One More 2nd Saturdays on Scott Avenue and Then It’s Back to Congress

August 7, 2012

With construction for the new modern streetcar on Congress Street nearly complete, 2nd Saturdays will hold its popular urban event on Scott Avenue one last time this Saturday on Aug. 11 before moving back to Congress in September.

Annon and the Late Show performs early at 2nd Saturdays.

Scott Avenue will be closed from Congress to Jackson Street, just south of Broadway. The event starts at 6 p.m.

The Cricket Kids’ area will again take over the Providence parking lot on Jackson Street and will feature the “PG” rated Disney movie, “Up”, 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.

2nd Saturdays’ Scott Avenue KIIM/KHIT Stage will again host local, masterful musicians performing an array of styles for all generations, from the young to the young-at-heart.  Kicking off the event at 6:30 p.m. is Annon & The Late Show, fronted by Tucson (via Indiana and DePauw University) guitarist Roderick Annon Warfield, playing Latin-style R&B in the vein of Carlos Santana.

The seductive Flamenco of Tesoro follows at 7:45 p.m. The group was recognized this year by Tucson Lifestyle magazine’s Best of the City as one of three “Best Local Entertainers” and is in the running for Tucson Weekly’s 2012 TAMMIES Tucson Area Music Awards for the Album of the Year with its “Live at Hotel Congress” release.

At 9:15 p.m., a cadre of top Tucson musicians comprising The Vexmen hit the stage, with upbeat ska – set to get the crowd jumping. In between acts, Belly Dance Tucson showcases alluring Middle Eastern entertainment.

KIIM/KHIT Scott Ave. Stage @ Congress St.

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Annon & The Late Show (Latin Style R&B)

7:30 to 7:45 p.m.: Belly Dance Tucson

7:45 to 9 p.m.: Tesoro (Seductive Flamenco with Jazz Sensibilities)

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

9:15 to 10:30 p.m.: The Vexmen (Traditional Ska from the Old Pueblo)

Fox Theatre:  17 W. Congress St.  (check for ticket prices)

7:30 p.m.: David Sanborn and Brian Culbertson

Rialto Theatre: 318 E. Congress St. ($32 gold, $25 floor)

8 p.m.:  Comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer

Club Congress:  311 E. Congress St. ($12)

7 p.m.:  Jay Brannan

La Placita: Outdoor plaza 110 W. Church (SW corner of Broadway and Church Ave.)

7 to 10 p.m.: Southwest Soul Celebration’s music party featuring Soul, Jazz and R & B with Kevin and Tanishia Hamilton.

Joel D. Valdez Main Library: 101 N. Stone Ave.

Free in the children’s meeting room

3 p.m.:  A Taste of the Desert presented by Tohono Chul Park.  An exploration of the relationships between the peoples of the Sonoran Desert and the wild and domesticated plants of the region that have provided food, shelter, medicine and materials for daily life. There will be samples, and recipes to take home.  Parking is free on Saturdays.

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, with 6th Avenue now two-way and providing access to the Pennington Street Garage.  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 and on 6th Avenue southbound from 6th Street.  The easiest parking remains at: (1) Centro Garage, located just as you enter Downtown from the east; (2) The Depot Plaza Garage, located underground, with entrance and exit ramps on 5th Avenue opposite Hotel Congress; (3) the Pennington Street Garage, accessed via Pennington Street from either Stone Avenue or 6th Avenue.; and (4) La Placita garage on Jackson Street, which is very convenient to the Cricket Kids Area.

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