Music briefs

2013-12-05T00:00:00Z Music briefsGerald M. Gay Arizona Daily Star
December 05, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Country stars Judd, Haggard to play at Fox

Two major country acts have gigs schedules at the Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St., in the next week.

On Sunday, Wynonna Judd — touring under the band name Wynonna & The Big Noise — will perform.

She’ll be followed by Merle Haggard, a certifiable country legend and trailblazer of the Bakersfield sound, who will play the venue on Tuesday.

Judd has been a solid solo act since parting ways with her mother, Naomi Judd, in 1991. The two had performed as a duo since 1983.

Wynonna’s last studio album, “Sing: Chapter 1” came out in 2009, but her Fox show is being billed as “A Simpler Christmas” performance.

It will be the first time she has performed in town since marrying drummer, Michael Moser, in 2012 and a little more than a year after Moser lost his leg in a motorcycle accident in South Dakota.

She takes the stage at 7 p.m. Tickets are $33-$104 through the Fox box office, 547-3040.

Haggard has long been considered one of the outlaws of country. His music has influenced generations of musicians.

In March, Haggard received an honorary doctorate from California State University-Bakersfield for his contributions to the genre and the city alongside the late, great Buck Owens.

Haggard performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets for that show are $45-$65 through the box office.

Family folk group to perform Tucson gigs

The Hollands will provide a double dose of good, clean family folk music when the group performs at Monterey Court on Friday and La Cocina on Saturday.

The band is made up of husband-and-wife team Jana and Craig Holland, and their kids Graciana and Banjo.

Jana plays the guitar, banjo and mandolin. Craig also rocks the guitar.

Graciana sings and Banjo, in an unusual twist, plays percussion.

The group is influenced by American folk music, as well as Australian folk music. Craig is originally from Melbourne.

The show at Monterey Court, 505 W. Miracle Mile, begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5.

The La Cocina show also starts at 7 and there is a $5 suggested donation. La Cocina is at 201 N. Court Ave.

Visit thehollands.org for more information.

Klezmatics honored

with lifetime award

Members of The Klezmatics were celebrated for their work with a lifetime achievement award in November.

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, one of the foremost organizations when it comes to the preservation and study of Jewish culture, honored the band for its efforts at YIVO headquarters in New York City.

The group followed the special night with a string of tour dates that includes a performance at the Fox Tucson Theatre tonight.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18-$54 through the Fox box office, 547-3040.

Black Joe Lewis brings

new sound to Congress

Black Joe Lewis is going less soul and more raucous rock ‘n’ roll on his latest album, “Electric Slave.”

The Austin, Texas-based artist is packing a harder edge, skipping the James Brown sound for more of a Fat Possum-style, rough and raw blues bend, packed with heavy guitars and punk rock sensibilities.

“Electric Slave” was released in August on Vagrant Records.

Lewis said in an NPR interview that the title of the CD stems from society’s addiction to phones, the Internet and other forms of electronic communication.

Expect to hear tracks when Lewis plays Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., Saturday.

The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $14 in advance and $16 the day of the show through the Hotel Congress, 622-8848.

Also performing

• A mariachi holiday celebration dubbed “Festival de Navidad” at the Fox Tucson Theatre on Friday.

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks providing a Holidaze in Hicksville performance at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., next Thursday.

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