Hot Love at St Francis in the foothills

Lisa Otey and Diane Van Deurzen will kick their romantic rhythms into overdrive Friday with a "Hot Love in Bloom" concert at St. Francis in the Foothills, 4625 E. River Road.

The local duo will perform with members of their Hot Love Cabaret troupe.

The lineup includes local theatrical and musical names, including Mark Rosenbaum, an active member of Desert Melodies and Regina Wills, who performs with Otey and Van Deurzen as part of their Desert Divas group.

The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 at or at 370-5912.

Cowboy culture, music at old tucson

Cowboy culture will be the focal point, even moreso, at Old Tucson this weekend, as the Cowboy Music Festival and Western Art Show gets underway.

The event, running from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday will feature classic cowboy balladeers on five different stages, including Rex Allen Jr., Juni Fisher, Jon Messenger and the Bill Ganz Western Band.

The festival will also feature visual art, with works on display from Gary Emerson, Joel Rubiner, Kevin Sack and others.

Diana Madaras, a University of Arizona graduate and owner of the Madaras Galleries, at 3001 E. Skyline Dr. and 1535 E. Broadway, will be the featured guest.

Festival admission is included in the $16.95 park admission, with discounts available.

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Mariachi Conference concerts start tonight

The big shows at this year's Tucson International Mariachi Conference kick off tonight at Casino del Sol's AVA, 5655 W. Valencia Road.

The Participant Showcase, featuring students from around the country who took part in the conference workshops, begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez will follow on Friday with a performance at the conference's Espectacular Concert. The group will be joined by the all-female ensemble Las Colibrí and Sebastien De La Cruz, a former contestant on "America's Got Talent." That show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20-$50.

On Saturday, the conference will hold its final event, the Fiesta de Garibaldi, featuring a mix of local and national mariachi talent.

The all-day cultural event, with art, food and music, starts at 11 a.m. Admission is $10. More at

Local talent to play double birthday bash

If you missed the Live Acoustic Venue Association's farewell to Bonnie Vining two Saturdays ago, a second chance is available this Sunday at the Pantano Stables, 4450 S. Houghton Road.

Friends of Vining, as well as of LAVA photographer Bob Block, will celebrate both of their birthdays at the venue.

Eighteen local music acts, including Sabra Faulk, The Wayback Machine, Stefan George and John Coinman will perform at the event running from noon to 9 p.m.

Admission is free.

Tyler the creator brings hip-hop to rialto

Los Angeles hip hop artist Tyler, the Creator is bringing some "Wolf" to the Rialto Theatre Tuesday.

The rapper, known just as much for his feuds with half of the hip-hop and R&B world as for his music, unleashed the album "Wolf" earlier this month, a lyrically creative journey featuring cameos from Pharrell, Erykah Badu and members of the hip-hop collective Odd Future.

The artist's show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $23 in advance and $25 at the door. Details at 740-1000.

Brazilian group to rock club congress

Os Mutantes, the Brazilian psychedelic rock group with ties to Gilberto Gil and Brazil's Tropicalia movement, will perform at Club Congress Tuesday.

The band got its start in the late 1960s and was done by 1978, but reunited in 2006 after performing at a Tropicalia exhibition in London.

In 2009, the group released its first album in 35 years, dubbed "Haih or Amortecedor."

Also on Tuesday, it will release its second post-reunion album, "Fool Metal Jack".

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20-$22. 622-8848.

Burke to play plaza palomino tonight

Traditional Irish fiddler Kevin Burke has a gig slated for tonight at Plaza Palomino in a duo performance with fellow musician John Carty.

Burke has lived in Portland, Ore. for decades, but his musical proclivities reach back to his family's roots in County Sligo, Ireland.

Burke and Carty will perform a mix of old and new from across the traditional Irish music spectrum at the concert this evening.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $20 in advance and $23 at the door. More:

Fundraiser Sunday for drummer Hunt

James Hunt is a quiet guy. But his drumming speaks loud and clear.

The musician - one of Tucson's best - has kept the beat for countless bands, and is ready and willing to jump in when there's a need.

Now there's a need he can't fill.

Hunt has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. As an artist, he doesn't have an insurance policy in his back pocket. So those who have gotten by with a little help from their friend Hunt are stepping up.

Sunday, a load of bands - Neon Prophet, Bryan Dean Trio, Railbirdz and Midnight Blue Band among them - are throwing a "Hunt N' Party" to raise money for the drummer. It's 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday at Whiskey Tango, 140 S. Kolb Road. There's no cover, but donations will be accepted.

Gerald M. Gay