Blues, R&B, funk & soul to jazz up the next Friday Night Live!by Hot Off The Press (Release) on Apr. 22, 2013, under Press Releases
Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural
Alliance and Main Gate Square partner to present a series of free, evening
concerts at the Geronimo Plaza featuring jazz now through the summer
April 17, 2013— A tight, funky, four-piece band will stir up another Friday Night Live at
Playing music to move your feet, the Railbirdz will
perform Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. for an entertaining evening under the stars.
The group covers musicians as famous as Average
White Band, Aretha Franklin, Tommy Castro, Delbert McClinton and War, as well
as artists like Maceo Parker, The Cate Brothers, Robert Cray and Wolfman
Washington. The Railbirdz have a diverse repertoire with a consistent theme – “make
it good and make it groove.”
With four experienced and proficient musicians in
the band – Mike Troupe on drums and vocals, Marty Perry on guitar, Dave Martin
on bass and vocals and Frank Arciuolo on sax, keys and vocals – the Railbirdz
have a unique sound and stage presence.
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.
Taking place at Main Gate Square on alternating Fridays,
the 7 p.m. concerts explore an assortment of musical genres, presented by Southern
Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance. The concerts, coupled with delicious food
from nearby local restaurants, provide a great way to begin the weekend.
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.
always something going on at Main Gate,” McCollum said. “The concerts will be a
showcase of Tucson’s local performers and good music.”
April 26 Railbirdz – blues, R&B, funk, soul
May 10 Sylvan Street – jazz
May 24 Butch
Diggs – jazz sax
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
Phone: (520) 797-3959
NOTE TO MEDIA: Photos available
About the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance
The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a
not-for-profit organization that exists to ensure that, through engagement in
arts and culture, our communities produce strong, inspired citizens. SAACA
enlists artists, businesses, governments, and individuals to expand artistic
and cultural opportunities in their respective communities. To enhance access
to the arts and to promote cultural awareness in the communities it serves,
SAACA presents large-scale festivals, events and other programs. The Alliance
also promotes educational opportunities in the arts and culture for both the
young and the old.
The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) grew out
of the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council (GOVAC), an organization established in
1997 to provide artistic and cultural opportunities for residents of northwest
Tucson. GOVAC eventually became one of the largest arts organizations in the
region. In 2009, owing to its success, the group expanded its mission to
include creation of partnerships with business, governments, and communities
throughout Southern Arizona that would encourage innovative, creative cultural
expression in the arts for years to come.
For more information about programs and
events produced by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, go to www.saaca.org.