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Luz De Vida Artists

Artists 

Danny Martin

A Tucson artist and University of Arizona alumni, Danny is a local staple in the community with his several murals located throughout the community. Martin has become an expert in the detail of printmaking and has created over 100 murals, and several commissions that are located throughout the city.

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Donovan White

A contemporary, Tucson, Arizona-based artist whose low-brow and surreal work features bright, and sometimes unsettling colors and themes set against a backdrop that is distinctly southwest.

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Dr.Dog

An American rock band based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It’s lineup consists of Toby Leaman, Scott McMicken, Frank McElroy, Zach Miller, and Eric Slick. Their new album ‘Critical Equation’ is an adventurous collection that was born from a journey of doubt and discovery, a heavy, and sometimes painful reckoning that ultimately brought the band closer together with more strength and clarity than ever before. They are an indie band that loves making music with friends.

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Racheal Rios

Visual artist Racheal Rios’s work reflects the cultures and ecosystems of her hometown of Tucson, Ariz. Her bold, iconographic work features native wildlife and esoteric-like figures, cactus and flowers, braids and stars. She is a 2016 Buffalo Exchange Emerging Artist in Visual Arts Award winner.

Nadia Hagen

Alev Nadia Hagen Onuktav is the Creatrix and Artistic Director for The All Souls Procession and Flam Chen Productions. Her career spans over 25 years of performing, directing, and designing large public spectacles and events. She is currently part of the production team at MSA Annex Festival grounds and Alternative Programs Coordinator at Homicide Survivors, Inc.

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Luz De Vida Musicians

Acorn Corn

We’re a rock and roll duo from Tucson! Minimal Heavy + Moody Melodic.  Acorn Bcorn = sister x 2 + guitar + bass + singing + kick drum x 2 + snare x 2 + tambourine x 3.

Amos Lee

With his laid-back vocal delivery and acoustic songwriting, Amos Lee draws inspiration from soul music, contemporary jazz, and ’70s folk artists like James Taylor. The Philadelphia native first became serious about performing while attending the University of South Carolina during the mid-’90s. After graduating with a degree in English, he taught elementary school before deciding to pursue a music career full-time. A period of waiting tables and bartending followed as Lee honed his songwriting skills. He eventually landed some high-profile gigs as an opening act, including an extended tour with pianist/vocalist Norah Jones, whose bassist, Lee Alexander, agreed to produce Lee’s first album.

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Calexico

The ninth studio album from Calexico, The Thread That Keeps Us is a timely snapshot of the Arizona-bred band: a family portrait capturing their stylistic variety and unpredictability while still finding solace in limitless creativity. In bringing the album to life, vocalist/guitarist Joey Burns and drummer John Convertino found a spiritual home in unusual surroundings—not in Arizona, but on the Northern California coast in a home-turned-studio called the Panoramic House. Built from debris and shipyard-salvaged timber—and dubbed “The Phantom Ship” by the band—the grandiose house and its edge-of-the-world-like ambience soon made their way into the songs. The specter of California also had a powerful effect: as both dream state and nightmare, its infinite duality is mirrored in the music, giving Calexico a new direction and new edge. With less polish and more grit than ever before, The Thread That Keeps Us both honors enduring traditions and reveals Calexico’s confidence in songwriting, ultimately setting a whole new standard for the band.

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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is a band that makes music and travels from place to place. In any discussion regarding songwriters and lyricists of 21st century indie music, Alec Ounsworth and his moniker, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, would feature prominently. Few have been as consistently brilliant, eclectic, and intimate; fewer still have done so while being defiantly 100% independent, refusing to sign deals that compromise artistic vision. It’s what has made Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, the project Ounsworth has helmed for 17 years such a vital, acclaimed act. With each release since their landmark self-titled debut, he has refined and broadened their sound, indulging a wider set of influences. Musically, Ounsworth remains as prolific and enigmatic as ever. His recent works marry the quirky, leftfield indie of the early years to the boundless confidence, and a grander sense of scale and ambition, always heading down new avenues of song arrangement and organic connection to his audience.

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Dr. Dog 

“I feel like I’m in a totally new band right now,” says Dr. Dog guitarist/singer Scott McMicken. It’s a bold declaration considering he’s been co-fronting the beloved indie outfit for a decade-and-a-half, but it cuts straight to the heart of the intense and transformative experience behind the group’s brilliant new album, ‘Critical Equation.’ The most infectious and adventurous collection Dr. Dog has laid to tape yet, the record was born from a journey of doubt and discovery, a heavy, sometimes painful reckoning that ultimately brought the band closer together with more strength and clarity than ever before. Call it an existential awakening, call it a dark night of the soul, whatever it was, it fueled one of the most fertile creative periods in the group’s history and forced them to confront that timeless question: what do we really want?

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Gabriel Naïm Amor

Gabriel Naïm Amor is a French born, Parisian musician who moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1997 where he lives with his family. Also known as Naïm Amor, he recently switched to his full name Gabriel Naïm Amor. Then, as part of the “experimental avant pop” Amor Belhom Duo with drummer Thomas Belhom, he met and recorded with Joey Burns and John Convertino of the band Calexico.

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Hannah Yeun

Hannah Yeun’s music is witchy and 60’s girl group-inspired dream pop. San Diego City Beat describes her music as “Chelsea Wolfe being backed by The Ventures…that is to say, pretty damn fun”. Yeun hails from the DC music scene but has also lived in NYC, Portland, and Tucson (home of Calexico and Linda Ronstadt). “Yeun” is her Korean middle name given to her from growing up in the Korean cult, The Unification Church (aka The Moonies). Her current lineup of backing musicians is Linus Schief on drums (LAKE, Solid Home Life), Dane Velasquez on lead guitar, Ricky Tutaan on synth (Droll), and Adam Frumhoff on bass (Wanda Junes). She has shared the stage with Joe Jack Talcum (Dead Milkmen), Sasami, Karl Blau, Jon Russell and Tyler Willia of The Head and the Heart and more.

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Juarez

Juarez was founded in 2007 over beers in a dingy Tucson dive bar by Dana Fehr and Michael Sanger. Their love of classic metal along with creative songwriting and guitar riffs led them to rounding up the missing links: Tucson music staple Thomas Beach and eclectic musician Johnnie Munger.

Before disbanding in 2011, Juarez released a split 10 inch record with Junius, played SXSW and shared the stage with acts like Deftones, Early Man, True Widow, Red Fang, Rival Schools, and These Arms are Snakes. The band is currently working on mixing and mastering tracks they recorded in 2010.

L’Orange

Dedicated to originality, L’Orange imbues his smoky, soul-soaked tracks with lush texture through inventive mixing and psychedelic cuts from classic radio recordings. A shopworn MPC and vintage vinyl are essentially paintbrush and palette for L’Orange. He finds his signature samples from pre-1950s jazz, soul and radio. He stitches together a sound that acknowledges his penchant for classic film noir and shadowy motifs. 

The Resonars

The Resonars are the solo project of one Matt Rendon of Tucson, AZ. Formed in 1997, The Resonars have released six albums and 3 singles on labels like Star Time, Get Hip, Burger & Trouble In Mind. “The Greatest Songs of The Resonars” is a TiM / Rendon curated collection of the “band”‘s choicest pop tunes.

Soda Sun

In late 2017, John Goraj left the Los Angeles hustle for Tucson’s contemplative desert beauty. Seeking an artistic revival, it wasn’t long before the ex-folk troubadour joined forces with Derek Cerretani (bass, vocals), Johny Vargas (guitar) and David Foley (drums) to form Soda Sun.

Tracey Shed

Tracy Shedd believes creativity is a necessity of life, and our surroundings should inspire us. Since 1999, she has crafted melodic, heartfelt compositions that encourage people to make the most out of every moment. Shedd is an indie rock musician who has released six studio albums with Teen-Beat, New Granada Records, Devil In The Woods, and Science Project Records / Fort Lowell Records, licensed music to Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill, The Fosters, and “The Rebound” (ft. Catherine Zeta-Jones), performed at CBGB, The Florida Theatre, plus festivals such as CMJ and SXSW, and has shared the stage with Cyndi Lauper, Cat Power, Iron & Wine, The Magnetic Fields, and David J (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets); not to mention Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth sat in on drums for her during a US tour.

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XIXA

Formed in the heart of the deep American Southwest, XIXA are a guitar-slinging six-piece, uniquely attuned to the desert and their Latin roots. Combining gritty guitars, the bumping grind of chicha, and desert blues into a mesmerizing stew. They’re also a band whose time had come to define what they call “The New Southwest”-intense, sun-bleached music shot through with an inky gothic horror that scans like the long-lost soundtrack to a cult, macabre B-movie Western.

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Luz de Vida Concert

Join us on November 6, 2021 for the Luz de Vida II Benefit Concert, a first annual celebration of life as part of the All Souls Procession Weekend. Featuring performances by  XIXA, Soda Sun, and Hannah Yeun,  all artists on the Luz de Vida II Compilation Album.