Born in Arcata, Calif., Nicole Schwartz is currently the booking assistant at Club Congress. She moved to Tucson two years ago from Humboldt County, Calif., where she worked at a hip-hop/R&B radio station, before deciding that the gangsta life was too much for her. In her spare time, she takes guitar lessons from Al Perry.
What was the first concert you ever saw?
My first on-my-own show was Reggae on the River 1998 to see Yami Bolo and the Marley kids.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
A French hip-hop mix with MC Solaar and Ol' Kainry and others; Limbeck; The Fray; White Stripes; and James Blunt.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
300? 500? I have no clue.
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
My house doesn't even have a phone jack, so the Internet is pretty much out.
What was the first album you owned?
Paul Simon's Graceland--I think I was 5, and I loved "You Can Call Me Al."
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
"Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake.
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
I have an unhealthy addiction to Making the Band 3 on MTV, and I like their "ooh-la-la-la" song. A lot. Damn that P. Diddy.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Otis Redding. "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay" was the first song I felt in my soul. It was with him I realized music was more than sound; it's a feeling.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
This is a tough one. I will say the Bob Marley's 1976 Live at the Roxy in Hollywood, because it is as close to a live show as I will ever get.