Labor Day is upon us and marks the end of summer which drifts into the air like the smoke from the backyard barbeque. Yellow school buses make their rounds, University of Arizona students have lugged their belongings into their apartments and dorms, and Pima College students drive familiar routes to their classes. Youth is back in the city. Fourth Avenue is once again abuzz with students seeking entertainment and camaradie at the 4th Avenue venues.
Mike Stoop’s University of Arizona football team faces Idaho Saturday at Bear Down Stadium. Deafening cheers will arise from the thousands of seats as U of A students in Zona Zoo cheer for their team and those “mature” citizens who hold season tickets, cheer for the Wildcats in a more demur manner. Tucson is anxious for a winning football season! Tickets are still available. Game time is 7 p.m.
The Tucson Jazz Society, often referred to as one of the best Jazz societies in the United States, is ready to jazz it up with the Latin rhythms of Sexteto Rodriguez Saturday evening at 7 pm at the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort. Hailing from Cuba, Rodriguez weaves Latin American rhythm with Jewish melodies and is a Grammy Award winner.
Jazz continues Sunday evening with the Joyce Cooling Group at Lowe’s Ventana Canyon. Opening for her group will be Matt Marshak who is relatively new to the jazz scene but has earned an excellent reputation as a jazz guitarist. Tickets for the 7 pm performance can be purchased on line from the Jazz Society (link below).
Tickets for the Fall Jazz Series to be held at St. Philip’s Plaza on Sunday evenings are also available on line. Detailed information about all concerts is available at the Jazz Society site.
Music fills the air at the Hotel Congress Festival, aka the Ho Co Festival at the famous, historic Hotel Congress, 311 East Congress Street. More than 50 groups are expected to play during this three day event. Hotel Congress is in the heart of downtown Tucson, and is the site where John Dillinger and gang hid from federal authorities prior to capture here in Tucson. This three day festival ends Labor Day.
For those wanting less music and more nature, wander and dig the prehistoric gardens of the Tucson Botanical Garden on Alvernon just south of Grant Road.
Saturday night is the last night of this year’s Summer Saturday programs at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. Observing the creatures of the Sonoran Desert and their nocturnal habits illustrates the desert never sleeps.
For more information about things to do and see in Tucson, check http://www.visittucson.org
Whatever you do, enjoy!
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