Free Music (And Lots of It) Tonight

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I'm not really capable of not being biased regarding Fort Lowell Records. Owner James Tritten is about the nicest guy on earth, his wife Tracy plays the sort of music that reminds me of the wistful mixtapes I made in the 90's, and the Young Mothers are probably my favorite band in Arizona, so I was ready to come to tonight's first birthday party for the label at Club Congress once it was announced. Even if you have a little more perspective than I do, you'll likely find something to enjoy at tonight's show between six bands and several DJ's, plus the show's free, so who can complain.

Music editor Steve Seigel wrote this preview in the paper this week:

On the heels of the sixth 7-inch release from James Tritten's local Fort Lowell Records label—a splendid pair of songs by Howe Gelb released as part of Record Store Day last weekend—the label is throwing itself a birthday party to celebrate its first year in bidness.

The Fort Lowell Records Showcase will feature all six bands that appeared on the first five Fort Lowell singles, as well as a pair of DJs spinning tunes between acts, on two stages at Hotel Congress, on Friday, April 22.

Here's a look at the schedule.

Outdoors on the Hotel Congress patio: The Vinyl Baron DJ set with special guest DJs (6 p.m.), Young Mothers (8 p.m.), The Vinyl Baron DJ set (8:45 p.m.), Wet and Reckless (9:15 p.m.), The Vinyl Baron DJ set (10 p.m.), Tracy Shedd (10:45 p.m.), The Vinyl Baron DJ set (11:15 p.m.).

On the Club Congress stage indoors: Jaime J DJ set (9 p.m.), Dead Western Plains (10 p.m.), Jaime J DJ set and live performance (10:45 p.m.), Death Kit (11:15 p.m.), Jaime J DJ set and live performance (midnight), ... music video? (12:30 a.m.).

Doors for the Fort Lowell Records Showcase open at 5 p.m. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older to attend. Hotel Congress is located at 311 E. Congress St. For further details, check out hotelcongress.com, or call 622-8848.

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