Eric Johnson: Always A Student

Eric Johnson: Always A Student

2020 is shaping up to be a busy year for Eric Johnson. The acclaimed guitarist is releasing a new album along with a new signature Fender and embarking on a three-month, 55-date tour throughout North America. But according to Johnson, it all just kind of culminated at the same time. What’s important for the self-proclaimed “tone searcher” is for the music to sound good as ever.

 

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The latest tunes and grooves coming to a venue near you.

Guitar, Solo

The last time Johnny A.performed in Tucson, he played guitar in the Yardbirds. He’s returning to town as a solo performer, but that’s not to say he’ll be alone on stage. The “Just Me... And My Guitars” tour features Johnny A. covering a wide range of classic British songs from the ’60s, performed with his signature blend of technicality and grooviness, a style accentuated as a solo performer.

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Music to load your calendar

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All This Jazz

The sixth annual Tucson Jazz Festival will be the first without the guidance of festival artistic director Yvonne Ervin, who passed away Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. But rather than ending on a sour note, the Jazz Fest is honoring her legacy by staying strong as ever, featuring international artists, Grammy-winners, and some of the most genre-defining musicians still active today.

Whiz Kid

Veronica Swift is the daughter of two world-renowned jazz musicians: Stephanie Nakasian and Hod O’Brien, so it’s unsurprising to learn that she’s been involved in music for as long as she can remember.

Testing the Boundaries

“Jazz to me,” says David Sanborn, “is the spirit of adventure.” And for Sanborn, it’s been one hell of an adventure.

Anna’s Song

It is Christmas day, and I have dressed all in white to write it. It is my way of considering Anna’s spirit, as joyous as it was. 

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Dr. Mark Beef, guitarist for local garage-rock heroes Lenguas Largas and downtown Tucson music historian, is here to fill your ears with the best of the best of the best music you can possibly hear to get this year started off on the right note.

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Spin Cycle

Don't miss our guide to some of the best albums 2019 had to offer.

Local Sounds

For a comparatively small city, there seems to be art bursting out of every crevice and cactus. Picking my favorite albums to come out of Tucson this year was difficult enough; keeping track of all of them is downright impossible. But inevitably, a handful catch my ear. Here are my favorite music releases to come out of Tucson in 2019.

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Music to fill out your week.

Local Reunion of the year

Three decades ago, the Sidewinders (later Sand Rubies) dropped their major label release Witch Doctor. In November of this year, the band, led by Dave Slutes and Rich Hopkins, returned to the stage to celebrate the breakthrough album’s anniversary.

Know Your Product: David Broza

For an Israeli musician who plays Spanish-influenced guitar and sings in English, Hebrew and Arabic, David Broza’s music sounds surprisingly effortless and accessible.

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Stars Pick Their Top 5!

Blind Faith

The Blind Boys of Alabama are celebrating 80 years as a band, having persevered through challenges of color barriers, being separated from their families as children, the death of band mates and, of course, living without the sense of eyesight.

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Tucson is filled with music this week.

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