Southwest Soul Circuit joins 2nd Saturdays at a new venue

It’s time for Tucson’s Soul to come alive! On Saturday, June 11th the Downtown Soul Stage will be located on the patio of the Rialto Arts & Antiquities at 300 E. Congress. There will be plenty of room for dancing, dining or just enjoying the soul. Join Kevin and Tanishia Hamilton as they invite special guests from throughout the Southwest music community who play Soulful Jazz, R & B, Neo Soul, Blues and gospel music to this new venue. You can also enjoy food vendors and games. The fun starts at 3pm on the patio with live music kicking in from 6 to 10pm. Mention the “Soul Celebration” and get 2 for 1 admission to the King Tut exhibit.

Kevin and Tanishia Hamilton

Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run

The Southern Arizona Roadrunners expect 1,500 participants at the 5th annual TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run & Walk next Saturday, June 4th. This is one of Southern Arizona’s most unique running events, but it’s not just a race. It’s a walk and run for all ages and abilities, and promotes exercise, socializing downtown, and fund-raising for charity.

The path is 3.1 miles and winds through downtown. The event raises money for local organizations including the Children’s Museum, the Educational Enrichment Foundation, the Fox Theatre, Southern Arizona Roadrunners Children’s Fitness Fund and many others. Registration is $25 through May 30th, and $30 up until the race starts. Participation includes a free t-shirt and entry into a variety of raffles. There will be activities for children, and any under 10 are free. Visit the Southern Arizona Roadrunner website or call 520-991-0733 for more information.

Looking for unique fashions? Visit the Rockin’ Queen

by Leah Haney

Last week the Rockin’ Queen celebrated its 3rd anniversary. The boutique in Downtown offers unique high-quality fashions and a vibrant atmosphere. I had the opportunity to talk to the founder, Lizette Trujillo, about the shop’s last few years and how it started.

As a child, Lizette put on fashion shows and created play boutiques in her home. Not only does she love fashion, but she also truly loves retail. She enjoys helping women express themselves and feel good about their purchases. It’s about self-discovery. Lizette doesn’t tell people what they want – she helps them find it. She strives to provide exceptional customer service, and as a result has developed steady business from loyal clientele. With more people coming to downtown, traffic has definitely picked up as shoppers discover the Rockin’ Queen.

Lizette picked her downtown location because she had a vision of how she wanted the inside of the store to look, and the unique urban environment of the space fit perfectly. She transformed the shop with vintage décor and fun designs to create an inviting and exciting shopping experience.

Lizette brings in clothing you can’t find in other stores, and everything is high-quality. When I asked her about the latest trends, her answer explained why her shop is so special. She buys fashions from small independent designers who don’t follow the trends. Many of the designs are timeless and classic. Sometimes they happen to be in sync with what’s in style, but she doesn’t look for that. She chooses clothing that is “beautifully made.”

The Philly Soul Experience

Next Saturday, May 21st at the Fox Theatre The Philly Soul Experience will take you back in time. The great Bunny Sigler, “Mr. Emotion” himself, and Instant Funk will perform all the great hits of the Philly Soul era. Prepare to sing and dance the night away to the Disco, Funk and R&B classic songs by the O’Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, The 3 degrees, The Delfonics and many other great artists of the time.

Of course, Bunny and Instant Funk will also perform their greatest hits. There will be a picture opportunity with “Mr. Emotion” after the show benefiting the Casa de los Ninos charities. The show starts at 7:30 and is an all ages event. (520) 624-151

Fiesta Grande Street Fair this weekend

May 7 and 8 is Barrio Hollywood’s 9th annual Fiesta Grande. The event is a fundraising event in support of programs within the Barrio Hollywood neighborhood and the Tucson community. Fiesta Grande will be held on Grande Avenue between Speedway and St. Mary’s Road from 9:30am until dusk on Saturday, and noon until dusk on Sunday.

This family-friendly community event is a celebration of performing arts, barrio culture and traditional cuisine from local restaurants and bakeries. The festive event starts with a parade of school mariachis, folklorico dancers, cheerleaders, law enforcement, floats and a military promenade. The streets will be lined with classic cars, street performers, information tables, crafts, and carnival rides. Spectators can also enjoy the beautiful historic murals of Barrio Hollywood on Grande Avenue. An estimated 45,000 people attend every year for hours of dancing and celebration. Admission is free to the public.

Beyond the Sacred Music and Arts Festival

Beyond The Sacred Music & Arts Festival is a two-day event celebrating all things Sacred, showcasing some of the most important underground musicians and cutting-edge international visionary artists. This is a grassroots event created and inspired by artists and musicians, who have come together in celebration of Sacred Machine‘s one-year anniversary.

The art exhibition’s opening reception is Friday, May 13th from 7pm-midnight, and will be on display until July 31st. Twenty-four world-renowned artists from Scotland, Spain, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and across the U.S. converge on Tucson at Sacred Machine Museum. For more info call 520-777-7403.

The music event is Saturday, May 14th from 7pm-2am at the Rialto Theatre. Join Gabriel Sullivan and The Taraf de Tucson, The Jons, Brian Lopez, Blind Divine, Ensphere, and Dead Western Plains for an epic night of music and drama. Tickets are $8 at the door and all ages are welcome.

Daniel Martin Diaz (Tucson)

The Great Prohibition Exposition, a Bootlegger Off Broadway

For 37 consecutive years, the Centurions have invented creative themes to give life to their party and this year is no exception.

The Centurions present a Roaring ’20s-themed charitable event featuring dining, dancing, live bands, costume contest, casino, and more to benefit Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital. Food, gambling, raffles and costume contests are featured in a street party staged downtown at Fifth Ave. and Congress St from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, May 7.

Current efforts by the Centurions are part of a five-year, two-million-dollar pledge to the hospital by the Centurions, which commenced in 2008. Fulfillment of the pledge is made possible by the Centurions through their volunteer efforts, ticket and raffle sales and the financial support of dozens of generous corporate sponsors. At $75 per head, $50 of each ticket price is tax deductible. Tickets and corporate packages are now available for purchase from any Centurion or online at

This will be the first time in over two decades that the Centurions have staged their event downtown and they hope to draw an estimated 6,000 party goers.


Image courtesy of Tucson Lifestyle


Tucson’s 2nd Saturdays’ First Anniversary On May 14th Promises To Be A Huge Downtown Event

Tucson, AZ- April 28, 2011–For the first anniversary of 2nd Saturdays, downtown Tucson’s monthly street festival, organizers will pull out all the stops. In addition to the typical activities which include street performers, music, stilt walkers, living statues and vendors, this month’s event will feature a Ferris Wheel on Congress Street in the center of activity and a new live music venue, Soul Celebration, at La Placita Plaza (110 S. Church Ave.)

The anniversary spirit will spread beyond Congress Street to the Cricket Kids Area, which will play host to children of all ages with the popular Cricket Jumping Castle and a screening of the Disney classic Fantasia.

The historical Fox Theatre will feature I Dream in Widescreen: BFA Thesis Films from the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film and Television. The screening will begin at 7pm. At 6 p.m., The Hotel Congress hosts the Border Action Network fundraiser with AmoChip Dabney, Poi-Zen, Puppet Muzik, mariachi groups, silent auction, more. ($10). At 8 p.m., the Rialto Theatre will host Beyond the Sacred: Music & Arts Festival showcasing some of the most important underground musicians and cutting- edge international visionary artists ($8).

The Scott Avenue Stage will also join in the anniversary celebration and festivities. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., youth graduates of MyTown Music, a community music school, will perform in celebration of the school’s first anniversary. From 6:45 to 8:00 p.m., Tate Recording artist Chillie Willie Groove is scheduled to perform his mix of Latin Jazz, salsa, funk, and blues. Also scheduled is Determined Luddites (Americana/bluegrass/progressive) from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. and Michael P’s Big Band (soul, funk, honky-tonk and rock) from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. All performances at the Scott Stage are free.

2nd Saturdays Downtown runs from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sponsors include Click Automotive Team, Cox Communications, Cricket, Carondelet Health Network, KOLD TV Channel 13, KXCI 91.3FM Community Radio, MEB Property Management, Hollis Graphics, Well Fargo Bank and Providence Service Corp. For a full schedule and parking information visit

For images and information on performers, contact: Program Director, Jamie Manser 250.225.9019 or 520.270.3213

Two day event to promote unity and inspiration for Tucson!

Tucson, Az. (April 12, 2011) – Southwest Soul Circuit (SWSC), a local music production business, and Garden Youth Development Project (GYDP) announced the first annual UNITY & INSPIRATION WEEKEND! This two day event includes CommUNITY Fest. and “An Night of Inspiration – Gospel Concert” to be held at Mansfield Park and the Tucson Convention Center on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 respectively.

“Each year we seek to uplift, inspire, and entertain our community with family friendly events that promote unity” said Kevin Hamilton, co-founder and musical director of SWSC. “This year we encourage other producers, promoters, singers, musicians, social service organizations, businesses and churches to join us in creating a stronger sense of community, especially after all of the violence we’ve had in Tucson this year.”

This year’s Unity and Inspiration Weekend will feature a gospel concert May 1 at the Tucson Convention Center’s Leo Rich Theatre at 5PM. Kevin & Tanishia Hamilton will be in concert along with special guest host Dr. Verlean Turner of “A Resilient You” online radio. Also featuring recording artists Brian Horn of Midland, Tx., Creasha Randall from Tucson,Az., and other Southwest Soul Circuit artists.

CommUNITY Fest. is scheduled April 30 and Mansfield park from 10AM – 4PM. “There will be a host of participants at this year’s community building event,” said Tanishia Hamilton, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of SWSC. “There will be food, fun, and games at the park, along with a DJ and live performances from local recording artists.” Tucson Urban League will inform the public of their social services, Dunbar Barber Academy will offer free haircuts to the public, and much more. Local youth from Garden Youth Development Project will collaborate with local mentoring programs to provide event coordination as part of their training.

Garden Youth Development Project, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization which seeks to create a quality learning environment for community youth to develop life skills through the arts. Our project-based approach includes such activities as: Multi-Media productions which will include film, music, and/or stage productions which take place during each school semester; A CD and/or film project during our Summer Music and Recording Arts Program; Specialized projects for at risk youth through diversion programs and probation/parole programs.

The Southwest Soul Circuit is a music production business which specializes in live concerts and studio recording. Established in 2006 by Kevin and Tanishia Hamilton, the Southwest Soul Circuit is a music production company seeking to raise the Southwest’s quality of life. Our mission is to uplift, inspire, and entertain the Southwest by combining music with community service. our core cities of service include San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson, Sierra Vista, Albuquerque, El Paso, and Dallas.