2nd Saturdays Will Rock Downtown This Saturday
January 9, 2012
The sounds of award-winning jazz and a “spot on” Beatles tribute will drift over Downtown Tucson for the popular 2nd SATURDAYS event scheduled for 4 to 9 p.m. on January 14.
The Tucson Jazz Institute’s Ellington Band, winner of the national Ellington Big Band competition last year, will appear for free at the Fox Theatre from 7 to 9 p.m.
2nd SATURDAYS has launched its second free outdoor stage on 5th Avenue, just south of Congress Street. It will feature jazz and R&B acts every month, led by nationally recognized jazz artist Kevin Hamilton.
The Scott Avenue Stage will continue to feature rock, folk and Cajun bands, also for free, starting at 4 p.m.
The ultimate Beatles band, the Fab Four, just wrapping a PBS filmed concert, will appear in a paid show at the Rialto Theatre.
Additional music acts will line the street and fill venues from Hotel Congress to the Fox Theatre.
Scott Avenue Stage sponsored by KHIT/KIIM Radio:
4 to 4:45 p.m.: Deceptively Innocent, boys between the ages of 14 and 16, will be performing Rock/Pop Punk/Alternative covers and originals.
5 to 6:15 p.m.: Mitzi Cowell & The Valiants are known for their smart, swampadelic, spiritual-uplift desert groove-blues for ecstatic dancers and discriminating listeners alike. The band features Gary Mackender and Nick Augustine on rhythm, with fully-baked Tucson native Mitzi Cowell on guitar, vocals, and songwriting.
6:30 to 7:45 p.m.: Heather “Lil Mama” Hardy Band. Hardy’s third release, “Get Out of the Road,” showcases the musician’s sweet violin electrified in a positive bluesy/soul album with spiritual overtones. (Zόcalo Magazine)
8 to 9 p.m.: The Last Call Girls, high energy Country-Cajun-Celtic Americana with three- part harmonies, fiddle, accordion and tin whistle.
“The Scott stage will be on fire with mostly women-fronted bands,” said Program Director Jamie Manser. “Mitzi Cowell, Heather Hardy and Nancy McCallion all seriously rock and have been a huge part of Tucson’s music scene for a long time. It’ll be great to see them sharing a stage on Jan. 14.”
The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute. Show time is 8 p.m. $35
Underground rap collective Hieroglyphics. Show time is 8 p.m. $15-$18
CenturyLink Presents: Mars and Beyond. This exhibition is dedicated to rotating science-based programs to Tucson and all of Arizona. 2nd SATURDAYS hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Check discounts, others dates and hours at www.sciencedowntown.org.
The Cricket Kids’ Area is the place you’ll find the Cricket Jumping Castle and other projects to entertain, including a free G-rated kids movie. Cinema La Placita will be screening “The Muppet Movie” (1979) on the Thrifty Lot located on Congress Street between Scott and Stone Avenues at 6 p.m. and again immediately following, at about 7:40 p.m.
The street scene is always hopping with car clubs, musicians, “jukebox” statues and vendors, including new merchants on 5th Avenue. Many businesses will offer specials. 2nd SATURDAYS Downtown runs from 4 to 9 p.m. Sponsors are: Bank of Tucson, Jim Click Automotive Team, Cricket Carondelet Health Network, KOLD Channel 13, KHIT/KIIM Radio, KXCI 91.3 FM Community Radio, MEB Property Management and Providence Service Corp.
Full schedule and parking info available here.