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Ray Wylie Hubbard
... will headline the 30th Annual Tucson Folk Festival, May 2nd & 3rd, 2015
at El Presidio Park, The Tucson Museum of Art and La Cocina at Old Town Artisans,
all in downtown Tucson.
They will be joined by past local headliners
Sabra Faulk, and
members of 2014 headliner Run Boy Run,
Nancy McCallion and
and more than 120 artists from Tucson, around Arizona and across the country
for two days of free, live acoustic music.
Ray Wylie Hubbard
Plaza Stage, Saturday May 2nd, 9 pm
Google Ray Wylie’s bio on his website and it’s hard not to get the
feeling you're jumping from one fast moving freight train to another. In
other words, If you’re looking for a linear history of the man and
musician, his rise in the industry as a gifted songwriter and story teller,
well, this is not the place. Instead you’ll get snippets of stories,
songs, and albums of years present and past, and presented in an anything but
overly serious stream of consciousness rap that speaks volumes more than
anything a well paid PR hack might put together.
From the website ... “the opening track on The Grifter’s Hymnal
album , ”Coricidin Bottle,“ tells you everything you need to
know in just under two minutes--that the record rocks. And what it tells you
about Ray Wylie Hubbard is that he’s the kind of scrapper poet with
the devil-may-care wherewithal to write both ”lay down a groove like a
monkey gettin’ off“ and ”shakes the mortal coil round my
amaranthine soul“ into the same song.“ Indeed.
”Words are funky,“ chuckles Hubbard, a voracious reader and
seeker who draws as much inspiration from the likes of poet Rainer Maria
Rilke as he does from Lightnin’ Hopkins and his favorite rock records
of the ’60s, including Small Faces, Rolling Stones, and Buffalo
Springfield. Finally, ”I’m 65 and still scuffling! I
didn’t want to peak too soon and I don’t want to be a nostalgia
act, so I keep trying to learn new things and make it work. The
carrot’s still out there for me.“
Representing five generations in North America, Ronstadt Generations continues
the family's musical traditions with Michael J. Ronstadt (younger brother of
Linda) and his sons, Michael G. and Pete. Multi-instrumentalists and solo
performers in their own right, they present an exciting repertoire that
preserves the traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs of their heritage while
offering innovative original material.
New compositions place them on the cutting edge of multiple, blended genres,
stretching the boundaries of folk, blues, jazz and beyond. Rich harmonies sung
in English and Spanish are accompanied by outstanding cello and
guitars. Individually and together, Stateside and across the pond, the trio’s
worldwide touring and recording credits include such diverse artists as Linda
Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Dixie Hummingbirds, David Bromberg, Nydia Rojas, Tish
Hinojosa, Muriel Anderson, and Mariachi Vargas, to name a few.
In 2012 three veteran musicians - Alex Flores, Sam Eagon and Aaron Emery - came
on board with versatile talents to form the six-piece ensemble Ronstadt
Generations y Los Tucsonenses (the Tucsonans). First performing with Ronstadt
Generations at a local Tucson gig, the sextet cemented the relationship with the
recording Prelude. Alex, Sam and Aaron bring to the table a variety of
experience and influences. Playing tenor saxophone, bass and drums,
respectively, they add a colorful dimension to an already powerful presentation
that respects tradition while exploring innovation.
Plaza Stage, Saturday May 2nd, 7:00 pm
Children’s Show, Courtyard Stage, Sunday May 3rd, 2:00 pm
In a career that spans five decades, 23 albums and three GRAMMY awards,
multi-talented singer/songwriter/guitarist Tom Chapin has covered an
incredible amount of creative ground. In addition to his work as a recording
artist and concert performer, Chapin has acted on Broadway, as well as working
extensively in films, television and radio.
"One of the great personalities in contemporary folk music," according to
The New York Times, Chapin has established a reputation for
insightful, heartfelt songcraft and effortlessly charismatic live
performances in which his infectious songs, sterling musicianship and
personal warmth consistently shine through.
Son of noted jazz drummer and teacher Jim Chapin, Tom began performing
professionally as a teenager in the early 1960s, playing in Greenwich
Village folk clubs alongside his siblings Harry and Steve as The Chapin
Brothers. He launched his solo recording career with 1976's Life Is Like
That. It was the first of a string of albums that further established his
reputation as both a gifted storyteller and a natural entertainer, winning
him an uncommonly loyal fan base in the process.
Read more about Tom Chapin and his new children's book The Backwards
Birthday Party on our
In addition to nationally known headline acts and local favorites,
the Tucson Folk Festival showcases over 100 local bands as well
as many more from through Arizona and the Southwest and from
throughout the country. The Festival offers a Songwriting
Competition, Workshops, a Gospel Sing-Along, a Children's Show,
a Food Court and an Arts & Crafts market.
FREE to the public since its beginning in 1986,
the Festival is held in the first weekend of May, and is one of
the loveliest events on the Tucson calendar.
Only 6 days
until the Festival!
2nd Tuesday Of Each Month
6:30 – 8 pm
The Medicine Shoppe
305 S. Euclid Avenue #111
The following events raise funds that help keep the Folk Festival free
Host of the Museum Stage & Patio Stages
See all our sponsors
Official Photographer of the 30th Tucson Folk Festival
House Photographer of the Historic Rialto Theater
The Festival is held during the first weekend in May.
Friday Night Kickoff Party (Fundraiser) at La Cocina
Saturday Noon - 10:00 pm
Sunday 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