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Doug Moore Lecture
Monday, March 26th, 7:00 PM
Quail Creek Clubhouse

Doug will be extending and refreshing our understanding of the birds and bees. No, not that lecture from your youth. He will talk about the birds, bees, bats and other pollinators. Tickets are available at the door, $10 each.

As many readers here know, Doug is Education Director of the Friends of Madera Canyon and can often be found exploring the Sky Islands of southeast Arizona. By training and experience he's a naturalist, photographer, artist and illustrator. His B.A. in biology and graduate certification in natural science illustration are from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has worked as a high school math and science teacher, a field biologist, and a freelance natural science illustrator and wildlife artist. Doug was also the original instructor and program advisor for the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute.


Music in the Canyon 2018

The popular Music in the Canyon concert series returns this spring with an exciting lineup of four concerts at the Proctor Ramada in Madera Canyon. Tickets are $15 each. All proceeds are for the benefit of FOMC’s education programs. Beginning on March 1st you can purchase tickets at the Green Valley/Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce (cash only) or via The Friends' online payment page. Click here for answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Sunday April 8th, 3:00 PM
Lex Browning & Peter McLaughlin

The duo "Lex Browning & Peter McLaughlin" play originals, traditional folk, bluegrass and Americana music.

Fiddler and Guitarist Lex Browning has bounced back and forth between Kentucky and Oregon for most of his life but he is now an aspiring desert rat in Tucson AZ. He has played with artists as diverse as Tanya Tucker, the Austin Lounge Lizards and Quarterflash. There are no outstanding warrants for his arrest

Peter McLaughlin is an acclaimed acoustic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, performer, recording artist and music instructor. He won 1st place in the National Flatpicking Guitar Championship in 1988. Peter is originally from Washington DC, but has been successfully hiding out from the law in Tucson since 1983.

Sunday April 15th, 3:00 PM
Amber Norgaard & Sabra Faulk

Amber & Sabra blend country, blues, folk and rock into a style of their own. They perform a mix of timeless, favorite cover songs along with some of their original tunes. Their harmonies, musicianship, humor and stories will make for an uplifting afternoon of music.

Described as “poet, peace warrior, healer” (Tucson Lifestyle Magazine) and “Tucson’s folk-rock goddess” (Natural Awakenings Magazine), Amber Norgaard is a nurse-turned-musician who uses music as a healing art to foster compassion, spirituality and promote positive social change. Since departing her nursing career in 2004, she has released five full-length albums, opened for Judy Collins, Kenny Loggins, and Michael McDonald, achieved accolades for her songwriting, and written songs for non-profit organizations and films. She is known for her passionate vocal/piano/guitar delivery, eloquent lyrics and graceful melodies that inspire hope.

Norgaard will be joined by Sabra Faulk, an award-winning bassist, vocalist and acoustic guitarist. Sabra has been a staple in the southern Arizona music scene for over 20 years and is best known for her funk/rock/blues bass playing, and more recently for her songwriting. She has won multiple Tucson Area Music Awards (TAMMIES) and was the headliner for the 2012 Tucson Folk Festival.

Sunday April 22nd, 3:00 PM
Jovert Steel Drum Band

The Tucson High Magnet School Steel Band plays Energetic World Music.

Khris Dodge has been the director of the Tucson High Magnet School Steel Band (Jovert) since 1999. When he started with the program, there was one section, 20 students, and a handful of instruments. In the 18 years that he's taught, he's grown the program to the point where there are five classes (four different levels), 150+ students annually (with additional people on waiting lists), and instruments to support 30+ students per class.

Students in the Advanced band play more than 20 public performances annually and are favorites at many Tucson annual events (4th Avenue Street Fair, Reid Park Zoo Holiday Lights, Winterhaven Festival of Lights, etc.). In addition, they have played on main stages at Disneyland on more than one occasion, as well as many locations around Arizona, California, and Nevada.

Sunday April 29th, 3:00 PM
Angel Perez

Angel Perez plays fun music of all kinds everything from country to flamenco.

Angel got his first guitar at age 4, began playing for his neighbors at 5 and got hooked on applause! (Who wouldn’t applaud a cute 5 year old?) At 12 he started writing his own music. After high school he joined the Army and served for 22 years, part of it in Iraq. Music helped him find normalcy after he returned to civilian life. He sees it as a way to help people forget their troubles and have a little fun.

Angel sings from the heart and donates 50% of his CD sales to those who are hungry. He actively supports the Veterans Administration Stand Down, a group to help homeless veterans.