Each year the Town of Marana holds signature events. These are staples of the community and are a great way to experience all the town has to offer.


This year, the first annual Marana Main Street Festival invites people from all over to the region to enjoy entertainment, kids' activities, exhibitors and food vendors.


Filling downtown Marana on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., artists and business vendors from around town will also participate in the festival, taking place at Marana Main Street and Civic Center Drive.


The event aims to build awareness of the many elements Marana and Main Street have to offer, featuring a day of bed races and displays, local live music and heritage conservancy showcases.


The Great Bed Race for Charity is a community event that supports Bridging AZ in an effort to provide clean and comfy beds for kids. This event brings the community together for a fun, unique and hilarious fundraiser.


Live Music

1 p.m. - Greg Morton Band, bluegrass

Greg Morton was born in Memphis, Tenn. He began to play the guitar when he was around 12 years of age. His brother began to play the banjo at about the same time and the two were headliners at various bluegrass festivals around the country. Morton's natural musical ability allowed him to quickly develop a mastery of the guitar. While living in Memphis, Greg won the Mid-south Championship in guitar and mandolin. At one point, he was a member of Don Ho's band in Honolulu and his travels eventually brought him to Tucson, Ariz.  Morton's band, the "Greg Morton Trio," won the TAMMIES Award for Best Country and Western Band in 2003, and Best Bluegrass Band in 2004.


2 p.m. - Greg Spivey Band, country

Greg Spivey has been entertaining Southern Arizonans for years. His current four-piece ensemble is one of the most sought after groups in Tucson and surrounding areas. Spivey's sense of humor keeps audiences laughing while his music keeps you dancing. With a mix of current and older country, and some classic rock and roll thrown in, listeners are guaranteed to have a great time.


3 p.m. - Good Question, classic rock

Good Question's members have perfected their four-part harmonies to oldies, gospel and contemporary music. Utilizing their already polished harmonies the group has wowed audiences where ever they perform. Steve performed in England and Europe in the 1980's for three years. A long-standing friend of Steve, Phil Branson was asked to complete Good Question's sound with his steady, sold bass style. Branson, raised in Europe, has always loved music and played several instruments growing up, finally settling on the bass guitar. Ken, a country boy who worked in radio in the Tucson area in the 1980's, loves music and has been playing his guitar from age 10. Barry, a New York City rocker, also was a radio personality for in Monterey, Calif. in the early 1990's. He loves to play his guitar to all venues.


4 p.m. - Butch Diggs & Friends, jazz sax

Smooth Jazz saxophonist/flutist/keyboardist Butch Diggs has worked with Eddie Henderson, Paul Jackson, Jr. Chaka Khan, Joe Henderson, Brian Bromberg,avant garde drummer Atma Anur, and progressive guitarist Craig Easley. Was an original member of the pop/alternative group Question Men in the 1980's. Current album is "Chapter 1" (co-produced by Steve Diggs). On his first solo release, Butch does all of the instruments( saxes, flutes, keyboards, drums, indian flutes, and effects) All songs were written and arranged by Butch Diggs. With his latest release "Dry Heat," he enlists the help of BDizzy (his son, Brandon) on synthesizer and vocal effects, and co-writing.


5 p.m. - Rhythm Incorporated, classic rock and blues

Rhythm Inc. is a newly formed rhythm and blues, variety dance band in Tucson. They were created from the core of a very popular local band, The Desert Cadillacs. In response to a desire to play more, Dave Lekawa and Paul Law went searching for musicians to create a rhythm and blues-based band. As it turned out, long-time friend and drummer, Les Roberts, had recently returned to Tucson and sat in as the drummer of the Cadillacs.


Weekend activities hosted by Marana Health Center

Art: On Friday, April 5 from 5 to 8 p.m., the health center will dedicate the art work of Dennison Tsosie during a reception featuring food, libations and piano melodies from Greg Starr. Please RSVP if you wish to attend at pr@maranahealthcenter.org.


View the works of the MUSD students in the art show "What Do I Stand For" and learn about the MHC Healthcare Art Therapy Program and how art can heal, teach and promote self-esteem. Talk to members of the MHC Counseling and Wellness staff about art therapy and alternative therapies being offered at the new Counseling and Wellness Center in Marana.


Music: On Saturday, April 6 from 7 to 10 p.m, the Marana Health Center will come alive with the sounds of Andrew Cooper and the Meza Band and our Headliner, Frankie Ballard, who has been signed by Warner Brothers and has the soulful blues and rock mixed with Country.


Boon Docking with Freedom RV: Walk through the Freedom RV's Show and see the features and option on new amazing RVs that can put you on the road to your next vacation. Bring your rig and stay the weekend. To sign up, contact agreene@freedomrvaz.com.  $10 dry camping for the weekend!


Food: Visit the Copper Café for lunch or one of the many food vendors sure to tantalize your taste buds. Wet your whistle at the Watering Hole Beer Garden located by the Ora Mae Fountain adjacent to the Copper Café.


On Sunday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Marana Health Center will co-host a Pancake Breakfast with Marana Lions Club. Buy your $5 ticket on Saturday at the festival. Ride your hog for the Hogs and Cakes Pancake breakfast. The center will have griddle cakes prepared for a tasty treat. Bring out your bike and your buddies and support the community.


Marana Main Street Festival

When: Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Marana Health Center hosted events extended from Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7)

Where: Marana Main Street and Civic Center Drive

Online: http://saaca.org/Marana_Main_Street.html

Phone: (520) 797-3959

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