We had the good fortune of connecting with After 7 Tucson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi After 7 Tucson, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Our band, After 7 Tucson, is a 7-person group based in Tucson, AZ. Our roots are in church/spiritual music where we honed our vocal harmonies, but then branched out into original music and cover songs that span 60’s to modern rock, country and pop genres. Because everyone in the group sings, we are able to perform a wide variety of music and vocal harmony that sets us apart. We all came up in organizations, careers and hobbies that instilled in us that the whole is more than the sum of its parts, and to work for something greater than ourselves. Not only does this apply to what we can do together as a band, but it drives us to give back to the community that supports us. We make it a point every year to play at fundraising events for organizations that support others.
This has included: Tucson Firefighters Chili Cookoff-Raises money for their
Adopt-A-Family programs during the holiday season
El Grupo-Empowering youth through bicycles
Arizona Palooza-Mental Health Resource Fair
Therapeutic Riding of Tucson (TROT)-Provides Equine Therapy to people with special needs
Music provides an outlet for people and communities that are struggling with the weight of life. We generally choose songs that are fun, full of energy, and enjoyable so that our audiences have a positive experience. Every time we perform is an opportunity to create a meaningful interaction between us and the audience, and then hopefully they pass the good vibes forward. We all get caught up in the day-to-day grind of life in one way or another. It is so fulfilling for us to be able to provide a fun atmosphere where people can come together, relax, dance, and experience good live music! Even though we are the ones on stage, the audience members are the heroes of the show! We are simply the guides who meet them where they are, and facilitate an enjoyable moment in their journeys. We like to say “Come as you are, leave happier!”
Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
A big factor that sets us apart musically is our vocal harmony and blend. It enables us to perform a wider variety of music than an average band that sticks with one genre. We’ve all known each other and have sung together for 20+ years, so we’ve had a long time to hone our vocal sound. It’s really cool to see people’s reactions when we sing a capella, or add lush harmonies to songs that aren’t in the original recordings.
We are not professional musicians–our band business is really a family and friend labor of love that we do in addition to our actual professional pursuits and family lives. To this end, the biggest challenge we always face is making time for this artistic pursuit despite our varied day jobs and family circumstances. It’s not always easy, and it takes a lot of communication to keep the 7 of us organized and on the same page both musically and logistically. We are always learning to be flexible with each other, and to compromise for the good of the band and the experience we provide to our audience. The beauty of facing these challenges is that we figure it out together, push each other out of our comfort zones, and come out stronger and tighter on the other side. The real miracle is that despite any differences in opinion, (and you KNOW there will be differing opinions with 7 people!) we still truly enjoy one another’s company and friendship and choose to be together at the end of the day – this is a gift.
Our band is:
Carolyn and Jason Adler (married, Carolyn is a Physical Therapist with a certification in Parkinson’s Disease treatment, Jason is a Firefighter/EMT)
Chris and John Woolf (married, Chris is a former Music Educator and current voice instructor, John is a Physical Therapist, teacher, former clinic owner, and currently working on his Doctorate in Psychology)
Natalie Woolf (Chris and John’s daughter, support staff at Quaesta Instruments)
Steven Hamann (Physicist, owner of Quaesta Instruments, which specializes in products built for radiation detection)
Jacob Serr (Physical Therapy Assistant and a former drummer for the University of Arizona Marching Band)
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The Sonoran Desert is such a unique environment! Saguaro National Park, Sabino Canyon, and Mt. Lemmon all show off the variety of the natural world here in southern Arizona. From the desert floor to the sky island forests at the tops of the mountains, the shuttles, roads, and hiking trails are definitely one of the best parts of living here.
Downtown Tucson offers a wide variety of unique restaurant experiences, live music venues such as Hotel Congress/ Fox Theatre / Rialto Theatre, and fun atmosphere for people watching.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We’ve had the great fortune of playing music at many great locations in Tucson, but with the pandemic affecting the live music industry so deeply, we’d like to give Shoutouts to two venues that have especially helped us by keeping us booked regularly: Three Canyon Beer and Wine Garden in Tucson (http://www.threecanyon.com), and Arizona Hops and Vines Winery in Sonoita (https://www.azhopsandvines.com). Both places have beautiful outdoor spaces where people can gather to listen to live music and still feel safe during the pandemic. Both are local family-owned small businesses. Three Canyon serves a wide variety of beer and wine from local and regional breweries. Arizona Hops and Vines is a women-owned winery with a very unique and laid-back atmosphere.
Jeff Spry, SpryTime (Photo with green backdrop)