Familiar faces return to the Arizona Senior Academy when P.D. Ronstadt & The Company play music of the “post-modern American West” on Tuesday (June 5) in an 11:30 a.m. show.
The band’s name represents the current evolution of the Ronstadt family’s musical traditions over five generations which began in Mexico and eventually became grounded in Tucson. In recent years Academy audiences enjoyed performances by Ronstadt Generations y Los Tucsonenses, featuring Michael J. Ronstadt (younger brother of Linda), his two sons Michael G. and Petie, and a handful of Tucson regulars. With the passing of Michael J. in 2016, his son Petie and “El Tucsonense” Alex Flores presented a moving musical tribute to “Papa Mike” in December of that year at the ASA.
Since then, Petie and Michael G. have been exploring working relationships with musical friends old and new. With Petie in Tucson and Michael G. living in Ohio, they transformed Ronstadt Generations into Ronstadt Brothers, a band that finds them both traveling to perform together on the road.
Back in Tucson, Petie – now using his full name, Peter Dalton Ronstadt – has joined forces with a fluid cast of amazing musical Tucsonans including Bobby Ronstadt (first cousin of Michael J. and Linda), Alex Flores and Aaron Emery (formerly part of Los Tucsonenses), along with others familiar to Academy audiences: Ryan Alfred, Matt Rolland, Sabra Faulk and Alvin Blaine, to name a few.
Tuesday’s ASA performance will feature a quartet of players from the band’s roster. Their show will explore the musical heritage of the Ronstadt family, painting a picture of the American Southwest with regional and Mexican tunes, collected favorites, and original songs by both Papa Mike and Petie.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer