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The Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association proudly invites all music
lovers to enjoy twenty hours of free live music on five stages at
the 28th Annual Tucson Folk Festival
He’s played with everyone, he’s toured everywhere, he can lead a raucous big band or hold an audience silent with a solo acoustic blues. Bromberg began studying guitar-playing when he was 13 and eventually enrolled in Columbia University as a musicology major. The call of the Greenwich Village folk scene in the mid-’60s drew David to the downtown clubs and coffeehouses, where he could watch and learn from the best performers.
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An unexpected and wildly successful solo spot at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival in Great Britain led to a solo deal with Columbia Records, for whom David recorded four albums. Bromberg’s range of material, based in the folk and blues idioms, continually expanded with each new album to encompass bluegrass, ragtime, country and ethnic music, and his touring band grew apace. Exhausted by the logistics of the music business, David dissolved his band in 1980, and he and his artist/musician wife, Nancy Josephson, moved from Northern California to Chicago, where David attended the Kenneth Warren School of Violin Making. After “too many Chicago winters,” in 2002 David and Nancy were lured to Wilmington, Del., where they became part of the city’s artist-in-residence program. Frequent participation in the city’s weekly jam sessions helped rekindle Bromberg’s desire to make music again, as did the encouragement of fellow musicians Chris Hillman (The Byrds, Desert Rose Band, Flying Burrito Brothers) and bluegrass wizard Herb Pedersen, and David’s manager, Steve Bailey. The jams also led to the formation of Angel Band, fronted by Nancy and two other female vocalists, with David serving as an accompanist. With the release of Try Me One More Time, his 2007 solo return to the studio, David continued his musical revitalization, playing shows on his own, backed by (and supporting) Angel Band, his own David Bromberg Quartet, and reunions of the David Bromberg Big Band, the configuration depending on the circumstance.
TKMA is delighted to bring the David Bromberg Quintet to the 28th Annual Tucson Folk Festival as our headliner on Saturday, May 4th at 9pm.
Lavinia White & Friends
One of Tucson's best-loved singer/songwriters, Stefan George has won award after award for his evocative songwriting and luminous guitar playing. Born in Detroit, he studied John Hurt, Reverand Gary Davis and Brownie McGhee while they worked that part of the country, but has called Tucson home for a few decades now, earning Best of Tucson numerous times in songwriter, solo acoustic performer, and acoustic ensemble categories. He has been a Troubadour Finalist at Telluride and a New Folk finalist at Kerrvile where he now hosts the annual Blues Summit. A popular acoustic slide guitarist at festivals in the U.S. and Germany, Stefan was also a featured Showcase artist at South By Southwest in 1991 and 1994, and has shared stages with David Wilcox, Bill Miller, Rory Block, Queen Ida and Bill Morrissey, to name but a few. Sunday night Stefan will be joined by Lavinia White and several musicians who have played with him over the years.
Comprised of Ryan Green and Cameron Hood (hence the name), Ryanhood plays an addicting blend of folk, rock and pop, unified through the rich, rough-hewn sounds of the duo's acoustic guitars. Thematically favoring songs about love, dreams and lessons learned, Ryanhood freshens this familiar territory with thoughtfully crafted material, athletic guitar riffs and playful vocal harmonies. “With blended voices, perfect harmonies and solid guitars...Ryanhood will be this generation’ new mix of Simon and Garfunkel, America and U2.” - Idaho State Journal
Several years ago when she was just beginning to play her own songs in front of people, Sabra Faulk played to about 50 scattered individuals, mostly family and friends, in the heat of the noon-day sun as the Tucson Folk Festival's third or fourth act of the day. In a word, she killed, thrilling those in attendance with a performance for the ages. In 2011 she warmed up the crowd of a couple thousand for headliner Tony Furtado with a performance that earned her the headliner slot for herself the following year. Sabra returns to the Plaza for an encore set with her Angel Band of all-star local performers.
John Coinman is an award winning singer/songwriter who was born and raised on the Northeastern plains of New Mexico. He's released 5 solo CDs, had numerous songs in films, and collaborated with many artists and writers including John Densmore of The Doors, James Intveld, Amy Rigby, Tony Gilkyson, Michael Blake, Teddy Morgan, and Kevin Costner. He was the Music Supervisor of Dances With Wolves. John is signed with Corazong Records headquartered in Amsterdam and Nashville. He is currently recording and touring with Kevin Costner and Modern West. He lives in the desert outside of Tucson, Arizona with his wife Jo, his son Will and their faithful dog Ranger.
Tucson-based 2011 headliner Kevin Pakulis returns to the Folk Festival with his new project. For longstanding Pakulis fans, his collaboration with Amy Langley brings a fresh new layer to the already multidimensional artistry that has produced 4 CDs with his eponymous band. Kevin's songwriting style, while rooted in the best of blues, country and rock’n’roll traditions, defies pigeonholing. Wise tales are told with enough sparseness to leave the mystery in, showcasing a knack for weaving humor with poignancy, a singular approach to timing, and the sureness of his practiced musicianship.
Charley is a multitalented singer, songwriter,
and recording artist who has opened thousands
of hearts around the world with his musical
gifts. His songs are intuitive, poignant, tuneful
and fun. And his audiences can often be found
singing along to a chorus or two. His rich vocals
and expressive guitar will be featured on the
Plaza Stage on Saturday at 5:30 as well as performing
6:30 – 8 pm
The Medicine Shoppe
305 S. Euclid Avenue #111
The following events raise funds that help keep the Folk Festival free
Saturday, Jun 8th, 7:30 pm
Fox Tucson Theatre
Official Photographer of the Tucson Folk Festival
Western Sky Communications
Graphic Design and Photography
“Telling Your Story With Images and Design”
Site / blog
Folk Festival Photos
The Festival is a two-day event offering
over 20 hours of music, dance, and entertainment.
Saturday, May 4th, Noon - 10:00 pm
Sunday, May 5th, 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Click Here for Maps, Directions and Parking
The center of Festival activity, including the TKMA
Kitchen Store and food & craft vendors, is in El Presidio Park
in downtown Tucson. All venues are easy walking distance from the
Park. Performances take place on the following stages:
This year, we will again feature the
Young Artists’ Stage
in a special time slot on one of the regular stages.
The festival will again include a
which was a great success in 2009, its inaugural year, will also
return to the Museum of Art lobby.
All venues are within easy
walking distance from the corner of Church and Alameda.
- Plaza Stage at City Hall
- Courtyard Stage at the Old Pima County Courthouse
- Museum Stage at the Tucson Museum of Art
- Old Town Artisans Stage