Downtown Tucson Celebrates Arizona Centennial With Three Days of Festivities

February 1, 2012

By Teya Vitu

If you’re a fan of the monthly 2nd Saturdays events, you’ll be three times the fan of the Arizona Centennial Celebration Downtown Tucson that will fill Downtown streets and venues February 10, 11 and 12.

If you’ve somehow never made it to 2nd Saturdays, this is the perfect chance to come Downtown for the Centennial party and see how much at least 15 thousand Tucsonans have on a monthly basis.

“It’ll be 2nd Saturdays on steroids,” said Fletcher McCusker, the godfather of 2nd Saturdays and now also Tucson’s version of the Arizona Centennial Celebration.

But instead of just Saturday evening as happens on 2nd Saturdays, the centennial event starts at 4 p.m. on Friday, February 10; has Saturday events from noon to 2 a.m.; and reconvenes Sunday as early as 9 a.m. for a Centennial Bike Ride with events scheduled from 1 p.m. until the closing events starts at 8 p.m. with Zappa Plays Zappa at the Rialto Theatre. You can ride a ferris wheel or slide down a gigantic slide in the middle of 5th Avenue.

“It’s more than just bands and music,” said Jamie Manser, program director of 2nd Saturdays and thus also the Centennial Celebration. “I think it’s a recognition of time and place in history. It’s a way to have a little something for everyone.”

Music will be all over the place: the Rialto, the Fox, the Scott Avenue Stage at Broadway, the Jim Click Automotive Stage at 6th Avenue and Pennington Street; the 5th Avenue Stage between Congress and Broadway; and even a Tucson Symphony Orchestra concert specifically programmed for the Centennial.

“We will be able to have events run longer and feature more of our ethnic and diverse talents,” Manser said.

If movies are more your appetite, you can check out a collection of independent films by Arizona filmmakers at The Screening Room. And if you want to get more in the historic movie spirit, Cinema La Placita is digging into the vaults for 1963’s “McLintock” with John Wayne and the 1940 black-and-white “Arizona” with William Holden, the movie for which Old Tucson Studios was built.

FC Tucson will present a street soccer showdown with open play chances for everybody and maybe even a game involving professional soccer players from the two MLS teams currently in town.

“Kids can play, adults can play,” Manser said.

The Centennial Celebration is also a chance to go on a museum crawl with free admission on Saturday, February 11 at La Pilita Museum, Presidio San Agustin del Tucson, the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, Science Downtown, Sacred Machine, the Jewish History Museum, the Children’s Museum Tucson and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

“It’s really great how Downtown is coming together to celebrate the Centennial,” Manser said.

“There are two things clearly important to us,” McCusker said. “First is the emphasis of Downtown is coming back. Every time we have an event at the Fox, we ask ‘for how many of you is this the first time to Downtown’. Half the hands still go up.

“Then to identify that this is 100 years of statehood. My grandfather moved here 18 years after statehood in 1930. He laid sidewalks for the WPA. It’s extremely meaningful to me to celebrate this and bring people together.”

 

ARIZONA CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

Downtown Tucson commemorates the 100th Anniversary of

Arizona’s Statehood with a weekend of events, February 10-12, 2012.

The weekend is being produced by 2nd Saturdays Downtown

with generous support from the Arizona Centennial Commission,

 Jim Click Automotive and Providence Service Corp.

 

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED

Visit 2ndSaturdays.com for all the details & parking information

FRI, FEB 10

Festivities start at 4pm and include outdoor stages, a Ferris wheel on 5th Avenue between Broadway Boulevard and Congress Street, kids activities, vendors, merchant specials, and downtown museums/exhibits.  Street closures are on 5th Ave between Congress and Broadway, Scott Ave between Congress and Broadway and 6th Ave between Congress and Pennington.

 

4PM GRAND OPENING, hosted by KOLD Channel 13 and Chuck George.  Mayor Rothschild will open the festivities to an antique airplane fly-by and the raising of the actual American Flag flown over Downtown Tucson February 14, 1912.

 

OUTDOOR EVENTS

JIM CLICK AUTOMOTIVE STAGE 6th Ave @ Pennington St.

Headlined by Jerry Riopelle

 

4:15pm-5pm: The El Camino Royales – a three-piece rockabilly/surf/American roots band featuring the indomitable Michael P. on vox and guitar, along with the superb talents of Andrew See on upright bass/vox and The Mighty Joel Ford on drums/vox.

 

5:15pm-6:30pm:  Heather ‘Lil Mama’ Hardy Band Heather has been voted “Best Strings” in Tucson and is a member of the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame. Zόcalo Magazine said “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.”

 

6:45pm-7:45pm: Kevin Pakulis Band featuring Amy Langley. Pakulis, an award-winning songwriter, brings his convergence of original rock, blues, and country tunes for a rockin’ great time.

 

8pm-9:30pm: Jerry Riopelle is an Arizona regular since 1974, includes heavy doses of rhythm and blues, rock and country flavored with a unique mix of jazz and reggae sounds in his tunes. Riopelle’s hits include: Walkin’ on Water, Red Ball Texas Flyer and Naomi’s Song. Riopelle is a huge part of Arizona’s Music Legacy.

 

SCOTT AVENUE STAGE @ Broadway Blvd.

5pm-5:45pm: Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo High School As Tucson’s most popular youth mariachi, they have gained a reputation for excellence, sharing the stage with many of the world’s finest Mariachi ensembles as well as Symphony Orchestras. The group plays authentic mariachi music, arranged and conducted by director, John Contreras, himself a mariachi musician with over twenty-five years of experience.

 

6pm-6:45pm: Vox Urbana – garage cumbia from the heat of the Sonoran desert with complex rhythms enhanced by bass solos, fun melodies and vocal acrobatics.

 

7pm-8pm: A Son y Sol – Latin American music with a twist – upbeat and danceable!

 

5th AVENUE between Congress St. & Broadway Blvd.

4pm-10pm: Slide ($4)

 

5th AVENUE between Congress St. & Toole Ave.

4pm-10pm: Ferris Wheel ($4)

 

CRICKET KID’S LOT Between Stone Ave. & Scott Ave. on Congress Street

Jumping castles & food trucks!

6pm: Cinema La Placita Presents – McLintock! (1963) Starring John Wayne, filmed at Old Tucson Studios.

 

CHICAGO STORE PATIO 130 E. Congress St.

4pm-7pm: Tucson Arts Brigade hosts youth arts activities

 

ALONG DOWNTOWN’S STREETS

Parasol Project Living Statues & Tucson Circus Arts Stilt Walkers

 

INDOOR EVENTS

Fox Theatre 17 W. Congress St.

7pm-10pm: Centennial Soul Celebration – a celebration of African American music and culture. This high-energy concert is a celebration of African American music and culture produced by Southwest Soul Circuit.  Enjoy Jazz, Blues, R&B, Gospel and Soul Music.  Recording artists Kevin & Tanishia Hamilton are joined by various national performing artists. Free seating on a first-come, first-served basis.  Doors open at 6pm.

 

Rialto Theatre 318 E. Congress St.

8pm: Metropolitan Klezmer (Yiddish folk & rock)

 

Tucson Symphony Orchestra Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.

8pm: Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Arizona Centennial Celebration, conducted by George Hanson. Featuring R. Carlos Nakai, Native American Flutist, performing a newly-commissioned piece, followed by the orchestra’s performance of the “Grand Canyon Suite” accompanied by stunning new images of the Grand Canyon created by famed “photochoreographer” James Westwater. (Tickets: $30-$86)

 

SAT, FEB 11

Festivities start at noon and include outdoor stages, a Ferris wheel on 5th Avenue between Broadway Boulevard and Congress Street, kids activities, vendors, merchant specials, and downtown museums/exhibits.

Street closures are on 5th Ave between Congress and Broadway, Scott Ave between Congress and Broadway and 6th Ave between Congress and Pennington.

 

OUTDOOR EVENTS

JIM CLICK AUTOMOTIVE STAGE 6th Ave. @ Pennington St.

Headlined by Sam Moore

 

Noon-12:30pm: Los Changuitos Feos – With over 47 years of history and tradition Mariachi Los Changuitos Feos is Tucson’s premier youth mariachi.

 

12:45pm-1:45pm: The 4th Street String Band – A seamless mix of bluegrass instrumentation (mandolin, fiddle, guitar, upright bass) with blues, jazz and punk rock sensibilities that incorporate beautiful vocal harmonies.

 

2pm-2:45pm: The Dusty Buskers Upbeat, old-timey Celtic/bluegrass/folk with a rocking edge. “People can’t help but stop and listen.” – Arizona Daily Star

 

3pm-3:45pm: Al Perry & The Cattle – The Tucson legend is “Laconic, ironic, dedicated to curating what used to be known as country and western, Al Perry is a testament to the best of live music in Tucson.”

Tucson Underground

 

4pm-4:45pm: Teodoro “Ted” Ramirez – A premier folk musician, singer/songwriter and storyteller – and a living link in the chain of authentic troubadours of the Southwest who presents a mixture of indigenous Mexican, American and European folk music styles framed with insightful personal and historical accounts of the people and places of the Southwest.

 

5pm-5:45pm: Ronstadt Generations – Living history through music, representing the multi-cultural roots America/Arizona 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. They perform a wide repertoire of sounds, from traditionals to modern. The band also features sax, bass and drums by family members.

 

6pm: The Tryst – “The Tryst navigates the listener from jazz to soul with a gentle hand.” – Metromix. Gorgeous vocals by Keli Carpenter, and expert musicianship make this jazz-soul-funk-rock band (with a horn section!) one of Tucson’s top acts.

 

6:45pm-7pm: Poi-Zen fire troupe (on street, in front of stage)

 

7pm: Kevin & Tanishia Hamilton of Southwest Soul Circuit – Soul/R&B

 

7:45pm-8pm: Poi-Zen fire troupe (on street, in front of stage)

 

8pm: Sam Moore (of Sam and Dave) This Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy Hall of Fame Artist is known for several San and Dave R&B hits that are now rock standards:  Soul Man, Hold On I’m Comin’, I Thank You and When Something is Wrong With My Baby. Moore was named by Rolling Stone as one of the 100 greatest singers of all time!

 

SCOTT AVENUE STAGE @ BROADWAY BOULEVARD

Multi-cultural & Kid’s Stage

 

1pm-1:30pm: Illusionist Michael Howell – you won’t believe your eyes!

 

1:45pm-2:15pm: Puppets Amongus Acts of physical theater, hilarious hand puppets and tom-foolery captivate the audience!

 

2:30pm-3pm: Puppet Muzik The puppets perform an eclectic mix of America’s music throughout the decades including diverse samples such as country, rock, rap and cultural music such as Mexican Mariachi.

 

3:15pm-3:45pm: The Wonderfools Tucson-based circus artists, clowns and educators dedicated to proliferating delight and inspiration.

 

4pm-5pm: Batucaxé Inspired by the music and dance of Brazil, the ensemble features the music and movement of many traditions, from Brazil and all over the world.

 

5:15pm-5:45pm: Odaiko Sonora Tucson’s award-winning taiko, Japanese ensemble drumming group.

 

6pm-6:30pm:  W.D. “Arizona” Kennedy performs captivating western folk songs, reminiscent of Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie.

 

6:45pm-8pm: The Border Crossers features the music of Dylan Charles, Stuart Oliver, Nowhere Man & A Whiskey Girl.

 

CRICKET KID’S LOT Between Stone Ave. & Scott Ave. on Congress Street

Jumping castles & food trucks!

6pm: Cinema La Placita Presents – Arizona (1940) Starring Jean Arthur & William Holden. Filmed at Old Tucson Studios – the location was actually built for this film.

 

CHICAGO STORE PATIO 130 E. Congress St.

2pm-7pm: Tucson Arts Brigade hosts youth arts activities

 

ALONG DOWNTOWN’S STREETS

Parasol Project Living Statues & Tucson Circus Arts Stilt Walkers

 

5th AVENUE between Congress St. & Toole Ave.

12pm-10pm: Slide ($4)

 

5th AVENUE between Congress St. & Toole Ave.

Noon-10pm: FC Tucson  hosts the FC Tucson Street Soccer Showdown. Tucson’s new men’s soccer club brings a unique brand of soccer to Downtown Tucson.  Open play opportunities will be available, as well as the chance to enjoy FC Tucson players in action, with special guest appearances by MLS pro soccer players, in Tucson to prepare for the Desert Diamond Cup.

12pm-10pm: Ferris Wheel ($4)

 

Fox Theatre 17 W. Congress St.

11:30am-5pm: Downtown Centennial Committee presents:  Tucson’s History, 100 years of cars in front of the Fox. Click Automotive Team will provide some cars from the more recent years and the new Nissan Leaf.

 

INDOOR EVENTS

UA Downtown 44 N. Stone Ave.

1pm-7pm: Open house of the newly renovated Roy Place Building, now the home of UA Downtown;  UA Bookstores special merchandise;  Exhibits of student work focused on Downtown Tucson

 

Main Library Downtown 101 N. Stone Ave.

11am-5pm:  Joel D. Valdez Library’s Centennial Celebrations—Family story time, craft fair and Happy Birthday Arizona Cake, games available for teens in the teen room.

 

Fox Theatre 17 W. Congress St.

1:30pm-3:30pm: “A Special Chat with Noted Tucsonans of the Past,” presented by the Downtown Centennial Committee. This historic event will present reenacted interviews with a few of the famous men and women who helped create the State of Arizona and build The Old Pueblo, from 1912 to present. After the historic re-enactments the audience will enjoy films of Southern Arizona life in the early part of the twentieth century. This film is a composite of several travel logs gathered from 1920-30 by the “The Sunshine Climate Club,” an early Tucson tourist promotion group.

 

Centennial Hall 1020 E. University Blvd.

3pm-5pm: Mayor Rothschild to introduce “Through the Lens of Time – Arizona 100: A Celebration,” a program of spoken word, video, corridos, dance, music, and more.

 

THE SCREENING ROOM 127 E. Congress St.

6pm-9pm: AZ 100 INDIE FILMS – Celebrate the Arizona Centennial by paying tribute to Arizona’s independent filmmakers. Titles selected for the AZ 100 INDIE FILM collection will be announced in February and state-wide screenings scheduled during 2012. This is the 1st opportunity to view the diverse work by Arizona independent filmmakers

 

Fox Theatre 17 W. Congress St.

7pm: Planet Jam – rippin’ rock solos, poppin’ reggae rhythms and fresh Gypsy licks, dubby and tight, modern with ancient tap roots.

8pm: SambaDá – Brazilian, Samba, Surf Rock and Funk band, this smoldering and soldering band is a magnet of unexpected particles shaved from Brazilian and American sources. Huge on the west coast, experience a Brazilian carnival, beach party


Club Congress 311 E. Congress St.

7pm: Chris Black CD Release

 

Rialto Theatre 318 E. Congress St.

6pm-2am: Powhaus Productions Presents Arizona GEM – celebrating Arizona history, the gem show and a variety of local performances with DJs, video artists, bands, hosts, dancing and other acts. All ages, 6pm-9pm; 18 and over & $5 after 9pm.

 

DOWNTOWN MUSEUMS – Free Admission

La Pilita Museum 420 S. Main Ave., 11am-2pm also offering Barrio Walking Tours

Presidio San Agustin del Tucson 133 W. Washington, 10am-4pm

Southern Arizona Transportation Museum 414 N. Toole, 10am-5pm

Tucson Museum of Art 140 N. Main Ave., 10am-6pm

Science Downtown: “Mars & Beyond” 300 E. Congress St., 9am-9pm

Jewish History Museum 564 S. Stone Ave., 1pm-5pm

Children’s Museum Tucson 200 S. Sixth Ave., 10am-5pm

MOCA 265 S. Church Ave., 12pm-5pm

 

SUN, FEB 12

UPDATE: The ferris wheel and slide will be running from noon until 3 p.m. on 5th Avenue between Broadway and Toole.

CENTENNIAL BIKE RIDE

9am: Celebrate the Centennial with a 1.5 hour bike ride, discovering Sonoran Desert street trees. Learn to identify different low water native trees in the Downtown streetscape, planted by volunteers, neighborhoods, the City of Tucson and the Downtown Tucson Partnership as part of the 1,000 Trees Please campaign. This easy bike ride through downtown and neighborhoods meets at the SE corner of Broadway Blvd. and Scott Ave. For more information and to volunteer, email diana.Rhoades@tucsonaz.gov or 837-4263.

 

INDOOR EVENTS

Fox Theatre 17 W. Congress St.

1pm: Fox Theatre, Tu Nidito and Christina Taylor Green Foundation present children’s concert with Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, one of the most popular children’s music acts in the US, with the number 2 children’s album of 2011.

 

Scottish Rite Cathedral 160 S. Scott Ave.

2pm-4:30pm: ACLU presents Arizona Civil Rights Memories, a panel discussion moderated by former Tucson mayor, George Miller.  Retired Arizona Supreme Court Justice Stanley Feldman, retired UA Law School Dean, Professor Emeritus Charles Ares will be on the panel.

 

Manning House 450 W Paseo Redondo

2pm-6pm: Los Descendientes del Presidio de Tucson presents an Arizona Centennial Tardeada, an afternoon party with live music and dancing!   Alex Jacome is the President of this group and describes a “tardeada” as an afternoon dance party with live music and dancing—donations suggested—seating limited to 300

 

Tucson Symphony Orchestra Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.

2pm: Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Arizona Centennial Celebration, conducted by George Hanson. Featuring R. Carlos Nakai, Native American Flutist, performing a newly-commissioned piece, followed by the orchestra’s performance of the “Grand Canyon Suite” accompanied by stunning new images of the Grand Canyon created by famed “photochoreographer” James Westwater. (Tickets: $30-$86)

 

The Screening Room 127 E. Congress St.

2pm: Screening of “Lost River: Lincoln’s Secret Weapon” the true story of Anna Ella Carroll, a woman military strategist and adviser to President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. (Tickets: $7)

 

Rialto Theatre 318 E. Congress St.

8pm: Zappa Plays Zappa

All Ages. After taking more than three years off to study the physical performance and technical compositional techniques of his father, Frank Zappa, Dweezil Zappa began his search to create a combo that could, according to Dweezil, “accurately execute Frank’s music in the most authentic way humanly possible.” Rather than creating what he called a “circus” of Frank’s former bandmates, Dweezil’s focus was on providing an avenue for the elder Zappa’s music to new generations of listeners. ($26-$56)

 

Visit 2ndSaturdays.com for all the details & parking information

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