MARANA — An award-winning, banjo-picking, story-telling group of musicians will bring audiences to the roots of American folk music this summer.
The Marana Bluegrass Summer Concert Series promises to deliver quality tunes to the bluegrass enthusiast and give new listeners an appreciation for this rustic style of music.
On July 14, The Sonoran Dogs Jam Session with Unusual Suspects will take the stage at the Crossroads at Silverbell Park, 7548 N. Silverbell Road. Held monthly through September, the shows feature a jam session with an opening band at 6:15 p.m. and the headlining performer at 7 p.m.
The Sonoran Dogs are a new Tucson/Phoenix-based bluegrass band made up of regionally and nationally known musicians. Shortly after forming, they headlined the Sedona and Wickenburg Bluegrass festivals. Tucsonan Peter McLaughlin, on guitar and vocals, was awarded the 1988 National Flatpicking Guitar Champion and has played with the Laurie Lewis band, Perfect Strangers and a bluegrass brother duo with Chris Brashear. Phoenician Mark Miracle plays burning mandolin riffs and sings lonesome bluegrass lyrics. Miracle toured the United States and Europe with Saw Mill Road, won the Telluride band contests with both the Shady Creek and Clear Blue bands and has won numerous mandolin contests and awards. Fellow Phoenician Tyler Walls picks banjo melodies faster than the eye can see. At his young age, Walls has won several major banjo championships, including the Rockygrass and Huck Finn titles. Tucsonan Brian Davies rounds out the sound on upright bass and harmony vocals and is a TAMMIE award-winner.
Admission to the Marana Bluegrass Summer Concert Series is free and open to everyone, and donations are encouraged to help support the continuation of these free community concerts. For the complete article see the 08-01-2012 issue.
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