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Fri 31 Jul

Tom Walbank

(6pm, FREE on the Plaza)

Delta blues via Devon England comes only in one form – legendary local musician Tom Walbank. Come kick off your weekend with Tom who anchors our free early evening entertainment every Friday on the Hotel Congress Plaza. Be ready to be blown away by some amazing blues performers.


Fri 31 Jul


w/ Western Plaza and LIPS (Doors at 8pm, FREE, 21+)

Join us this Friday as Tucson pop sensation BRYDES take the stage with two awesome touring bands. Joining them will be Western Plaza from Amarillo, TX and LIPS from Brooklyn via New Zealand. Kick off your weekend with a bang at this FREE party in the club!


Fri 31 Jul

DJ Dirtyverbs

(9:30pm, FREE on the Plaza, 21+)

Since his start DJing houseparties and mezcal speakeasies in Cuernavaca, Mexico in 2007, DJ Logan “Dirtyverbs” Phillips has used cumbia as a lengua franca to sonically travel across Las Américas and beyond. He has played at venues across the United States, in Mexico and Colombia, and currently hosts Friday nights on the Plaza at Hotel Congress as well as El Tambó, a quarterly tropical bass dance party in the Club.


Sat 1 Aug
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The Cup Cafe 25 year anniversary

(Doors at 6pm, FREE, All Ages)

Celebrate 25 years with the Cup Cafe, from 6pm-8pm on Saturday, August 1st! There will be a towering 25 layer cake, raffle and prizes, crazy drink specials, blast from the past menu specials, live music from Awkward Moments and glass blowing by Sonoran Glass School.


Sat 1 Aug
Portraits of the Icelandic band Árstí?ir taken on-location at Toppstö?in power station in Reykjavík, Iceland. March 26, 2014. Copyright © 2014 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved


w/ Marina V (7PM, $12/$14, 21+)

Not many bands can lay claim to the kind of dramatic career development that the Icelandic band Árstíðir can. Formed in the wake of the 2008 stock market crash, they found themselves catapulted to the top of the Icelandic music charts within six months of their debut, and then forged ahead with their 2010 tour despite a volcanic eruption that stalled global travel.

Buy Tickets Dinner and a Show
Sat 1 Aug


w/ DJs Bob Felix, Sid the Kid, JALPH, & Andrew Shuta (10pm, FREE, 21+)

Join our resident DJs Bob Felix, Sid the Kid, Jalph, & Andrew Shuta for what has become one of Tucson’s funnest Saturday nights. Free entry, $4 Stoli flavors & Maker’s Mark, & all your favorite hits from yesterday and today on two stages. DO NOT forget your dancing shoes.


Sun 2 Aug

Brick + Mortar

w/ Sun Bones and Asian Fred (Doors at 7pm, $10, All Ages)

Brick + Mortar is a two-piece indie pop outfit from Asbury Park, NJ. The duo consists of Brandon Asraf (guitars/vocals/programming) and John Tacon(drums/programming). Best described as controlled chaos, the band combines choppy rhythms, smooth bass lines, tempestuous drumming and honest lyrics, all of which culminates in something that is just as likely to show up on an indie up-and-comers list as it is to show up on a DJ’s playlist – something that is evidenced in the band’s role as a remix magnet for artists such as Baauer. Brick + Mortar is one of the few bands who can conjure up images of both carousels and cocaine, combining dancy with dark and pop with despair.

Buy Tickets Dinner and a Show
Sun 2 Aug
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Ynot Karaoke

(10pm, FREE, 21+)

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!


Mon 3 Aug

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

w/ Vinyl Williams (Doors at 7pm, $15, All Ages)

The threads of our past never unravel, they hover like invisible webs, occasionally glistening due to a sly angle of the sun. On Multi-Love, Unknown Mortal Orchestra frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson reflects on relationships: airy, humid longing, loss, the geometry of desire that occurs when three people align. Where Nielson addressed the pain of being alone on II, Multi-Love takes on the complications of being together.

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Mon 3 Aug

90s House Party

w/ DJ Sid the Kid (10pm-2am, FREE, 21+)

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 90 cent PBR Draft Beers (12oz), $2 Wells, and a little Jazzy Jeff & Nirvana. LET’S PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999.


Tue 4 Aug
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Gamma Like Very Ultra

w/ Whispering Wires and Daycones (Doors at 9pm, FREE, 21+)

Gamma Like Very Ultra are reckless with elemental materials. Shoelaces. Fingers. Lentils. The sacred. And the profane, too. They hope to discover the most imperfect chord. GLVU stay up past their bedtimes whenever musical experiments love company. Results vary: from haunted jazz to exuberant silliness. Don’t miss them live for FREE with Whispering Wires and Daycones this Tuesday.


Wed 5 Aug
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La Cerca

w/ The Wanda Junes and Tyler Akin (Doors at 8pm, FREE, 21+)

It’s another amazing FREE show at the Hotel Congress. Florida twin sister duo Good Graeff visit the Club for the first time with strong support from locals La Cerca and The Wanda Junes, as well as a special solo opening set by Tucson’s own Tyler Akin, visiting from Glow in the Dark studios in Atlanta, Georgia.


Thu 6 Aug


w/ $1 drinks for Opti Club members 9pm-11pm (Doors at 9pm, FREE, 21+)

Opti Club goes FREE this summer. Join us for Optimist Club every Thursday at 9pm and dive into the new drink specials: $2 Session, $3 Rolling Rock tall boys, $3 Stoli, $4 Fireball, AND most importantly, $1 drinks for Opti Club members ONLY 9pm-11pm. Thursdays just got a lot better. #OPTIMISTCLUB


Fri 7 Aug

Gabriel Sullivan & The Jvpiter Band

w/ Fallen Arrows (Doors at 8pm, $10/$12, 21+)

After touring extensively overseas for the past few months with Howe Gelb and Giant Sand, Gabriel Sullivan has returned and is ready to perform for his hometown once again. He will be supported by a group of all stars, The Jvpiter Band, as well as special guests Fallen Arrows from Prescott. Don’t miss this special Friday night concert!

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Sat 8 Aug
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Art In The Lobby – Employee Art Show

(Artist Reception 6pm-2am, Exhibition Runs July 22nd-September 2nd)

After a brief hiatus, The Art In The Lobby and Cup Cafe of the historic Hotel Congress are bringing you art by the fine, hardworking individuals of their establishment. Not just servers, bartenders, bouncers, front desk-er’s, and office workers… creative people with talents beyond measure. They are proud to showcase eight amazing employee exhibitions and bring you, the viewer, a bit closer to that individual with an understanding that they are so much more than “just an employee”. Among the Hotel Congress squad there are amazing wood workers, painters, illustrators, sculptors and graphic designers. Their exhibition runs from July 22 through September 2 in the hotel lobby gallery.


Sun 9 Aug
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LA Witch

w/ Death Valley Girls and Burning Palms (Doors at 7pm, FREE, 21+)

Some of rock n roll’s finest ladies will be on display this Sunday at the Hotel Congress. We are joined by haunted psych rockers LA Witch and fuzz-punks Death Valley Girls from Los Angeles, as well as Tucson’s own, Burning Palms. You’re not going to want to miss this FREE / 21+ show!


Mon 10 Aug


w/ Creepoid and JJUUJJUU (Doors at 7pm, $12, All Ages)

Formed by two members of post-rock band Red Sparowes, Marriages’s sound is leaner than that of the band that spawned it. The group’s debut EP, Kitsune, matched Red Sparowes’ ambiance, but its upcoming debut full-length, Salome, tightens the screws until the band becomes a force all its own. Where Kitsune locked together into a sprawling piece, Salome is composed of concise songs that don’t take away from Marriages’ vast scope.

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Tue 11 Aug


(Doors at 8pm, $18/$20, 21+)

Its been 23 years since the Toadies started playing rock music in Fort Worth, Texas, and on July 31, the Toadies will release their fifth full-length album — a disc fittingly called Play.Rock.Music., because, perhaps for the first time in their career, the band feels capable of unapologetically doing just that. We are very excited to be hosting the band as they tour in support of the new release, don’t miss it!

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Wed 12 Aug

Amanda X

w/ the Spirit of the Beehive, Hikikomori (Doors at 7pm, $5, All Ages)

Philadelphia’s Amanda X return to Hotel Congress for this all ages event. They are joined by fellow Philly rockers, the Spirit of the Beehive and new Tucson band Hikikomori featuring members of Prom Body, Sex Prisoner, and Territory. This is going to be a good one, don’t miss it!

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Thu 13 Aug

SURVIVE & fggt failur

w/ Miss Moist and Van Fantom (Doors at 8pm, FREE, 21+)

This Thursday before Optimisit Club we have some very special visitors. SURVIVE and their synthesizers from Austin, TX make their first stop in Tucson along with two very sassy artists from Oakland, Van Fantom and Miss Moist. Finally, Tucson’s very own Jaime J will be premiering his new project, fggt failur. Show up on time, you won’t want to miss this one!


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The Center of Nightlife Downtown
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From its 1985 inception as a once-weekly showcase for downtown Tucson’s creative community, to its current status as “One of the 10 best rock clubs in the United States,” Club Congress has continuously striven to be a catalyst for art. In addition to showcasing music’s cutting edge, the Club Congress has earned repeated accolades as the city’s best dance club.

Free Entertainment





Club Nights

90s House Party (10pm)
w/ DJ Sid the Kid & 90 cent PBR drafts

Geeks Who Drink – Trivia Night (8pm)
AMPED UP! Open Mic (8pm)
The Switch Comedy (8pm)

Live Music!

Salvador Duran on the Plaza (7pm)
OPTI CLUB Dance Party (10pm)

Live Music!
Tom Walbank on the Plaza (7pm)
DJ Dirtyverbs on the Plaza (10pm)

Saturdaze – FREE Dance Party (10pm)
w/ DJs Sid the Kid, BOBFelix, Andrew Shuta, & Jalph

Hot Club of Tucson (10:30am)
S.I.N. Service Industry Night & Club Karaoke (10pm)