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Wide variety of free concerts at the mall

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Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 4:00 am

The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance will continue a weekly series of performances at the Tucson Premium Outlets mall in February.

On Saturday, Feb. 11, “nu-country” band Blue Monsoon takes the stage. This will be Blue Monsoon’s third performance of rock-influenced country back in Marana this year. Although the music is country, their influences are all over the musical map, with a mashup of traditional country artists such George Strait, Alan Jackson, Marty Robbins and Garth Brooks and hard rockers such as Ronnie James Dio, Alice In Chains and Soundgarden. The band also plays plenty of modern country hits with their own spin.

On Feb. 18, Vinyl Tap take the stage on Feb. 18. The classic rock band bills themselves as a six-piece band that have “mastered five-part harmonies.” The band’s performance is a recreation of the golden years of the vinyl record, with covers of songs by Steppenwolf, Eric Clapton, ZZ Top, Van Morrison, the Rolling Stones and Bad Company. 

On Feb. 25, jazz-rock and blues band Giant Blue, featuring vocal powerhouse Anna Warr on vocals and a monster horn section, will do its thing.

The following month will start with a repeat performance from Heart & Soul on March 4. The Heart & Soul Duo of Gary Roberts and EJ Loveres perform a wide range of music, including current/top-40 music, funky soulful contemporary music, blues and rock. According to Heart & Soul’s bio, “they play songs that are timeless and that many of you know by Heart and Soul.”

Loveres plays acoustic guitar and has a voice that has been compared to Bruno Mars and Michael Jackson. Gary Roberts plays either electric bass or electric guitar and lays down the rhythm, nailing the groove to the ground, and adds his own lead vocals and harmonies as well.

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