An exercise in philistinism? In January 2017, this violin virtuoso donned a baseball cap and rumpled shirt and played as a hum-drum busker in a D.C. subway station, performing one of the most challenging solo pieces ever composed effortlessly—Bach’s Dminor Chaconne—on his 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin worth $3.5 million. Of the thousands of passersby, only seven stopped to listen. This doyen collected $32.17 in alms. Joshua Bell holds court at Centennial Hall. Details here.
Tucson’s favorite psychedelic cumbancheros XIXA are at Club Congress. With support from “a radical collective of loosely organized artists, creators and criminals,” Ojalá Systems. Details here.
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The Rialto Theatre hosts Metal Fest XVI, featuring Then When, Sucker For The Sour, Sigils Of Summoning, Animate Echoes, Gutter Town, Exit Dream and Head Rust. Details here.
The Jacob Acosta Band provides the soundtrack for Harbottle Brewing first anniversary soiree. Details here.
Miss Olivia & the Interlopers share their jazz-inflected soul with all in the tasting room at Sand-Reckoner. Details here.
Southern rock, seared, and laid over a lush bed of Americana seasoned with a sprinkling of Cajun spices. Caleb & the Homegrown Tomatoes “chase clouds” at Monterey Court. Details here.
Featuring pianist Barry Douglas, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7. José Luis Gomez is at the podium. At the Tucson Convention Center. Details here.
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Dig out your best ’80s finery for a dose of post-Valentine’s Day campy fun and nostalgia. DJs Plastic Disease and NoirTech provide the soundtrack for the Pretty In Pink Themed Dance Party at the Surly Wench Pub. Details here.
Sky Bar is the site for a power country, blues hoedown. Featuring Hank Topless Band, Get Right Rounders and Chris Hall. Details here.
From the Appalachian Mountains to Bakersfield, Freddy Parrish traces the roots of country music in a monthly residency: Dry ’n’ Dusty at Exo Roast Co. Details here.
Jacques Taylor & The Real Deal drop a time bomb filled with old school, Motown and R&B at Casino del Sol. Details here.
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Punk rock/post-punk legend Kid Congo Powers (The Cramps, Gun Club, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Sex Beat Dance Party) tops the bill at Chick Cashman presentsA Love Hangover Pajama Party. With special guests Escape-ism (featuring Ian Svenonius and Alexandra Cabral) and ShuShu. Kon Tiki serves as launching pad. Details here.
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The infamous Tequila Taxi makes a stop—long enough for the Al Foul Trio to stumble out—into the courtyard at Mercado San Agustin. Details here.
From the City of Angels, angelic alt-pop trio Tangerine wake from a Fever Dream at Club Congress. Flanked by synth-loving indie poppers Chateau Chateau and Night Weather. Details here.
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Tejano singer/accordionist AJ Castillo headlines a Valentine’s Day Dance at Casino del Sol Events Center. With Dezigual and Louie Marinez y Myzterio. Details here.
On the heels of Rocking In The Rain, their latest release, Midnight Transit Co. storm into 191 Toole. With Beyond Words. Details here.
The Mafiatic Misfits, McNastee, King Dice, Trent Stark and LoyalT headline The Cali-Zona Love Tour. At CeeDee Jamaican Kitchen. Details here.
Equal parts talent and entertainment, Paul “The Piano Man” Jenkins tickles ivories at Hotel McCoy. Details here.
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It’s complicated. Phoenix alt-rockers No Volcano are “Coming Up Roses.” While “slob rockers” The Gem Show are repentant and “Never Going To Do That Again.” See for yourselves, at Che’s Lounge. Details here.
Not for the faint of heart, Musk Hog and Creeper Van do odiferous and suspicious things at Saint Charles Tavern. Details here.
No place is safe from the incessant techno rhythms of Disco Zombie nor the bass laden beats of FAIRYDVST. Project Atlas presents Dungeon Of Love at Solar Culture. Enter at your own risk. Details here.
Tokyo garage punks Your Pest Band rip and tear through a set at Owls Club. Lenguas Largas and Resonars only add to the mayhem. Details here.
Providing the beats and melodies and energy behind everything, Golden Boots and Feverfew occupy Che’s Lounge patio. Details here.
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Febbo & Fuentes play bilingual AmeriMexicana for the betterment of the human soul. At Public Brewhouse. Details here.
Faithfully capturing the interaction of cante (song), baile (dance) and toque (guitar), Tablao Flamenco present the music of the Andalusian Roma Gypsies of southern Spain. At Exo Roast Co. Details here.
Pop punks, from Tampa, Florida, Up From Here, top the bill at Sky Bar. With In Lessons and Something Like Appropriate. Details here.
This English guitarist’s piercing, yet delicate, technique and execution have earned him a Top 20 spot on Rolling Stone’s list of Best Guitarists of All Time. Richard Thompson Electric Trio is at The Fox Theatre. Details here.