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Old 03-24-2014, 06:18 PM
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What are the opportunities for a professional musician in the Tucson area? Are there engagements for a keyboard player who plays about any type of music - standards, 60's, 70's, 80's mostly. Looking for weekend work or the occasional weekday opportunities. Thanks.
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Old 03-25-2014, 01:28 PM
Location: GoJoe
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i am no music-in-tucson expert, but i think the good paying gigs are hard to come by because most places that pay for good musicians already have somebody. but again, i am no expert, you might want to reach out to say Guitar Center or other music shops to see what they know. also check the list at craigs.
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Old 03-27-2014, 11:55 AM
Location: Oro Valley
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I would love to see some 'local' bands on the weekends. In my old hometown, they had places to go (several in fact) weekly with local bands that played from (wayy too late for this middle aged couple) 9-10pm to midnight and covers were $5. Sometimes $10 if the band was from Chicago or something like that. I don't understand why this is so lacking in Tucson. Week nights just don't work for us unless it's a band or musician that can start at dinner time somewhere.
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Old 03-28-2014, 08:48 PM
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Thanks for your replies. It is not surprising that "gigs" are not as plentiful in different parts of the country.
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Old 03-28-2014, 09:33 PM
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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Google is your friend. There is no shortage of live, local music in Tucson. There is often live music outside at St. Philips Plaza and the Hotel Congress. The Solar Culture Gallery and Performance Space on Toole Street often features live music performances that are casual (you sometimes have to sit on the floor) and inexpensive but with first rate talent.

There are often multi-musician performances as fund-raisers for various causes and charitiies, many of which seem to take place at Hotel Congress. This Sunday there is a fund-raiser for local guitarist Chris Caputo who recently underwent an organ transplant. It features at least five acts and begins at 5 p.m. at Hotel Congress. Admission is only $10.

The Fox and Rialto Theaters have constant performances by national acts, as do the local casinos that cater more to the middle-aged crowd. The Tucson Music Hall, in addition to the symphony, books acts like Amy Grant and Celtic Women.

Tucson's unique and beloved International Mariachi Festival will take place April 30-May 3 featuring student workshops and public performances by renowned mariachi musicians and baile folklorico dancers. It will be followed by the Tucson Folk Festival — one of the largest free folk festivals in the entire country. This year it will feature more than 100 local and national acts over 20 hours in El Presidio Park, among other locations in the neighborhood. It takes place this year May 3-4.

If you're up for a jaunt out of town, the 10th annual Bisbee Blues Festival has been scheduled for September 12-14, 2014, at City Park and other venues all over town. Last year's festival featured Curtis Salgado, the Deanna Bogart Band, Common Ground Blues, the Plateros, Buzz and the Soul Senders, Trampled Under Foot, and others.

The Arizona Friends of Chamber music sponsor a very ambitious festival each year.
Classical Arizona - Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival

All of the MANY festivals have music stages, many of which feature afternoon performances. The huge art festivals on 4th Ave., held multiple times of year, have entertainment. Tucson Meet Yourself (in October) has ethnic music to accompany the ethnic food.

Some bars/restaurants with music:
The Aulde Dubliner Bar (Irish music jam session every Sunday from 4-7 p.m. the back room)
The Surly Wench (some live, some recorded, often rockabilly)
The Aussie Cantina (traditional Irish music every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m.)
The Maverick, which bills itself as the King of Clubs (live country music five nights a week)
La Cocina (patio bar, vegetarian snacks, live music including acoustic at brunch)
Dante's Fire (live music on Fridays and Saturdays after 9)
Maynard's Market and Kitchen (a classy place with live music on weekends; w/out a reservation you'll be on the patio)
The Grill at Hacienda del Sol (jazz piano most of the time, bands sometimes including Spanish-style music)
Lodge on the Desert (a lovely, unique hotel with a restaurant; Sunset Sundays with live music on the patio)
McMahon's Prime Steakhouse (bands on the patio, a piano in the dining room)
The Hogpit Smokehouse (live bands on the patio from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.)
Elliott's on Congress (reasonably priced creative drinks, gastropub menu, often live music)
Union Public House (trendy and popular, sometimes has live jazz, specials on Whiskey Wednesday)
And of course Sky Bar is loaded with live music — open mikes during the week, bands on weekends.
There are plenty of nightclubs, too, but they tend to cater to the college crowd.


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Old 03-29-2014, 05:27 PM
Location: GoJoe
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the now-closed wildcat house used to have some good music.
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