Welcome

Hello and welcome to my brand-new website! As you can see, it is still being constructed. But for now, you can check out my bio, what the media has been saying about me, and most importantly you can check out some songs and videos. So please have fun exploring, and sign up for my email list before you head out!

For those who don't already know, I am a singer/songwriter based in Tucson AZ. I was unable to play music for about 15 years, until recent advances in robotic surgery took care of the persistent numbness in my left hand. I am happily playing shows again, and I hope to see you at one soon.

Click here to read a feature article about me in the December 1st, 2016 edition of the Tucson Weekly: Read more here

If I'm not coming to your geographic area anytime soon, I'll be doing some online ConcertWindow (streaming) shows over the next few months, dates TBA. You can sign in from the comfort of your living room and attend a show in your pjs! More info to come. Thanks for visiting, Joyce Luna

Album release concert and celebration tonight!! And an update :-) 

Well in case you haven't noticed, I'm not very good at keeping my website updated. It's on my list of things to improve :-) as is remembering to make lists :-) :-)

A lot's been going on. A lot has been happening in the world that is causing many of us distress and outrage and confusion. And fear. I mean, I am pretty scared about the way things are going. And I know that I've heard that from many of you.

And, many things are happening as well that are helping us to have hope and to work even harder to make this country  our country. To make sure it represents our values and our ethics. Because that's part of our job as Citizens, isn't it? To make sure the country in which we live reflects the heart of who we are. And I refuse to give up hope because without hope, there's nothing left. So I know things can and will change for the much better.

 one of the ways I do that work is through making music and writing and sharing music with all of you. To give myself you hoping energy and a way to express our feelings, both pain and joy and everything in between. There's a lot of amazing music coming out now. And I think it's because we all need it so much. There's a reason that music is always at the heart of all social change movements. Imagine what life would be like right now, without all of this inspiring music? I try my best to add what I can to that category:

The album was released to the public and to radio and press starting in mid-May. I made the rookie mistake of not thinking to include in my budget putting aside funds to mail CDs out to radio stations--oops--so I'm doing that slowly as I can afford it. But so far the album is being played across the country and in Canada and Australia and is on track to being played in the UK. So it's very exciting!

Kudos to so many hard-working folk, indie, and Community radio station DJs who don't get paid for what they do for the most part, and who do it because they love it. And I love them because they are what helps this music be heard in places in addition to my adopted home of Tucson Arizona! And the same to music writers and reviewers and online and independent magazines and blogs and so on. As much as I try to not let what others think of the music affect me, it's of course wonderful to hear good things. And to have the extremely hard work and attention to detail that my co-producer Ryan David Green and I put into this album noticed by listeners--because that makes it all worth it.

So tonight is the official album release concert. And it's the kickoff of a fourth Saturday concert series with Joyce Luna and friends that I'm starting. I know that I and music lovers in Tucson have been wanting a place to go see and hear--& perform!--music that's a true Listening Room environment. So I figured I better try to create it for myself! Next month, wonderful singer-songwriter Tammy West will share the evening with me.

Thank you to everyone who's already bought or play it or written about the album. And I hope those of you who are able to hear the music in the future will let me know if you want to CD, because I've got about 800 sitting in my living room. My other rookie mistake was not thinking about where I was going to store all of them LOL. But I'll figure it out.

And I will try to remember to make a list, and to put on the list to keep my website updated better. But I definitely keep my Facebook page more up-to-date, so look for Joyce Luna music on Facebook!

 

 

My crowdfunding campaign is officially closed, and the album is being released on May 2nd 2018! 

04/22/18 UPDATE:

A year ago I opened my crowdfunding campaign campaign, having absolutely no idea what would happen. I close it today with $9326 donated, both on this site & offline--That is 93% funded!!!! I am amazed & touched & overwhelmed by the response. But mostly, I am inspired & energized by it. 

Thank you so much to all you wonderful folks who've supported this project up till now & all who will support it in the future. You have my deepest gratitude. And soon you will have this album--which you have made happen! 

The album, Every Road We Take, will be released the first week in May 2018, available as a CD and digitally on my website and all other major music Outlets.

For me, this journey has been a testament to what can be done with a dream, a website, persistence, and a community who believes in and supporting independent music. I hope it inspires you to follow your own dreams, and I look forward to cheering you on. xoxo, Joyce

Happy New Year! My hopes for you are... 

Happy New Year to one and all! Here's hoping that 2018 brings better things in this country and to the world at large.

So many of you have been waiting patiently for this new record, so I wanted to share a rough mix of the title song, Every Road We Take. Recorded and coproduced by Ryan Green of Ryanhood, it features him on guitar, mandolin, & vocals, & Michael Gilbert Ronstadt on cello.

I wrote this song about having hope and being willing to take chances even/especially in dark and uncertain times. I hope you enjoy it! To hear it, click here.

As hard as things have been politically and socially across this country, I have personally been getting so much support and encouragement from my fans and friends, as well as more opportunities to do what I love most. Which is to bring Light to the darkest of places in the form of music. It's often very hard to hold all of those things at once: Is it ok to feel encouraged and grateful when so much is going wrong for so many? I think so. In fact, I think it's the only thing that gives us the strength to keep working and hoping and loving.

Being alive and human is complicated. Let's all hold that complexity together. Let’s keep fighting for justice & change everywhere while being grateful for every little thing we have in the moment. That's my resolution for 2018.

I will end with a photo of me & Ryan in the recording studio on the day of the Eclipse. Safety First! I hope it makes you smile as we enter 2018. Thank you all so much for being part of my community! xoxo, Joyce.

 

CD PROGRESS UPDATES 

Hello friends,

Sorry that I have not been keeping up with posting the CD recording updates to my website as well as on the crowdfunding site. We are making slow but sure progress and as of now I've got 10 out of 11 final vocals done. The new release date target is the end of March!

You can read all of the updates and you can support the project Here.

I've still got a bit of money to raise but we are pretty close. Thank you as always for all your support. Love, Joyce.

 

The CD is 82% funded!! Only $1818 to go. THANK YOU. 

Friends,

The words “thank you” never seem adequate, but it’s what I’ve got. So, thank you to all who have contributed to this project. We are 82% funded! Together we have raised $8,181. Wow!! That leaves $1,818 to go. I know we will get there. 

Fundraising pushes me way way out of my introvert comfort zone. So I thank you all for responding & being part of this project. Once we are a little further along, I'll post parts of rough mixes so you can hear the record you're helping us make. 

Because of you,  Ryan David Green and I were able to go into the studio last week and get vocals, basic guitars, and a drum track done for five songs. That is amazing! 

It is such a pleasure working with Ryan. He brings sensitive, honest, and smart musicianship to this project, as well as recording and computer skills that I’m glad I don’t have to even try to develop. :-) plus he laughs at my dumb jokes, which is of course the most important quality a producer needs to have. 

Because of you, we'll also be able to have Michael Gilbert Ronstadt play cello and Jim Lipson play percussion on this record. Things are cooking, people! So thank you. 

I'm taking some time off from shows this summer to focus on the CD. And because it's too hot to leave the house LOL.  But don't worry,  I'm still here :)

I will of course keep you updated, and always feel free to send me questions. Or cookies. Or dumb jokes-- because I will laugh at them. xoxo Joyce

Click here to pre-order/support the CD recording project!

Thank you, & watch a live streaming concert for FREE! 

With your support we have raised over $4,500 in the first 28 days of my upcoming CD project campaign! That's 38% funded! To thank you all whose support has gotten this CD project to this point, I did a Facebook live streaming video that you can watch by clicking here:

Joyce Luna Facebook Live Thank You concert

There is still over half way to go though. To read more about my story of getting back to playing music after 18 years through a miraculous surgery, and to be one of the people who makes the CD happen, click here: The making of Joyce Luna's upcoming CD, Every Road We Take

Here is a Facebook live video recorded in January 2017 by Monterey Court when I was doing a show on the anniversary of the shooting in Tucson--"All we are is Dust in the Wind"
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1319180294799378&id=182513155132770
 

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Previous events

Joyce Luna album released in celebration! Kick off of 4th Saturday concerts with Joyce Luna and Friends

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Water of Life MCC Church, 3269 N. Mountain Ave., Tucson, AZ

Album release concert with lots of special guests! Suggested donation at the door $5 to $20, more if you can unless if you can't. Cash or check only! Indoors, air-conditioned, comfortable seats, free and easy parking. Water and cookies available :-)

May5

Joyce Luna at the Tucson Folk Festival

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El Presidio Park, Tucson, AZ

Hey friends, I'm excited to play, along w Mike Markowitz on mandolin and Jim Lipson on percussion, on the La Cocina stage! It's my first time on this particular stage, & it's one of my faves. Come relax in the shade; have a drink & some food before going back over for the Plaza Stage Headliners later that night! My debut solo CD will be available at the stage. Come avoid the long lines at The Kitchen Store! :-) Oh, & I'm also 1 of 10 finalists in the Songwriter Competition, which takes place on the Wildflower stage 12-2pm. on Saturday. If I get the top prize, I get to do a Saturday night set as well! I am in a group of extremely talented songwriters, so no matter what, I'm honored to be part of it. Fingers crossed :-) Plus, I'm doing a workshop on Saturday at 3:30 PM called "Joyce Luna: Tips & Tricks for Recording Your Music". I wanted to call it "I made an album & survived to tell the tale" but they didn't go for that LOL. This will be very interactive, so come with any questions. We'll talk about how to best record your music--& especially, what I learned not to do!

Joyce Luna & Wally Lawder @ The Mint

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The Mint, Tucson, AZ

Wally & Joyce are excited to kick off 2018 with a rare show together at the Mint! We'll both be playing solo (altho you can of course expect surprise musical guests), & we'll be doing songs by ourselves & together.

The Mint's new owners are doing a lot to support live local music. They have made this venue more welcoming without getting rid of a lot of its charm and character. Show will be on the covered patio, weather permitting.

Come check us out! No cover charge.

From Joyce's website, www.joycelunamusic.com: Joyce feels at home on stage like nowhere else. Her time away from performing instilled in her what a privilege it is to stand on that stage and connect to an audience through words and music, laughter and emotion, rhythm and story. Her hope is to always bring positivity, truth, fun, and a sense of interconnectedness to each show!

“...Just about the closest thing to musical nirvana you’re going to encounter in this or any other life, unless you’ve been very, very, good indeed & have a major deity owing you a big favor.”—Paul Rapp, The Metroland

“[Joyce] possesses exactly what the throngs of angst-mad modern folk singers only crave: originality, wit & style." —Lahri Bond, Dirty Linen

Wally is a prolific songwriter with 5 CDs of original music to his credit with another one on the way. He usually performs with a full band, so this more intimate show is a rarity for him and he looks forward to it!

Wally was the winner of the 2010 ACLU Southwest NM songwriting contest, a finalist in the 2009 Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and winner of the 2008 Gila River Songwriting Competition. Pulitzer Prize winning poet Stephen Dunn wrote: “Wally Lawder is both a romantic and a social critic, and his quiet lyricism heightened by his gifts as a guitarist gives me great pleasure.”

Nov14

Joyce Luna & Eb Eberlein @ The Monty!

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Monterey Court, Tucson, AZ

And I will do solo sets and then do a round-robin where we will sing and play on each other's songs. This is always a fun evening. And they'll be plenty of opportunities to sing with us. Hope to see you

Sep24

Joyce Luna @ Hands Across America concert

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Monterey Court, Tucson, AZ

A series of concerts taking place across the country to promote gun violence awareness. I will be playing at 3pm!

Sep21

Joyce Luna, guest host and featured artist at Victoria Cannon Presents!

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Monterey Court, Tucson, AZ

I will be filling in as host and also will be the featured artist at this monthly songwriter showcase presented by Virginia Cannon. Should be a great evening! Please join us.

Jun4

Joyce Luna @ MC Brunch with Nancy Elliot

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Monterey Court, Tucson, AZ

OK all you morning people, here is a show for you! Come join us for this most excellent brunch at Monterey Court, in a lovely outdoor setting, weather permitting. (If it is too hot, it will be moved into the indoor air conditioned space.)

I always love sharing the stage with the wonderfully talented Nancy Elliott, who hosts these brunch concerts. She and I will swap sets.

My first set will start at about 10:45 a.m., second one at about 12:15 p.m.

No cover charge. Tips gratefully accepted. Lots of great food and drink options!

May13

Joyce Luna Solo Show

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Delectables on Fourth Avenue, Tucson, AZ

Come eat, drink, be merry, and sing along at this great indoor location which has fabulous food, delicious drinks, and delectable desserts!

No cover charge! Tips gratefully accepted.

May7

Joyce Luna Trio @ Tucson Folk Festival!

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Museum of Art Stage (next to Beer Garden)

We (me, Mike Markowitz, Matt Bruner) are always excited to play at the wonderful amazing free Tucson Folk Festival. We'll be on a different stage than we've played before-- next to the always-popular berr!-- so please come join us!!

Joyce Luna w/Mike Markowitz @Virginia Cannon Presents

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Monterey Court, Tucson, AZ

This is a wonderful night of some Stellar Tucson area songwriters and singers. Mike & I are the featured performers from 8 to 9 p.m. No cover charge. Tips gratefully accepted. Please join us for this great event!

Apr21

Joyce Luna--Birthday Show!!

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Delectables on Fourth Avenue, Tucson, AZ

April 21st is my birthday, and I could not think of a better way to celebrate than to do a show at Delectables! Let's have a party, y'all.

No cover charge, donations welcomed.

Apr2

Joyce Luna @ TKMA Spring Jamboree Tucson Folk Fest Fundraiser

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Whistle Stop Depot, Tucson Arizona

Please come support the Tucson Folk Festival in the last fundraiser before the festival itself. Your support is what keeps the festival free and amazing.

Full lineup TBA.

Mar24

Joyce Luna @ Delectables

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Delectables on Fourth Avenue, Tucson, AZ

No cover charge. Come enjoy great food, drinks, and desserts and support live local music!! if you like singing along, you'll have plenty of chances, and if you don't, you can sit back and enjoy the show of mostly originals and some public domain covers. We always have a great time at the show! And you never know when a special guest will show up :-)

Mar5

Joyce Luna Trio

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Monterey Court, Tucson, AZ

Check out my new trio format, with Mike Markowitz on mandolin/acoustic guitar/bass & Matt Bruner on bass/acoustic guitar!! And as always, there may be some special guests :)

Monterey Court has good food, wonderful cocktails, & yummy desserts. Reservations always recommended but not required.

No cover charge; donations welcomed.

Feb17

Joyce Luna @ Delectables

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Delectables on Fourth Avenue, Tucson, AZ

No cover charge. Come enjoy great food, drinks, and desserts and support live local music!! if you like singing along, you'll have plenty of chances, and if you don't, you can sit back and enjoy the show of mostly originals and some public domain covers. We always have a great time at the show! And you never know when a special guest will show up :-)

Jan27

Joyce Luna @ Delectables

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Delectables on Fourth Avenue, Tucson, AZ

No cover charge. Come enjoy great food, drinks, and desserts and support live local music!! if you like singing along, you'll have plenty of chances, and if you don't, you can sit back and enjoy the show of mostly originals and some public domain covers. We always have a great time at the show! And you never know when a special guest will show up :-)