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Steam Pump Ranch Second Saturdays: Bob Bovee

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Tucked away off one of Oro Valley’s busiest roads, Steam Pump Ranch tells a story of the history behind the town. The historical site was once a waystation for cattle and destination along a major corridor for westward travel. Today, the ranch links past and present culture, providing a pleasant outdoor venue for the Second Saturdays Oro Valley Farmers Market. The monthly event features live music, an open-air market, food trucks and activities for kids, presented by the Town of Oro Valley and Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance. The free event will bring local performers in country, bluegrass, western and rock and roll music to the ranch.

Bob is a Nebraska native whose family sang and played the old-time songs. Many of the western and railroad songs he does were learned from his grandmother and uncle. He plays banjo and autoharp, sings and yodels, and can drive a dance band with his guitar and harmonica. Bob is well known and loved for his dry and witty stage humor. He has published numerous articles and reviews for The Old-Time Herald and Inside Bluegrass and been an instructor for a course called “The History of Country Music” for the Honors Division at the University of Minnesota. Bob is also the Artistic Director for the Bluff Country Gathering and the organizing force for the Lanesboro Barn Dance. Since 1971 Bob has traveled the country taking old time music to audiences of all ages at festivals, fairs, concerts, dances, schools, libraries, music camps, radio and TV programs. This is rural music as played in homes, at dances and for earlier entertainments such as minstrel shows and country radio. Along with a repertoire including dance tunes, ballads, cowboy songs, humorous and sentimental numbers, blues and rags, he spices their shows with stories, history and folklore. Bob sings (yodels, too) and plays guitar, harmonica, banjo and autoharp. Learn more at http://www.boveeheil.com/

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