I am retiring from the Live Acoustic Venue Association - LAVA Music - after 4 1/2 years of presenting concerts at a variety of venues in and around Tucson.
People have been asking what I'm going to do next. I plan to continue managing the Vail Theatre of the Arts. I'm just dropping down to one job instead of two, in hopes of freeing up some time to focus on other aspects of my life. Coincidentally, I'm celebrating a milestone birthday this week, and our longtime photographer, Bob Block, is also celebrating his birthday.
Block came to one of our first shows at Javalina's in February 2004 and started taking photos of musicians as he had done previously for the Mast House concert series in Chicago. He soon became known as our "house photographer," and many came to call him "Photo Bob."
Block has been very generous with his time and energy, taking more than 30,000 photos and making hundreds of posters to promote the musicians who played at Javalina's and in the LAVA series. LAVA was started in February 2009 to fill the void left in the music community after the sale of Javalina's.
LAVA presented a series at Montgomery's Grill in Beaudry RV Park, three seasons (more than 30 shows) in the Civano Neighborhood Center Courtyard, three seasons (45 shows) of the Music on the Mountain series on Mount Lemmon, eight seasons (more than 80 shows) at Abounding Grace Sanctuary, two all-day festivals at Pantano Stables, and several individual concerts.
One of Tucson's most beloved musicians, Sabra Faulk, has put together a lineup featuring 18 Tucson music acts who are getting together at Pantano Stables Sunday (see If You Go ) to perform in celebration of my retirement from LAVA, my birthday, Bob Block's birthday, and to thank the community for its generous support of Tucson's live music scene over the years.
We hope you'll join us in the celebration.
If you go
• What: BonnieBobStock concert/party.
• When: Noon-9 p.m. Sunday.
• Where: Wedding Park at Pantano Stables, 4450 S. Houghton Road, on the west side of the street between East Escalante and East Irvington roads.
• Cost: Free.
• Details: BYOB and a lawn chair. Food will be available for purchase from food trucks. The Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association will accept donations to help pay for this year's Tucson Folk Festival.
Here's the musical lineup:
• Noon: Sabra Faulk with Mitzi Cowell and Beverly Seckinger
• 12:25 p.m.: Cinder Bridge
• 12:50 p.m.: Nancy Lynn Bright with Mitzi Cowell and Slim Rost
• 1:15 p.m.: Nancy McCallion and Tom Rhodes
• 1:40 p.m.: Amber Norgaard with Sabra Faulk
• 2:05 p.m.: Wally Lawder with Samantha Bounkeua, Stefin Gordon and Jim Lipson
• 2:30 p.m.: Moonstruck Coyotes
• 2:55 p.m.: Ron Pandy
• 3:20 p.m.: Wayback Machine
• 3:45 p.m.: Stefan George
• 4:10 p.m.: Don and Victoria Armstrong
• 4:35 p.m.: Robyn Landis
• 5 p.m.: Ice-9
• 5:25 p.m.: I Hear Voices featuring Bobby Kimmel, Cathy Harris, Bobby Ronstadt and Susy Ronstadt
• 6 p.m.: Coyote Supper Club featuring Kevin Pakulis and Amy Langley
• 6:45 p.m.: Cochise County Allstars
• 7:30 p.m.: Chuck Wagon and the Wheelchairs
• 8:15 p.m.: John Coinman Band with Peter McLaughlin, Blair Forward, Neil Harry and Larry Cobb
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