Friday, June 28
Like the nail-biting scene in Pulp Fiction when Vincent Vega revived an overdosing Mia Wallace, this Mexican singer-songwriter's career received an intracardiac injection of epinephrine with the release of Me Déje Llevar (Universal Latin, 2017), a major label debut that yielded four smash hits on both U.S. Latin and Mexican charts. As the title (translated to English) implies, "I Got Carried Away" is full of tales of drinking to excess, double-dealing and bearing the karmic weight of being the betrayer, as in "Te Fallé." His vocal style has drawn comparisons to iconic Mexican crooner Luis Miguel and "El Rey de la Música Ranchera" Vicente Fernández. At 20 years young, with guns ablaze, Christian Nodal ascends to the throne at Tucson Music Hall.
The New York Times raved that it's "the gleeful profanities, righteous protest anthems and impeccable folk songwriting" that have carried one of the finest folk duos of all time through a career spanning three decades. Two distinct voices and worldviews—that of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers—come together. Indigo Girls strive to create something transcendent at the Rialto Theatre.
Saturday, June 29
Rolling Stone Brazil named them "one of the most interesting retro acts of the last decade." Riding in on a heat wave of '70s roots rock revival from São Paulo, Ted Marengos' Timeless Beat USA Summer Tour descends upon the Sky Bar. They share the bill with epically spaced-out rockers Silver Cloud Express and psychedelic/synth-poppers Tropical Beach.
What you got in your pocket? Cruize: A Queer AF Hanky Code Party. Unfamiliar with the code? Google it and educate yourself. An evening free of hate and shaming, for queers by queers. DJs Atlantis Moreupset, Papita, Robertitx, DADDY SLMBR PRTY and Sissy Peniston spin the jams into the dawn.
A major star in regional Mexican music, "El Rey de Mil Coronas" (The King of a Thousand Crowns), Lalo Mora brings his accordion-powered norteño to Club 4th Avenue.
A bare-knuckle brawl ensues at Che's Lounge when Dirt Friends and Asian Fred face off.
Somewhat cryptically, Hank Topless asserts, "Come hear why hippie music is so much better than all that countryfied corn that went before." At The Dusty Monk Pub.
Shitkickin' since 2003, Phoenix cowpunks The Earps share the stage with local punks The Öhmlauts and rock quartet Escape Goat. At Irene's Holy Donuts.
An evening of clever songwriting awaits. Lana Rebel & Kevin Mayfield's songs provide the perfect soundtrack for a late-night porch gathering in the still of a summer night. Can you hear the crickets chirping? John Mount is known for crooning next to kegs at backyard parties. And Grip Jensen writes tender country songs for adults. At Exo Bar.
Prepare to be "Thunderstruck." The ultimate all-girl tribute to AC-DC will shake you all night long. Sugar Stains and Mean Streets add to the sheer chaos. At Encore (formerly Club XS).
The horn, percussion and electric guitar propelled Latino sound of Santa Pachita manifests at Monterey Court.
Here Comes the Music. Songstress Adara Rae performs blues/pop/rock in the tasting room at Sand-Reckoner.
Queer Bazaar is an evening of revelry, outreach, engagement and pride to benefit the Reveille Men's Chorus and THEM Youth Ensemble Choir. DJ Mijito spins.
Featuring two-time Grammy nominee pianist/composer Enrique "Hank" Feldman, Acerekó performs Afro-Cuban/jazz at Crooked Tooth Brewing Co.
Tap + Bottle - Downtown celebrate 6 years on 6th with food trucks, libation and the music of Mariachi Tesoro, Hey, Bucko and Tongs.
"We'll leave the light on for you." Nite Lite: DJs Dominator, Terry Jasinto and Cactus spin EDM from late at night until early in the morning. At Solar Culture.
Sunday, June 30