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.
March 29 - May 3, 2020
Vanskike & Markusen
Fred Fox Jazz Ensemble
Grams & Krieger
Ticket sales begin March 1.
Tickets: $20 each (tickets sell out quickly)
All concerts at 3:00 pm, at the Proctor Ramada, Madera Canyon
The online form allows you to Purchase Tickets to one, or to all of the concerts at one time. Upon completion of your Ticket Purchase, Ticket Confirmations will be sent to the email address you provide. The confirmation IS your ticket, so please bring the confirmation to the performance (s).
Performances sell out quickly! Once a performance is sold out, ticket sales to that event, via the online form, are turned off.
Proctor Ramada, Directions & Parking
- At traffic light 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
Vanskike & Markusen, Native Flute
The soothing music of the Native American Flute captured Lois Vanskike's ear after attending a flute circle meeting in 2013. Lois had just purchased her first Native American flute at the Pecan Festival in Green Valley. The flute was intended to be decoration on her coffee table. At the flute circle Keith Stanford sold her six flute lessons, via email, for $40. The lessons were sent once a week for six weeks. After lots of practice Lois attended a Flute gathering in Flagstaff and met R.C. Nakai and many other great players from all over the United States. So inspired, Lois established the Green Valley Flute Circle in 2014. The circle meets once a month at the Joyner Library on the last Sunday of the month at 2:00 P.M.
Performing with Lois is Martha Markusen who plays the Native American Flute and also teaches beginner, Intermediate and advanced flute classes through the Voyager RV Resort. She has played at the Voyager Southwest Flute Festival as a solo performer and as part of the Voyager Jam Band. She primarily plays improvisational, in a wide variety of styles, including traditional, new age, pop, and eastern.
Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo High School
The group was founded in the fall of 1992 by Mr. Richard Carranza, as a curricular component within the Pueblo High Magnet School Performing Arts department. Comprised entirely of Pueblo High Magnet School students ranging in age from 14 to 18 years old, the mariachi program has grown from eleven students in its first year to well over one hundred and twenty students currently. Students are offered three levels of mariachi music: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced/ Performing group – “Mariachi Aztlan.” The group plays authentic mariachi music, arranged and conducted by director, John Contreras, himself a mariachi musician with over twenty-five years of experience. Dressed in their elaborate traje de charro outfits, the group boasts a repertoire of traditional mariachi music.
As Tucson’s most popular youth mariachi, they have gained a reputation for excellence, sharing the stage with many of the world’s finest Mariachi ensembles as well as Symphony Orchestras. Through their music, they are continuously promoting a manifest pride in their cultural background and are an excellent example of the best our youth has to offer.
The Fred Fox Jazz Ensemble
University of Arizona's premier small jazz ensemble is comprised of jazz studies majors as well as students pursuing other degrees at UArizona. The Fred Fox Jazz Ensemble (FFJE) has featured at the Tucson Jazz Festival, The Nash jazz club in Phoenix, Tohono Chul and other area venues. Many of the students are involved in multiple groups in and around Tucson and have become 1st call musicians for many of Tucson's professional musical engagements. FFJE is poised to record their first CD later this spring. Stay up to date with events and concerts at: FaceBook.com/FredFoxJazzEnsemble.
The Ensemble: David Lasansky - Alto sax, Simeon Roth - Alto sax, Joe Bales - Tenor Sax, Diego Urrea – Guitar, Gabe Stultz – Guitar, John Black – Bass, Johnny Hines – Piano, Kai Felix - Drums.
David Dean, Reggae & Motown
Born in 1950, David grew up in Miami, Florida where he sang in church at an early age, forming his first vocal singing group The Innovations and played at high school events, parties and night clubs. Stationed in Tucson in 1971 at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, he sang in the Grace Temple Baptist Church choir and formed the vocal group Brother Love.
In 1983 he was one of the original members of the Neon Prophet reggae band, which continues to make great music today. He has played a part in many well-known groups; the reggae band The Uptones, lead singer for Desert Soul, lead vocalist in the Fullhouse Funk Band that featured the RedHouse family, an original member of the jazz group Central Air, and the straight ahead jazz group Lush Life.
Grams & Krieger, Blues Blends
Grams and Krieger play a mostly acoustic blend of Urban Blues, Roots Rock, and Country Blues. Both their CDs and performances reflect a high level of songwriting, singing, playing, and fun!
In Tucson since 1979, Steve Gram built a reputation as one of the areas most reliable acoustic and electric bassists, has played on and/or produced over 80 LPs and CDs, and selected bass player of the year (TAMMY) in 1998 & 2005. Sideman credits include Teddy Morgan, Bo Diddley, Nappy Brown, Rainer, Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King, Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones, R.J. Mischo, Lisa Otey, Freddie Roulette, Holland's Mr. Boogie Woogie, and French singer/songwriter Alexandra Roos. Grams is a member of the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame.
One of the Southwest's most respected guitarists/slide guitarists Danny Krieger's musical resume includes world-wide tours with British pop band 'Christy' and numerous recording sessions with a variety of artists ranging from Exene Cervenka to the late Andy Gibb. He worked with Big Joe Turner, Coco Montoya, Johnny Rivers, and Smokey Wilson & Eric Burdon. Originally from LA, Danny also toured with Debbie Davies, Sam Taylor, 'The Mollys', Holland's Mr. Boogie Woogie, and John "Juke" Logan. Danny won a Tucson Area Music Award (TAMMY) for guitar in 2000 and is a member of the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame.