Linda Ronstadt

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The Tucson Convention Center Music Hall is now officially named the Linda Ronstadt Music Hall, in honor of one of Tucson’s most famous singer/songwriters. Tucson mayor Regina Romero announced the declaration at the Music Hall during the 40th annual International Mariachi Conference on May 7. 

“Linda Ronstadt is the daughter of Tucson. She has inspired and entertained generations of young women and Mariachi performers through her interpretations of the music of the Sonoran Desert,” Romero said. “This renaming is another step at reclaiming our public spaces to recognize the significance of Tucson’s Mexican American history and the role of women.”

Romero was joined on stage by Ronstadt herself, Rio Nuevo Board President Fletcher McCusker, and Visit Tucson President & CEO Felipe Garcia. The declaration came after the Mayor and City Council voted on May 3 to officially commemorate the space. 

With a career spanning five decades, Ronstadt earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, and two Academy of Country Music awards. She worked in the styles of country, rock, pop and folk, which resulted in her being one of the best selling music artists of all time. She is perhaps best known for her covers of the songs “You’re No Good” and “Blue Bayou.”

At the ceremony, young mariachi women serenaded Ronstadt with a reimaging of “Blue Bayou,” signifying not only her enduring legacy in Tucson, but also her continued impact on female singers.  

With more than 2,000 seats, the Music Hall hosts a variety of opera, theater and touring performers. It also serves as a venue for multiple Tucson festivals and events, including the aforementioned Mariachi Conference, and Gem Show events.