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REMODEL PARTY

All of Tucson is invited to the Playground Bar & Lounge REMODEL PARTY this Saturday, July 1st, featuring live music, DJs on both floors, door prizes and insane drink specials! PLUS there’s NO COVER for Playground’s LAST NIGHT OPEN before our summer renovations begin!

The Remodel Party starts at 7:00 p.m. with live music on our rooftop from local Latin all-stars SANTA PACHITA, playing their horn-infused blend of Rumba, Salsa, Ska, Cumbia & Bolero rhythms & vibes until 9:00 p.m. Listen to music samples from the 9-piece juggarnaut at https://www.reverbnation.com/santapachita4

By 10:00 p.m. our construction-themed Remodel Party party kicks into high gear with DJs on both floors, DOOR PRIZES, plus INSANE drink specials from SKYY Vodka, EFFEN Vodka, Jägermeister, Evan Williams Bourbon and Bacardi!!!

Reserve VIP Bottle Service tables for our Remodel Party NOW thru VIP@PlaygroundTucson.com or use our form at http://playgroundtucson.com/bottle-service/

Starting on Saturday, July 8th, Playground will continue serving our loyal guests through the summer directly across the street at our newly expanded sister-business Martin Drug Co, for PLAYTIME in the Martin Drug Co. Courtyard! Stay tuned for more info to come on PLAYTIME hours plus our GRAND REOPENING coming this Fall!

Until then, read about our exciting new happenings to come at https://tucsonfoodie.com/2017/06/27/hub-restaurant-playground-renovations/

Fans of Buena Vista Social Club & Jarabe de Palo and Manu Chao will love Santa Pachita’s horn-infused blend of Rumba, Salsa, Ska, Cumbia & Bolero rhythms & vibes. Get here early for a great seat and a view of Tucson’s signature sunsets on the Playground rooftop!

Santa Pachita is a 9-piece Tucson band that has been playing together since 2012. Guitarist, Miguel Reyes, and bass player, Victor Cruz, started the band after working together on other musical projects. They brought in talented musicians that have a variety of different musical backgrounds. The result is a danceable fusion of ska, cumbia, and rumba-salsa. The congas, flute, and trumpet add depth to the energetic music that is influenced by bands like Manu Chao.

The focus of the band is to explore and fuse rhythms like rumba, salsa and son and create an interactive musical experience for the audience.

Check out video samples from a recent performances at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyC-Sj3U_MS4kT3tL-TVXYQ

Bass Guitar, Vocals, and composer – VICTOR CRUZ : Victor grew up in Mexico City and Guadalajara where he formed his first bands influenced by urban music, rock in Spanish, reggae, etc. Influences -cafe tacuba, caifanes, maldita vecindad, the cure, sublime, Manu chao, fabulosos cadillacs, smashing pumpkins, nirvana, la barranca, etc

Guitar, Vocals, and composer –MIGUEL REYES: From Veracruz, Mexico, Miguel has performed all over Mexico and plays with Tucson’s A Son Y Sol. His varied musical styles include salsa, classical, bossa novas, ska, and metal.

Justin Ostrowski-Justin Ostrowski is a Midwestern musician who joined Santa Pachita this year. He began learning guitar and piano at 12 years old, mostly by listening to and mimicking Vanessa Carlton and others. Justin has played and toured with many groups all over the United States and Europe playing jazz, blues, pop, punk, and many other genres. He has also been featured on television as well as radio in Austria and the United States. Justin currently lives in Tucson teaching private lessons and playing saxophone for Santa Pachita.

Timbales/bongoes-Ray Cintron

Drumkit- Raymond Peralta

Trumpet/Flute – Mike Ankomeous- An excellent addition to SP. An experienced musician and composer that brings the groove and great energy to the dance floor. He also performs with k -bass and Baba Marimba in Tucson AZ.

Trumpet/keyboard- Adam Guenthner. Adam grew up in a small town outside Syracuse NY. He began playing the trumpet in fourth grade and picked up the piano soon after. He received his Masters in Music education from NY and moved down to Tucson where he teaches today. He has played with many bands across the country from DARE, Second Best in NY, to Defcon 5, Latin Society in AZ. He has studied under great musicians of Dr. Sapprocetti and John Ellis. He currently plays with the bands Santa Pachita and K-Bass.

Congas-Joe Whitley. Born in Hermosillo, México, Joe “Profe” Whitley grew up in the cultural crossroads between Sonora and Arizona. His musical journey started in a spiritual setting: Nyabinghi drumming in Rastafarian meditations. Due to being fluent in French, he had the cosmic fortune to meet and eventually start playing the djembe with brothers Adama and Mamadou Dembele from the Ivory Coast– master players who for their family represent the 33rd generation carrying on the rich traditions of West African drumming. Profe then incorporated playing the congas making his percussion set-up a somewhat unique African and Latin hybrid which is how his style can be described

Santa Pachita LIVE

Join us on the picturesque Playground Bar & Lounge rooftop on Saturday, July 1st from 7:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m. for a night of Latin music from local all-stars Santa Pachita LIVE–NO COVER!

Fans of Buena Vista Social Club & Jarabe de Palo and Manu Chao will love Santa Pachita’s horn-infused blend of Rumba, Salsa, Ska, Cumbia & Bolero rhythms & vibes. Get here early for a great seat and a view of Tucson’s signature sunsets on the Playground rooftop!

Santa Pachita is a 9-piece Tucson band that has been playing together since 2012. Guitarist, Miguel Reyes, and bass player, Victor Cruz, started the band after working together on other musical projects. They brought in talented musicians that have a variety of different musical backgrounds. The result is a danceable fusion of ska, cumbia, and rumba-salsa. The congas, flute, and trumpet add depth to the energetic music that is influenced by bands like Manu Chao.

The focus of the band is to explore and fuse rhythms like rumba, salsa and son and create an interactive musical experience for the audience.

Check out video samples from a recent performances at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyC-Sj3U_MS4kT3tL-TVXYQ

Bass Guitar, Vocals, and composer – VICTOR CRUZ : Victor grew up in Mexico City and Guadalajara where he formed his first bands influenced by urban music, rock in Spanish, reggae, etc. Influences -cafe tacuba, caifanes, maldita vecindad, the cure, sublime, Manu chao, fabulosos cadillacs, smashing pumpkins, nirvana, la barranca, etc

Guitar, Vocals, and composer –MIGUEL REYES: From Veracruz, Mexico, Miguel has performed all over Mexico and plays with Tucson’s A Son Y Sol. His varied musical styles include salsa, classical, bossa novas, ska, and metal.

Justin Ostrowski-Justin Ostrowski is a Midwestern musician who joined Santa Pachita this year. He began learning guitar and piano at 12 years old, mostly by listening to and mimicking Vanessa Carlton and others. Justin has played and toured with many groups all over the United States and Europe playing jazz, blues, pop, punk, and many other genres. He has also been featured on television as well as radio in Austria and the United States. Justin currently lives in Tucson teaching private lessons and playing saxophone for Santa Pachita.

Timbales/bongoes-Ray Cintron

Drumkit- Raymond Peralta

Trumpet/Flute – Mike Ankomeous- An excellent addition to SP. An experienced musician and composer that brings the groove and great energy to the dance floor. He also performs with k -bass and Baba Marimba in Tucson AZ.

Trumpet/keyboard- Adam Guenthner. Adam grew up in a small town outside Syracuse NY. He began playing the trumpet in fourth grade and picked up the piano soon after. He received his Masters in Music education from NY and moved down to Tucson where he teaches today. He has played with many bands across the country from DARE, Second Best in NY, to Defcon 5, Latin Society in AZ. He has studied under great musicians of Dr. Sapprocetti and John Ellis. He currently plays with the bands Santa Pachita and K-Bass.

Congas-Joe Whitley. Born in Hermosillo, México, Joe “Profe” Whitley grew up in the cultural crossroads between Sonora and Arizona. His musical journey started in a spiritual setting: Nyabinghi drumming in Rastafarian meditations. Due to being fluent in French, he had the cosmic fortune to meet and eventually start playing the djembe with brothers Adama and Mamadou Dembele from the Ivory Coast– master players who for their family represent the 33rd generation carrying on the rich traditions of West African drumming. Profe then incorporated playing the congas making his percussion set-up a somewhat unique African and Latin hybrid which is how his style can be described

 

Rumba Mezcal LIVE

Join us on the picturesque Playground Bar & Lounge rooftop this Saturday, June 10th from 7:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m. for a night of Latin music from local all-stars Rumba Mezcal LIVE–NO COVER!

Fans of Buena Vista Social Club & Jarabe de Palo will love Rumba Mezcal’s horn-infused blend of Rumba, Salsa & Bolero rhythms & vibes. Get here early on this 2nd Saturdays Downtown Tucson for a great seat and a view of Tucson’s signature sunsets on the Playground rooftop!

Featuring members of local Latin Fusion act SANTA PACHITA, Rumba Mezcal formed in 2015. The focus of the band is to explore and fuse rhythms like rumba, salsa and son and create an interactive musical experience for the audience.

Check out a video sample from a recent performance at https://youtu.be/ASh3cOpQjXY

Guitar, Vocals, and composer –MIGUEL REYES: From Veracruz, Mexico, Miguel has performed all over Mexico and plays with Tucson’s A Son Y Sol. His varied musical styles include salsa, classical, bossa novas, ska, and metal.

Bass Guitar, Vocals, and composer – VICTOR CRUZ : Victor grew up in Mexico City and Guadalajara where he formed his first bands influenced by urban music, rock in Spanish, reggae, etc. Influences -cafe tacuba, caifanes, maldita vecindad, the cure, sublime, Manu chao, fabulosos cadillacs, smashing pumpkins, nirvana, la barranca, etc

Trumpet/Flute – Mike Ankomeous- An excellent addition to SP. An experienced musician and composer that brings the groove and great energy to the dance floor. He also performs with k -bass and Baba Marimba in Tucson AZ.

Timbales/bongoes-Ray Cintron

DILUVIO LIVE

Join us in the heart of Downtown Tucson at Playground Bar & Lounge for a FREE performance from local female-fronted Latin pop-rock band Diluvio LIVE on Saturday, April 22nd from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.!

Diluvio is Arizona’s premiere Rock en Espanol act whose single “Libro de  Canciones” has flooded the local Spanish rock scene. Fans of Soda Stereo, Maná, Shakira and American acts from Guns N’ Roses to The Ramones will appreciate Diluvio’s eclectic mix of hard-driven originals and covers.

As winners of terra.com’s “Follow Your Dreams” competition, Diluvio were  flown to Miami to appear live in 2013 and recorded two songs in Los Angeles; “Mi  Vida En Sol Part 2” and “Ahora Lo Se.”Diluvio have played such notable Arizona venues as the The Rialto Theatre, Pima County Fair, Club XS, La Flor de Calabaza, as well as the Silverlake Lounge in Hollywood. The five-piece band is currently working on their debut album titled after their single “Libro de Canciones.”

Check out song samples at http://www.diluvioaz.com/ and https://www.youtube.com/diluvioaz

Follow the band at:

https://www.facebook.com/DiluvioAZ/

https://www.instagram.com/diluvioaz/

Belinda Esquer LIVE

Join us at Playground Bar & Lounge on Friday, May 26th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for a FREE live performance from local synth-pop singer-songwriter Belinda Esquer!

The multi-instrumentalist Belinda Esquer will appeal to fans of Feist, Metric & Broken Social Scene and will be joined by bassist Jon D’Auria

Lead vocalist of the local pop duo Head Over Heart, the Tucson Weekly had this to say about Esquer’s debut solo effort, The Truth:
“This Mexican-born pop chanteuse and multi-instrumentalist has one of those mellifluous voices that often works on you like a two-glass wine buzz after midnight—it’s all warm and fuzzy and has a subtle lift, and even after a shitty day (and evening) you somehow feel better. She croons and whispers atop soothers that ripple with slight Latin textures or smooth-pop refrains or jazzy inflections, yet you can tell she digs Feist and Broken Social Scene. So her sound finds her equally at home in a cocktail lounge or a folk venue or on a rock ’n’ roll stage. This lovely singer came up in Tucson bands like Yardsale Heart, Simple Violet, and her accomplished other project Head Over Heart..”

Listen to music samples at https://belindasmusic.com/

Belinda Esquer LIVE at Martin Drug Co.

Join us at Martin Drug Co on Saturday, May 13th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a FREE live performance on our breezy patio from local synth-pop singer-songwriter Belinda Esquer!

The multi-instrumentalist Belinda Esquer will appeal to fans of Feist, Metric & Broken Social Scene and will be joined on this 2nd Saturdays Downtown Tucson by bassist Jon D’Auria

Lead vocalist of the local pop duo Head Over Heart, the Tucson Weekly had this to say about Esquer’s debut solo effort, The Truth:
“This Mexican-born pop chanteuse and multi-instrumentalist has one of those mellifluous voices that often works on you like a two-glass wine buzz after midnight—it’s all warm and fuzzy and has a subtle lift, and even after a shitty day (and evening) you somehow feel better. She croons and whispers atop soothers that ripple with slight Latin textures or smooth-pop refrains or jazzy inflections, yet you can tell she digs Feist and Broken Social Scene. So her sound finds her equally at home in a cocktail lounge or a folk venue or on a rock ’n’ roll stage. This lovely singer came up in Tucson bands like Yardsale Heart, Simple Violet, and her accomplished other project Head Over Heart..”

Listen to music samples at https://belindasmusic.com/

Belinda Esquer LIVE at Martin Drug Co.

Join us at Martin Drug Co on Saturday, April 8th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a FREE live performance on our breezy patio from local synth-pop singer-songwriter Belinda Esquer!

The multi-instrumentalist Belinda Esquer will appeal to fans of Feist, Metric & Broken Social Scene and will be joined on this 2nd Saturdays Downtown Tucson by bassist Jon D’Auria

Lead vocalist of the local pop duo Head Over Heart, the Tucson Weekly had this to say about Esquer’s debut solo effort, The Truth:
“This Mexican-born pop chanteuse and multi-instrumentalist has one of those mellifluous voices that often works on you like a two-glass wine buzz after midnight—it’s all warm and fuzzy and has a subtle lift, and even after a shitty day (and evening) you somehow feel better. She croons and whispers atop soothers that ripple with slight Latin textures or smooth-pop refrains or jazzy inflections, yet you can tell she digs Feist and Broken Social Scene. So her sound finds her equally at home in a cocktail lounge or a folk venue or on a rock ’n’ roll stage. This lovely singer came up in Tucson bands like Yardsale Heart, Simple Violet, and her accomplished other project Head Over Heart..”

Listen to music samples at https://belindasmusic.com/

Playground 5th Birthday Party

Come PLAY with us and celebrate FIVE YEARS of fun in Downtown Tucson as Playground Bar & Lounge marks our 5th Birthday Party on Friday, February 10th!

The festivities start at 6:00 p.m. with LIVE music from a supergroup of local Latin all-stars on our picturesque ROOFTOP with the Downtown Tucson Social Club! The DTSC play until 9pm, then our resident DJ Table Manners will spin from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. upstairs while more DJs keep the party going is in the main bar.

PLUS: No cover! Door prizes! A complimentary champagne toast! $3 Deep Eddy Vodka You-Call-Its! Courtesy drinks from Red Bull at 10:00 p.m.! $100 VIP Table Deep Eddy bottles with 24-hour advance booking through VIP@PlaygroundTucson.com!