The local music community has always been there for friends and family in time of need, and this week Tucson musicians will come out of the woodwork in droves to honor two important musicians who recently passed away.
On Sunday, April 14, The Hut will play host to The Jesus Acedo Memorial Concert. Acedo, the longtime guitarist for Black Sun Ensemble, passed away last month at age 50. Not only was his death shocking, the timing was extremely unfortunate: After a four-year hiatus, the wizard of a guitarist had recently been performing gigs again with his band.
Black Sun is forging ahead with projects that had begun before Acedo's passing: The rights to the band's Goldfish album have been obtained from one of the group's labels and will likely be reissued on CD for the first time; a split 7-inch with the Dead Chiefs is in the works, with BSE's contribution already recorded; and the remaining members plan to finish and release Behind Purple Clouds, an album that was two-thirds recorded at the time of Acedo's death.
But before all of that comes this weekend's Memorial Concert, which will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday (doors open at 5 p.m.), and will feature acts performing on two stages, one indoors, one outdoors. Here's the schedule:
Indoor stage: Shrimp Chaperone (6 p.m.), Ricky Gelb (7 p.m.), Leila Lopez (7:15 p.m.), Howe Gelb (8 p.m.), Black Sun Ensemble with the Black Sun Tribe belly dancers (8:15 p.m.), Al Perry (9:30 p.m.), The Swigs (10:30 p.m.), the Dead Chiefs (midnight).
Outdoor stage: Joe Pena (6 p.m.), Van Christian (7 p.m.), Michael Henderson (8 p.m.), Billy Sedlmayr and Gabriel Sullivan (9 p.m.).
The show will also double as a benefit concert. All sales from Black Sun Ensemble CDs and commemorative T-shirts will be donated to the Acedo family to help with expenses.
Admission is a $5 donation and The Hut is located at 305 N. Fourth Ave. Call 623-3200 for more information.
Less than two weeks after Acedo's death, Arizona lost another of its greats. Kevin Pate may not have had the name recognition of Acedo, and that's probably how he liked it. Even if you don't recognize him by name, you likely saw him play bass in one of the many great Arizona bands with which he performed over the years: The Beat Angels, Gentlemen Afterdark, Phono-Royale, Greyhound Soul, Lonna Kelley and the Broken Hearted Lovers – the list goes on.
As writer and musician Serene Dominic, whose band Serene Dominic and the Torchbearers Pate performed with, so eloquently put it in a lovely tribute to Pate on the Phoenix New Times' music blog Up on the Sun: "When you saw Kevin in any of the many bands he played in -- Gentlemen Afterdark to The Beat Angels, Busted Hearts, The Dynoglides, Phono-Royale, Greyhound Soul, Lonna Kelley and The Broken Hearted Lovers, and countless others -- you had to take note of him, even though he came from the old school of thought: If you noticed the bass player, chances are he was fucking up. Kevin knew his place was not as the lead guy yet commanded stage right in a manner that let you know he was the most important chess piece on the board, the one holding it all together."
Former bandmates and friends of Pate will gather on the Hotel Congress Plaza at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, to celebrate his life with music at a show called Kevin's Rock 'n' Roll Heaven. Scheduled performers include Greyhound Soul, Silverfox, Lonna Kelley, Silverbell, and a reunited Gentlemen Afterdark.
Admission is free and Hotel Congress is located at 311 E. Congress St. For more info head to hotelcongress.com/club or call 622-8848.
Incidentally, the event is one of many scheduled free performances in conjunction with Second Saturdays Downtown on Saturday, April 13. Other notable performances include a CD Release Concert by singer-songwriter Lori Laska Sumberg for her new album Tales of the Road and a performance by the Domingo DeGrazia Spanish Guitar Band, both of which take place at the Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St., starting at 7 p.m. And the Scott Avenue Stage will feature performances by Sabra Faulk and the Angel Band at 6 p.m., The Wayback Machine at 7:30 p.m., and the Mike Hebert Prison Band at 9 p.m. The Fox Theatre and Scott Avenue Stage performances are free and open to all ages. For more information about Second Saturdays Downtown, head to 2ndsaturdaysdowntown.com.
CELEBRATING THE SACRED
Celebrating its third anniversary, Sacred Machine Museum, the art gallery and performance space owned and operated by acclaimed artist Daniel Martin Diaz and Paula Catherine Valencia (you can read more about Diaz, Valencia and the gallery in this week's cover story), his life and musical partner in the band Blind Divine, will be the focus of the three-day, annual Beyond the Sacred Music and Arts Festival.
The action begins tonight, Thursday, April 11, at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St., where Blind Divine tops a three-band bill that also includes Saint Maybe and openers Horse Black, who kick off the night at 9:30 p.m. Admission to the 21-and-over show is $5, and you can check out plushtucson.com or call 798-1298 for further details.
For the next two evenings, the action moves to Sacred Machine, 245 E. Congress St., Ste. 123, where the gallery will unveil a new show featuring works by 15 local, national, and international artists. Diaz's current show, Soul of Science, will also be on display. Events begin at 7 p.m. on both nights, with Bad Lieutenant performing live music on Friday, April 12, and Chris Black performing on Saturday, April 13. Admission is free.
For more information check out sacredmachine.com or call 977-7102.
THANKS FOR THE MUSIC, BONNIE
On Saturday, April 13, the Live Acoustic Venue Association (LAVA) will present its final show under the leadership of director Bonnie Vining. After 4 ½ years of presenting concerts at a number of locations under the LAVA banner, Vining is stepping down; but the show(s) will go on. A new director will be named at Saturday night's concert, which will feature two of Vining's favorite local acts: folk-country-blues duo Bright and Childers and the harmonica-fueled acoustic band Ice-9.
The show, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Abounding Grace Sanctuary, 2450 S. Kolb Road, is also the final show in LAVA's winter concert series. Advance tickets are available for $15 at brownpapertickets.com or by calling 800-838-3006. If any tickets remain at showtime, they'll be $20 cash at the door. For more information head to lavamusic.org. Thanks for 4 ½ great years, Bonnie!
Avalancha de Éxitos
Tucson gets its share of rock en español acts passing through town, but perhaps the band that fans have been most clamoring to see perform live in the Old Pueblo hasn't played in town in nearly a decade. Café Tacuba, arguably the most innovative act in the genre, finally makes its return to town for an all-ages show at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., on Wednesday, April 17. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 on the day of show, and are available at the venue's box office, at rialtotheatre.com, or by calling 740-1000.
OTHER COOL STUFF
Negativland's Mark Hosler will perform a rare solo set at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St., on Wednesday, April 17, on a bill that also includes Steev Hise, Not Breathing, and Skincage. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Info: 798-1298; plushtucson.com.
Gypsy jazz band the John Jorgenson Quintet will perform a pair of benefit concerts for the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum at the museum's Warden Oasis Theater on Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13. Shows begin at 6 p.m. on both nights and tickets range from $50 to $200 (with bonuses thrown in depending on price level). The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is located at 2021 N. Kinney Road. For further details head to desertmuseum.org or call 883-2702.
Check our listings sections for more great stuff this week including performances by Lucero and Langhorne Slim; Work o' the Weavers; Lila Downs; Queensryche; Baauer and Danny Brown; Travis Tritt; LeeAnne Savage and Josie Kuhn; Twiztid, Potluck, Hed PE and more; Future; Malaikat dan Singa and Ohioan; Acorn Bcorn and The Funs; Charlie Mossbrook and Cathy Rivers; Territory, Seas Will Rise, Age of Collapse, Godhunter.