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Cowboy music to be celebrated this weekend at Old Tucson

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Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 3:00 am

A who’s who of country performers from the Western Music Association will entertain May 28-29 at Old Tucson Studios and theme park.

The Cowboy Music Festival will feature a salute to Bob Nolan, a founder of the Sons of the Pioneers. Nolan, who called Tucson his home, wrote the iconic cowboy melodies “Cool Water” and “Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds” as well as hundreds of other Western music standards. He is considered by many as one of the greatest songwriters and poets of his generation.

In addition to Old Tucson’s signature shows and attractions, the daily schedule includes country music luminaries performing on multiple stages. Scheduled artists include Syd Masters & The Swing Riders, Johnny Western, Tom Hiatt & The Sundown Riders, Desert Sons, Jon Messenger, Gail Starr, the Bill Ganz Western Band, Patty Clayton, Liz Masterson, Keeter Stuart, Mountain Saddle Band, David Rychener, Belinda Gail, Bill Barwick, and Miss Devon & The Outlaw.

Cowboy Church will be in high gear on Sunday morning from 10:30 to noon at the Grand Palace Hotel. Old Tucson guests will enjoy an inspiring mixture of music and message.

Saturday and Sunday nights also will feature encore performances in the Grand Palace Saloon by the Bill Ganz Band on Saturday and Syd Masters & The Swing Riders on Sunday along with guest appearances by selected artists who performed during the day.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will support a cooperative project between the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the Bill Ganz Western Band to record “Back in the Saddle Again: More Music of the West!” It is scheduled to be performed Feb. 25-26 as part of the TSO Pops! Series.

If you go

What: Old Tucson Studios Cowboy Music Festival

When: May 28-29

Where: Old Tucson Studios, 201 S. Kinney Road in south Tucson

Tickets: Daytime performances included in park’s regular admission prices: $16.95 for adults (ages 12 and over) and $10.95 for children (ages 4-11). Children 3 and under are admitted free of charge. Evening performance tickets are $20 per event. A $50 two-day pass includes day and night entertainment.

For more information, visit or call 883-0100.

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