Jonathan Holden, Rhythm & Roots Concert Series Founder and Promoter Passed Away Today
The Tucson roots music community is shaken this evening by the sudden and unexpected death of long-time Tucson music promoter Jonathan Holden from a pulmonary aneurism. He was 60.
Holden’s Rhythm & Roots Concert Series has for 13 years provided artists and fans of the blues, folk, singer-songwriter, and world music genres with their only reliable home in Tucson. Shows currently scheduled are expected to continue, both in the outdoor space at Plaza Palomino, and in the indoor space he opened last year in Suite 147 of the plaza, in order to be able to continue the series year ’round. Recently, Holden had extended the series to include the much larger, downtown venue, the historic Fox Theatre, where he had booked Taj Mahal for May 24.
Upcoming shows such as Fred Eaglesmith, Sons of the Pioneers and Johnny Rawls reveal the range of his own taste, and that of the fans he served, uniquely, in Tucson.
Arizona Daily Star has an evening update here.