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Cultural events permeate Old Pueblo

Compiled by Rachel White

 

With the rodeo and gem show behind us, it is time to set our sights on a variety of events highlighting many different cultures.

 

From Caribbean-themed music and Brazilian traditions to alternate-reality come to life, upcoming Tucson events offer something for adventurers from every walk of life.

 

 

Tribal Seeds – March 1

 

Tribal Seeds hits the Tucson music scene March 1 at The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave.

 

Fusing rocking reggae roots with a Southern California background, Tribal Seeds’ musical stylings create sweet melodies of positivity.

 

Tribal Seeds debuted in 2008 with a self-entitled album release. The group has since topped iTunes reggae charts consistently.

 

The band began as a band of brothers, with Steven Rene Jacobo (lyrics/vocals/guitar) and Tony-Ray Jacobo (producer/keyboard/vocals).

 

It advanced as a sextet, featuring additional members Carlos Verdugo (drums), Victor Navarro (bass), E.N. Young (keyboard/vocals) and Ryan Gonzo (guitar/vocals).

 

Tickets for this all-ages show are $15, with the doors opening at 7 p.m.

 

Details: rocktucson.com

 

 

Wild Wild West Steampunk Con – March 7-9

 

Sci-fi meets steam-powered machinery at the third Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention & Festival on March 7-9 at Old Tucson Studios, 201 S. Kinney Road.

 

The first and only convention of its kind, WWW Steampunk features a weekend of unorthodox fun in a theme-park setting.

 

Old Tucson will be transformed into an anarchists’ playground, with concerts, street performers, specialized workshops, amusement rides and more.

 

Events begin at 10 a.m. throughout the weekend. Workshop and concert times vary.

 

Convention tickets cost $59 for a three-day pass or $37 for a one-day pass. Additional events, such as a Steampunk Ball, cost extra.

 

Details: wwwc3.com or 883-0100

 

 

Brazilian Carnival 2014 – March 8

 

Tucson’s 36th annual Brazilian Carnival will take place March 8 at Club XS, 5851 E. Speedway Blvd. The celebration starts at 9 p.m.

 

The all-ages carnival will feature live music from Brazilian artists Sol Axé and Sambalanco. Disc jockey Toni Limon will also perform.  

 

Brazilian food and beverages will be available, and a costume contest will be held. Participants who arrive wearing costumes receive a discounted entry.

 

The cultural carnival has moved its celebration this year to Club XS, which caters to high-energy clubgoers with three bars and an expansive dance floor.

 

Tickets cost $12, or $10 if in costume. Discounted $10 tickets are also available in advance at Antigone Books, 411 N. Fourth Ave.

 

Details: Carolina Ibáñez-Murphy, cmurphy@pima.edu or 206-7026

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