OK all you live folk music fans in and around Tucson, and anywhere else in Arizona for that matter! The Tucson Folk Festival starts this coming weekend! Two full days, 5 stages, well over 100 performers, and all FREE to the public.
So make a plan to join us in the El Presidio Park downtown. You can find the schedule posted on the Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association website.
If you look on the left side and click on Saturday’s (May 3rd) Performance Schedule you’ll see “Darrell Elmer Rodgers” in the 5PM time slot on the COURTYARD STAGE. That’s in the courtyard of the Old Pima County Courthouse at the upper end of the park. Come see us.
Each year we have performed (this will be our 6th) I have enjoyed myself tremendously. For me it’s not just the fantastic home-grown music I get to enjoy but the wonderful people I get to meet and the great friends with whom I get to reconnect. So come on down! You’ll want to see Heather “Lil Mama” Hardy, Stefan George, and The Sonoran Dogs (with Peter McLaughlin) perform on the Plaza stage to close the Saturday line-up. But you can still catch JC & Laney at 7PM in La Cocina and still make it over to the Plaza Stage in time.
By the way, with the current plan, I will serve as EmCee on the Plaza stage from 2-4 PM on Saturday (where I get to introduce my friend Tom Bertling as SMOOTHAHOOTY at 3:30 PM) and on the Museum Stage on Sunday from 4-7 PM (closing that stage). That will give me just enough time to see both Ryanhood and Run Boy Run perform on the Plaza Stage to close the Festival.
We had a fun rehearsal /performance at a private party yesterday evening in Marana. The weather was threatening early in the day, but by the time we started, it had cleared. We went through our planned festival playlist and then played a few more just for fun. We enjoyed ourselves greatly. It’s always better playing for a crowd! (So, Thanks Annick for the opportunity.)
After the TucsonFolk Festival, I will return my attention to recording. After examining the material we have, I decided it would be better to put out two separate albums, one of “love” songs, and one of “political/social commentary”. We’ll have to see if that plan holds.
I hope to see you at the Tucson Folk Festival on May 3rd!