Monterey Court Studio Galleries & Cafe

Upcoming Special Events

DAILY EVENT LISTINGS ARE LOCATED BELOW THESE SPECIAL EVENTS

Dave Riley, Bob Corritore & the Juke Joint Blues Band- Saturday, May 6 @7  $10 in advance at BrownPaperTickets

 http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2934055 or at the cafe.  $15 -day of show


Michael Batdorff- Singer/songwriter from Jackson Hole Wy.-Thursday May 11 @7 pm. - A prolific songwriter in the Guy Clark tradition


 The Hottman Sisters- June 1 @7 pm.-Yet another outrageously good band from Nebraska.  Tight Indie Harmonies- all original music-No cover.


ROY BOOKBINDER- TRAVELIN' BLUES-       ONE OF A KIND TIN PAN ALLEY BLUESMAN WITH A ZILLION STORIES TO TELL.        A THOROUGHLY ENTERTAINING EVENING.  SUNDAY, JUNE 4 - 7-9.  TICKETS ARE $13 IN ADVANCE,  $15 AT THE DOOR

 

Events Calendar

Fri Apr 28 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Heather Lil Mama Hardy & her band-$6
Sat Apr 29 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM
LoBros- $7
Sun Apr 30 @10:00AM - 01:00PM
Nancy Elliott & Friends- Sunday Brunch Performances
Sun Apr 30 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Peter Dalton Ronstadt y El Tucsonense - $5
Mon May 01
Closed Mondays except for very special events
Tue May 02 @ 6:30PM - 09:30PM
Nancy McCallion & Danny Krieger w/ Heather Hardy
Wed May 03 @ 6:30PM - 09:30PM
Nick McBlaine & Log Train
Thu May 04 @ 6:30PM - 09:30PM
Sabra Faulk & Heather Hardy - CD Release- $10
Fri May 05 @ 5:00PM - 07:00PM
Oscar Fuentes
Fri May 05 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Johnnie & the Rumblers- Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser for Cochise County Canine Rescue
Sat May 06 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Bob Corritore & Dave Riley Juke Joint Blues Band $10/15- and Premiere Packages available.
Sun May 07 @10:00AM - 01:00PM
Nancy Elliott & Friends- Sunday Brunch Performances
Sun May 07 @ 2:00PM - 05:00PM
ZT Boutique - SpringFashion Show
Sun May 07 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
King Stones w/ Mustang Corners
Mon May 08
Closed Mondays except for very special events
Tue May 09 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Eb Eberlein & Kathleen Williamson with special guest ArleneWow
Wed May 10 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
The New Tucson Songwriters Showcase & Concert
Thu May 11 @ 6:30PM - 09:00PM
Michael Batdorf & Don Armstrong
Fri May 12 @ 5:00PM - 07:00PM
Tommy Tucker Blues
Fri May 12 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Heartbeat - $5
Sat May 13 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Baba Marimba - World Beat - $5 - 5 Year Birthday Cook-out Celebration for the cafe
Sun May 14 @10:00AM - 01:00PM
Nancy Elliott & Friends- Sunday Brunch Performances
Sun May 14 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Wally Lawder & Acoustic Sky
Mon May 15
Closed Mondays except for very special events
Tue May 16 @ 6:30PM - 09:00PM
The Tucsonics- Western Swing
Thu May 18 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Craig Plotner
Fri May 19 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM
The Jits
Sat May 20 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Little House of Funk- $5
Sun May 21 @10:00AM - 01:00PM
Nancy Elliott & Friends- Sunday Brunch Performances
Mon May 22
Closed Mondays except for very special events
Tue May 23 @ 6:30PM - 09:30PM
Nancy & Neil McCallion
Thu May 25 @ 6:30PM - 09:30PM
The Titan Valley Warheads
Fri May 26 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Kiko & the Stone Avenue Band - $5
Sat May 27 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Key Ingredients of African Soul $5
Sun May 28 @10:00AM - 01:00PM
Nancy Elliott & Friends- Sunday Brunch Performances
Sun May 28 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Peter Dalton Ronstadt y El Tucsonense - $5
Mon May 29
Closed Mondays except for very special events
Thu Jun 01 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM
The Hottman Sisters
Thu Jun 01 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM
The Hottman Sisters
Sun Jun 04 @10:00AM - 01:00PM
Nancy Elliott & Friends- Sunday Brunch Performances
Mon Jun 05
Closed Mondays except for very special events
Tue Jun 06 @ 6:30PM - 09:30PM
Nancy McCallion & Danny Krieger w/ Heather Hardy
Wed Jun 07 @ 6:30PM - 09:30PM
Nick McBlaine & Log Train
Sun Jun 11 @10:00AM - 01:00PM
Nancy Elliott & Friends- Sunday Brunch Performances
Sun Jun 11 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Wally Lawder & Acoustic Sky
Mon Jun 12
Closed Mondays except for very special events
Wed Jun 14 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
The New Tucson Songwriters Showcase & Concert
Sun Jun 18 @10:00AM - 01:00PM
Nancy Elliott & Friends- Sunday Brunch Performances
Mon Jun 19
Closed Mondays except for very special events
Tue Jun 20 @ 6:30PM - 09:00PM
The Tucsonics- Western Swing
Sun Jun 25 @10:00AM - 01:00PM
Nancy Elliott & Friends- Sunday Brunch Performances
Sun Jun 25 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Peter Dalton Ronstadt y El Tucsonense - $5
Mon Jun 26
Closed Mondays except for very special events
Thu Jun 29 @ 6:30PM - 09:30PM
The Titan Valley Warheads
Fri Jun 30 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Amber Norgaard Band-$5
Sun Jul 02 @10:00AM - 01:00PM
Nancy Elliott & Friends- Sunday Brunch Performances
Mon Jul 03
Closed Mondays except for very special events
Tue Jul 04 @ 6:30PM - 09:30PM
Nancy McCallion & Danny Krieger w/ Heather Hardy
Wed Jul 05 @ 6:30PM - 09:30PM
Nick McBlaine & Log Train
Sun Jul 09 @10:00AM - 01:00PM
Nancy Elliott & Friends- Sunday Brunch Performances
Mon Jul 10
Closed Mondays except for very special events
Wed Jul 12 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
The New Tucson Songwriters Showcase & Concert
Sun Jul 16 @10:00AM - 01:00PM
Nancy Elliott & Friends- Sunday Brunch Performances
Mon Jul 17
Closed Mondays except for very special events
Tue Jul 18 @ 6:30PM - 09:00PM
The Tucsonics- Western Swing
Sun Jul 23 @10:00AM - 01:00PM
Nancy Elliott & Friends- Sunday Brunch Performances
Mon Jul 24
Closed Mondays except for very special events

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The History of Monterey Court

Monterey Court originally opened in 1938 by Mike & Marge Opel.  During one of it's many alterations, Monterey Court became Monterey Motel.   Early photographs show the motel without any neighbors so it may have been the first motor court in Tucson on Casa Grande Highway,  now known as Miracle Mile.  In it's heyday it was, as most motels on the strip, a lush oasis for the weary traveler. 

Photographs in the 1950's show numerous tall palms lining the property and lush vegetation inside the perimeter and a pool at the rear of the lot.  With the introduction of the Interstate Highway System, Miracle Mile began the long slow decline which ultimately tarnished the area for many years. The Opels owned the motel until the early 1980's when it was sold, and then resold 9 times over the next 30 years.

In January 2011, Kelly McLear & Greg Haver bought the property and began the redevelopment into an artisan enclave. During the restoration process many unique and historic touches were discovered, which had been covered over by previous owners.  This included some of the original wood ceilings and the original facade with the name of Monterey Court still visible. Beginning with the renovation of each of the original casitas into studio gallery spaces, most of the original spaces have remained largely intact with numerous upgrades in electrical, mechanical, plumbing, finishes, and security.  Some have been combined to make larger spaces for the merchants.  All of the original covered areas between the casitas have been restored,  new porches added,  and a new pavilion and covered performance stage were built to serve as the centerpiece of the courtyard. 

 The final phase,  and the most difficult,  was the renovation of the original office & manager quarters and two of the forward casitas. These now house the new cafe, bar & kitchen.  With this new chapter in the Monterey timeline, we believe we have done our part in the revitalization of this unique treasure in the Old Pueblo. We welcome you to come experience historic Miracle Mile.