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The Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association proudly invites all music
lovers to enjoy twenty hours of free live music on five stages at
the 29th Annual Tucson Folk Festival
Run Boy Run
Plaza Stage, Sunday May 4th, 8 pm
Existing comfortably in the tension between tradition and the musical
frontier, Run Boy Run‘s all-acoustic format blends bluegrass, folk and the
old timey American vernacular with touches of classical and jazz. Their music
is rooted in the traditional music of the Appalachian South, but is also
definitively present in the 21st century.
From winning the band contest at Pickin‘ In The Pines (mere weeks after
forming in 2009) and a special appearance at the Telluride Bluegrass
Festival in 2012, to two appearances on National Public Radio‘s A Prairie
Home Companion, Run Boy Run have been making friends and fans alike with
their open-ended musical approach and wonderful stage presence. A Prairie
Home Companion host Garrison Keillor was impressed enough that he penned the
liner notes to the band‘s debut CD.
Tagged by Paste magazine as “One of the top 10 Arizona bands to hear
now,” the band is brother and sister Matt Rolland (fiddle, guitar) and
Grace Rolland (cello, vocals), sisters Bekah Sandoval Rolland (fiddle,
vocals) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin, vocals) and bass player Jesse
Allen. With three strong female voices, singing separately or in harmony,
and deeply rooted familial connection to traditional American music, Run Boy
Run didn‘t come lately to their sound; it‘s in their collective blood.
The Sonoran Dogs
Plaza Stage, Saturday May 3rd, 9 pm
The Sonoran Dogs formed in 2011 out of love for great music and a camaraderie
resulting from the collaboration of creative, like-minded musicians. Founding
members of the band include Peter McLaughlin on guitar, Mark Miracle on
mandolin, Brian Davies on bass, and Tyler James on banjo. Since spring of
2013, The “Dogs” have occasionally been joined by the so-called
“Strays” in order to form the larger version of The Sonoran Dogs.
The Stray Dogs are Larry Cobb on drums, Neil Harry on pedal steel, and Alvin
Blaine on Telecaster, accordion, dobro and whatever else will fit in the
truck. Their first gig together as the 7-piece Dogs was at the 2013 Tucson
The Sonoran Dogs have performed at many festivals and concert venues,
entertaining crowds with their own style of fast-paced bluegrass, heartfelt
Americana, and original songs, with improvised humor throughout their shows.
These accomplished veteran musicians are known for their instrumental
virtuosity and vocal harmonies. Many of their songs are about, or inspired
by, people, places, landscapes, and history of the southwest. They have
been selected as the headlining band at the Prescott Bluegrass Festival, to
be held in June of 2014, and they have received many accolades and awards,
individually and as a band.
Plaza Stage, Saturday May 3rd, 5:30 pm
Hans knew at five years old that he wanted to play guitar, but it took until
he was twelve to convince his parents to get him one. Lessons went along with
it, but they didn’t last - the teacher wanted him to go in a classical
direction, but he was already playing by ear all the songs he wanted to off
the radio and albums, and started writing almost as soon as he could play
chords. In his early twenties he moved to La Crosse, Wisconsin, where the
college town provided dedicated fans for a series of bands fronted by Hans
and his brother Kit.
During their stay in La Crosse, Hans played and toured in a duo with folk
musician / singer / songwriter John Smith. It was there also that he met
Native American artist Bill Miller, with whom he would go on to tour and
record a number of albums. Hans’ involvement in children’s/family
music began with a request to write a theme for a public radio show for
kids. The theme music proved so popular that he was asked to create more
music for the show and for kids in general. In the late nineties he began to
tour and record more extensively for kids and families - although he has
always continued to record and perform for adults.
In addition to his all-ages set on the Plaza Stage, Hans will present the
on the Patio Stage from 3 - 4 pm Sunday.
Plaza Stage, Sunday May 4th, 7 pm
Ryanhood began as humble street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market, when
they were spotted by a college booking agent and thrust into the college
touring scene. Campus Activities Magazine would soon name them “one of the
most requested acts by college buyers all across the country.”
They have since relocated back to their hometown of Tucson, AZ, where they
have won more than a dozen Tucson Music Awards including “Best Folk
Band” and “Best Rock Band” (you can decide for yourself which is
most accurate). But it's not just Tucson that loves them - they were
recently named “Best Group/Duo” in the 2014 International Acoustic
Their airtight vocal harmonies, along with Ryan’s rapidly precise guitar
riffs and Cameron’s soulfully rich lead vocals, create the pleasantly
distinguishable “Ryanhood” sound. “Cameron Hood and Ryan Green,
armed with finger-flying acoustic-guitar solos, vocal harmonies and
crowd-pleasing banter, easily won over the audience ..”
- Arizona Daily Star
TKMA is pleased to welcome these past headliners back for encore
performances at the 29th Folk Festival
Plaza Stage, Saturday May 3rd, 8 pm
One of Tucson’s best loved singer/songwriters and guitarists, Stefan’s set
before the Saturday headliner promises to be all the more poignant due to the
recent loss of Lavinia White, his wife and musical partner of so many years.
A member of the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame and the Tucson Musicians Museum,
Stefan’s influences and interests extend far and wide including country, folk,
bluegrass, reggae, ska and of course the blues. A winner of numerous Best of
Tucson Tammie Awards as well a finalist at festivals in Telluride and
Kerrville, Stefan will be joined by several friends for his set.
Courtyard Stage, Saturday May 3rd, 6 pm
An award winning singer/songwriter born and raised in Northeastern New Mexico,
John spends most of his musical time either fronting his own band or
performing with and helping to direct Kevin Costner's musical project, Kevin
Costner and Modern West (which also includes members of his own band). For
this year's folk fest performance John wanted to offer up something new and as
such will lead a trio including his longtime friend and bandmate Blair Forward
on bass and Jim Lipson percussion.
Courtyard Stage, Sunday May 4th, 5:30 pm
After playing solo on various stages throughout the last 10 years, headlining
in 2012 with the Angel Band, and playing before David Bromberg in 2013 (also
with the Angels), Sabra is stripping it down this year and presenting a duo
set with the one and only original angel, her mom, Bonnie Flint. They are
contemplating names for the duo. Currently topping the list is “The
Fallen (and we can't get up) Angels.”
Only 9 days
until the Festival!
6:30 – 8 pm
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305 S. Euclid Avenue #111
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Official Photographer of the 29th Tucson Folk Festival
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The Festival is a two-day event offering
over 20 hours of music, dance, and entertainment.
Saturday, May 3rd, Noon - 10:00 pm
Sunday, May 4th, 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Click Here for Maps, Directions and Parking
The center of Festival activity, including the TKMA
Kitchen Store and food & craft vendors, is in El Presidio Park
in downtown Tucson. All venues are easy walking distance from the
Park. Performances take place on the following stages:
This year, we will again feature the
Young Artists’ Stage
in a special time slot on one of the regular stages.
The festival will again include a
which was a great success in 2009, its inaugural year, will also
return to the Museum of Art lobby.
All venues are within easy
walking distance from the corner of Church and Alameda.
- Plaza Stage at City Hall
- Courtyard Stage at the Old Pima County Courthouse
- Museum Stage at the Tucson Museum of Art
- Old Town Artisans Stage