Friday Night Live!

SAACA presents Friday Night Live!

Courtesy of SAACA

Contemporary jazz and blues will liven up the next Friday Night Live!


Real Tears, with special guest Miguel Bazemore, is scheduled to perform on Friday, June 21 in the outdoor courtyard of Geronimo Plaza at Main Gate Square. Presented by Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, the free series Friday Night Live! brings all styles of jazz to all ages, alternating Fridays at 7 p.m.


Real Tears is a recently formed Tucson band emerging on the local jazz scene. The band is comprised of artist in residence and longtime Tucson-based musicians, Jose-Luiz Sandoval on sax, Tom Galarneau on bass and vocals, Lew Lepley on keyboard and vocals, Ed Durazo on drums and Miguel Bazemore on percussion.


Over the past two decades, they have all performed together as band members in various ensembles as well as leaders of their own bands on the club and concert circuit throughout greater Tucson, Phoenix and Chicago.


Friday Night Live!

"People come to Geronimo Plaza and discover Main Gate is a great place in a lively atmosphere," said Jane McCollum, Main Gate Square general manager.


All ages can enjoy the live entertainment under the stars at Main Gate Square with pedestrian-friendly dining and shopping. Main Gate Square, between Park and Euclid Avenues on University Boulevard, features more than 20 retailers and 30 restaurants near the University of Arizona. Main Gate merchants validate parking for the Tyndall Garage Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to midnight.


"Prior to the concert people should experience all the different flavors of food we have here," McCollum said, either dining in the restaurants before or after the shows or grabbing food to go and eating during the performance.


"There's always something going on at Main Gate," McCollum said. "The concerts will be a showcase of Tucson's local performers and good music."


Upcoming Performances

June 21:  Real Tears with special guest Miguel Bazemore - contemporary jazz/blues

July 5: Butch Diggs - jazz sax

July 19: Heather O'Day - jazz vocal standards

Aug. 2: Annon & The Late Show - Latin jazz/R&B

Aug. 16:  Hot Club of Tucson - jazz


Friday Night Live at Main Gate Square

When: Alternating Fridays at 7 p.m.

Where: Geronimo Plaza at Main Gate Square, between Park Avenue and Euclid Avenue on University Boulevard

Cost: Free, parking validated for Tyndall Garage


Phone: 797-3959

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