The 3rd Annual University of Arizona Downtown Block Party, presented by Rio Nuevo, takes place on Friday, December 28, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. at Armory Park. Pre-game the 2018 NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl with live music, beer, carnival rides and games in the heart of Southern Arizona’s urban core- Downtown Tucson.
The Downtown Block Party jump-starts a weekend full of 2018 Arizona Bowl events that offer visiting fans, bands, teams, and locals a chance to celebrate this successful and growing Bowl tradition.
The free event begins at 3 p.m. with local singer-songwriter Sophia Rankin, recipient of multiple songwriting awards and staple of Tucson’s annual Folk Festival, Meet Me at Maynard’s, and many other local favorite events. Sophia recently released a second album “Solace” as a sophomore at the University of Arizona and is featured as KXCI’s emerging artist in folk and popular music.
Then dance to the beat of local cumbiaDirtyverbs and Quiahuitl of Sonido Tambó –– DJ’s, percussionists and poets from the Arizona/Mexico borderlands. The group has hosted the legendary dance party “El Tambó” every Friday at historic Hotel Congress since 2013. Mixing the musical genres of cumbia, dancehall, reggaetón, afrobeats and other influences.
Don’t miss the battle of the marching bands at 5 p.m., featuring the Nevada Wolf Pack Marching Band and Arkansas State Red Wolves Marching Band.
Capping the evening is a 7 p.m. set from the electrifying Tony Kishman, creator and band leader of “Live and Let Die”; celebrating the music of Paul McCartney and featuring a stellar backup band. Kishman has been taking his award-winning homage to McCartney around the globe for more than a decade, bringing the music and magic of both The Beatles and Paul McCartney to a new generation, earning nonstop raves by ‘Beatlemaniacs’ everywhere for his stage presence and shockingly precise vocal performance of one of pop’s most unforgettable voices.