Ballet Folklorico Headlines 2nd Saturdays Before Heading to the Olympics

July 10, 2012

Tucson’s 2nd Saturdays in July will have an international feel, featuring acts from reggae to belly dancing to Ballet Folklorico, all Downtown on July 14.

Ballet Folklorico will brighten Downtown this Saturday.

Scott Avenue will be closed from Congress to Jackson Street, just south of Broadway, for the event.

The Cricket Kids’ area will again take over the Providence parking lot on Jackson Street and will feature the “G” rated movie, “Shrek” (2000), free of charge. The movie begins at 7:30 p.m.

The Scott Avenue stage will be on the north end of Scott at Congress Street.  Scott Avenue and Jackson Street will be lined with vendors, food trucks, street performers and outdoor musicians.

The KHIT/KIIM Scott Avenue stage will continue to showcase the eclectic talents of Tucson’s artists.  Opening the evening at 6 p.m. is Ballet Folklorico La Paloma, a troupe that highlights centuries-old dance traditions of Mexico and has been honoring those traditions for three decades.

See Ballet Folklorico before they leave town to perform in London for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Next up will be Tucson’s all original, modern piano jazz band Collin Shook Trio, followed by local indie pop/rock darlings Roll Acosta, fresh off of a West coast tour and enjoying a new album release.  Belly Dance Tucson will entertain just before the rocking funk/reggae of Funky Bonz, who is geared up to bring the family-friendly boogie.

KIIM/KHIT Scott Ave. Stage @ Congress St.

6-6:15 p.m.: Ballet Folklorico La Paloma

6:30-7:30 p.m.: Collin Shook Trio (All Original, Modern Piano Jazz)

7:30-7:45 p.m.: Ballet Folklorico La Paloma

7:45-9 p.m.: Roll Acosta (Acoustic/Pop/Rock)

9-9:15 p.m.: Belly Dance Tucson

9:15-10:30 p.m.:Funky Bonz (Rock/Funk/Reggae)

Rialto Theatre – 318 E. Congress St.


Fox Theatre – 17 W. Congress St.

10 a.m. and 6  p.m.:  NPC Terminator 2012 competition—tickets are $18

The NPC Terminator is a bodybuilding, fitness, figure, bikini and men’s physique competition that is sure to entertain and motivate you to get in the best shape of your life. It is for all ages to watch and enjoy.

Hotel Congress – 311 E. Congress St.


La Placita Village:  Outdoor plaza 110 S. Church Ave. (Southwest corner of Broadway and Church Ave.)

6-10 p.m.:  Celebrate the 1-Year Anniversary of the Soul Music Celebration at 2nd Saturdays Downtown. Enjoy Soul, Jazz and R&B music with Kevin & Tanishia.

MLK LOT at 5th Avenue and Toole:

4-10 p.m.: FC TUCSON SOCCER will feature the FC Tucson Street Soccer Showdown.  This is soccer in its purest form: absent of age restrictions, uniform restrictions or even skill restrictions.  It’s just 10 players in a 5 vs. 5 matchup playing soccer because they love it; on the street, spontaneously.  The result takes a backseat to the process and the buildup and the fun everyone has just kicking the ball around cleverly, trying to avoid each other.  Don’t let another 2nd Saturday go by without hitting the street with just the clothes you’re wearing, your friends and a desire to play soccer. It’s free to play. For more information email

During construction, all the parking garages will be open and accessible from detours.  Automobile traffic coming from the east will be detoured to Toole Avenue westbound and 6th avenue will become two-way during the construction.  From the south, enter Downtown by going northbound on either 6th Avenue or Stone Avenue.  Traffic coming from the north can also enter Downtown on Stone Avenue.  The easiest parking remains at: (1) Centro Garage, located just as you enter downtown from the east; (2) The Depot Garage, located below the Martin Luther King building; (3) the Pennington Garage, accessed via Pennington Street from either Stone Avenue or 6th Avenue.; and (4) La Placita garage on Jackson Street, which will now be very convenient to the Cricket Kids Area.

2nd Saturdays runs from 6 to 10 p.m..  Sponsors are:  Jim Click Automotive Team, Cricket, Carondelet Health Network, KOLD Channel 13, KHYT/KIIM Radio, KXCI 91.3FM Community Radio, MEB Property Management and Providence Service Corp.