Borderland Fuzz Fiesta Hits 191 Toole This Weekend

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In its second year, Tucson’s Borderland Fuzz Fiesta will present some of the top names in stoner and psych rock.

Organized by Wayne and Joseph Rudell of Fuzz Evil, the two-night Borderland Fuzz Fiesta brings 16 bands (four from Arizona bands and 12 from out of state) to 191 Toole this weekend, with doors opening at 6 p.m. on Friday and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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The Borderland Fuzz Fiesta is a companion festival of sorts to the Southwest Terror Fest, slated for its fifth go ‘round in October.

“This picks up where the Southwest Terror Fest leaves off with more of the stoner rock and psych rock,” says Wayne Rudell. “The whole goal is to pick up the caliber of fests in Tucson and make both of them better.”

Like the Southwest Terror Fest, the Borderland Fuzz Fiesta aims to bring in bands that don’t play Arizona often. Headlining this year are Dead Meadow on Friday and Elder on Saturday.

“Dead Meadow, when it comes to psych music, is one of the top bands out there doing what they do,” Rudell says. “I’ve seen them once at Solar Culture years ago and fell in love with them. Last year, I tried to get them, and the timing wasn’t right so they were the first band I went after for this year.”

The focus on stoner/psych/desert rock sets the Borderland Fuzz Fiesta apart, Rudell says. Some bands will overlap with Austin’s Levitation festival, but even the former Austin Psych Fest casts a wider net.

“There’s nothing really in in the world that caters just to the desert rock and the stoner rock scene,” Rudell says. “There are so many other festivals out there that pull more widespread bands, but this is the only fest that caters just to this scene.”

The Friday lineup includes Dead Meadow, Yawning Man, Zed, 3rd Ear Experience, Blaak Heat, Funeral Horse, Dead Canyon and Big Mean. The Saturday lineup includes Elder, Switchblade Jesus, Waxy, Dandy Brown, Fuzz Evil, Black Wulf, Cloud Catcher and Sounds Like Murder. Music both nights will be accompanied by the Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show. Single day tickets are $20. 

Visit the Borderland Fuzz Fiesta event page on Facebook for a complete schedule and links to purchase tickets. 

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