Common Ground on the Border
Thursday - Sunday, March 13-15, 2014

* NOTE: Common Ground on the Border 2015 information coming soon!


General Information

Venue        Accomodations         Cost          Concerts


Sahuarita/Green Valley , Arizona—about 15 miles south of Tucson and 35 miles from the US/Mexico Border. Easy access to the Tucson International Airport.


The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ
17750 South La Cañada
, Sahuarita, AZ 85629

The home of The Green Valley/Sahuarita Samaritans, a humanitarian group that works with migrants in the desert, as well as the Javarita Coffeehouse, a well established concert venue.


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Accommodations Options:

Please make your own lodging reservations at local hotels. Limited number of homestays—call 520-625-1375. Two nearby hotels are:

The Best Western Hotel in Green Valley (8 minutes away)
111 S La Canada Drive, Green Valley, Arizona  85614
Phone: 520 625 2250

The Holiday Inn Express in Green Valley (7 minutes away)
19200 S 1-19 Frontage Road, Green Valley, Arizona, 85614
Phone: 877 865 6578



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Program Cost:

  • All Included: $175 includes three days of classes, lunch and dinner each day, and three evening concerts and dances. Breakfast is NOT included. 
  • No Meals: Without meals, the total for all three days is $125
  • Individual Classes: Classes can be taken individually for $45 each (each class runs for 3 days).



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2014 Concert Information (*NOTE: 2015 Information coming soon!)

Location: Concerts will take place at the Javarita Coffeehouse, 17750 South La Cañada, Sahuarita, AZ 85629

Concert Hours: 7 - 9 PM, Thursday - Saturday. Doors open at 6:30 PM.

Tickets: All tickets are available at the door. (Note: Full-time Common Ground on the Border participants receive free concert admission)

Concert Schedule:


Thursday: The Ronstadt Family

    Representing five generations in North America, Ronstadt Generations continues the family’s musical traditions with Michael J. Ronstadt (younger brother of Linda) and his sons, Michael G. and Petie. Multi-instrumentalists and solo performers in their own right, they present an exciting repertoire that preserves the traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs of their heritage while offering innovative original material. New compositions place them on the cutting edge of multiple, blended genres, stretching the boundaries of folk, blues, jazz and beyond. Rich harmonies sung in English and Spanish are accompanied by outstanding cello and guitars. Individually and together, Stateside and across the pond, the trio’s worldwide touring and recording credits include such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Dixie Hummingbirds, David Bromberg, Nydia Rojas, Tish Hinojosa, Muriel Anderson, and Mariachi Vargas, to name a few.


Friday: David Bromberg

He’s played with everyone, he’s toured everywhere, he can lead a raucous big band or hold an audience silent with a solo acoustic blues. David Bromberg’s range of material, based in the folk and blues idioms, expanded to encompass bluegrass, ragtime, country and ethnic music, and his touring band grew apace. By the mid-’70s, the David Bromberg Big Band included horn-players, a violinist, and several multi-instrumentalists, including David himself. Among the best-known Bromberg Band graduates: mandolinist Andy Statman, later a major figure in the Klezmer music movement in America, and fiddler Jay Ungar (who wrote the memorable “Ashokan Farewell” for Ken Burns’ PBS documentary, “The Civil War”). After a hiatus, Bromberg returned to the music scene with the release of Try Me One More Time, (Appleseed Music) his 2007 Grammy nominated solo return to the studio. In July 2011, Appleseed Music released David’s newest album, Use Me, which features David collaborating with and being produced by friends like John Hiatt, Levon Helm, Los Lobos, Tim O’Brien, Vince Gill, Widespread Panic, Dr. John, Keb’ Mo’ and Linda Ronstadt. The San Francisco Examiner described the album: “All eleven tracks are a delightful romp through familiar terrain for David, terrain that he navigates with the expertise and energy of a Formula 500 driver.”


Saturday: Music with the Common Ground on the Border Faculty



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