10West is a dynamic, week-long, informative festival bringing together a wide range of people and interests to share perspectives and create innovative solutions. Meet our future at the intersection of technology, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Among the 80+ events during 10West is the 10West Tucson Music Showcase at Hotel Congress featuring seven top local acts on two stages. Join 10West today and grow Tucson’s tomorrow.
The master of a raw and shambolic fusion of rockabilly, blues, and fractured noise, Tav Falco was, along with the Cramps, one of the earliest purveyors of what would come to be known as psychobilly (though his version of the sound lacked the campy horror movie ambience others brought to it), and he anticipated the fractured but hard-hitting blues wailing of the Gories and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion by close to a decade. Don’t miss him live with special guest Mike Watt on bass and Chick Cashman opening.
Alicia Bognanno has been cutting her teeth on the soundboards of indie clubs and studios in Nashville for the past couple of years. Now, she’s putting her technical skills to use in the four-piece rock band Bully, in which she acts as the guitarist, singer, producer, and engineer.
lways clad in a fuzzy (and mildly psychotic-looking) rabbit mask and often wearing little else, NOBUNNY is a one-man pop-punk onslaught whose simple, infectiously hooky tunes and lusty outlook have earned comparisons to the Ramones,Hasil Adkins, and the Cramps, and whose untamed (and sometimes bottomless) stage shows have led some to call him a cuddly version of G.G. Allin. NOBUNNY is the alter ego of Justin Champlin, who was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, and relocated to San Francisco, California. Champlin first made a name for himself as the drummer with garage punks the Okmoniks and later co-founded the Sneaky Pinks, a two-man punk-pop party machine.
Once upon a time in a land far away a Frankenstein’s monster of a baby was created. Equal parts Iggy Pop, Roy Orbison and fly girl; this baby was an unusual child that would be raised all the way across the oceans in the suburbs of Newcastle, Australia by two very normal parents. Their normality however, could not stifle the ever-growing demon inside the boy that at age 14 would be unleashed on an unsuspecting Novocastrian audience. This boy is Leroy Macqueen; singer, guitarist and one half of notorious duo The Gooch Palms.
Music History is rich with rock bands fronted by Dynamic duos. Looking to carry on this yin and yang tradition are two talented young women, singer Emily Armstrong and Siouxsie Medley, who front Los Angeles’ Dead Sara – an electrifying four-piece rock band whose supercharged music is propelled by Medley’s exhilarating, monster guitar riffs and Armstrong’s powerful, wailing vocals.
It’s our biggest Nightmare on Congress St. yet, and it’s stacked up with local acts! Prom Body will be headlining the club stage which also features Altrice, Headlock, Hikikomori, Get A Grip, and Lando Chill for what we expect to be a VERY high energy performance. Local legends The Jons will be headlining the plaza stage with The Mission Creeps, Denver Broncos UK, DJ Dirtyverbs, and DJ Ripdee. As if line up wasn’t enough, we will also be dishing out $1000 in costume contest cash and prizes including an Ipad Air. Don’t sleep, this event will sell out!
2015 HALLOWEEKEND is 48 hours of insanity at the Hotel Congress…WILL YOU SURVIVE?! With $2000 in cash costume contest prizes, ipad Air, other HoCo goodies and early bird specials both days are sure to sell out! Show up early this Saturday because tickets will ONLY be available to purchase at the door.
There are four boys who make up Reptar. They have offered twice as many (if not more) explanations for why they chose to name their band after a Rugrats character. But these days, the Athens, GA based group is sticking to this one: “I first tried to name the band Invisible Boyfriend,” giggles singer-guitarist Graham Ulicny. “And everybody goes, ‘that is the stupidest name I have ever heard in my life.” So why Reptar? “It is the second stupidest band name we have ever heard.”
FUZZ is the new west coast trio comprised of Charlie Moothart (guitar), Roland Cosio (bass) and Ty Segall (drums, vocals). Ferocious, with a sludgy, psyched-out, proto-metal sound steeped in shredding fuzztone guitar, FUZZ more than lives up to its name. Comparisons to Blue Cheer, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Black Sabbath have been made and are not far off the mark.
Since this Savannah, Georgia quintet first formed in early 2001, worrying about genre limitations has never been a priority. Taking musical chances, however, always has been. While KYLESA are as heavy as any band out there, they are beholden to no one scene and no preconceived notions of what heavy music should be. Don’t miss them at this pre-Opti Club, all ages performance!
We have an epic, FREE Friday night planned for you this week featuring Tucson’s very own NORTH and Mute Swan, and well as modern Olympia, WA legends Strange Wilds (f.k.a. WET). NORTH has established themselves as one of Tucson’s staple acts, melting faces all over the US since 2005. They put together an awesome bill for their fall tour kickoff, don’t miss it!
We have a very special early Monday night performance for you this week as Mother Falcon and Ben Sollee bring “The Fall Migration” tour to Hotel Congress. Nick Gregg of Mother Falcon and Ben Sollee are two very talented cellists that will be backed by a 15 person ensemble at this particular show, the music will truly move you.
Forged from a history of hardship and partying, Prof’s music and career reflect the dichotomy that his life has been. His music documents everything he has experienced; from adversities as a child, like his father setting fire to their home or sleeping on a bean bag growing up, to his adult diversions, like his love affair with whiskey and women (in that order). Much the same, his career has also seen this duality. After grinding on the Minneapolis hip-hop scene for over ten years with little to show besides a small ravenous fan base, Prof has recently begun to make serious national traction on the back of his unique recordings and must see live shows.
Emily Kinney is an actor and songwriter best known for her role as Beth Greene on AMC’s hit television series The Walking Dead. Kinney’s musical talents have been featured on TV, in musical theater, and in her own releases. A Nebraska native, she studied theatre at Nebraska Wesleyan University and New York University, staying in NYC to pursue her acting and music career. Kinney worked in theatre off-broadway and regionally before landing a role on Broadway in the musical adaptation of Spring Awakening.
The Mantooth Group presents an absolutely stacked pop punk bill this Thursday at Hotel Congress. Starting with Tiny Moving Parts, followed by Jeff Rosenstock and PUP, and finally closed out by the one and only Modern Baseball. We imagine this show will be wild so come ready to rock and get your tickets now before it’s too late!
This fall, Tucson-based sonic voyager Brian Lopez is heading to Europe for a 31-show tour in support of his critically acclaimed sophomore album, STATIC NOISE. 2015 has been a busy year for Lopez. He was on the road with Giant Sand for most of the summer, and before that, he spent several weeks touring through France with his Tucson-based band playing sold-out shows in support of the European release of STATIC NOISE. Don’t miss his first local show since February and send our hometown hero off to Europe in style!
“Yob might be one of the best bands in North America,” declared Ben Ratliff in a feature New York Times article in March of 2010 that can be best described as gushing. The Eugene, OR-based doom metal trio has seen similar praise worldwide, with a growing host of fans citing the band as one of the most profound and accomplished doom metal phenomena of the twenty-first century.
A pocketknife is one of the most utilitarian tools you can possess. “It is small but has a million uses. It can open locks, cut ties and be used as a weapon or even for first aid,” says Monica Birkenes, aka Mr Little Jeans. Pocketknife also happens to be the title of the Norwegian chanteuse’s debut album, due out on Capitol imprint Harvest Records in March of 2014.
He is one of the most successful and prolific independent rappers of all time. He has recorded a string of revered collaborative albums with Fashawn, 9th Wonder and Slug of Atmosphere (as Felt). He’s also the owner and founder of the groundbreaking Paid Dues festival, which highlights the best underground rap on the planet. But one thing MURS lacked was a definitive solo album. Until now.
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)