Special to The Explorer

The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and the Town of Marana have partnered to produce a new free concert series starting Saturday, April 10.

The series, "A Concert in Your Backyard," features six local and regional acts performing in a variety of musical genre, from bluegrass to country/western to symphonic.

"This is SAACA's first partnership with the Town of Marana," Executive Director Kate Marquez said. "For years, we've produced free concerts in Oro Valley, and we're pleased to bring such quality entertainment to the residents of Marana. It's an excellent starting point for what we hope will be a long, fruitful partnership between SAACA and town to provide numerous arts opportunities for Marana residents in the years to come."

The monthly concerts take place at 6 p.m. on Saturdays from April to September at the Crossroads at Silverbell District Park, 7548 N. Silverbell Road.

Admission to the concerts is free and open to everyone.

On Saturday, April 10, six musician members from Desert Bluegrass Association will take the stage to perform in the free-wheeling style of country "jam sessions" that blend traditional arrangements with on-the-spot improvisation.

Established in 1995, the Desert Bluegrass Association is dedicated to the promotion, preservation and enjoyment of bluegrass music throughout Southern Arizona. Every month, the organization sponsors several informal "jams" held at venues throughout greater Tucson. The group also presents an annual bluegrass festival, holds workshops and provides professional services to bluegrass musicians. For more information, go to www.desertbluegrass.org.

To date, the Desert Bluegrass Association has about 200 dedicated members, six of whom are performing in Marana April 10. They include guitarist and acoustic bass player Joel Dvoskin, mandolin player Rich Errico, banjo player Geoff Fox, upright bass player and guitarist Reid Griffin, fiddle player Mike Headrick and dobro player Bob Van Hoesen.

Marana Concert Series

6 p.m. Saturday, monthly from April to September

Crossroads at Silverbell District Park, 7548 N. Silverbell Road

Free

www.saaca.org

(520) 797-3959

Other scheduled concerts in the Marana series include:

Saturday, May 8: Giant Blue

Saturday, June 12: Bill Ganz Western Band

Saturday, July 10: Amber Norgaard

Saturday, Aug. 14: Bad News Blues Band

Saturday, Sept. 11: Tucson Symphonic Winds

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