Two of Tucson's longtime favorite acoustic bands, Bright and Childers and Ice-9, will come together Saturday for an evening of music and friendship in the Abounding Grace Sanctuary in my final concert as director of the Live Acoustic Music Association (LAVA Music).
Nancy Lynn Bright and Hank Childers ("she's Bright and he's not") have been putting their voices together for many years. They've performed all over the Southwest, but have settled in Southern Arizona, living, writing songs and playing music.
In addition to their music endeavors, Bright is an English teacher at Sahuarita High School, and Childers is the senior director of Enterprise Information and Analytics at the University of Arizona.
Bright and Childers play a mix of folk, country and blues, with lyrics that run from quirky and fun to heartfelt, with strong vocal harmonies, solid lead guitar by Childers, and a dash of humor.
Bright's original song "Menopausal Mama" has become a favorite of women of a certain age in Southern Arizona, and I'm hoping she will sing it for us one more time.
Ice-9 is an acoustic band featuring the eclectic mix of Richard M. on harmonica and the guitar and vocals of songwriter Michael Tanzillo. The band is named after a fictional substance in Kurt Vonnegut's 1963 science-fiction novel "Cat's Cradle," and has performed together for more than 25 years.
Sometimes when people hear the name Ice-9, they think it is a rap or heavy rock band, but Ice-9 is anything but. Tanzillo's voice is reminiscent of that of Hank Williams, and his original love songs conjure images of the Sonoran Desert and rainbows or make you want to get up and dance. Employing the harmonica as a second voice, Ice-9 combines country, folk, blues and other styles.
Longtime band member Slim Rost is unable to make it to this show, so Ice-9 will be bringing special guest performers Mark Holdaway on lead guitar and T. Greg Squires on bass. Holdaway and Squires are talented multi-instrumentalists who play in Tucson's world-beat dance band Baba Marimba
If you go
• What: Farewell concert featuring Bright and Childers and Ice-9, with special guests.
• When: 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
• Where: Abounding Grace Sanctuary, 2450 S. Kolb Road.
• Tickets: $15 in advance at brownpapertickets.com/producer/98302 or $20 cash at the door if not sold out.
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