Tucsonans from the North to the South know the Rialto regularly hosts the best local and international performers, but on Saturday, Feb. 20, the historic venue will throw a colorful night of jazz, drinking, swing dancing and, most importantly, fundraising with their Stage Canteen: A Swingin' 1940s USO Party.
Dressed as a '40s-wartime Bob Hope, MC Lynn "Win" Roberts will host the evening's festivities, which include live music from Big Band Express, a local jazz group; vaudeville entertainment from Cirque Roots, a "grassroots artist collective" specializing in all things circus. Expect appearances from a slew of special guests, auctions for original band art/memorabilia and raffles. The Rialto also promises attendees delicious culinary libations from local eateries including Elliot's, Hub, Proper, Cup Café, Maynard's and more.
While the Rialto's '40s shindig will definitely be nothing short of a good time, it's also pretty important. The theatre is one of Tucson's many historic gems—most Tucsonans have jammed out there at least once or twice, and everyone has heard the phrase "The Historic Rialto Theatre" at some point during their living in the Old Pueblo. It's what we've called Tucson's Top Indoor Venue for many years, yeah, but it also unites the community through music.
The party is the Rialto's fourth annual fundraising gala. Tickets are $75 each at the Rialto Box Office or through their website on TicketFly
. Doors swing open at 5 p.m. and the party starts at 5:30. Find more information here
So grab a friend, put on your best USO-inspired 'fit and support a theatre that's a lot more than just a concert hall.