Tucson Folk Festival
May is not the best month for exciting events in Tucson but the 30th annual Tucson Folk Festival ranks near the top of the list for the year. Live music, outside, and presented by the Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association this is one of the largest free festivals in the USA, showcasing at least 120 local, regional and national musicians performing live acoustic music on five stages in downtown Tucson, May 2 & 3, 2015.
Acts will be presented on five stages, the Plaza in El Presidio Park, the Courtyard at the old Pima County Courthouse, in the Museum of Art Courtyard, at La Cocina at Old Town Artisans and in the Patio in front of the Museum of Art.
Ray Wilie Hubbard (songwriter and storyteller), the Ronstadt Generations (5 of them including Michael, younger brother of Linda along with his two sons presenting Southwestern & Mexican songs of their heritage), and Tom Chapin (23 albums, three Grammy Awards and now a children s’ book) will highlight this year’s festival.
Tom Chapin will perform on the Plaza Stage, Saturday, May 2 at 7 PM for an all age audience and will present his children s show on the same stage Sunday, May 3rd from 2-3 PM. Among his many accomplishments he has narrated a series of children’s books, three of which have won Grammy awards in the Best Spoken Word Album for Children category. And he has written his own book for children 4 through 8 years old, called The Backwards Birthday Party.
Ronstadt Generations perform at 7:30 PM, May 2nd on the Plaza stage and Ray Wilie Hubbard will be on the same stage on Sunday, May 3rd at 9 PM. Check the Tucson Folk Festival website for exact times and venues for all the artists as some changes may occur.
Workshops, including Harmony Vocals, Flat-picking & Bluegrass guitar, Story & Song (Tom Chapin), Gospel Sing-A-Long, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele and other related instruments & songwriting will be held on both Saturday & Sunday (see schedule on Folk Festival website for locations and times.) A food court and arts & crafts will also be offered during the festival.
If you are a fan of bluegrass and any kind of folk music you won’t want to miss this once a year music extravaganza with performances scheduled from Noon to 7:30 PM on Saturday and from 11 AM to 9 PM on Sunday.