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Downtown closures for Tucson's Centennial Celebration and information

Street Closures for Centennial Celebration. Closures are denoted by red Xs. (Photo Courtesy: City of Tucson)

Downtown closures for Tucson's Centennial Celebration and information

CREATED Feb 11, 2012

Web Producer: Marissa Pasquet

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The outdoor events for Tucson’s Centennial Celebration will close four streets in the Tucson's downtown core, according to City of Tucson officials.

Information below includes the times for the closures for each of the four streets that will be in place this weekend in order:

  • 6th Ave is closed between Congress St & Pennington St: Closed Fri, Feb 10 from 6 a.m. to Sun, Feb 12, 3 a.m. (early morning)


  • Scott Ave between Congress St & Broadway Blvd: Closed Fri, Feb 10 from 6 a.m. to Sun, Feb 12, 3 a.m. (early morning)


  • 5th Ave between Congress St & Broadway Blvd: Closed Thu, Feb 9 from 6am to Sun, Feb 12, 3 p.m. (afternoon)


  • 5th Ave between Congress St & Toole Ave: Closed Thu, Feb 9 from 6am to Sun, Feb 12, 3 p.m. (afternoon)


Festivities start at noon and include outdoor stages, a Ferris wheel on 5th Avenue between Broadway Boulevard and Congress Street, kids activities, vendors, merchant specials, and downtown museums/exhibits.

Street closures are on 5th Ave between Congress and Broadway, Scott Ave between Congress and Broadway and 6th Ave between Congress and Pennington.


JIM CLICK AUTOMOTIVE STAGE 6th Ave. @ Pennington St. Headlined by Sam Moore

  • Noon-12:30pm: Los Changuitos Feos – With over 47 years of history and tradition Mariachi Los Changuitos Feos is Tucson’s premier youth mariachi.


  • 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.: The 4th Street String Band – A seamless mix of bluegrass instrumentation (mandolin, fiddle, guitar, upright bass) with blues, jazz and punk rock sensibilities that incorporate beautiful vocal harmonies.


  • 2 p.m.-2:45 p.m.: The Dusty Buskers Upbeat, old-timey Celtic/bluegrass/folk with a rocking edge. “People can’t help but stop and listen.” – Arizona Daily Star


  • 3pm-3:45pm: Al Perry & The Cattle – The Tucson legend is “Laconic, ironic, dedicated to curating what used to be known as country and western, Al Perry is a testament to the best of live music in Tucson.”

 Tucson Underground


  • 4pm-4:45pm: Teodoro “Ted” Ramirez – A premier folk musician, singer/songwriter and storyteller – and a living link in the chain of authentic troubadours of the Southwest who presents a mixture of indigenous Mexican, American and European folk music styles framed with insightful personal and historical accounts of the people and places of the Southwest.


  • 5pm-5:45pm: Ronstadt Generations – Living history through music, representing the multi-cultural roots America/Arizona was founded upon. Dating back five generations in North America, Michael J. Ronstadt, younger brother of Linda Ronstadt, continues the family tradition with his two sons, Michael G. and Petie. They perform a wide repertoire of sounds, from traditionals to modern. The band also features sax, bass and drums by family members.


  • 6pm: The Tryst – “The Tryst navigates the listener from jazz to soul with a gentle hand.” – Metromix. Gorgeous vocals by Keli Carpenter, and expert musicianship make this jazz-soul-funk-rock band (with a horn section!) one of Tucson’s top acts.


  • 6:45 p.m.-7p.m.: Poi-Zen fire troupe (on street, in front of stage)


  • 7 p.m.: Kevin & Tanishia Hamilton of Southwest Soul Circuit – Soul/R&B


  • 7:45 p.m.-8 p.m.: Poi-Zen fire troupe (on street, in front of stage)


  • 8 p.m.: Sam Moore (of Sam and Dave) This Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy Hall of Fame Artist is known for several San and Dave R&B hits that are now rock standards:  Soul Man, Hold On I’m Comin’, I Thank You and When Something is Wrong With My Baby. Moore was named by Rolling Stone as one of the 100 greatest singers of all time!



Multi-cultural & Kid’s Stage


  • 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Illusionist Michael Howell – you won’t believe your eyes!


  • 1:45 p.m. -2:15 p.m.: Puppets Amongus Acts of physical theater, hilarious hand puppets and tom-foolery captivate the audience!


  • 2:30 p.m.-3 p.m.: Puppet Muzik The puppets perform an eclectic mix of America’s music throughout the decades including diverse samples such as country, rock, rap and cultural music such as Mexican Mariachi.


  • 3:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.: The Wonderfools Tucson-based circus artists, clowns and educators dedicated to proliferating delight and inspiration.


  • 4 p.m.-5 p.m.: Batucaxé Inspired by the music and dance of Brazil, the ensemble features the music and movement of many traditions, from Brazil and all over the world.


  • 5:15 p.m. -5:45 p.m.: Odaiko Sonora Tucson’s award-winning taiko, Japanese ensemble drumming group.


  • 6 p.m.-6:30 p.m.:  W.D. “Arizona” Kennedy performs captivating western folk songs, reminiscent of Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie.


  • 6:45 p.m. - 8 p.m.: The Border Crossers features the music of Dylan Charles, Stuart Oliver, Nowhere Man & A Whiskey Girl.


CRICKET KID’S LOT Between Stone Ave. & Scott Ave. on Congress Street
Jumping castles & food trucks!

  • 6pm: Cinema La Placita Presents – Arizona (1940) Starring Jean Arthur & William Holden. Filmed at Old Tucson Studios – the location was actually built for this film.

 CHICAGO STORE PATIO 130 E. Congress St.

  • 2pm-7pm: Tucson Arts Brigade hosts youth arts activities


Parasol Project Living Statues & Tucson Circus Arts Stilt Walkers

 5th AVENUE between Congress St. & Toole Ave.

  • 12 p.m.-10 p.m.: Slide ($4)

5th AVENUE between Congress St. & Toole Ave.

  • Noon-10 p.m.: FC Tucson  hosts the FC Tucson Street Soccer Showdown. Tucson’s new men’s soccer club brings a unique brand of soccer to Downtown Tucson.  Open play opportunities will be available, as well as the chance to enjoy FC Tucson players in action, with special guest appearances by MLS pro soccer players, in Tucson to prepare for the Desert Diamond Cup.


  • 12 p.m. -10 p.m. : Ferris Wheel ($4)


Fox Theatre 17 W. Congress St.

  • 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: Downtown Centennial Committee presents:  Tucson’s History, 100 years of cars in front of the Fox. Click Automotive Team will provide some cars from the more recent years and the new Nissan Leaf.


UA Downtown 44 N. Stone Ave.

  • 1 p.m.-7p.m.: Open house of the newly renovated Roy Place Building, now the home of UA Downtown;  UA Bookstores special merchandise;  Exhibits of student work focused on Downtown Tucson

 Main Library Downtown 101 N. Stone Ave.

  • 11a.m.-5p.m.:  Joel D. Valdez Library’s Centennial Celebrations—Family story time, craft fair and Happy Birthday Arizona Cake, games available for teens in the teen room.

 Fox Theatre 17 W. Congress St.

  • 1:30p.m.-3:30p.m.: “A Special Chat with Noted Tucsonans of the Past,” presented by the Downtown Centennial Committee. This historic event will present reenacted interviews with a few of the famous men and women who helped create the State of Arizona and build The Old Pueblo, from 1912 to present. After the historic re-enactments the audience will enjoy films of Southern Arizona life in the early part of the twentieth century. This film is a composite of several travel logs gathered from 1920-30 by the “The Sunshine Climate Club,” an early Tucson tourist promotion group.

Centennial Hall 1020 E. University Blvd.

  • 3p.m.-5p.m: Mayor Rothschild to introduce “Through the Lens of Time – Arizona 100: A Celebration,” a program of spoken word, video, corridos, dance, music, and more.

 THE SCREENING ROOM 127 E. Congress St.

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m.: AZ 100 INDIE FILMS – Celebrate the Arizona Centennial by paying tribute to Arizona’s independent filmmakers. Titles selected for the AZ 100 INDIE FILM collection will be announced in February and state-wide screenings scheduled during 2012. This is the 1st opportunity to view the diverse work by Arizona independent filmmakers

Fox Theatre 17 W. Congress St.

  • 7p.m.: Planet Jam – rippin’ rock solos, poppin’ reggae rhythms and fresh Gypsy licks, dubby and tight, modern with ancient tap roots.


  • 8p.m.: SambaDá – Brazilian, Samba, Surf Rock and Funk band, this smoldering and soldering band is a magnet of unexpected particles shaved from Brazilian and American sources. Huge on the west coast, experience a Brazilian carnival, beach party

Club Congress 311 E. Congress St.

  • 7p.m.: Chris Black CD Release

 Rialto Theatre 318 E. Congress St.

  • 6p.m.-2a.m.: Powhaus Productions Presents Arizona GEM – celebrating Arizona history, the gem show and a variety of local performances with DJs, video artists, bands, hosts, dancing and other acts. All ages, 6pm-9pm; 18 and over & $5 after 9pm.


  • La Pilita Museum 420 S. Main Ave., 11a.m.-2p.m. also offering Barrio Walking Tours


  • Presidio San Agustin del Tucson 133 W. Washington, 10am-4pm


  • Southern Arizona Transportation Museum 414 N. Toole, 10am-5pm


  • Tucson Museum of Art 140 N. Main Ave., 10am-6pm


  • Science Downtown: “Mars & Beyond” 300 E. Congress St., 9am-9pm


  • Jewish History Museum 564 S. Stone Ave., 1pm-5pm


  • Children’s Museum Tucson 200 S. Sixth Ave., 10am-5pm


  • MOCA 265 S. Church Ave., 12pm-5pm




  • 9a.m.: Celebrate the Centennial with a 1.5 hour bike ride, discovering Sonoran Desert street trees. Learn to identify different low water native trees in the Downtown streetscape, planted by volunteers, neighborhoods, the City of Tucson and the Downtown Tucson Partnership as part of the 1,000 Trees Please campaign. This easy bike ride through downtown and neighborhoods meets at the SE corner of Broadway Blvd. and Scott Ave. For more information and to volunteer, email or 837-4263.



Fox Theatre 17 W. Congress St.

  • 1p.m.: Fox Theatre, Tu Nidito and Christina Taylor Green Foundation present children’s concert with Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, one of the most popular children’s music acts in the US, with the number 2 children’s album of 2011.

 Scottish Rite Cathedral 160 S. Scott Ave.

  • 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. : ACLU presents Arizona Civil Rights Memories, a panel discussion moderated by former Tucson mayor, George Miller.  Retired Arizona Supreme Court Justice Stanley Feldman, retired UA Law School Dean, Professor Emeritus Charles Ares will be on the panel.

 Manning House 450 W Paseo Redondo


  • 2p.m.-6p.m.: Los Descendientes del Presidio de Tucson presents an Arizona Centennial Tardeada, an afternoon party with live music and dancing!   Alex Jacome is the President of this group and describes a “tardeada” as an afternoon dance party with live music and dancing—donations suggested—seating limited to 300

Tucson Symphony Orchestra Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.

  • 2 p.m.: Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Arizona Centennial Celebration, conducted by George Hanson. Featuring R. Carlos Nakai, Native American Flutist, performing a newly-commissioned piece, followed by the orchestra’s performance of the “Grand Canyon Suite” accompanied by stunning new images of the Grand Canyon created by famed “photochoreographer” James Westwater. (Tickets: $30-$86)

 The Screening Room 127 E. Congress St.

  • 2 p.m.: Screening of “Lost River: Lincoln’s Secret Weapon” the true story of Anna Ella Carroll, a woman military strategist and adviser to President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. (Tickets: $7)

Rialto Theatre 318 E. Congress St.

  • 8 p.m.: Zappa Plays Zappa

All Ages. After taking more than three years off to study the physical performance and technical compositional techniques of his father, Frank Zappa, Dweezil Zappa began his search to create a combo that could, according to Dweezil, “accurately execute Frank’s music in the most authentic way humanly possible.” Rather than creating what he called a “circus” of Frank’s former bandmates, Dweezil’s focus was on providing an avenue for the elder Zappa’s music to new generations of listeners. ($26-$56)

(Photo and Story Courtesy: City of Tucson)