The first Saturday of every month means music. The Marana Concerts in the Park began the first week in May and will continue into October at Crossroads at Silverbell Park.
The idea was to bring a “hometown feeling to outdoor music” with an emphasis on a wide variety of music including bluegrass, country, flamenco and more. The shows will feature some of the best local performers in the region and are free to the public.
This past weekend saw Key Ingredients of African Soul, an African Reggae band perform. The group performed a combination of originals and covers.
The next show will be on July 4 and will feature country group the Greg Spivey Band. The four piece has been a fixture around Southern Arizona and play a variety of styles with a mix of older country, current country hits and a little bit of rock and roll thrown in to spice things up.
Spivey is excited to play the event.
“I’m looking forward to doing this,” Spivey said. “It will be good getting out and playing in front of new people instead of playing clubs and bars.”
Spivey’s known for his mix of music and his addition of a little humor in his between song banter.
“It is a family fun night,” Spivey promised. “It is a show for everybody.”
Jazz will take the center stage in August. Navajo pianist Larry Redhouse leads the Larry Redhouse Trio which he bills as a “contemporary jazz trio.”
“We will be doing a lot of my original tunes which incorporate straight ahead jazz, funk, Latin and even reggae at times,” Redhouse explained. “We will do a few jazz standards. I don’t usually write set lists. I might wait till we are on the bandstand and call out tunes I feel would be good at the venue.”
The fall will see both Latin and Blues music represented. On Sept. 6 Tesoro will take the stage. The band boasts a “unique sound” that encorporates flamenco fusion with rock, blues and jazz. Fans of The Gypsy Kings and The Buena Vista Social Club should enjoy Tesoro.
Blues rock band Cross Cut Saw will finish out the series with their show on October 4. They play a number of originals, plus familiar blues and rock classics but put their own twist on the songs.
All shows begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to everyone. The Crossroads at Silverbell Park is located at 7548 N. Silverbell Road.