Tucson Kitchen Musicians Presents
The 28th Annual Tucson Folk Festival
12:00-Arizona Balalaika Orchestra
4:00-The Out Of Kilters
5:00-Bright & Childers
6:30-Titan Valley Warheads
The Titan Valley Warheads
Tucson AZ | Bluegrass
Titan Valley is a five piece bluegrass band from Tucson, Arizona. Formed in 1981, the band has performed throughout Arizona and the southwest playing a blend of bluegrass, western, western swing and old time country music. Known for their tight harmonies and instrumental skills Titan Valley has been voted Best Bluegrass Band by the Tucson Area Music Awards, won the prestigious “Best Band” title at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and performed for appreciative crowds at festivals, concerts and both private and corporate events. The band currently consists of Gary Kuitert (mandolin), Earl Edmonson (guitar), Ed Davenport (bass), Andy McCune (banjo) and Tom Rhodes (fiddle).
After their formation the band became a staple at the Bar M Cattle Company. Moving from there to Al Smith’s Pub, the guys played for 7 years as a regular Wednesday night band. During this period the band was making a name for itself by doing festivals, jam sessions, and shows for various organizations. In 1995 the band moved to Sunday nights at Li’l Abner’s Steak House and has been there ever since. Titan Valley has performed at the Tucson Bluegrass Festival, Four Corners Bluegrass Festival, Sonoita Bluegrass Festival, Trail dust Town Cowboy Poetry Festival, Old Tucson, Mount Lemon Bluegrass Festival, Ranching Heritage Festival, Bisbee Opera House, Helldorado Days, Prescott Bluegrass Festival, Tucson Folk Festival, Tucson Bluegrass Festival and more private parties at ranches and homes than you can shake a stick at.
Tucson AZ | Singer-Songwriter
Ronstadt Generations represents the multi-cultural roots America was founded upon. Dating back five generations in North America, Michael J. Ronstadt, younger brother of Linda Ronstadt, continues the family tradition with his two sons, Michael G. and Petie.
These three voices -- all multi-instrumentalists and solo artists in their own right -- bring to life a repertoire that reaches back to the end of the 19th century while continually looking ahead into the 21st, with a rich innovation of original material alongside traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs.
Each comes with the highest credentials, having appeared around the world in performance and on recordings with such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, the Dixie Hummingbirds, Muriel Anderson, and countless others.
Enjoy a fascinating musical journey with Ronstadt Generations.
In 2009, after spending nearly seven years touring the country and the world with Ted Ramirez and the Santa Cruz River Band, Michael J. Ronstadt found himself off the road for the first time in a long while. He quickly set out to put together a project that would explore the musical history of his family- a history that dates back generations in Tucson, Mexico and the Southwest.
Federico José María Ronstadt, better known as Fred in his later years, was born in 1868 on the Hacienda Las Delicias near Cananea, Sonora Mexico. He spent his childhood in Sonora, moving to Tucson at the age of fourteen to learn the wagon-making trade. In addition to an intelligent, curious, retentive mind, and a capacity for hard work, he brought with him a passionate love of music.
Music was a central feature of the Ronstadt household from the very beginning. His daughter Luisa remembered her father sitting under the grape arbor in the yard on summer evenings, playing his guitar and singing old songs from Sonora- songs that are part of the family heritage to this day.
Fred Ronstadt's musicianship was not limited to a family context. Around 1899, he and a group of his friends formed the Club Filarmónico Tucsonenses, one of the city's earliest orchestral groups. Many of the original musical arrangements for the group were written by Fred Ronstadt. Even when the press of business forced him to resign from the orchestra, he found time to play with different groups of friends, and he remained an active and enthusiastic musician to the end of his life.
It is not surprising that Fred’s talent and enthusiasm continued as a family tradition. Fred Ronstadt's daughter, Luisa, became an internationally known interpreter of Spanish song and dance in the 1930s, under the name of Luisa Espinel. His sons William J., Alfred, Gilbert and Edward made singing a part of their family activities, and in their turn, raised another generation of singing Ronstadts. The most famous of these performers was Linda Ronstadt, Gilbert's daughter. In addition her siblings and cousins in Tucson, Arizona have performed in private and public for years, putting polished harmonies to a wonderful mixture of folk and popular songs, Mexican and American, old and new. Fred's great grandchildren are now continuing the tradition.
Michael J. Ronstadt began to work on “The Ronstadt Generations’ Project”. The concept was a multimedia concert that presented music from the Ronstadt Family through time, going all the way back to Michael’s grandfather Fred. While this project has not yet been performed or realized on a stage, it is a work in progress and gave birth to the band that is now known as “Ronstadt Generations”.
When Michael J’s eldest son, Michael G., was home from Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving, a post-turkey dinner jam session spontaneously broke out, spanning into the early morning hours. Michael J. (guitar/mandolin/mandocello/vocals) found himself running through generations of material with his two sons, Michael G. (cello/mandolin/guitar/vocals) and Petie (guitar/bass/vocals). This session evolved into a rehearsal as the trio played the passages again and again, figuring out harmonies, and coming up with arrangements. Ronstadt Generations was born.
The three Ronstadt’s put out their first album Lulo and soon found themselves touring the country (along with friend Josh Hisle who played a multitude of instruments with the band until 2011). They would perform to audiences sharing their family stories, original music, old family favorites from Mexico and elsewhere, and original arrangements of traditional and newer songs. They brought their music to the world and collected songs on their journeys. They have and continue to play festivals, house concerts, theaters, restaurants, and even sidewalks. They have done workshops and taught cooking classes. Trying to share a little piece of their home with the world and taking a little bit of the world back home with them- just as troubadours have always done.
Bright And Childers
Tucson AZ |
Nancy Lynn Bright and Hank Childers (“she’s Bright, and he’s not”) have been putting their voices together for more than 10 years now. They’ve performed all over the Southwest, but have settled in here in Tucson--living, writing songs, playing music, and endeavoring to do it all harmoniously. They play a mix of folk, country, and blues, with lyrics that run from quirky to heartfelt and with strong vocal harmonies.
Tucson AZ |
Creosote Ring is a band of Southern Arizona Desert Rats. Creators of thorny middens furnished with found and borrowed objects, Creosote Ring rests by day, but by night seeks the musical companionship of friends and strong brew. Creosote Ring is David Liers, Dan Soronson, and Ruben Ruiz.
The Out Of Kilters
When I was sixteen I was fortunate enough to learn from LIghtnin' Hopkins, Mississippi John Hurt, Fred Macdowell, Reverand Gary Davis and Merle Travis. I learned bottleneck guitar from Son House. The British invasion held no alure for me. I was absorbed by the blues scene in South central Los angeles. I never knew the names of some of the best performers I ever saw. I won state fingerstyle championships in Arizona, Utah and Wyoming. I teach at McCabes Guitar Shop in Santa Monica.
Tucson AZ | Americana
It all started a couple years back when Dave organized weekly jam sessions at his greenhouse. Various musicians with varying levels of social respectability and hygiene standards would get together for Friday afternoon-into the evening music fests. The motley crew that attended these jams became known as the Greenhouse Gasses (for reasons best left unsaid). Players came and went, but Dave and Tim and Bob, along with a few others, kept faithful to the Friday tradition.
Tim and Dave had long been writing songs, sometimes collaborating, sometimes just stealing ideas from each other. One night after a greenhouse session, they mumbled together incoherently about starting a real band. Dave wanted to do something a little more professional with a group that would actually tune their instruments sometimes and play all the strings (or at least most of them...) on their respective guitars, banjos, mandolins etc. Tim was interested in working with some musicians who washed their clothes, bathed occasionally and brushed their teeth with toothpaste once in a while.
Of all the Gasses Dave and Tim had been jamming with, Bob best fit the proverbial bill. #1, he always had plenty of strings as he was gainfully employed part-time at his cousin’s chop shop. #2, he was pretty consistent about brushing all four of his remaining teeth. And finally, he had an upright bass with 3, sometimes 4 strings, which was good because Dave had to sell his upright bass to pay one of those pesky past due electric bills.
So that’s the story. They named themselves Mustang Corners after one of their many grammatically challenged, illegibly written songs. Now Mustang Corners is writing more songs and playing all over the pueblo of Tucson. Sometimes they play tennis, sometimes they play cards, sometimes they play dead, and sometimes they perform their music at various venues in town. So smoke em if you got em, lift that glass, or even say a prayer, and come along for a ride with Mustang Corners. Check em out, why not, they really put a whole new twist on the Americana genre.
The Ukesters are a group of senior citizens playing ukuleles. From a humble start at Armory Park into an elite performing group for Southern Arizona. Featured soprano, concert, tenor, baritone, banjo and bass ukuleles. Our group plays most styles of music country and western, 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, some 60's, folk, blues, holiday music, and we even play Hawaiian music too. If you are looking for a unique comic and all around fun.
Arco featuring Dale Clark and Rube Ruiz
Tucson AZ |
Arco consisting of Dale Clark playing 5-string Violin, Mandolin, Acoustic Guitar and Vocals with Rube Ruiz on Standard and Open Tuned Acoustic Guitars, Dobro and Vocals. Musical friends for decades, Dale and Rube have recently reunited to play an Eclectic mix of Americana, Country, Bluegrass and some Light Jazz. Drawing from the rich heritage of the Southwest, Arco presents itself with a smile.
Hard to categorize, easy to like! Johnny, Ronna and Jim, from Socorro, NM, dish up a mix of original folk rock guaranteed to make you smile! Note: The band formerly known as Vinegaroon now goes by `Roon. Thames was a major force in the old band. His memory is a force in the new one.
Scottsdale AZ | Singer/Songwriter
Tom Bertling - "smootmahooty," is a fulltime working musician. He has been playing in Phoenix and Northern AZ for the last 30 years. Number 8 of 12 children, Tom was raised in Delphos, a small town in northern Ohio. Tom appreciates all music, and writes a little bit of everything. He calls it "Mutt Music." As a result he has 5 CD's of original music mixed and mastered by Grammy award winning producer Billy Williams. Tom's wife Priscilla will be joining him on stage singing harmony vocals.
Havin' a Blast
"Havin' a Blast" is a women's 4-part a cappella quartet that sings harmony in the Barbershop style. The 4 members - Elissa (lead), Molly (tenor), Eileen (baritone) and Rhonda (bass) - have over 75 years of combined experience in this consummately American art form. They are all members of the local Sweet Adelines International chorus, Tucson Desert Harmony. They perform a varied repertoire of standards and modern songs regularly throughout the community and love to compete as well.