Music in the Canyon concerts showcase the region's wonderful local music talent and encourage those who have never been to Madera Canyon to discover this popular recreational Sky Island destination. All money raised from the concerts supports the Friends’ ongoing Nature Education Programs that encourage children and adults to explore, study and connect with nature in this biologically rich and diverse area.
Tickets: $15 each
All concerts at 3:00 pm
At the Proctor Ramada, Madera Canyon
No tickets will be sold at the concert
- ALL FOUR PERFORMANCES ARE SOLD OUT
Proctor Ramada, Directions & Parking
- At the 4-way stop at La Posada (Continental & Whitehouse Canyon Rds)
- Turn onto Whitehouse Canyon Rd, continue about 11 miles
- Whitehouse Canyon Rd becomes Madera Canyon Rd
- After the Visitor's Center sign, turn right into Proctor parking lot
- Volunteers will direct you to a parking place
Flamenco and Classical Guitar
Sunday, March 31
Ismael Barajas, Latin/Classical and Flamenco guitarist, began playing at 13 years old, listening to records of Mexican guitarist Antoñio Bibriesca, Cuco Sanchez and Spanish Guitarist Sabicas. He accompanied his father, Miguel Barajas and his fathers’ friends at family gatherings singing Mexican favorites. The response to his first public concert was so overwhelming, patrons of the arts sponsored his formal training in Classical and Flamenco styles with Spain's Royal family of guitar, The Romeros. His Flamenco Guitar training continued with Carlos Montoya, Jesus De Jerez and Eduardo Santiago Figueroa. Awarded a scholarship to the University of Arizona, School of Music, he also taught guitar in Tucson public schools and at the University of Arizona. Now, Barajas performs more as a Solo Guitarist, playing styles of Jazz, Bossa-Nova, Classical, traditional Mexican folk, original compositions and Flamenco.
Jovert Steel Drum Band
Energetic World Music
Sunday, April 7
Khris Dodge, director of the Tucson High Magnet School Steel Band (Jovert) since 1999, started the program with 20 students and a handful of instruments. Eighteen years later, the program has five classes of four different levels, 150+ students annually (with waiting lists), and instruments to support 30+ students per class. The Advanced band plays more than 20 public performances annually, including the 4th Avenue Street Fair, Reid Park Zoo Holiday Lights, Winterhaven Festival of Lights and on the main stages at Disneyland and many locations in Arizona, California, and Nevada. They are back with us in Madera Canyon by popular demand!
P D Ronstadt & The Company
Tucson Roots and Americana
Sunday, April 14
Peter Dalton Ronstadt, a fifth generation Ronstadt in Tucson, son of late Michael J Ronstadt, nephew of Linda Ronstadt, and great grandson of Federico Jose Maria Ronstadt, aims to explore the musical heritage of his family while presenting new and original material. Along with his band of Tucsonans, The Company, Petie paints a musical picture of the American Southwest with music from the region, music from Mexico, collected favorites, songs of his father, and new songs that draw inspiration from elements of his upbringing — a lush tapestry of instruments and unique arrangements.
Titan Valley Warheads
Bluegrass and Western
Sunday, April 28
This five piece band from Tucson, Arizona, formed in 1981, has performed throughout Arizona and the southwest playing a blend of bluegrass, western, western swing and old time country music. Known for their tight harmonies and instrumental skills, Titan Valley has been voted Best Bluegrass Band by the Tucson Area Music Awards, won the prestigious “Best Band” title at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and performs for appreciative crowds at festivals, concerts and both private and corporate events. The band currently consists of Gary Kuitert (mandolin), Earl Edmonson (guitar), Ed Davenport (bass), Andy McCune (banjo) and Tom Rhodes (fiddle).