Concerts, like dimly lit chandeliers, are more impressive outdoors and are more enchanting when adorned with strategically placed glow sticks. Let it shine with this GrouponLive deal to Tucson’s Desert Bluegrass Festival at AVA Amphitheater on Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, October 28. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get two tickets for general admission on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., or on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (up to a $30 value).
- For $25, you get four tickets for general admission on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., or on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (up to a $60 value).
Children younger than 16 are admitted free.
Beginning with a free battle of bands and food drive on Friday, October 26, at 7 p.m., the Desert Bluegrass Association kicks off its 13th annual celebration of bluegrass bands from across the American South. Sierra Hull stands out on the schedule both Saturday and Sunday, ensnaring ears with her Berklee-trained mandolin skills and her homegrown, sweet-tea vocals. Rightly described as a child prodigy from the outset of her career at age 13, the 21-year-old has graduated into a mature musicianship under the mentoring of another former wunderkind, Alison Krauss. Also not to be missed are Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, who open for Sierra on both Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Host of Bluegrass Junction on SiriusXM, Jones is a decade-tested veteran of the scene—his low and ominous voice a comfort to lonely thunderclouds everywhere.
Newcomers the Sonoran Dogs strum a bacon-wrapped take on bluegrass, newgrass, and their original compositions both days, and members of IIIrd Generation and Crucial County lead musical workshops on Sunday morning. To spend a night beneath the stars after an evening full of tunes, guests can take advantage of complimentary camping, waking up bright and early to enjoy a Sunday gospel segment and see what the sun looks like in its pajamas.