Drive-in Concert: Gabriel Ayala

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Renowned Pascua Yaqui performer GABRIEL AYALA closes the 2020 festival with an on-screen drive-in concert, with opening act: Yellow Bird Indian Dancers

Friday, Oct. 30 | 6:30-8 & 8:30-10pm

1055 W. Grant Rd., Tucson, AZ

Directions: Grant and Flowing Wells. From Grant Rd. Turn south on to Flowing Wells at Sonic Restaurant to enter the old Century 16 Cinema parking lot.

First come, first served. 2 shows, limit 120 cars per show.
Suggested donation: $10 (no one turned away for lack of funds)

View the concert from your car at safe distances from other cars.
Purchase snacks from roving vendors.
Wear a mask, please, when not inside your car.

A member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Gabriel Ayala performs original material in a style he calls “JazzMenco,” a fusion of flamenco and jazz. A classical guitarist who earned a master’s degree in music performance from the University of Arizona in 1997, Ayala has recorded classical, flamenco, tango and jazz albums and has toured throughout the United States and internationally.. He has appeared at the Poway Center for Performing Arts, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Museum for the American Indian, and Oscar Meyer Theater in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2010, Gabriel was honored to perform at the Musical Instrument Museum in a series called “Guitar Masters.” He was named the Native American Music Awards 2011 Artist of the Year and won Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards’ “Best International Album,” 2010 and 2011. He is also the recipient of the 2011 Tanner Award from the University of Arizona’s American Indian Alumni. Also an educator, Ayala shares with young people through his philosophy, “Love your children, honor your elders, and respect your women.”

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Opening Act

Yellow Bird Indian Dancers

This internationally renowned, professional family dance company is based in Phoenix, Arizona, and directed by Ken and Doreen Duncan. Ken is a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, and Doreen is a member of the Arikara, Hidatsa, and Mandan tribes of North Dakota. Yellow Bird ensemble shares songs, stories, and dances from Apache culture as well as the energetic hoop dance. The group has performed for former First Lady Laura Bush, the President of China at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and members of the U.S. military at the NATO Military Base in Kosovo. The troupe has also toured and performed in Central Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Central/South America and holds many national dance championship honors. Ken and Doreen Duncan are educators, entrepreneurs, and ambassadors of Native American culture. Through Yellow Bird, they have combined their love and passion of family and heritage to promote a positive and accurate image of Native American people here in Arizona and across the world.

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