at 10:34 AM

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Songwriters from around the Tucson and Oro Valley area submitted over 70 homespun songs to the local "Passport to Nashville" songwriting contest. The winner and runners up will be announced at Monterey Court this Thursday, Oct. 18th. But for now, the top ten contestants have been announced!

In alphabetical order, the top ten local songwriters for the inaugural contest are: Andrew Miceli, Eric Schaffer, Freddy Parish, Helen Hudson, Jacob Acosta, Lauren Lawson, Sophia Rankin, Steff Koeppen, Stuart Oliver and Tom Hodgson.

"Passport to Nashville" is a competition for Arizona songwriters to have their music listened to and judged by a panel of those in the music industry. Founded by Nashville-to-Tucson transplant Virginia Cannon, the competition had songwriters submit their songs for a chance to win a one-year membership with Nashville Songwriters Association, free music lessons, and a round trip to Nashville.

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“I love songwriters, I love the whole process,” Cannon said. “I really wanted to do something to help the community.”

Some of the songwriters, including Schaffer and Acosta, are longtime songwriters with studio albums already under their belts. Others, like Lauren Lawson, 15, are just starting their musical career.

The judges panel includes songwriter Dave Pomeroy, music writer Bobby Rymer, music consultant Monty Hitchcock and more. Cannon said while the physical awards for winners are nice, the true awards come in making connections with industry professionals.

“That’s absolutely the prize,” Cannon said, speaking of the contestants meeting the judges. “I’m constantly getting songwriters asking me to connect them with producers. This is a way for all five judges to listen to a lot of local songwriters. The connections will naturally happen.”

At the finals show, the top ten songwriters will perform their tracks before the judges and audience, and the winners will be announced from a number of categories, including judge’s picks and grand winner.

“I’m very pleased with everyone in the top ten,” Cannon said. “Every once in a while, I’ll come across someone that makes me say, ‘wow, that’s just a good songwriter.”

For more information, visit

Show Info:
Passport to Nashville Awards Night
6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18
Monterey Court Studio Galleries & Cafe
505 W. Miracle Mile

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Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Tuesday, Oct. 16

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2018 at 1:00 AM

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The Race for Groundwater: A Shrinking Resource. UA College of Science is hosting this fall lecture series all about Women in Science: From Pioneers to the Present. Women researchers from the University of Arizona will be talking about their research, as well as about other women researchers who inspired them. On this week’s docket: Jen McIntosh in hydrology and atmospheric sciences, who will be talking about the world’s shrinking supply of groundwater, particularly in the United States. She’ll also talk about the work of Barbara Sherwood-Lollar, a scientist from the University of Toronto who discovered deep water resources in the earth’s crust (and the microbial life that lives there). 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. Magpie’s Gourmet Pizza, 605 N. Fourth Ave. Free. Details Here.

Daniel Asia - COURTESY OF UA
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Fred Fox Music+Festival. The Fred Fox School of Music will be hosting its eleventh Music+Festival this year to honor late poet Paul Pines. The festival will consist of seven concerts, a symposium and a major conference. Although most events are featured on the weekend, today they will be hosting the Poetry of Paul Pines set by Daniel Asia. 7:00 p.m. Holsclaw Hall, 1017 N. Olive Road. This is a free event. Details Here.

Creative Juice Spooky Starry Night. Get through the week with a little art, sipping on a glass of wine and learning how to paint like Van Gogh. With an instructor to guide you through step-by-step instructions, avoid a disaster with paint and have a great social hour at the same time. Plus, you'll be creating a masterpiece! $35 per person. 6530 E. Tanque Verde Road. Details Here.

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Events compiled by Brianna Lewis, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot, Zac Ogden and Jeff Gardner.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Brother-sister pop duo Lawrence touring into Congress

Posted By on Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 2:54 PM

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Indie pop/soul duo Lawrence is touring into Tucson on Oct. 10 to showcase their new album, Living Room.

The band consisting of siblings Clyde and Gracie Lawrence recently gained recognition with their new album peaking at 2nd on the iTunes’ R&B/Soul Chart. The album single “Make A Move,” released earlier this year, was included on Spotify’s “New Music Friday” playlist as well.

The New York-based musicians, however, are not your typical pop group; they are on a mission to revolutionize the term “pop” and change the negative connotation that surrounds the genre to what they wished pop sounded like.

“When people hate on pop music in 2018, we don’t have to be a part of that.” Clyde said.
He also talked about how “pop” changes as the term refers to “popular music,” which varies by year. He believes due to this variance, he has a lot of room to create his music, which then falls into the category and, in turn, revamps pop music.

With most of their music being upbeat, the band looks to enjoy themselves and at the same time, bring an energetic performance to Tucson.

“We take our music seriously, but not ourselves,” said Gracie.

Lawrence is always excited to visit new places and see if their expectations meet reality. This is the first time the siblings will be performing in Tucson, and despite only staying for the night; they will try to experience a city.

“We always try to get a feel for the area,” Gracie said. “We might check out a few restaurants for the night.”

Although the concert at Congress is part of the tour for their second album, the band will also revisit multiple tracks from their first album to add nuance.

“We always pepper in other songs,” Gracie said.

If you are curious to hear a bit of their music, the music video for “Make A Move” was released in early September on their YouTube channel.

“We are super excited, we have a bunch of new songs and videos,” Gracie said. “Hopefully everyone will come out, enjoy and check out our stuff.”

Catch Lawrence w/ Joe Hertler and The Brummies 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Club Congress. $15 / 16+

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