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 Last Call Girls will perform at 2nd Saturdays.

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.”

Rialto Theatre:

The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute.  Show time is 8 p.m. $35

Club Congress:

Underground rap collective Hieroglyphics.  Show time is 8 p.m.  $15-$18

Science Downtown:

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.