Free 2nd Saturdays Downtown Features More Music than Ever

July 9, 2013

Leila Lopez plays 2nd Saturdays.

Leila Lopez plays 2nd Saturdays.

Experience more music than ever in Downtown Tucson for the 2nd Saturdays event on July 13th. Classic rockers the Bluerays, Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde , great local bands on the KIIM/KHIT Stage  and much more. There will also be street performers, food, live music, many new vendors and promenade strollers for July’s 2nd Saturdays. 2ND Saturdays fills Congress St. from Toole Ave. to Church Ave. with family friendly activities for all ages.

The outdoor KIIM/KHIT stage will showcase of a variety of music styles with Tucson’s top local bands. This month features Leila Lopez performing folk fusion from 6:30pm-7:45pm, Roll Acosta with their brand of acoustic rock from 8pm-9:15pm, and Carlos Arzate brings elements of folk, soul, rock, Latin & country in a captivating live show from 9:30pm-10:30pm.

T.O.P. “Top of Pennington” Garage: Admission is free to hear great live classic rock by the Bluerays at the top of the Pennington Street Garage. Take the elevator to the rooftop for a view of the sunset and city lights and enjoy free live music, food and beer from Borderlands Brewery, a Tucson-based microbrewery producing quality beers in traditional Southwestern style. A portion of alcohol sales this month will go to support  KXCI 91.3 FM, Tucson’s non-profit radio station. Doors open at 6pm and music is from 6:30-9:30pm

Congress St. is open to automobile traffic, and you can easily visit your favorite restaurant, shop, or bar. As always, there will be a lot to see and do on all the Downtown streets.

Carlos Arzate & The Kind Souls

Carlos Arzate & The Kind Souls

La Placita: It’s a red, white, and blue affair as Southwest Soul Circuit celebrates the birth of our nation at 2nd Saturdays Downtown with soul music and fun. The celebration will take place in the plaza of La Placita Village on July 13th starting at 7pm. Southwest Soul at 2nd Saturdays Downtown welcomes Tucson’s own Crystal Stark as a special guest , Soul Music Open Mic and raffle prizes.At 7pm, see urban jazz with Mike Kuhn on sax; 8pm brings a mix of old and neo soul with Kevin and Tanishia & friends; at 9pm, soul and R&B with Crystal Stark; and 10pm rock the house with Soul Music open mic.

Historic neighborhood carriage rides will be offered by Good Shepherd Ranch. These carriage rides will introduce you to some of Tucson’s oldest neighborhoods and familiar downtown streets. The carriages can hold 4-12 people, and cost is minimal. See 2ndsaturdays.com for specifics.

The Kids’ Area has a new home at the Old Pueblo Parking lot, 43 E. Congress St., and has many new activities for children, including a virtual reality simulator that gives kids a choice of experiences from race cars to roller coasters, jumping castles, and much more. The free kids’ movie starting at 7:30 pm will be a classic episode of Wonder Woman, staring Lynda Carter and Lyle Waggoner. The kids’ area is open from 6-8:30pm.

The Fox Theatre 17 W. Congress, tickets start at $25
10 a.m. to 6p.m.  – NPC Terminator 2013, A Bodybuilding, Fitness, Bikini, Women’s and Men’s physique competition for all ages.

Rialto Theatre: 318 E. Congress, $32.50
7:30pm –  Anjelah Johnson (comedy gold) – San Jose, California native Anjela Nicole Johnson made a huge splash with one of the most successful, viral comedy videos of all time, “Nail Salon.”

Hotel Congress: 311 E. Congress, free
7pm – Hotel Congress is teaming up with 2nd Saturdays Downtown to bring you this free concert on the plaza with Johnette Napolitano. Most known as the lead singer of 90′s alternative group Concrete Blonde, Johnette has been a prominent force in the music scene ever since. Bring the whole family down, eat at the Cup Cafe, enjoy a refreshing beverage, and watch the sunset with Johnette Napolitano at Hotel Congress.

2nd Saturdays Downtown runs from 5pm to 10pm. For more details, a full schedule and parking maps and directions, visit the 2nd Saturdays website.

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