Portland’s alt-country / rock’n’roll professionals, Blitzen Trapper, are returning to Tucson and they’re bringing their slick licks and catchy rhythms with them. Catch them at Club Congress with support from Liz Cooper & the Stampede!
Geeks Who Drink is a Denver-based company that hosts Bar Trivia at over 300 pubs and restaurants in 25 states. Our quiz is a collective effort of dozens of quizmasters, writers, fact-checkers, graphic designers and artists. Join us every Tuesday at Hotel Congress for 8 rounds of madness and flaunt your pop-culture knowledge for a chance at tons of great prizes!
Dubbed, “Among the best folk-rock artists in the US”, songwriter Namoli Brennet has been touring with her own brand of moody and inspiring music since 2002. A recent Iowa transplant, Brennet was based out of Tucson, Arizona for over a decade and her music still carries some of the stark, persistent beauty of the desert. Catch her in her Southwest home for an intimate solo performance!
Local rapper extraordinaire, Tommy Will, is back with a new record, “Balloons Fly Higher Than Dreams”, and he’s enlisted a top-notch crew to join him in celebrating its release. That crew includes Lando Chill, who has been making some serious waves in the national hip hop world, Kings Over Squares, Y Not, Jamal Air and El Toxic. Catch these talented wordsmiths together at last at Club Congress!
Optimist Club is Tucson’s longest running alternative club night! DJs BOB REALLY & Sid the Kid deliver the heavy hitters and house party favorites in the club, while a rotating cast of selectors from the Bank Notes crew soundtrack your smoke break w/ the leftfield, vintage, & cutting edge out on the patio. Photography by Tucson John all night long…. AND OF COURSE, THE DRINK SPECIALS CANNOT BE BEAT: $2 WELLS ALL NIGHT!
Jake Smith has taken the passion and punch of The White Buffalo’s live shows and created a truly dynamic new album, Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights. He is bringing this alt-country energy to our Club Congress stage with support from Arum Rae, and we cannot wait!
Join us on the Hotel Congress plaza for a night of pure country bliss, Rodeo style! Hank Topless will be performing LIVE with his band, and Miss Lana Rebel and Kevin Mayfield will be gracing our ears with the sweetest country tunes of yesteryear in between sets. This event is FREE and open to the public!
Prepare yourselves for electric borderlands cumbia! All the way from Mexicali, Baja California— VIVOTROPICAL makes their Tucson debut at El Tambó! Joined by Sonido El Tambó: DJ’s Dirtyverbs y familia! A gozar! FREE on the Hotel Congress Plaza 10pm
Join Arizona Highways, The Senators and Steff and The Articles for the Arizona Highways Music Hall Revival live at Club Congress. The Senators (Phoenix) draw folk rockers and indie hipsters alike, blending sophisticated songcraft with humble pastoral sympathies, featuring poetic lyrics, uplifting harmonies, and complex instrumental layers, lending to a more melodic branch of indie rock. Steff & the Articles (Tucson) produces music that touches on jazz, classical, and folk styles while maintaining an accessible, pop-oriented sound.
Join our resident DJs Bob Really and Sid the Kid for what has become one of Tucson’s funnest Saturday nights. $4 Stoli flavors & Maker’s Mark, & all your favorite hits from yesterday and today on two stages. Bring your dancing shoes.
Often compared to James Taylor, folk singer/songwriter David Wilcox’s lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music. Join us at 191 Toole as Club Congress and Rhythm & Roots co-host this Cleveland-born singer-songwriter! Tickets available online or at Rialto Theatre Box Office!
Currently a member of Chicago-based, avant-rock outfit Wei Zhongle and formerly a touring member of Ryan Power’s band and Guerilla Toss, Pat Keen has spent the past few years touring the country and honing his craft while contributing to a thriving, nationwide experimental-rock scene. Catch him at Club Congress with local support from Whispering Wires and Sunset Strangers (ft members of Dirt Friends).
Ynot Karaoke is hands down Tucson’s largest karaoke company providing the largest song selection and best quality karaoke equipment. You can join them here at the Hotel Congress every Sunday from 10pm-2am for FREE. Cap off your weekend the right way, singing with your friends!
New Orleans sludge gods return to Tucson with support from our local hardcore pride and joy, Sex Prisoner. This’ll be a heavy one…
Retrolution, the longest running dance night in the history of Tucson featuring all your favorite hits of the 80’s, is finally being dragged, kicking in screaming, into the 90’s. We hope to ease the way with $0.80 wells – 9pm-10pm, $0.90 wells – 10pm-11pm, $2 wells (until 1am), $3 Beer and a Shot “Special” (PBR can/well shot), and a little Jazzy Jeff & Nirvana. Don’t Worry, DJ Sid the Kid will throw in the occasional New Order or Prince hit to help smooth the transition. LET’S PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999.
Named by Rolling Stone as one of the 10 “Artists You Need to Know,” Los Angeles-based MAGIC GIANT is igniting packed crowds at every stop of its nationwide tour. The trio creates infection music, threading together a musical cartography of alternative, pop, and folk, including orchestral drums, banjo, harmonica, synths, strings, and horns. Catch them at Club Congress with support from The Brevet.
Local up-and-comers Infinite Souls are happy to host musician pal Andrew Goldring (SLC, Utah) touring fresh off of his new Single “Lost in the Motion”. Joining them for a wonderful night of live music is local songwriter Till Sunrise (Gian Vasquez).
The Jersey Club movement is being hailed by music authorities such as FADER and VICE, being the next big wave in dance music. Thankfully, this movement has found it’s first lady to pave the way it into the future. UNIIQU3, born Cherise Gary began her music career as a sought-after vocalist in the club scene, and has recently solidified herself as one of the most electrifying producers in the game. Catch her at Club Congress with Dai Burger, sharing their Nailz n Ponytailz Tour.
Soft Kill, based out of Portland, are currently one of the best post-punk bands around. Their sound is warm, confident with lush guitars, and surging with an urgency and vitality that is incredibly potent with post-punk. Catch them at Club Congress with support from Choir Boy.
Trunkweed, a bedroom pop outfit from Baltimore, are bringing their self-described post-surf bedroom-punk louzy-pop sound to Club Congress! Joining them are favorites The Desert Beats (PHX) and The Rifle (TUC). What a better way to spend a Sunday than with wonderful free indie tunes!
Retrolution: a 90s Dance Party w/ DJ Sid the Kid (10pm)
Mammoth Grinder w/ Gatecreeper & Bloodtrail (8pm)
Mardi Gras (6pm)
Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby (7:30pm)
Optimist Club (10pm)
Big Business (7pm)
El Tambo (10pm on the plaza)
After-Hours w/ DJ Ripdee (12am in the club)
Dent May (7pm)
Saturdaze Dance Party (10pm)
Kimya Dawson w/ AJJ (7pm)
Hot Club of Tucson (10:30am)