It's another big week here in Festivapril, the "clever" name I just gave April, because, you know, there are a bunch of, like, festivals. And the biggest day of the week has got to be Saturday, April 17.
That is, of course, the date of the Tucson Weekly's own Fall Club Crawl®, which features about 100 bands, both local and touring, playing on 25 stages in the downtown/Fourth Avenue district. You can read all about it in a pullout section of the very paper you're holding (or with a click of your mouse for all you moderns).
We're happy to welcome a couple of new venues to the Crawl this time around—Sky Bar, which is now regularly hosting live music, and the Screening Room, which has lately been hosting live music with some frequency as well.
If you haven't already picked up your all-inclusive wristband for the event, don't fret—it's not too late to save a couple of bucks. Just head over to Zia Records before Saturday, and they're yours for a mere $8. They'll be available at the festival gates on Saturday for $10.
Above all, we urge you to be responsible while enjoying the Crawl. Those taxicabs are there for a reason, folks.
Since we've already mentioned Zia Records, now might be a good time to remind you that Saturday, April 17, is also National Record Store Day, an annual celebration of the bountiful pleasures that record stores have to offer. In order to entice you back into the bricks-and-mortar record store, dozens upon dozens of exclusive vinyl items and CDs will be released on that day. It's a record-collecting nerd's dream, and it only comes once a year.
Zia is releasing You Heard Us Back When, Vol. 4, the latest installment in its series of compilations culling tracks from acts in cities where Zia has stores: Phoenix, Las Vegas and Tucson. Since Zia is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year (congrats!), this edition contains a whopping 30 songs sprawled across two discs, including tracks from eight Tucson acts, among them ... music video?, The Ghost of 505, Horae and Mike Superhero. Best of all, the package is available for a mere $3 this weekend, with all proceeds going to Ear Candy, a Phoenix-based charity that "provide(s) children access to music education by donating instruments for in-school and after-school music programs," according to a press release. If you have any spare instruments you're not using, you can drop those off, too.
National Record Store Day is also serving as the launch for Fort Lowell Records, a new 7"-only label devoted to local bands started by Tracy Shedd guitarist (and her husband) James Tritten. (See this week's Nine Questions on Page 51.) Young Mothers, who are putting out the first single on Fort Lowell; ... music video?, who are putting out the second Fort Lowell 7"; and Tracy Shedd will all be performing at the Zia Records at 3370 E. Speedway Blvd., from 4 to 6 p.m. For more info, call 327-3340. For further details about National Record Store Day in general, head to recordstoreday.com.
There are, of course, other musical options for Saturday, April 17, if Club Crawl® and Record Store Day don't get your juices flowing.
The Pima County Fair kicks off Thursday, April 15, and runs until Sunday, April 25. As usual, there is a county-fair-worthy roster of acts appearing, including Jason Derulo (Friday, April 16), The Commodores (Sunday, April 18), Atreyu (Friday, April 23), Jake Owen (Saturday, April 24), Banda el Recodo (Sunday, April 25)—and, on Saturday, April 17, none other than Motor City madman/right-wing nutbag/dead-animal fetishist Ted Nugent (or, as we called him in the Seigel household, Uncle Ted).
The Pima County Fairgrounds are located at 11300 S. Houghton Road. All Pima County Fair shows start at either 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m., and, best of all, admission is free with your paid fair admission ($7 for adults; $2 for children ages 6 to 10; kids 5 and younger are free; parking is $5). For more information head to pimacountyfair.com.
Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheatre (AVA) at Casino Del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Road, kicks off its 2010 season on Saturday. The ¡VIVA Tucson! Tejano Music Shootout, featuring Sunny Ozuna and the Sunliner Orchestra, Grupo Vida and Albert Zamora y Talento, starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $20. Call (800) 344-9435 for tickets or more info.
Jazz-pop singer Mindi Abair and the Brian Simpson Band, whose namesake leader has worked with Janet Jackson and Dave Koz, will perform at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 17, at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd. Tickets, which are $38 to $75, are available by calling 429-9803. Use the same number to have your questions answered.
Stillsuit, Sketching in Stereo and Pretty Bird. Smash., which has recently expanded to a trio with the addition of bassist Ben Laden (Awestrich), will be performing at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St., starting at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, April 17. Admission is $5. Call 798-1298 for further details.
The Spring Club Crawl® isn't the only Festivapril event going down this week. The 420 Festival (and if you don't know what that name signifies, it's probably best that you stay away) takes place on Tuesday, April 20 (4/20—get it?), at The Hut, 305 N. Fourth Ave. Starting at 6:30 p.m., the club will host 10 (mostly) jam-centric bands: the Warsaw Poland Brothers, Fayuca, The Hounds, Crossing Sarnoff, Rasta Sauce, San Lunes, Blazing Edisons, Kool Shades, The Grand Royale and Grite-Leon. Admission is a mere $5, and you can call 623-3200 for more info.
This week brings another fundraiser concert for Dwight Metzger's Gloo Factory, which has been doing low-cost or free printing for progressive, environmental and human-rights organizations over the last 20 years. The operation is currently housed in one of the warehouses being auctioned off by the Arizona Department of Transportation, and a campaign is underway to raise money for the Gloo Factory to buy the building. Indie Music for Indie Media: A Benefit Concert for the Gloo Factory will feature performances from A Son y Sol, Pinche Blues Band, Moonlight Liquors, The Missing Parts and Desert Rat.
The show runs from 5 to 10 p.m., Sunday, April 18, at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. All ages are welcome, and admission is a suggested donation of $5 to $10. For more info, call 622-8848.
Following a riveting opening set for their former bandmate Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver) at the Rialto Theatre in September, Durham, N.C.-based folk-rockers Megafaun will headline a show of their own at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., next Thursday, April 22. Breathe Owl Breathe opens at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, or $10 on the day of the show. For further details, call 622-8848.
Powhaus Productions, the folks behind those mega-huge monthly dance parties at the Rialto Theatre, are expanding into ... karaoke?! The first installment of Okie Dokie Karaoke—which will also be a monthly event—will hit the Rialto, 318 E. Congress St., at 9 p.m., Friday, April 16, complete with video cameras running and a panel of judges. Kitty Katt hosts, and cover is $3. Call 740-1000 with questions. (And, after the event, be sure to check out the Rialto's display window, where, for a solid week leading up to next week's Powhaus event—a tribute to Leigh Bowery—members of the Powhaus crew will trade off spending 24 hours as part of a live art installation. We're jealous of the person who gets the Club Crawl® shift.)
ON THE BANDWAGON
The Temptations at the Diamond Center at Desert Diamond Casino next Thursday, April 22; The Willowz, The Modeens and Overcast Off at Plush on Friday, April 16; Pretty Lights and Eliot Lipp at the Rialto Theatre on Tuesday, April 20; The Album Leaf and Sea Wolf at Plush on Tuesday, April 20; Yann Tiersen and Typhoon at the Rialto on Monday, April 19; Casey Neill and the Norway Rats at Solar Culture Gallery on Monday, April 19; Bad Veins at Club Congress tonight, Thursday, April 15; Mr. Boogie Woogie and the Last Call Girls at Boondocks Lounge on Sunday, April 18; Archaeology at Plush on Monday, April 19; Potluck, DGAF, CCS Crew and Greg Sacks at DV8 on Tuesday, April 20; Johnny Cash tribute band Cash'd Out at Club Congress on Friday, April 16; Bricktop, UTA and The Fighting 48th at Surly Wench Pub on Friday, April 16; La Cerca, Spindrift and the Guy Gershoni Trio at the Red Room at Grill next Thursday, April 22; Cyril Barrett and Tom Moore at Plush on Sunday, April 18.