Bud Light Music Stage
- 8 p.m.: The Distortionists
- 9 p.m.: Great American Tragedy
- 10 p.m.: Dropsphere
- 11 p.m.: The Jons
- Midnight: Tongue Dried Sun
Things get rolling at this outdoor stage at 8 p.m.
with The Distortionists
, a new band made up of seasoned veterans from local bands of yore such as Marshmallow Overcoat, Grimblewedge and Blood Spasm. Expect tight, poppy punk songs by guys who know how to play their instruments and aren't afraid to show it. 9 p.m.
brings heaviousity via the pummeling riff-rock of Great American Tragedy
, followed at 10 p.m.
by the catchy alterna-rock of Dropsphere
. At 11 p.m.,
it's The Jons
, a brass-tastic group of dudes who worship equally at the altars of The Beatles and Café Tacuba. At midnight, find out what the heck Tongue Dried Sun
have been up to since we last heard from them six years ago.
CD City Stage
- 8 p.m.: Mozart's Sister
- 9 p.m.: Hipster Daddy-O
- 10 p.m.: Sand Rubies
- 11 p.m.: The Wyatts
- Midnight: Camp Courageous
Our pals over at CD City have an appropriately diverse lineup of acts at their sponsored stage, starting at 8 p.m.
with Mozart's Sister
, a female-fronted trio that draws inspiration from '80s rockers like Pat Benatar. At 9 p.m.,
it's the horn-fueled, swinging rock sounds of Hipster Daddy-O
, whose appearance will mark 10 years of performing at the Club CrawlTM
. Veterans the Sand Rubies
provide a tutorial on classic desert rock at 10 p.m.
, followed at 11 p.m.
by The Wyatts
, purveyors of country-rock so fine, it's gotta be triple distilled. At midnight
, Camp Courageous
serve up a dose of experimental, instrumental rock with ambient undertones.
- 8 p.m.: Veer (Vancouver, British Columbia)
- 9 p.m.: The Swim
- 10 p.m.: Seven to Blue
- 11 p.m.: System and Station (Portland, Ore.)
- Midnight: The Crowd
Kickstarting the action at this outdoor stage at 8 p.m.,
Canuck five-piece Veer
bring their anthemic, radio-ready alterna-rock all the way from Vancouver, British Columbia. At 9 p.m.
, don't miss The Swim
, whose catchy indie-pop has cast them as one of the finest recent additions to the Tucson music landscape. Led by wunderkind Sergio Mendoza, Seven to Blue
bring their immaculately arranged, jazzy, soulful pop to the stage at 10 p.m.
, followed at 11 p.m.
by Portland, Ore.'s System and Station
, whose latest album, Here Is Now
, was described by one critic as "part prog, part pop, part punk, part jazz-rock fusion." Midnight
sees a performance by yet another excellent new local band, The Crowd
, who could be described as "part prog, part indie-pop, part '60s psych-rock."
The Mountain Stage
- 8 p.m.: American Android
- 9 p.m.: Luca
- 10 p.m.: Haley Jane
- 11 p.m.: The Year of Acceleration
- Midnight: Sunday Afternoon
Imbuing their beefy rock sound with lovely melodies and vocal harmonies, American Android
almost make you forget the fact that, lyrically, they're sticking it to The Man. Catch them at 8 p.m.
, just before Luca
, the namesake band of multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Nick Luca, treat you to their blend of all things musically tasteful and tasty in the realm of pop-rock, at 9 p.m.
The Mountain Stage is the appropriate place for Haley Jane
, who bring their earthy roots-rock to the stage at 10 p.m.
, just before the arena-sized sound of moody '80s-rock revivalists The Year of Acceleration
perform at 11 p.m.
Again, if you listen to The Mountain regularly, it's a safe bet you'll dig perennial favorites Sunday Afternoon
Tejano/La Preciosa Stage
- 9 p.m.: Se Salen
- 10 p.m.: Se Salen
- 11 p.m.: Ritmo Tejano
- Midnight: Ritmo Tejano
If it's tejano music you seek, look no further than this outdoor stage, which starts the night off at 9 p.m.
with Se Salen
, who count among their ranks the music director of the radio stations sponsoring this stage. At 11 p.m.
, the fun keeps rolling with Ritmo Tejano
, who update traditional tejano music with electric guitars and high, lonesome harmonies.
- 8 p.m.: Al Foul
- 9 p.m.: Fatigo (Phoenix)
- 10 p.m.: SKITN
- 11 p.m.: Spirit Familia
- Midnight: Cosmic Slop
Tonight's lineup of acts at the outdoor Rhythm Stage proves that, well, there are an awful lot of different types of rhythms out there. For one, there's the traditional rockabilly rhythms of Al Foul
, the undisputed king of Tucson rockabilly. He'll start things off at 8 p.m.
, just before the complex and varied rhythms of Phoenix's Fatigo
, who sound something like They Might Be Giants recast as a danceable Latin jazz combo, at 9 p.m.
At 10 p.m.
, SKITN combine the rhythms of reggae and ska with hip-hop and punk influences. Like their name implies, Spirit Familia
is a big band (eight members) that plays virtually all types of danceable and slightly exotic music, from Latin and reggae to the rhythms of Africa and the Caribbean and beyond. They're on at 11 p.m.
, and you'll want to keep your dancin' shoes on at midnight
for Cosmic Slop
: They call their music "skunk funk and roll," and we call them Tucson's answer to P-Funk.
- 8 p.m.: Geoffrey J. and The Hook
- 9 p.m.: Al Perry
- 10 p.m.: Martha Scanlan (Tennessee)
- 11 p.m.: Tom Walbank
- Midnight: Greyhound Soul
There's a rootsy kind of thing going down at the Rialto tonight, and the display will show just how many types of roots music there are, starting at 8 p.m.
with bluesy rock trio Geoffrey J. and The Hook
. With apologies to Bob Walkup, the honorary mayor of Tucson is Al Perry
, who veers from impeccably written country tunes to surf instrumentals to the occasional Motorhead cover, without batting a lash. Catch him at 9 p.m.
, then stick around at 10 p.m.
for Tennessee country-gospel-blues traditionalist Martha Scanlan
, whose new album The West Was Burning
is garnering critical raves and comparisons to the likes of Lucinda Williams. You may remember her distinctive voice from her former band, the Reeltime Travelers, who appeared on the soundtrack to Cold Mountain
. At 11 p.m
., it's the mesmerizing authentic Delta blues of Brit ex-pat Tom Walbank
, followed at midnight
by the gritty, classic-rock-sounding originals of Greyhound Soul
- 8 p.m.: Van Christian
- 9 p.m.: The Sweetbleeders (Phoenix)
- 10 p.m.: Let's Go Sailing (Los Angeles)
- 11 p.m.: Little Sisters of the Poor
- Midnight: Ian Moore (Austin, Texas)
Like the Rialto Theatre, the indoor stage at Club Congress tonight features a lineup heavy on the rootsy stuff, starting at 8 p.m.
with the gravel-strewn blues-rock of former Naked Prey frontman Van Christian
, who will be backed by a band including Stefan Gordon and Tommy Larkins for this performance. A fine Phoenix-based act takes the stage at 9 p.m.
, with the space-age Americana of The Sweetbleeders
, then at 10 p.m.
, Los Angeles' Let's Go Sailing
take the stage. Next up, at 11 p.m.
, are Little Sisters of the Poor
, who provide Sand Ruby David Slutes an outlet for his acoustic country-rock leanings. At midnight
, it's the always transfixing and often transcendent Ian Moore
, an Austin-based guitar virtuoso who also boasts a mighty powerful voice and a slew of great songs.
Hotel Congress Outdoor Stage
- 8 p.m.: The Kohl Heart (Tempe)
- 9 p.m.: The Mission Creeps
- 10 p.m.: The Provocative Whites
- 11 p.m.: Mostly Bears
- Midnight: Chango Malo
Things are a bit more, well, edgy and modern at Hotel Congress' Outdoor Stage tonight, where the action starts at 8 p.m
. with Tempe's The Kohl Heart
, a synth-and-guitar trio with feisty, girly vocals that will make you feel like you've been transported back to 1983. At 9 p.m.
, you get horror-flick-inspired The Mission Creeps
, who merge goth, spy themes and surf music into a delightfully campy and Crampsy stew. At 10 p.m.
, it's The Provocative Whites
, who mix Queens of the Stone Age-inspired guitar riffs with the twisted whimsy of the Pixies to fine returns. Artsy, lo-fi psychedelic folk is what Mostly Bears
do. See them do it at 11 p.m.
, just before the dizzyingly energetic Chango Malo
unleash their ska-funk-punk at midnight
- 8 p.m.: Vicki Brown
- 8:45 p.m.: Marianne Dissard
- 9:30 p.m.: Naim Amor
- 10:15 p.m.: Will Elliott
- 11 p.m.: Salvador Duran
- Midnight: Andrew Collberg
So, you didn't make it to Austin, Texas, last month to catch one of the many TucsonScene.com
showcases that went down during South by Southwest? Instead of fretting about it, head over to The District tonight for a re-creation of the very same show, featuring all six fine performers. First up, at 8 p.m.
, is Tucson's go-to gal for amazing violin-playing, Vicki Brown
. Then it's back-to-back Frenchies: At 8:45 p.m.
, you get the chansons of chanteuse Marianne Dissard
, then at 9:30 p.m.
, it's the avant pop of the immensely talented multi-instrumentalist Naim Amor
. At 10:15 p.m.
, get a dose of the folky Americana story-songs of Will Elliott
, whose new CD, Beat This Horse,
is being released this week. If you don't speak Spanish, you won't understand a word that Salvador Duran
sings; find out why that won't get in the way of your enjoyment of his music at 11 p.m.
, just before the still-teenage Andrew Collberg
performs a set of '60s-inspired, vaguely psychedelic folk-pop originals, at midnight
- 8 p.m.: The Gunrunners
- 9 p.m.: Ghost Cow
- 10 p.m.: The Whiskey Racket
- 11 p.m.: Infernal Racket
- Midnight: Doubletop
The live action at this perennial college hang begins at 8 p.m.
with The Gunrunners
, who play classic desert rock with punk energy, and whose song "Support Your Local Band" could be the Club CrawlTM
rallying cry. If '60s garage-rockers ? and the Mysterians played desert rock, it might sound something like Ghost Cow, who perform at 9 p.m.
Then, it's time for some racket vs. racket action: Fresh-faced foursome The Whiskey Racket
toss some funky-ass bass into their '60s-inspired pop-rock at 10 p.m.
, right before the funky dance tunes of six-piece The Infernal Racket
, who go on at 11 p.m.
bring their mellow roots-pop to the masses.
- 9 p.m.: The Broken Lines
- 10 p.m.: Bread and Circus
- 11 p.m.: Luminarios
- Midnight: The Little Morts (Austin, Texas)
The Hut's doing double-duty tonight with two stages, one indoors and one outside. On the inside stage at 9 p.m.
is alt-country and indie-rock courtesy of The Broken Lines
, followed at 10 p.m.
by Bread and Circus
, whose excellent new CD, Spare Me Over,
merges rock, country, folk and a touch of psychedelia to arrive at literate, Dylanesque desert rock. Speaking of desert rock, 11 p.m.
heralds the arrival of Luminarios
, whose head honcho, Rich Hopkins, helped invent the genre as a member of the Sand Rubies. At midnight
, it's the good-time rockin' country of The Little Morts
The Hut Outdoor Stage
- 9 p.m.: Fuzzy Warbles
- 10 p.m.: Rumpke Mountain Boys (Ohio)
- 11 p.m.: The Tryst
The outdoor stage at The Hut kicks things off at 9 p.m.
with Fuzzy Warbles
, a trio who specialize in funky instrumentals with busy bass work and lots of wah-wah on the guitar. At 10 p.m.
, it's the best darn bluegrass band in Ohio, Rumpke Mountain Boys
, who call their music "Cincinnasty trashgrass." Then, at 11 p.m.
, closing duties go to the soulful, jazzy funk of The Tryst
The Monkey Box
From 9 to 11 p.m. tonight, you can sip a swanky cocktail and eat some fine cheese at this Stone Avenue bistro whilst listening to the glorious sounds of Mr. Tidypaws
, who can make a saxophone do just about anything.
Red Room at Grill
- 8 p.m.: Josh Butcher
- 10 p.m.: Barry James
Help yourself to some Cap'n Crunch or a burger at Grill while listening to Josh Butcher
at 8 p.m.
and Barry James
at 10 p.m.
Just don't order any potatoes with cheese on them.
- 10 p.m.-1 a.m.: Groundation (Sonoma, Calif.)
This long-standing shop for all your reggae needs tonight features a performance at 10 p.m
. by the widely acclaimed Groundation
, revered as one of the best roots-reggae bands in California.
- 7-10 p.m.: Kings of Pleasure
Grab a late dinner or a cocktail at this relatively new downtown eatery and be treated to the swingin' jazz sounds of the Kings of Pleasure
, who will perform from 7 to 10 p.m.
- 8:30 p.m.: Noid (English)
- 10 p.m.: Los Nawdy Dawgs
- 11:30 p.m.: Noid (Spanish)
- 1 a.m.: Chucky Chingon
While Sharks is downtown's home of rock en español
, tonight you'll hear a decent amount of songs sung in English, too. Take Noid
, for example, who get things underway at 8:30 p.m.
, followed by the Latin rock of Santana-influenced Los Nawdy Dawgs
, at 10 p.m.
At 11:30 p.m.
, you get another set by Noid
, this time in Spanish, then at 1 a.m.
, it's a curtain-closing performance by Chucky Chingon
- 7-9:30 p.m.: Viva Bossa Nova
This bustling Congress Street spot is an Italian paneria that serves up panini, espresso and pastries, and tonight, they'll feature live music from Viva Bossa Nova
from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
- 7-9 p.m.: Simple Question
Utilizing guitars and woodwinds, samplers and loopers, and the occasional turkey baster, the duo Simple Question
specialize in experimental soundscapes that shift into all directions--just the ticket for the javaheads at Café Passe, from 7 to 9 p.m.
- 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Groove Monkey
Enjoy some fantastic Italian food and sip some fine wine while listening to Groove Monkey
at Enoteca from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Art Fare The Muse
- Atlas at Last
- Gaza Strip
- The Cargo
- Nothing's Right
- Sinister Mustard
- Days Unfold
Art Fare joins the Club CrawlTM
roster with five musical acts playing at times yet to be determined. Atlas at Last
is a pack of young pop-punks, while we suspect that Gaza Strip
have lots of Nirvana and Pixies on their iPods. The Cargo
treat audiences to moody proggy hard rock, while Nothing's Right
likes to get down into the grunge. And Sinister Mustard
? Well, they'll have you believing that Soundgarden are still together, and Layne Staley never died. Days Unfold
is also slated to perform.
- 9 p.m.: Austin Given
- 10 p.m.: David D'Alessio
Watch the eclectic Fourth Avenue crowd walk by--and walk in--while being entertained by an acoustic showcase at this longtime Tucson café favorite, with Austin Given
at 9 p.m.,
and David D'Alessio
--fresh off a new release--at 10 p.m.