Help us Preserve the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Teodoro ‘Ted’ Ramirez to Perform

Teodoro "Ted Ramirez     The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park will host a solo concert by premier folk music performer Teodoro ‘Ted’ Ramirez on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 2pm. Ramirez is the “Artist in Residence” at the Tubac Presidio and this is the first in a series of concerts he will perform highlighting the natural beauty, culture and history of one of Arizona’s most historically significant locations. The concert will be held in the 1885 schoolhouse on the grounds of the Tubac Presidio, site of the first European settlement in Arizona established in 1752.

     Ramirez will entertain and educate his audience with original and classic Mexican and American folk songs framed with traditional Southwest storytelling. A gifted vocalist, songwriter, guitarist and storyteller, Ramirez is the founder of the celebrated “Santa Cruz River Band”, a top national and international folk music band. Ramirez is an award-winning culture preservationist and musician, and was named “Tucson’s Official Troubadour” in 2001.

     An 8th generation Arizonan, Ramirez is a direct descendent of Tubac’s first Spanish families and indigenous people. One of Ramirez’s ancestors was a Captain assigned to Spain’s most northern garrison at Tubac. He arrived as the first adobe bricks were being placed for the new presidio in 1752. A linguist, he was sent to learn about the indigenous cultures and languages and to serve as an interpreter. He served with Juan Bautista de Anza, Padre Garces and Arriquibar, and is buried in the courtyard of the first church of the area.

     Padre Garces gave Ramirez’s ancestor a painting that was used to convert the indigenous people. The painting has been passed down over the generations and Ramirez will display this historical painting publicly for the first time during the Tubac Presidio concert.

    Special events like this concert support the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park which was saved from closure almost a year ago by the efforts of local citizens and businesses. The Park is managed by the Tubac Historical Society and is run with the help of many volunteers. Concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early to explore the adobe ruins, historic buildings and museum on the Park grounds.

     Concert tickets are $16 and include park admission. The concert is free for children age 14 and younger. Advance purchase tickets are recommended. The Tubac Presidio is located at 1 Burruel Street in Tubac, Exit 34 on I-19. The Park is open daily from 9am to 5pm. For concert tickets and information, please call 520-398-2252 or email

     To learn more about his family connection to Tubac, please reference James Officer’s “Hispanic Arizona” under Juan Crisotomo Ramirez in the index. 

     The Tubac Presidio Park online shop is another way to support the park.  It is filled with colorful and interesting artwork provided by our contributing artists, historical maps and photographs provided by the Tubac Historical Society, and graphic designs  promoting our beautiful state and our own Tubac Presidio State Historic Park.  Visit often to see new items and thank you for your support!


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