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Teodoro Ted Ramirez Troubador Concert Series: Joel Rafael with Jamaica Rafael

July 9, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Teodoro Ted Ramirez Troubador Concert Series: Joel Rafael with Jamaica Rafael
Saturday, July 9
6:30-8:30 pm

Joel Rafael has chronicled his life and the world around him with songwriting rooted in the folk tradition.  Rafael’s songs conceal passionate messages within graceful melodies, and no influence is more obvious in his work than that of Woody Guthrie.  Rafael is among the best Woody Guthrie students, proponents and interpreters we have.  His two-CD collection, The Songs of Woody Guthrie, Volumes 1 and 2 (Inside Recordings 2009) features five previously unpublished Guthrie lyrics for which Rafael composed the music, and two of those were published by the Woody Guthrie Archives in Every 100 Years:  The Woody Guthrie Centennial Songbook (2012.)  That same year, the International Acoustic Music Association awarded Folk Song of the Year to the Guthrie-Rafael collaboration, “Dance Around My Atom Fire.”  In 2019, his song “Under Our Skin,” co-written with Jason Mraz, was awarded IAMA Best Group or Duo.

“Joel Rafael’s songs are filled with passion and compassion; passion for social justice and compassion for those among us who have to struggle for a place at the table of American prosperity. His voice is unmistakably his own, big, warm and strong, and a conductor for the human emotions that connect us all.”

– Jackson Browne

Ted Ramirez will open the show with a few tunes, and Joel will be joined during the concert by his daughter Jamaica Rafael.

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July 9, 2022
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum
196 N. Court Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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