... the Santa Cruz Valley's best-kept secret


JAVARITA COFFEEHOUSE  l  22nd Annual Concert Series


The Javarita Coffeehouse Concert Series is the best kept secret and bargain in the Santa Cruz Valley. Held usually one Friday (or more) each month, starting at 7 pm at The Good Shepherd UCC (17750 S. La Canada Drive in Sahuarita). Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10-$25, depending on the show. This is an all-volunteer organization and a ministry of The Good Shepherd UCC, dedicated to supporting and enjoying live roots, acoustic music. Questions? Contact Randy Mayer at 625-1375.

Friday, November 11, 2022 7pm
Wally Lawder
Wally is a well-established singer-songwriter in the Tucson area. With a crooner vocal delivery and a troubadour style, he accompanies himself on guitar and ukulele. Word has it that he will be moving to New Mexico, so come and hear him before he departs. $10

Friday, December 9, 2022, 7pm

Desert Christmas Extravaganza
Come to a magnificent celebration with a variety of music and performers, as well as some Mexican hot chocolate, Christmas treats, and some fun arts and crafts for the young and young at heart. $10

Friday, January 13, 2023, 7pm
Sparky and Rhonda Rucker
A true American cultural treasure, the modern day troubadour husband and wife duo, Sparky and Rhonda, have been faithfully carrying on the roots and blues music as storytellers, historians, folklorists, educators, social activists, and blues performers for as long as a tree is tall. Today they are two of the most important voices in American traditional folk and roots and blues music. $20

Saturday, January 14, 2023, 7pm
Common Ground on the Border Community Concert
Enjoy a variety of performances from our Common Ground community. Expect everything from drumming, the blues, country, old time, mariachi—you name it. $10

Friday, January 20, 2023, 7pm
Tommy and Saundra O’Sullivan
Acclaimed as “one of the great contemporary folk voices of Ireland,”Tommy O’Sullivan, stellar guitarist, has remained one of the hidden treasures of traditional Irish music for many years. Tommy and Saundra will bring some of their best tunes that they regularly sing at their celebrated O’Sullivan’s Courthouse Pub in Dingle. $15

Sunday, February 5, 2023, 5pm
Tom Chapin
A fundraiser for the Green Valley/Sahuarita Samaritans, a local humanitarian group doing lifesaving work along the border. Tom Chapin’s remarkable musicianship, great songwriting, and personal warmth shine through in his many award-winning recordings and videos, but especially in his concerts, which are special experiences for young and old alike. His career spans five decades and over 27 albums. Tom has been recognized with three Grammy awards and multiple other honors. Hearing a quiet singer such as Chapin sing a quiet romantic song is still one of the more serene pleasures of pop music.

Friday, March 10, 2023, 7pm
Larry Worster and Friends
Larry will combine forces with musician friends for a night of folk, rock, blues, and even a little country music, in the best spirit of community collaboration! $15

Friday, April 14, 2023, 7pm
Lisa Otey and Diane Van Deurzen
The dynamic duo will be returning to Arizona on a concert tour. They are well-loved performers that present a perfect blend of hot jazz, sultry blues, and cabaret. Otey's piano and vocals are hot and steamy. Van Deurzen sings sweetly. $15



March 11, 2022, Friday, 7 pm

Will Foraker

Friday, March 11 * 7:00 pm

Will Foraker is a smooth and sassy piano player and vocalist who has toured the world, bringing his own style of blues, jazz, rock, and a few songs of his own. Will started playing the piano when he was six years old and has never stopped playing. Tickets at the door $10.00



October 7, 2019, Monday, 7 pm

Che Apalache

Che Apalache is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. They began as a bluegrass band, but eventually incorporated Latin American styles into their repertoire. Combining instrumental prowess with tight vocal harmonies, they have curated an authentic blend of genres to reflect the nature of their lives, evoking images from Appalachia to the Andes.

November 8, 2019, Friday, 7 pm

Hard Road Trio

Steve Smith, Anne Luna and Chris Sanders are The Hard Road Trio, original southwestern acoustic music at the crossroads of Roots and Bluegrass. The Trio sound is even greater than the sum of these parts: perfect harmonies, stunning mandolin playing, and award winning songwriting. Tickets $15

December 13, 2019, Friday, 7 pm

Mariachi Christmas: Mariachi Azteca del Sol

In Arizona there is no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to experience a mariachi group singing Feliz Navidad and traditional posada music. Mariachi Azteca del Sol is Southern Arizona’s premier mariachi group with breathtaking arrangements and one-of-a-kind vocalization ... truly the best.

Tickets $10

January 17, 2020, Friday, 7 pm

Scott Ainslie

Steeped in traditional music from both sides of the color line, Scott Ainslie is a renowned acoustic blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He learned southern old-time ballads, banjo and fiddle from senior musicians in North Carolina and West Virginia and blues from his black elders in North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi: his roots are deep. Tickets $20

February 21-22, 2020, Friday and Saturday

Hope, Hard Times and the Human Possibility

Join Carrie Newcomer (award-winning songwriter, performer, recording artist, performer), Parker J. Palmer (bestselling author, teacher, activist, and founder of The Center for Courage and Renewal), and Gary Walters (musician, recording artist, composer, educator) in a dynamic interweaving of music, poetry, prose, personal story, and audience participation. Tickets $90

January 18, 2020, Friday, 7 pm

Common Ground on the Border Community Concert

A variety of performances from staff and students of the Common Ground community. Expect everything from drumming, the blues, country, old time, mariachi—you name it—it will happen. A great conclusion to an amazing week. Tickets $10


March 13, 2020, Friday, 7 pm


A great local bluegrass and acoustic trio that features members of the critically acclaimed band “Run Boy Run.” They will feature great songwriting, tantalizing picking, and deep reverence for traditional Americana music with a nice progressive twist.  Tickets $15