The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band / West Social Center / Green Valley, AZ

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Text and photos by Bob Gottlieb

The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Group (John Jorgenson, Herb Pedersen, Jon Randall and Mark Fain) deliver bluegrass with a touch that no one else has. Singers Jorgenson, Randall and Pedersen bend and shape their vocals with incredible harmonies, combining bluegrass the country sound for which Pedersen is known. Likewise, their instrumental prowess is top-shelf.

At Green Valley’s West Social Center, a beautiful auditorium with great acoustics, they put on a high-energy show, and had the audience up on their feet—after they’d stopped laughing from the stage patter.

This band has the chops on both instruments and vocals to be one of the best in the business, and this venue—great for a sit-down concert or for dancing; bringing in terrific and diverse artists like Dave Mason, Collin Raye and Julie Fowlis—should not be ignored by Tucson’s music scene.

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