Roman Barten-Sherman celebrates the release of his new self-titled album of entrancing instrumental acoustic blues compositions!! Joining him are Trans Van Santos, one of the leading lights of the West Coast Neo-Psychedelia movement, and The Sinners, a local country blues band with Najima Rainey & Ned Gittings sing the blues with a southwestern style.
222 delivers their own power-packed take on dance rock via a mixture of pop-punk 80s/90s influenced rock mixed with current electronic influences. The duo is bringing these infectious sounds back to Club Congress for a wild show! Catch them with local support from Bruja & the Coyotes and Infinite Souls.
Impotence: Soft Stories is a collection of darkly humorous, true-to-life stories written and performed by comedian Ryan Malco. Each story chronicles Ryan’s ongoing battle with emotional and physical impotence. Ryan’s stories maintain their humor while confronting topics including sexual identity, sexual abuse, and suicide. Originally from Tucson, Ryan is now located in New York and is a regular at Carolines on Broadway and other stages across the city. Hosted by Matt Ziemak and featuring a special appearance by Monte Benjamin.
Austin weirdo punk band Sailor Poon was born in 2015 as a playful, sarcasm-fueled response to the big red Texas patriarchy. The loud, unapologetic pack of gals compliments their garagey, psychedelic post-punk anthems with chaotic live performances, some notably featuring rollerskates, broken baby cribs, and weedwackers. They’ve shared stages with the likes of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, King Khan, The Coathangers and more, and now they’re sharing the stage with some our favorite local bands! Joining them are Hannah Yeun and Tropical Beach from AZ as well as Trash Romeo from Portland!
Atlanta noise-rockers, Wh**es, are bringing their crushingly heavy tones and sludgy riffs to Club Congress alongside Seattle-based post-hardcore grungers are FINALLY gracing us with their presence after an unfortunate cancellation last year!
“Yung Gravy,” “Lil Steamer,” “Mr. Clean,” “Mr. Butter,” or “The Young Steve Harvey.” Whatever you want to call him, the Wisconsin rapper has taken the internet by storm since he started releasing music in 2016. Despite his formidable success, Gravy remained faceless on the internet until Oct 20, 2017 when he uploaded his first music video. Some remarkable trademarks of his astounding opus include: Various holiday themes, references to several well-known singers and athletes such as, George Michael, Scottie Pippen, Steve Harvey, e.t.c. and Yung Gravy’s vocal tone bearing resemblance to that of the late Frank Sinatra. Most importantly, his music is FUN, and we couldn’t be more hyped to welcome him to the club stage.
Longtime local rock n roll mainstay and friend of Hotel Congress, Rich Hopkins, is bringing his band, The Luminarios, to our outside door stage! Join us for a rockin evening with great weather and support from Billy Sedlmayr!
There’s a whole world contained within Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. They’re a Noh-Wave prog collective, a black-and-white (and sometimes red) theatre company, an operatic psych cult, and the speculative prophets of humanity’s impending doom. Above it all, though, they’re a thunderous rock band, and on their upcoming third album, DIRT, they’re the heaviest they’ve ever been.
Miss Olivia & the Interlopers’ sound is a pinch of Erykah Badu soul, a drop of the gospel-tinged blues of The Black Crowes and everything in-between. Birds and Arrows is fuzz-infused rock and roll with a light heart and lots of talent. Catch the two local favorites performing at our Spring Concert Series on the plaza!
Chicago-based folk sweetheart, Ryley Walker, is making his way out West in support of his new album, “Deafman Glance”. Catching his entrancing melodies for the first time on our stage on April 15th!
Moonwalks dwell deep within the Detroit underground and DIY scene playing everywhere from smoky dive bars to wild house parties in dilapidated and decaying old mansions. And now, they’re making their way to Club Congress! Join them as they woo you with their indie Siberian psychedelic space rock!
Lou Rebecca has mastered the art of sophistication in pop music. With a background in piano, guitar and ballet, Lou not only writes her own songs and performs many of the instruments on her record, she also takes full control of every aspect of her persona including choreography and directing her own music videos. Her debut EP on the lauded Austin electronic label, Holodeck ranges from dance anthems to tender ballads. Don’t miss her alongside labelmates, Missions for an evening showcasing some of the best electronic coming out of Austin, TX.
Sundust Road are “Tucson Honkabilly” — rich harmonies, stripped- down percussion, upright bass, and Bakersfield-esque guitar deliver a unique take on Americana that blends the genres of classic country, rockabilly, western swing, and honky-tonk with a desert flair all their own. Joining them on our plaza stage for the Spring Concert Series is Freddy Parish, with his slick old-timey country rhythms.
Retro Game Show Night is hosted by Tempest DuJour, the “Delicate Flower of the Desert.” She is Tucson’s (and possibly Arizona’s) largest drag queen and has a blazing wit that’s just as big as she is. At RGSN, we play vintage television game shows with special “celebrity” guests and real contestants from the audience. This month, we’re playing The Family Fuss – this is definitely not your grandma’s game show!
Get into the cowboy spirit with the Tucsonics Western Swing Band. The band plays its way from the origins of early fiddle and dance hall bands to chart topping hits of the 1930s and ‘40s, featuring the legendary music of Bob Wills, Tex Williams, Spade Cooley and Merle Haggard, as well as the not-so-famous works of Jimmy Bryant, Johnny Gimble, Milton Brown, Tommy Duncan and Speedy West. Featuring Nick Coventry on fiddle, Fred Hayes on drums, Evan Dane on bass, Matt Mitchell on guitar, and Alvin Blane on guitar, steel and more. Grab a partner, put on your boots and come on down and dance!
Imarhan, meaning ‘the ones I care about’, started out around 2008, a loose collection of friends who began to play together. Their music reflects their cultural and generational background; dry guitar riffs, pop melodies and pan-African rhythms which draw on traditional Tuareg music, African ballads and the modern pop and rock the band heard growing up. Catch them making their debut appearance on the Club Congress stage with support from Tucson’s own krautrock masters, The Myrrors!
Covenant, based in Sweden, was born in 1986 out of the new wave of electronic music spreading through Europe and the US. Informed largely by ground-breaking bands like Kraftwerk, The Human League, Depeche Mode, Front 242 and Nitzer Ebb, the group gained notoriety throughout the next 30 years, releasing a total of nine studio albums – theyre most recent, titled “Blinding Dark”, appeared on shelves in November of 2016. Catch them at Club Congress with support from The Shift (members of Alter Der Ruine and Ensphere) and Tristan/Iseult.
Garage punkers, Man Hands, are making the long and arduous trek down from Phoenix to share their excitement about their upcoming THIRD album release! Joining them in the celebration are local punk mainstays, Lenguas Largas, and schizophrenic rockers, Krab Legz.
It’s hard to believe the Montreal duo’s breakthrough album “Wait to Pleasure” came out five years ago, maybe because few bands have rekindled late-80s shoegaze so memorably since. Their forthcoming EP, a collaborative effort with Sonic Boom, contains four glistening tracks that dance along the lines of electronica, trip-hop and experimental noise. See them alongside some of Tucson’s finest experimentalists for FREE.
Dreamdecay live in their own liminal zone: too punk for psych, and too far out for punk. Armed with angular post-punk riffs and rapid-fire bursts of noise that recalls the best of Arizona’s own Destruction Unit, the Seattle, Washington natives craft pop dirges of the highest caliber. See them (FOR FREE) alongside the agoraphobic shoegaze of Hikikomori and Tempe no-wavers, Soft Shoulder.
APX Studios Presents: X Fest Urban Dance Showcase (8pm)
Random Acts of Karaoke (8:30pm)
Retrolution: a 90s Dance Party w/ DJ Sid the Kid (10pm)
Whaja Dew and Espresso (8pm)
Geeks Who Drink (8pm)
Magic Wednesdays with Street Blues Family (8pm)
Shoreline Mafia (6:30pm)
Optimist Club (10PM)
June West (8pm)
El Tambo (10pm on the plaza)
After-Hours w/ DJ Ripdee (12am in the club)
St. Patrick’s Day Party (1pm)
Retro Game Show Night Presents Hollywood(ish) Squares (6pm)
Saturdaze Dance Party (10pm)
Hot Club of Tucson (10:30am)
Ynot Karaoke (10pm)