May 8, 2010 2nd Saturdays


Highlights include:
Portland Cello Project – Free Concert at The Fox Theatre
Giant Outdoor Beatles Rock Band Competition
Pop-Up Stores by KXCI, Jim Click Automotive, Local First Arizona & Tucson Meet Yourself
Street Musicians and Vendors
Discounts and Giveaways at Downtown Businesses
Grand Opening of New Restaurant 47 Scott

Portland Cello Group
Portland Cello Project : photo by Tarina Westlund

Kicking off the 2nd Saturdays series in grand style is a world- class free concert by the Portland Cello Project at the Fox Theatre. This indefinable ensemble transcends your typical conceptions of what a string group can do, playing everything from inspired original compositions, to obscure 19th -century folk songs to straight-ahead rock n’ roll. As a special treat, Tucson-based singer-songwriter Howe Gelb will join the ensemble as they combine symphonic stylings with one of Tucson’s most renowned musical collectives.

2nd Saturdays Downtown will also feature Tucson’s first pop-up auto mall, brought to you by Jim Click Automotive, and featuring cars from Ford, Dodge, Jeep, Hyundai, Lincoln, Kia, Suzuki, Mazda, Mitsubishi, and Nissan.

MUSIC SCHEDULE – May 8, 2010


The Modeens
The Modeens – photo by FotoVitamina (Salonia/Yates)


6-7pm: The Modeens
– “A surf-garage-R&B band playing rambunctious rave-ups that don’t blindly parrot 1960s-style music. Instead, The Modeens take a familiar sound, borrow its tropes and motifs, and rework it, throwing in a modern spin.” Tucson Weekly (Gene Armstrong)

7:15-8:30pm: The Mission Creeps
– “Like a toned-down version of the Cramps by way of Deadbolt, the twangy, reverb-heavy guitar, Arrr’s genuinely sexy bellowing croon (à la Bauhaus’ Peter Murphy) and the band’s grinding rhythms all add up to something more than your standard clad-in-black, death-obsessed affair.” Tucson Weekly (Stephen Seigel)

Mission Creeps
The Mission Creeps – photo by Daron Shade

8:45pm-10pm: Greyhound Soul
Classic-sounding, soulful desert rock – Tucson Weekly
– “The sound of the desert is at the center of Greyhound Soul” Howe Gelb (Giant Sand)


Chicago Store/Music Land
5pm-6pm: Kerr Bros (greasy blues)
6pm-10pm: Hank Topless & Maggie Golston, (country, singer/songwriter)

RTC Entrance
5pm-8pm: The Missing Parts – acoustic, instrumental quartet
8pm-10pm: Catacoustic Groove – a cappella, rock/soul/R&B

The Missing Parts
The Missing Parts

North Side of Congress @ 1 N. 5th Ave.
5pm-6pm: Cruz Billy – Delta Blues
6pm-7pm: Jamie O’Brien – authentic Irish Folk
7pm-8pm: Cruz Billy – Delta Blues
8pm-10pm: JJ – ukulele, guitar, folk

Congress/Stone by Fox Theatre
6pm-8pm: Get Right Rounders roots music – banjo, guitar, violin
8pm-10pm: The Missing Parts – acoustic, instrumental quartet


Fox Tucson Theatre 17 W. Congress
Portland Cello Project, Howe Gelb and Weinland
Doors open at 6pm. Show starts at 7pm. Free

The Screening Room 127 E. Congress
Chamberlab I Double String Quartet and Contrabass
Featuring the music of Chris Black, Gabriel Sullivan, Dante Rosano, Marco Rosano, Graham Reynolds, Jimmy Carr, Carlos Lopez, and more.
Doors open at 8pm. Show starts at 8:30. $8.

Hotel Congress 311 E. Congress
Stefan George 
7pm. Free.


Flanagan’s Celtic Corner 222 E. Congress
Mark Luther and Meg O’Neill perform Irish music in front of the store from 7 to 9.

 100 E. Congress
Outdoor Chicken and Corn BBQ prepared by the owner, Patrick Forsythe.
George Rosenburg plays “Baby Grand Happy Hour” from 7 to 9.
Local musicians and friends playing in the redroom from 5 to 9.
Live touring band at 10pm, LA rockers Cola Cola.
Tap and cocktail specials all night.

On A Roll 63 E. Congress
Half-off Tempura Veggies
$2 Miller Lite draught

Rockin’ Queen 45 S. 6th Ave.
10% off all merchandise.
Gifts with purchase for first 20 guests.
DJ and live music by the Creamies.


Beatles Rock Band
A GIANT free Beatles “Rock Band” competition, underwritten by Bourn Partners and presented by Cinema La Placita outdoor film series and Ultimate Electronics will bring alive the vacant lot on Congress street between Scott Avenue and Church Avenue. The game will be projected onto an 11’ x 12’ screen. Beatles Rock Band is a videogame which allows players to “play along” to Beatles music using instrument-shaped game controls. The players press buttons, strum, bang and sing in time to indicators on the screen. As players operate the controls in time with the music, their score raises. The competition will begin around 7:00, when the sun sets and it is dark enough to see the game projected on the screen. There will be prizes, as yet to be determined.

Featured Artists
Parasol Project

Pop Ups
Tucson Meet Yourself

Local First Arizona

Jim Click Automotive

KXCI 91.3FM Community Radio will set up their Local Music Store in front of MEB Management at 120 East Congress, just west of Chicago Store. KXCI will be selling CDs, vinyl and even cassettes from more than 25 local musicians at special prices, including many hard-to-find new and old releases. In addition, KXCI will be giving away more than 200 CD singles, EPs and full albums to people who stop by their booth, so come early!