10to 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’ve quite a lot 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 stated. “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 Pageant. Travis Edmonson sang with the Gateway Singers earlier than becoming a member of his good friend 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 america 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 neighborhood,” Walter stated. “So they don’t seem to be simply passion musicians.”

Walter stated they are going to be inducting Bob Mick as a result of though he isn’t a musician, his work as a luthier has been instrumental to the neighborhood 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 stated 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 may have a spot to play “that’s household oriented.” Moltz is the proprietor of Rainbow Guitars on Grant Street.

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

Scibilia joined the music scene in Tucson within the early Eighties and performed with bands comparable to 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 may even carry out on the ceremony, is a cumbia band and has been current in lots of native occasions and for numerous causes. 

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

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

“The museum has a neighborhood facet, apart from the gallery, and that is the place we attempt to assist the neighborhood as greatest as we are able to,” Walter stated. “And we’re excited to present 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 finished on the door or on-line.