Music notes: A few highlights from Tucson's music scene

2014-06-05T00:00:00Z Music notes: A few highlights from Tucson's music scene Arizona Daily Star
weekend of song
with the Ronstadts

The music of the Ronstadt Generations embodies the history of one of Southern Arizona’s most storied families.

The trio is helmed by father Michael J., who plays guitar, mandolin and mandocello, with his sons Michael G. (cello, mandolin and guitar) and Petie (guitar and bass). All three sing, drawing their repertoire from original songs and traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs that dabble in folk, blues, jazz and beyond.

The trio performs Saturday and Sunday at the Arizona Folklore Preserve, 56 E. Folklore Trail, Hereford. Doors open at 1 p.m. each day, with performances starting at 2. It’s $15 for adults, $6 for kids 17 and younger. For reservations: 1-520-378-6165. 

Rockin’ texas band set for ‘Standoff’-ish show

The Casey Donahew Band turned a quiet Sunday night at The Maverick Country Night Club into a rocking roadhouse in March 2013. 

Expect a similar evening when Donahew and the band return Sunday at The Flycatcher — formerly Plush — at 340 E. Sixth St.

Donahew brings with him his latest album “Standoff” — it came out a few weeks after his last Tucson show. The album, his sixth, has spun off the singles “Whiskey Baby,” which topped the Texas country charts, and “Small Town Love.”

“Standoff” debuted No. 1 on iTunes country charts in April 2013  and No. 8 on the overall iTunes charts.

His 21-and-older show Sunday starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 to $15 at the door or in advance at ticketfly.com

Bill Medley’s Righteous
homage t0 ’60s artists

Bill Medley of the 1960s pop duo The Righteous Brothers, is paying homage to his late musical partner Bobby Hatfield and other pop stars of the 1960s.

On his most recent album, 2007’s “Damn Near Righteous,” Medley, 73 , strips down Bob Dylan’s “Just Like A Woman” and infuses a bluesy piano line. He also paired up with fellow ’60s vocalists Brian Wilson (Beach Boys) and Phil Everly (Everly Brothers)  for a cover of the Beach Boys “In My Room.”

But when he takes the stage at Desert Diamond Casino, 1100 W. Pima Mine Road, Saturday afternoon, don’t be surprised if he chokes up a bit when he sings his tribute to Hatfield.

Tickets for Saturday’s concert are $20 to $35 through startickets.com

B-Side players bring
Afro-Latin funk

One of Southern California’s premier, contemporary Afro-Latin funk bands has a performance slated for the Sea of Glass Center for the Arts, 330 E. Seventh St., at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

The B-Side Players return to Tucson with 20 years of material to work with, including tracks from its 2012 album, “Revolutionize.”

Over the years, the group has opened for the likes of Ben Harper, Ozomatli, Molotov, Poncho Sanchez and Calle 13. The band’s music draws from an array of influences and styles, from reggae to cumbia and jarocho.

The Players are visiting town following a weekend of performances at the Hullabaloo festival in Flagstaff.

Tickets are $17 in advance and $22 the day of the show, with discounts available. Go to theseaofglass.org for information.

America coming here

America was born in London. Weird, right?

Here’s how it happened: Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and Dan Peek were the sons of American military fathers and British mothers. They met in high school in London and formed a rock band, in the mid-1960s.

Here’s what became of it: By the early 1970s, they were a hit with a Grammy for best new artist and No. 1 hits. including of “A Horse With No Name,” “Sister Golden Hair,” “Ventura Highway,” “Tin Man,” “Daisy Jane” and “Lonely People.”

And here they are today: Beckley and Bunnell still are with the band; Peek left in 1977 to pursue a solo career and died in 2011.

The pair as America play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. Tickets are $32 to $84 through foxtucsontheatre.com

Also at the Fox:

One of These Nights: The Eagles Tributes at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $17. 

Rap, rock at the Rialto

Tech N9ne brings its Independent Grind Tour 2014 to the Rialto Theatre Sunday.

The 8 p.m. show features performances by Freddie Gibbs, Krizz Kaliko, Jarren Benton, Psych Ward Druggies and Marley B,

Tickets are $35 to $38 and the show is all-ages. Get tickets at the Rialto box office, 318 E. Congress St.

Hometown acts, rap fest at club congress

Here are a couple shows to check out at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St.:

  • Tucson singer-songwriter
  • Andrew Collberg
  •  joins Mute Swan and AZ77 for a free 21-and-older show at 9 p.m. Friday.
  • San Francisco pop outfit Painted Palms return for a 7 p.m. all-ages show Sunday with Shy Boys and Mellow Bellow. $5 at the door.

Cathalena E. Burch

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