The FOX Foundation’s annual “Chasing Rainbows Gala” is a true celebration of that extraordinary opening night in 1930!
Since the reopening of the renovated FOX Tucson Theatre in 2006 –after a 30-year hiatus and a six year, $14 million restoration — the FOX Tucson Theatre continues to sparkle as the “Crown Jewel” of Downtown Tucson! The Gala is always a special evening drawing outstanding talent. Gala performers have included Judy Collins, Steve Winwood, Vince Gill, Martin Short, Emmylou Harris and Boz Scaggs.
We are very excited to announce that this year’s Gala headliner will be Grammy Award winners Steven Stills & Judy Collins – in what will be an unforgettable performance together.
50 years ago, singer-songwriter Stephen Still met singer-songwriter Judy Collins, known for her piercing ocean blue eyes. Their tumultuous love affair would later be immortalized by Stills with his composition “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” performed by Crosby, Stills & Nash on their landmark debut. Both artists would go gone to shape modern music with visionary approaches, but Stills and Collins’ short fiery union remains a transformative era for the two artists.
This summer, the two icons of folk will celebrate the golden anniversary of their formative time together. Their joint summer tour marks the first time ever Stills and Collins have been onstage together. For this once in a lifetime experience, the two music legends will pull from their rich catalogs, debut songs from their upcoming album, due out Summer of 2017, and share warm and intimate stories from their journeys and the1960s folk and Laurel Canyon scenes they helped build.
Stills and Collins met in 1967 and dated for two years. Stills wrote and demoed his legendary love song to Collins right after he left Buffalo Springfield, before he joined CSN. “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” is a five-section romantic epic brimming with heartfelt sincerity. The song has been ranked #418 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time Poll.
Stills is known for his work with Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and his solo work. In addition to “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” Still is best known for the hits “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield and “Love The One You’re With” from his solo debut, Stephen Stills. He’s a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and ranked #28 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s “The 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time.” He also has the added distinction of being the first artist to be inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame twice in one night (for his work with CSN and Buffalo Springfield).
Collins is known for her eclectic palette as a solo artist, melding folk, rock, classical, and jazz into a singular aesthetic. She’s earned five Grammy nominations including one in 2017 and one Grammy win. Outside of music, Collins has published two memoirs, one novel, and, in 1975, was nominated for an Academy Award for the documentary Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman. Collins is also a lifelong activist.
Join us for another exciting evening of great music and community gaiety as we honor our past and toast the exciting things to come.
Chasing Rainbow Award
Each year, the Chasing Rainbows Award is given to “a person or couple who through his/her/their vision, dedication, and/or financial support has helped to build the FOX Tucson Theatre, Downtown Tucson, or the Greater Tucson area.” Past honored recipients are Mayor Bob & Beth Walkup, Richard Miranda, Paul Bonavia, Zuckerman Family Foundation, and Bruce E. and Katie Dusenberry.
We are exceptionally honored and proud to announce the recipients of the 2017 Chasing Rainbows Award:
Mike & Beth Kasser
Join the Chasing Rainbows Gala as a VIP! Reserve early as this event sells out.
Your VIP ticket includes:
- Elegant pre-concert open air seated dinner & drinks in the private courtyard of the Pima County Courthouse with live music
- Valet Parking
- Exceptional VIP seating at the Gala Concert
- Access to the exclusive Donors Lounge in the FOX Theatre
- Post-Show Dessert Reception
Sponsorships are an integral part of this great event!
For more information about how you or your business can be a part of it all, download the 2017 Gala_Sponsorship_OneSheet 2017 Gala Sponsorship contact Craig Sumberg, Executive Director or Christine Auerbach, Development Director.
Presented by the Warden Family and the Bert W Martin Foundation
Opening for Stills and Collins is Numa Edema.
Numa posses an intriguing multi-cultural makeup. His roots are Norwegian and Nigerian, and he draws from each as fodder for his music and lyrics. He also gleans inspiration from his writer and musician parents. He writes about universal themes poetically, with empathy and sensitivity.
Numa’s lead single, “Delta Man,” from his debut album, The Hourglass, evokes Bill Withers-esque poetic reflection, slow-burn folk balladry, and vocals that ooze sweet soulful introspection. Back home, Numa has had an unprecedented reception for an indie artist. Oslo, Norway’s powerhouse station NRK P1 added “Delta Man” to its A-list regular rotation, and Numa was invited to perform on TV2 Good Morning Norway.
Up next, Numa will bring his distinct elegantly expressive soul music, and his pan-cultural perspective, to America. Currently, he’s readying his sophomore album release, an album brimming with soulful hooks, quietfire musicality, and bold vulnerability.