Entertainment Magazine: Entertaining Tucson

Contents: Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades, Volume 2


1950s-1989 | 1990s

Contact Author: Robert Zucker


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January 1990....... 206
November Guest: The Poetry Band... 206
Fridkin: In Another Galaxy... 207
The Paid Pyper of Tucson... 208

March 1990....... 209
A brand New Bag: Hackensack... 209
Romeo, Oh, Broken Romeo... 210

April 1990....... 211
Local Alternative Music Sound excavations... 211
Night Crossings: Crossing Paths In The Night... 212
Ray Whittaker And Gary Favron... 212
Votang Curries Favor In Tucson... 212

May 1990....... 214
You’re A Good Man, Armen Dirtadian... 214
TSO: Bernhardt Stays In Tucson... 215
Tucson Nightlife Updates... 216
Mondo Guano: “It’s Like Soup!”... 218
A Pair Of Crystall’s... 219

June 1990....... 220
Fireworks Festival At TCC!... 220
An Ace up his sleeve... 221
Tucson’s Local Standards... 223
What’s New At “Old Tucson”... 223

July 1990....... 224
Good Vibrations: Recalling A Simpler, Solid Rock Era With A Tucson Band... 224
Now Everyone’s Wearing A Marshmallow Overcoat... 225
Street Gypsy: Some Serious Plans For Musical Success... 226
Vicki Tapp: Musical Ambition Began In Ajo... 228

September 1990... 229
Linda Ronstadt: Tucson’s “Girl Singer”... 229
Bobby Mahon: Pickin’ And A Grinnin’... 231
Local Rockin’ Scene... 232
Local Jazzers Obsessive Jazz... 232

October 1990....... 233
Where Is Tucson’s Entertainment?... 233
Local Kicking And Swinging At The Clubs... 234
Giant Sand: Hitting the Beaches... 235
Marshmallow Overcoat: Taking off to higher ground... 235
Jaime’s Revenge: Revenge In Tucson... 235

November 1990....... 237
Western Music Festival: Bringing The West Back Into Western Music... 237
Chuck Wagon & the Wheels: Keepin’ those wheels spinnin’... 237
Acoustic music alive and well in Tucson... 239
The Galaxy Brothers: In Another Galaxy... 240
Bobby Taylor & Real Deal... 241
Eat to the Beat at the UA Cellar: A treat for bands and fans... 242
Nostalgia Tucson Rock:... 243
Undercurrent Carries Low Max... 243
Arizona Theatre Co. now State Theatre of Arizona... 244

December 1990....... 247
Tucson Compilation Tape Now In The “Ruff”... 247
Sons Of The Pioneers: 7th Winter Season... 248
Yuletides Of YesterYear... 249

1991

January 1991....... 250
EM On TV: “Tucson NightLife” In Production... 250
EM On Audio: Compilation Tape Nears Release... 250
Overcoat Releasing 4th LP... 250
Dean Armstrong: A Living Tucson Western Legend... 251

February 1991....... 253
Tucson Rodeo:  New Twists To An Old Tradition... 253
Tucson Gem & Mineral Show: A Polished Milestone... 254
Festival in the Sun shines in Tucson... 254
Sam Taylor Has The Ingredients... 255

March 1991....... 257
Robyn Austin: Singing With A Determination... 257
Margie Rye With Exile... 258

April 1991....... 259
Neon Prophet: Turbo Reggae.... 260
Adding Special FX... 260
Broken Romeo: No Broken Hearts Here... 260
Users Of The Wicked Gravity: Industrious Users... 261

May 1991....... 262
Landon’s Spirit Fills The Tucson Classics... 262
Tucson-Arizona Boys Chorus: Singing for Peace... 262
OPJB: Up On Burbon Street In The ‘60s... 263
Sidewinders/Sandrubies: Winding Up With A New Name... 266
Cynthia Stacey Celebrating A Second Release... 266
General Delivery: Not Your Average Oldies Band... 267
Billy Shears Band: The One And Only…... 269
Tucson’s Budding Alternative Music Scene... 270

June 1991....... 270
“Desert Reign, The Mother Of All Compilations” Release... 271
Chambers Sing On Comstock Records... 272
Jimmy Greenspoon: Leading a Three Dog Life... 272
Underneath the Overcoat... 273

July 1991....... 275
The Ballad Of Shep Cooke... 275
Molly Who… You Ask... 276

August 1991....... 277
Tucson: Happy 216th... 277
Tucson’s Country Music Scene: Kicking Up The Dust... 278
Betty Stress:  This Band Is Under Stress... 279

September 1991....... 281
Rex Allen Days in Willcox... 281
Brian Berggoetz: Inspired by Hendrix... 282
Betty and the Bebops... 283
Don Reeve: Wild Spirit... 284
Alternative Music: A Musical Oasis Amidst The Sand... 285

October 1991....... 287
Tucson Meet Yourself shows Tucson’s  ethnic diversity... 287
The Shooters: Capturing Tucson With Music... 288
Western Electric: Alternative Country... 290
Desert Reign: Enthusiasm Gets Group Started... 291
Fall From Grace: Dark, Aggressive Music... 292
Tucson Alternative Music: What’s Under Those Desert Rocks?... 294
Twister: A Unique Twist... 294

November 1991....... 296
Western Music Festival... 296
Musical Life on The Eastside... 296
Ramones Go To Europe... 298
Blue Lizards: Happy to Have The Blues... 298

December 1991....... 300
22nd Annual 4th Avenue Winter Street Fair... 300
Tucson Boys Corus visit White House... 300
Swing Shift: Working The Country Shift... 300
The Chambers: Western Tradition... 301
More Kidd Squidd... 302
Cynthia Stacey: A little Bit Of Alchemy... 303
One Blood: One Love, One Heart, One Blood... 304

1992

January 1992....... 306
J.C. Skinner: A Corvette With Gas... 306
Karaoke: Singing your heart out... 308
Rappin’ it Up: Alternative Club Scene Stirring Up... 309

February 1992....... 310
“Lollipop music” not for 1·2·1... 310

March 1992....... 311
Keeping Up With The Overcoats... 311

April 1992....... 312

May 1992....... 314
Bobby Taylor: Real Deal Hoping For A Big Deal... 314
Zebbhi Niyah: Reggae Give The Word... 316

June 1992....... 317
Keeping Up With Tucson Musicians CD’s... 317

July 1992....... 318
Hector Rodriguez: Not Just Another Musician... 318

August 1992....... 320
San Agustin Celebration: Tucson’s Oldest Festival Returns... 320

September 1992....... 321
Chased By The Roadhouse Hounds... 321
Night Watch On Spotlight... 322

October 1992....... 323

November 1992....... 326
Western Music Festival Celebrated... 326

December 1992....... 327
The Thin Men: A Slim Lead... 327
Threshing Floor: Threshing Around... 327
Rex Allen Weds... 327

January 1993....... 328
Janos Widler: Talent Who Creates Art On Plates... 328
Rockin’ TG Fridays; Back From Berlin!... 329

February 1993....... 331
Bob Kessler of Jeromes... 331
Tucson Music Scene Blooming... 332
Bill Tester’s Bushwacker... 333

March 1993....... 334
Bands Hold CD Release Parties... 334
John Jacob: A Tucson Native Serving Hearty Food For 47 Years... 335

April 1993....... 337
Sand Rubies: Keeping Heads Above The Sand... 337
U&Risk, Rubies, Tantrum Spotlight April’s Music... 338

May 1993....... 340
Al & The Cattle, U & The Risk, Flys & Dollhouse... 340
Taylor And Brooks: Tucson Duo Has New York On Their Mind... 341

June 1993....... 343
Drew Vactor, The Tack Room... 343
Mollys Duo, UFO On The Road... 345

July 1993....... 347
Tucson Trolley Is Back On Line... 347
Tucson Toros: 25 Years And Batting Strong... 348

August 1993....... 349
La Fiesta de San Agustin: Sunday, August 29... 349
Founder’s Day Portrayed In Play: August 20-21... 350
Rediscover Tucson’s Rich History: August 17-29th... 351
Cattle On The Prowl... 351

September 1993....... 353
Plastic Museum Waxes Battle Of The Bands... 353

October 1993....... 355
Meet Yourself, Tucson... 355

November 1993....... 356
Si, Grimble & NORML... 356

December 1993....... 357
Rappin’ It Up For The Holidays... 357

1994

January 1994....... 358
New clubs break into the scene... 358

February 1994....... 359
Crist Has The Heat On Tucson... 359
Music Scene On Tap And On Plastic... 360

March 1994....... 360
Ace Scores Again... 360

April 1994....... 362
Tucson Toros Take Charge! PCL Champs!... 362
Rappin’ It Up: Ockham, Jargo, Clampetts, Gunga Din... 362

May 1994....... 364
Bobby Taylor Speaks Out: Clubs And Musicians Need To Work Together... 364

June 1994....... 366
Rappin’ It Up: Awards, Media & CS’s... 366

July 1994....... 367
The Undone Redone– No More Gunga Din... 367

August 1994....... 368
Tucson TV honored... 368

September 1994....... 369
The Cadillacs: Keeping The Roots Of Rock Alive... 369

October 1994....... 370
Music Awards, Bobby & More Cattle... 370
New City Ordinance Poses New Questions... 371
Last Print Edition Of EM, EMOL.org Goes Online... 372
Tucson’s Legend Sam Taylor: Taylor made to sing the blues... 373

1995-1999

“Rapping It Up”... 376
The Blue Light Blues Band... 378
George Howard And The Roadhouse House Hounds... 380
Funky Bonz: A Lot Of Funk... 383
Ockham’s Razor... 383
Plastic Museum “Full Frontal Nudity”... 384
Michael Gulezian: Acoustic radiance... 386
Al Perry’s New CD, “Losin’ Hand”... 387
U.P.S.’s Paul Young dies... 387
Giant Sand New Bootleg Release... 387
Gerry Glombecki: poet with a song... 388
Tucson Blues Legend, Sam Taylor Dies At 74... 392

Tucson Nightclubs....... 394
Photographs and Illustrations....... 400
Advertisements....... 404
In Remembrance....... 406
Publishing Title Holdings....... 407
Robert Zucker, Entertainment Magazine... 408
Index........ 409

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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.

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