STEAM PUMP RANCH
EXPERIENCE COMMUNITY IN ORO VALLEY AT MONTHLY STEAM PUMP FARMERS MARKETS & ARTS ENCOUNTERS
Attendees are invited to bring their own chairs. Limited seating is provided. There is no cost to attend the concerts. Enjoy the Second Saturday festivities and Farmers Market onsite.
Steam Pump Ranch
10901 N Oracle Road, Oro Valley, AZ 85737
Residents of the Santa Cruz Valley in Southern Arizona, generally perceive the Town of Oro Valley as a vigorous young community, but in reality, it has a real and deep history in this region. The Steam Pump Ranch (10901 N. Oracle Road) represents a living piece of that history.
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Saturday, October 8 | 10:30 AM
Bill Ganz has performed in Arizona for the last 42 years, and continues to play guitar and sing western music, much of which was written here. In 2010, he started a tradition with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, playing three sold out concerts. He was with them again, with his band, in 2012 and 2015. Bill has been a band member of the fabled Reinsmen, back up western group which featured Rex Allen, Sr. He has five CD's out which feature western music as well as originals.
Saturday, November 12 | 10:30 AM
Old Country, Folk and Western Folk, Cowboy, Southwestern Americana
Some years ago Nancy was given the word "equipata" by the late, great cowboy poet, Baxter Black. He said, "Here's a word for you, Equipata. It means the beat of horses hoofs, or the sound of rain on the roof. See what you can do with that!"
If you look up the word equipata today, you will learn it is also a Yaqui Indian colloquialism for describing either a winter rain or a cyclone. You will have to take your pick! There is a song underway using "equipata," but, as songs sometimes do, it is taking its time to reach fruition. However, merely the word "equipata" has such a beautiful sound, and fits so perfectly with both Bob's and Nancy's personal Histories of being involved in the equine world and Western lifestyle, they are proud to claim it as the perfect descriptive name for their duo.
As the acoustic duo "Equipata", Bob and Nancy bring you familiar and easy listening Old Country music with pure, uncomplicated arrangements, fine vocals and tight harmonies. From the father of country himself, Jimmie Rodgers (including the perfect amount of Bob's top notch yodeling) to Willie Nelson, Buck Owens and Lefty Frizzell, even the younger generations are caught tapping toes and singing along.
Also in the playlist are Nancy's South Western Americana and Folk originals inspired by life in the Sonoran Desert, including songs about outlaws both famous and infamous; love songs and ballads; and songs sharing the magic and mystery found only in the Desert Southwest. Learn more at https://nancyelliottmusic.com/home
Saturday, December 10 | 10:30 AM
Liz & Pete
Post-Modern American West
She’s Liz, he’s Pete, they are Liz & Pete. Liz Cerepanya and Peter Dalton Ronstadt join musical forces to explore material old and new. Liz’s heartfelt voice with Pete’s haunting harmonies and rich guitar arrangements captivate the mind and tug at the heart. After a few passing introductions in their shared music scene, Liz Cerepanya joined Peter Dalton Ronstadt on stage at Monterey Court in Tucson in the fall of 2019. They had had a brief opportunity to work up a couple of songs, including Rodney Crowell’s Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight, and an instant musical match was realized. The decision to make a record together was easy and quickly Liz & Pete began exploring material including the timeless songs of Alan Garr, songs of their favorite songwriters and singers, new and old compositions by Pete as well as classic songs from his father Michael Joseph Ronstadt’s repertoire. Liz & Pete’s natural element is just the two of them on stage accompanied by an acoustic guitar and the Pennsylvania Stompbox. But often you can find them also accompanied by Ronstadt Record’s own The Co. Learn more at https://www.lizandpetemusic.com/
Saturday, February 11 | 10:30 AM
Blues & Folk
Bob is a Nebraska native whose family sang and played the old-time songs. Many of the western and railroad songs he does were learned from his grandmother and uncle. He plays banjo and autoharp, sings and yodels, and can drive a dance band with his guitar and harmonica. Bob is well known and loved for his dry and witty stage humor. He has published numerous articles and reviews for The Old-Time Herald and Inside Bluegrass and been an instructor for a course called "The History of Country Music" for the Honors Division at the University of Minnesota. Bob is also the Artistic Director for the Bluff Country Gathering and the organizing force for the Lanesboro Barn Dance. Since 1971 Bob has traveled the country taking old time music to audiences of all ages at festivals, fairs, concerts, dances, schools, libraries, music camps, radio and TV programs. This is rural music as played in homes, at dances and for earlier entertainments such as minstrel shows and country radio. Along with a repertoire including dance tunes, ballads, cowboy songs, humorous and sentimental numbers, blues and rags, he spices their shows with stories, history and folklore. Bob sings (yodels, too) and plays guitar, harmonica, banjo and autoharp. Learn more at http://www.boveeheil.com/
Saturday, March 11 | 9 AM
Tucson Fiddle Contest
The Tucson Fiddle Contest first began in 1940 and is a public event dedicated to celebrating and promoting the joy of fiddle music. The contest draws 40 participants each year from across the southwest and hundreds of attendees. Our 2023 event travels to a new location, Steam Pump Ranch in Oro Valley, and will take place in conjunction with the Second Saturdays farmers market. The event is supported by the Arizona Old-Time Fiddlers Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose objective is to preserve, promote and perpetuate the art of old time fiddling, to encourage all people, young and old, to develop their musical talents. Learn more at https://tucsonfiddlecontest.org/