From bluegrass and country to flamenco and jazz fusion, a musical menu in Marana this summer is sure to entertain all tastes.
The Marana Summer Concert Series – first Saturdays from May to October – brings a hometown feeling to outdoor music. The 7 p.m. shows will feature some of the best performers in the region.
Years ago, Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance formed the partnership with the Town of Marana to deliver quality music and arts experiences for residents and visitors.
Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to enjoy the shows at Crossroads at Silverbell Park (7548 N. Silverbell Road). Admission to the Marana Summer Concert Series is free. Donations are encouraged to help support the continuation of these free community concerts.
May 3 – Peter Rolland’s Americana String Ensemble
In August 2014, the 11-member Americana String Ensemble will give 22 concerts in 22 cities in China, presenting America’s folk, cowboy, old-timey, bluegrass, traditional jazz, Cajun, country and western swing musical heritage at large public venues. Three-time national certified division fiddle champion Peter “Doc” Rolland (www.peterrolland.com) has written the musical arrangements and musical cohorts are Igor Glenn on slap bass (www.igorsjazzcowboys.com), Ron Privett on guitar, Ken Bucy on prairie percussion, Annie Trimble on guitar, Nancy Bucy on clarinet and piano, Giselle Lee on clawhammer banjo and fiddle, Ben Shu on fiddle, Bryan Seegers on mandolin and bluegrass banjo, and dancers Steve Conway and Chloe Liberman.
June 7 – Key Ingredients of African Soul
Performing originals and covers rooted in various styles of Afro-pop, African folk, reggae and Caribbean Soca, the Key Ingredients of African Soul delight audiences with an enchanting mix of marimba, guitar, drums and voices. The group includes vocalists and dancers from Cote d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe and the U.S. Their positive vibrations are designed to please your ears, stimulate your mind, move your feet and warm your heart. Playing music from Africa and beyond, with Doctor Twang as their primary music arranger, dedicated to presenting music and dance as vehicles for communication and the sharing of cultures, ideas and ideologies between nations, communities and individuals.
July 5 – Greg Spivey Band
Greg Spivey has been entertaining Southern Arizonans for years. His current four-piece ensemble is one of the most sought after groups in Tucson and surrounding areas. Spivey’s sense of humor will keep audiences laughing while his music keeps them dancing. With a mix of current and older country, and some classic rock and roll thrown in, audiences are guaranteed to have a great time.
Aug. 2 – Larry Redhouse
Piano jazz fusion
The Larry Redhouse Trio is led by Navajo pianist Larry Redhouse, an indigenous American musician performing America’s original art form – jazz. His trio music has matured with a distinctively modern jazz sound, incorporating elements of straight-ahead jazz, Latin and funk styles into unique heart-felt interpretations of jazz standards and brilliant, soul-stirring originals. Redhouse has led groups that have opened for such notable jazz musicians as Chick Corea, Terence Blanchard and Donald Harrison. The trio has also performed at The Smithsonian Museum, The Kennedy Center Jazz Club, The Steinway Peace Piano Concert and The Grenoble Jazz Festival in France.
Sept. 6 – Tesoro
Founded in 2000, Tesoro has a unique sound that captivates even the most sophisticated flamenco purists and enthusiasts. With rock, blues and jazz style, Tesoro takes flamenco fusion to a new level, with influences from Mana, The Gypsy Kings and the Buena Vista Social Club. Their sound is dynamic, energetic and romantic. The group includes Manuel Iñigo on lead vocals and percussion, Justin Fernandez on guitar and vocals, Brian Scott on guitar, Gabriel Kaiser on drums and Andrew McClarron on bass, vocals and percussion.
Oct. 4 – Cross Cut Saw
Crosscut Saw is a dynamic blues and rock band with original music and unique interpretations of blues and rock classics, with some of the best musicianship anywhere. The group includes Ray Buckwich on lead vocals, Jeff Engelbert on guitars and vocals, Rick Canchola on bass and Tony Murray on drums and vocals.