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Contents: Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades, Volume 2


This is the Table of Contents for Volume 2 from 1986-1989. The second page continues at 1989-1999.

Contact Author: Robert Zucker


 


  • Tucson Nightlife Across The Decades....... 3
  • The Story of the Entertainment Magazine....... 12

1985: Michael Landon

1986........ 14

January 1986....... 14
Garry Shandling: Keeping Johnny’s Seat Warm... 14
January: Country Stalking The Great South Side Of Tucson... 17
January: Local Tucson Music Column... 19

February 1986....... 21
Tucson Bands Crank It Out... 21
February: Kickin’ Up Those Tucson Rodeo Licks... 22
Tucson Laughs With The New Comedy Zone... 23

March 1986....... 25
Ed Alexander On The Air: Working For The Fun Of It... 25
Tucson Bands Rock March... 27

April 1986....... 31

May 1986....... 32
Rotating Nightclubs; The Distant And More... 32

June 1986....... 34
Summer Sounds Winding Down... 34

July 1986....... 37
Entertainment Magazine Relocate And Expands... 37

August 1986....... 39

September 1986....... 40
Fall Brings New TV, Events And Music... 40

October 1986....... 41
Tucson Music Is On The Loose!... 41

November 1986....... 43
Tucson’s Top Talent!... 43

December 1986....... 45
Local sounds ring in the holidays... 45
December After Hours and band updates... 46

1987........ 48

January 1987....... 48
Tucson bands earning respect of club owners... 48

February 1987....... 52
Rodeo Time In The Old Pueblo... 52
All The Fixin’s – The Best Country Food In Tucson... 54
February Tucson band features... 55
Audrey St. Clair: Her heart goes out to Vicki Lynn... 57
Waking Up to Tucson’s Nightlife... 58

March 1987....... 59
No More Ed Alexander In The Morning... 59

April 1987....... 60
Speedways Rolling Along... 60
All Of The Stars Gather In The Deserts’ Tucson Classics... 61

May 1987....... 62
Short Stories offer: Use Me... 62
Electrifying Short Circuit... 63
RFA On Break... 63
Bluesman Sam Taylor Joins Statesboro Blues Band... 64
Sharon Hodges: A Comedian To Watch... 65
Get Some American Pie, It’s Hot!... 65
Backstreet Boogie Is Back On Stage... 66
The Sidewinders show their good side... 66

June 1987....... 67
Tucson Country Nightlife... 67
Charles Bowden: ‘On Top Of Frog Mountain’... 68
Tucson Comedy: Howl Like A Mad Dog... 69
The Comedy Of Genesis... 69

July 1987....... 70
Will The Trolley Make Tracks For $5,000?... 70
The Cattle Rustled Onto 45... 71
Rick ‘Shadow’ Joes: Dance in the Shadows... 71
Ross Nickerson Fills Bluegrass Void... 72
Musicians Boycott Arizona... 72

August 1987....... 73
Happy 212th Birthday, Old Pueblo!... 73
Daniel Steenken: Ex-Chemist Is Catalyst... 73
Cool Jazz In Tucson’s Hot Sun... 74
Necromancer: Rising From The Dead... 76
So, May I Introduce For You… Billy Shears Band... 77

September 1987....... 78
Autocatz... 78
Summit Studios: Tucson’s Recording Industry Grows Up... 79
Las Cruces Romps The Room... 80
Rough Is Smooth... 81

October 1987....... 82
It’s Time To Meet Yourself, Tucson... 82
Arizona Opera ‘menu’ feeds varied tastes... 82
Highbeam Blues Band Makes Some Changes... 84
Tucson Nightlife: A Primer For The Recently Spontaneous... 85

November 1987....... 87
Valley Of The Moon Shines Over Tucson... 87
Sam Smiley Is Serious About Acting... 88
Tucson Has Brain Damage... 89
Aftermath: Metal With A New Approach.... 89

December 1987....... 91
Rockin’ With Rockefeller... 91

1988........ 92

January 1988....... 92
Atrophy: Ahead Of The Contenders... 92

February 1988....... 94
Tucson Rodeo And Parade... 94

March 1988....... 95
The 2nd Tucson Mardi Gras; 1st Music Awards... 95

April 1988....... 98
Local Musicians Recognized At Mardi Gras; Terry & Zeke’s Arises Again... 98
Tailor Made For Tucson... 98

May 1988....... 100
Stalking The Great Wild Tucson Nightlife... 100
Arthur/Brand Band Makes A Grand Stand... 102
Glombecki Playing Around Town... 103
Craig Lavelle: Choral Director Branches Into Local Music... 106

June 1988....... 107
Tucson’s Sizzlin’ Summer Nightlife... 107
There’s A New Tucson In Town.... 108
More Ways To Tickle The Funny Bone In The Desert... 109
Robert Apel: Falling Down Got Him Up... 109
A Run-In with Drive-In’s... 110

July 1988....... 112
Community Media Celebrates 2nd Year... 112
Christmas & Halloween In July???... 112
Local Rockin’ n Rollin’... 112
Metal Banging Bands... 113

August 1988....... 114
Tucson’s Nightlife is Rockin’ And A Rollin’... 114
Western Music Has Its Distinctions –  Not The Same As Country Music... 114
Titan Valley Aims Its Warhead, Captures 1st Place At Telluride... 115

September 1988....... 115
Vince Frighetti: Keeping Tucson’s Beat... 115
Xavier Marquez: One Of Tucson’s Premier Guitarists... 117
Tucson Rockers Insane Jane... 118
Twister Rocks Tucson... 119
911: Between A Rock And A Hard Place... 120
There Is New Age Music In Tucson!... 121

October 1988....... 122
Tucson Bands Head Into The Fall... 122
LRQ: Roadhouse Fuses Jazz... 123
The Host: Shooting For “Another World”... 124
Local Country Pickers: A Tide Turns In Tucson... 125
Twister Keeps Rocking Tucson... 125

November 1988....... 126
Tucson’s Year of Musical Change... 126
In Hot Pursuit Of Live Dance Music... 127
Restless Rockers... 128
White Rabbit: Straight From Wonderland... 129
Necromancer Takes The Stage... 130
Fiddling For Charity And Fun... 130
Robert Bernhardt: Tucson Symphony Both Diverse And Exciting... 131

December 1988....... 132
Revivers Keep The Oldies Alive... 133
Joe Myers: A Surprising Talent... 133
Liz Fletcher: “It’s Up To Me To Make It Happen”... 134
Tucson’s Trolley Awaits!... 135
Bygone Yuletides... 136

1989........ 138

January 1989....... 138
Tucson RROC’s –  Rock ‘n Roll Cable TV Show... 138

February 1989....... 140
Local Western, Bluegrass, Country Rock... 140
Surge To The Top... 141
Terry Dee: Managing A Nightclub Is More Than “hanging out at the bar”... 142

March 1989....... 146
Musical Memories Roll On... 146
A Man Called Sam (Taylor)... 146
Taking A Chance On Romance... 148
Lifeforce Enlightens... 149
Marshmallows not soft on music... 149
Sons of Western Plains to tour Arizona... 150

April 1989....... 151
The Local Alternative Music Scene... 151
KXCI: An Evolution In Radio... 152

May 1989....... 153
Ken Lofton: Little Big Man- Kenny Conquer?... 153
Tucson’s Nightlife Changes Corners... 154
The Chambers Put Their Brand On Western Music... 155
In Pursuit of Tucson’s Hot Pursuit... 156
In Your Face, In Your Mind... 157

June 1989....... 159
EM’s New Look, Format, Circulation Up... 159
The Fall From Grace... 159
Battle Of The Bands At The Garden... 160
XL Strives To Be Tucson’s Band... 160
Local New Age: Soundings Of The Planet... 161
Bobby Taylor & Real Deal: Here’s A Real Deal For You... 162
John Denman Swings With His Quartet... 166
The Lewallen Brothers: A Blast From Tucson’s Past... 167

July 1989....... 168
The Cadilliacs: Back on the road again... 168
T.J. Canyon Band: Down A Country Road... 168
Cass Preston keeps on swinging... 170
Al Perry: Brahman Bull In A Cattle Field... 171
Cynthia Stacey: A New Age For Tucson’s Spirituality... 173

August 1989....... 176
“It’s the Garry Shandling Interview. “... 176
Entertainment Magazine thanks readers for a decade of support... 177
Local Tape Reviews... 178
The Talents Of Ted Moreno... 179
A Top Hat And Marshmallow Overcoat... 179
Mickey Greco Still Swings... 180
Peggy Rose &: Company: A Refresher Course For “Swingers!”... 181
Sam Taylor: Back Home Again... 182
Joey ‘‘The Kid” Medina: Tucson Boasts Its Own Set Of Gloves... 183

September 1989....... 185
Tucson’s Nightlife Comes Back To Life... 185
The Statesboro Blues Band:  Blues for Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow... 186
Tucson Comedy: Keeping Tucson In Stitches... 188
Everyone Entertains At Porter’s House... 189
Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus Growing Up... 190

October 1989....... 191
New Loft Theatre To Move From 6th Street... 191
A Little Bit Of Passion... 192
Arizona Musicians On Tape... 193
Blitz Creek Comes Home!... 194

November 1989....... 195
An Intensive Evening With  American Radio Theater... 195
Top Dogs: Keeping On Top Of The Blues... 196

December 1989....... 197
Tucson during the holidays... 197
Glynn Ross Helps Celebrate 50 Years Of Arizona Opera... 198
Where Have All The Big Bands Gone? Ask Cliff!... 199
Country Jamming At The Round Up... 200
John Hawk: The Hawk Of The Desert... 201
Carl Guy: Guitarist Turns Actor... 202
Name Changing In The Club Scene Again... 203
Dan And Bonnie Starr: Catching A Musical Starr... 204

Continued: 1990-1999

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Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades

by Robert E. Zucker

The local entertainment scene in Tucson, Arizona during the 1950s through 1985 was vibrant– from the ‘50s rock and roll of the Dearly Beloved to the ‘80s with the Pills, Giant Sandworms and everything in between– classic rock, disco, alternative, punk, hard core, country, swing and Big Band. Hundreds of bands and thousands of entertainers over three decades. Within these pages are the memories and the experiences of those people and places.

These are the original articles and interviews published in several local newspapers that covered the Tucson entertainment scene over the decades. Follow their stories through the years– the big breaks, record releases, hot performances and duds, break ups, tragedies, personal insights and struggles.

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