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The 29th Annual Tucson Folk Festival
May 3th & 4th, 2014

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The Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association proudly invites all music lovers to enjoy twenty hours of free live music on five stages at the 29th Annual Tucson Folk Festival


Run Boy Run
Plaza Stage, Sunday May 4th, 8 pm

Existing comfortably in the tension between tradition and the musical frontier, Run Boy Run‘s all-acoustic format blends bluegrass, folk and the old timey American vernacular with touches of classical and jazz. Their music is rooted in the traditional music of the Appalachian South, but is also definitively present in the 21st century.

The Sonoran Dogs
Plaza Stage, Saturday May 3rd, 9 pm

The Sonoran Dogs formed in 2011 out of love for great music and a camaraderie resulting from the collaboration of creative, like-minded musicians. Founding members of the band include Peter McLaughlin on guitar, Mark Miracle on mandolin, Brian Davies on bass, and Tyler James on banjo. Since spring of 2013, The “Dogs” have occasionally been joined by the so-called “Strays” in order to form the larger version of The Sonoran Dogs.

Special Guests

Hans Mayer
Plaza Stage, Saturday May 3rd, 5:30 pm

Hans knew at five years old that he wanted to play guitar, but it took until he was twelve to convince his parents to get him one. Lessons went along with it, but they didn’t last - the teacher wanted him to go in a classical direction, but he was already playing by ear all the songs he wanted to off the radio and albums, and started writing almost as soon as he could play chords. In his early twenties he moved to La Crosse, Wisconsin, where the college town provided dedicated fans for a series of bands fronted by Hans and his brother Kit.

In addition to his all-ages set on the Plaza Stage, Hans will present the Children’s Show on the Patio Stage from 3 - 4 pm Sunday.

Plaza Stage, Sunday May 4th, 7 pm

Ryanhood began as humble street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market, when they were spotted by a college booking agent and thrust into the college touring scene. Campus Activities Magazine would soon name them “one of the most requested acts by college buyers all across the country.”

“Headliners Emeritus”
TKMA is pleased to welcome these past headliners back for encore performances at the 29th Folk Festival

Stefan George
Plaza Stage, Saturday May 3rd, 8 pm

One of Tucson’s best loved singer/songwriters and guitarists, Stefan’s set before the Saturday headliner promises to be all the more poignant due to the recent loss of Lavinia White, his wife and musical partner of so many years. A member of the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame and the Tucson Musicians Museum, Stefan’s influences and interests extend far and wide including country, folk, bluegrass, reggae, ska and of course the blues. A winner of numerous Best of Tucson Tammie Awards as well a finalist at festivals in Telluride and Kerrville, Stefan will be joined by several friends for his set.

John Coinman
Courtyard Stage, Saturday May 3rd, 6 pm

An award winning singer/songwriter born and raised in Northeastern New Mexico, John spends most of his musical time either fronting his own band or performing with and helping to direct Kevin Costner's musical project, Kevin Costner and Modern West (which also includes members of his own band). For this year's folk fest performance John wanted to offer up something new and as such will lead a trio including his longtime friend and bandmate Blair Forward on bass and Jim Lipson percussion.

Sabra Faulk
Courtyard Stage, Sunday May 4th, 5:30 pm

After playing solo on various stages throughout the last 10 years, headlining in 2012 with the Angel Band, and playing before David Bromberg in 2013 (also with the Angels), Sabra is stripping it down this year and presenting a duo set with the one and only original angel, her mom, Bonnie Flint. They are contemplating names for the duo. Currently topping the list is “The Fallen (and we can't get up) Angels.”

Upcoming Events

TKMA Meetings
6:30 – 8 pm
The Medicine Shoppe
305 S. Euclid Avenue #111

The following events raise funds that help keep the Folk Festival free

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Official Photographer of the 29th Tucson Folk Festival

C. Elliott

House Photographer of the Historic Rialto Theater

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Photos from 2010 - 2013
by Martha Retallick

Western Sky Communications

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The Festival is a two-day event offering over 20 hours of music, dance, and entertainment.

Saturday, May 3rd, Noon - 10:00 pm
Sunday, May 4th, 11:00 am - 9:00 pm


Click Here for Maps, Directions and Parking
Tucson courthouse dome © 2008 Marilyn Stringer
Tucson courthouse dome,
from El Presidio Park
(© 2008 Marilyn Stringer).

The center of Festival activity, including the TKMA Kitchen Store and food & craft vendors, is in El Presidio Park in downtown Tucson. All venues are easy walking distance from the Park. Performances take place on the following stages:

  • Plaza Stage at City Hall
  • Courtyard Stage at the Old Pima County Courthouse
  • Museum Stage at the Tucson Museum of Art
  • Old Town Artisans Stage
This year, we will again feature the Young Artists’ Stage in a special time slot on one of the regular stages. The festival will again include a Ballad Tree, and the Acoustic Showcase which was a great success in 2009, its inaugural year, will also return to the Museum of Art lobby. All venues are within easy walking distance from the corner of Church and Alameda.


Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the all-volunteer
Tucson Kitchen Musicians' Association,
along with generous contributions from sponsors ,
the Tucson Folk Festival has been


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