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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
George Watsky is a rapper, writer and performer from San Francisco now living in Los Angeles. A versatile lyricist who switches between silly and serious, technically complex and simply heartfelt, George won the Brave New Voices National Poetry Slam in 2006. Immediate after, George appeared on the final season of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry in 2007 while a himself college Freshman and subsequently performed at over 150 universities across the country.
After a month long stint on the road, Numb Bats are making their final stop of tour at the Hotel Congress… and rightfully so, because we love these gals! Don’t miss your chance to see one of Phoenix’s hottest bands for FREE at this late Friday night rock n roll party.
Join 9 Queens for our 2015 Chess Fest,”When You Bishop On A Star” Fun-raiser! Chess Fest is not your typical chess tournament; it’s a community celebration designed to promote the benefits of chess! By offering a range of activities designed to appeal to both chess players and newcomers to the game, Chess Fest appeals to a broad cross section of Tucson’s diverse community. That is why we need you! Help 9 Queens reach our Fun-raising goal of $2,500 so that…
Over the course of the last 15 years, Rocky Votolato has produced some of the most powerful music to come out of Seattle, an impressive canon anchored by earnest, lyrical songwriting, and delivered in a unique indie-folk-punk style that has evolved out of the Pacific Northwest music scene he was raised in.
The Center of Nightlife Downtown
at hotel congress
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.
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)
Salvador Duran on the Plaza (7pm)
OPTI CLUB Dance Party (10pm)
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)