10 to be inducted into Tucson Musicians Museum this weekend

The Tucson Musicians Museum will probably be welcoming 10 inductees to the museum in an occasion at Lodge Congress on Sunday evening.

“We have now plenty of inductees this yr. For the final couple of years
when George (Howard) was sick, we solely had 5. He was simply not up for extra,”
TMM secretary Liz Walter mentioned. “Early on within the museum’s historical past, there
was as much as 17.”

Howard was a co-founder of TMM, and a photographer and blues musician. He died in April 2023.

of the inductees are being acknowledged posthumously — Earl Edmonson, Travis
Edmonson and Dennis Francis, a.ok.a. Papa Ranger. 

Earl Edmonson performed
within the Titan Valley Warheads and was one of many founders of the Tucson
People Competition. Travis Edmonson sang with the Gateway Singers earlier than becoming a member of his buddy Bob Dashiell to kind Bud & Travis. He ultimately grew to become a solo artist. 

Papa Ranger labored to convey reggae to Tucson as a DJ after he moved to the US from Jamaica. He was a DJ for KXCI within the 90’s and the proceeded to host “Reggae Connection” after being found by KEKO the Echo 92.1 and 106.3 FM. He was the proprietor of 12 Tribes Reggae Store off 4th Avenue.

“The popularity goes to those who’ve devoted 20 to 25 years to the group,” Walter mentioned. “So they are not simply pastime musicians.”

Walter mentioned they are going to be inducting Bob Mick as a result of though he’s not a musician, his work as a luthier has been instrumental to the group for many years and has “gone with out recognition.” 

The listing of inductees contains Tony Terry, Harvey Moltz, Joe Scibilia, and two bands — which Walter mentioned is new for the museum — Dangerous Information Blues Band and Ritmo Suave. 

Terry is the founding father of Little Anthony’s Diner, Grandma Tony’s Pizza, the Gaslight Music Corridor and the Gaslight Theatre. He created an area the place native bands and different artists might have a spot to play “that’s household oriented.” Moltz is the proprietor of Rainbow Guitars on Grant Highway.

“Harvey Moltz is aware of about anybody who’s a musician,” Walter mentioned.

Scibilia joined the music scene in Tucson within the early Eighties and performed with bands reminiscent of Rocket J, Woody and the G-Males, Riff Raff and ultimately fashioned the King Bees, who gained the Southern Arizona Blues Problem. 

He’s additionally a founding member of the Coolers, which will probably be one of many bands enjoying on the occasion. Ritmo Suave, which can even carry out on the ceremony, is a cumbia band and has been current in lots of native occasions and for various causes. 

The Dangerous Information Blues Band will probably be performing on the ceremony as effectively; they’ve gained the Arizona Blues Shootout twice in addition to greater than 20 TAMMIES.

Walter mentioned the fourth band that may carry out because the opening act is The Whoa’s – a guitar quartet from Pueblo Excessive Faculty. One other spotlight Walter talked about is that the museum will probably be presenting a fourth grader from White Elementary Faculty with a trumpet.

“The museum has a group facet, other than the gallery, and that is the place we attempt to assist the group as greatest as we are able to,” Walter mentioned. “And we’re excited to provide her the trumpet on the stage.”

The ceremony will probably be at Lodge Congress at 3 p.m. and all ages are welcome. The admission is a $20 donation request that may be carried out on the door or on-line.