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.
Currently consisting of Justin Pearson (The Locust, Head Wound City, All Leather, Swing Kids), Michael Crain (Festival of Dead Deer, Kill the Capulets), Brian Evans, and Keith Hendriksen (Kill the Capulets, Virginia Reed), Retox is marked by a speed and sound that seeks to shatter apathy. Here’s your chance to see the 31G band live at Hotel Congress.
We’re coming up on nearly eight months of events as Bank Notes and in that time club congress has undoubtably served as our incubator. It seems only fitting then that we would host our very first Cassette Release Party to kick off the annual HOCO Fest this year!
This year, HOCO Fest begins with a massive dance party: bringing together the best electronic and alternative club music Tucson has to offer. At the helm of it all we have Zackey Force Funk—Tucson-raised LA-based Singer, Songwriter, Producer, and Multi-Instrumentalist DJ—taking over Optimist Club, Club Congress’s long-running Weekly Alternative Club Night. Earlier in the evening, Bank Notes—a burgeoning cassette label and weekly DJ residency —will be celebrating the release of their first two records. The annual water balloon fight out on the plaza is just the icing on the cake…
HOCO Fest Day 2 features acts that are quintessentially, undeniably Tucson. In the club we have Giant Sand—the brainchild of Howe Gelb, the undisputed grandparent of Alt-Country /Desert Rock—as well as Gabe Sullivan, one of the Old Pueblo’s most ambitious and prolific talents, and a former protégé of Howe’s, to boot! Outside on the Plaza, Friday Night Resident DJ Logan DirtyVerbs curates another excellent El Tambó—rated consistently as the best dance party by the Tucson Weekly—featuring the talents of Qutiapena, Buyepongo, and Vox Urbana.
HOCO VINYL is a Record Fair of epic proportions. Taking over both the lobby and the club all afternoon, popular local vendors like Bookmans, Zia Records, Wooden Tooth, Old Paint, and PDQ will peddle their wares alongside local hobbyists and collectors. To set the tone, some of our finest selectors and crate diggers will be DJing for you while you peruse the crates and perhaps enjoy one of our award-winning Bloody Mary’s…
HOCO Fest Day 3 was specifically tailored to showcase the best of Tucson musical past and future with two great—if not completely different—showcases. On the plaza, we have The Dusty Chaps, a seminal honky tonk country swing band based in Tucson, Arizona in the 1970s & early 80s. Maybe only Linda Ronstadt eclipses the Dusty Chaps as far as enduring popularity in the Old Pueblo. In the club we have an evening curated by Lando Chill, Tucson’s newest darling and recent signee to indie-rap giant, Mello Music Group. Lando’s last live band performance at Club Congress was legendary; arguably the best-attended release show in HOCO history.
On HOCO Fest’s 4th and final day, Sergio Mendoza and Camilo Lara host the Club stage with support from Brian Lopez and Y La Bamba. In addition, join us for an evening of free entertainment and BBQing on the plaza presented by Creative Tucson featuring the talents of The Pangs, Jon Rauhouse, and more!
The free plaza stage hosts a gamut of Arizona musical flavors (and don’t forget legendary Cup BBQ)! We kick off the stage by honoring one of Tucson’s most well regarded musicians: Michael Ronstadt, who passed away on August 7th. The stellar Jon Rauhouse, Marianne Dissard, and The Pangs round out the bill.
Despite the name, Matt the Electrician is no longer an electrician, focusing instead on a music career that has spanned the course of two decades, a dozen records, and literally thousands of shows. It’s folk music for a modern age, rooted in lyrics that focus on the realities and challenges of the 21st century as opposed to, say, the old-school thrill of hopping trains. Catch this grounding show at Club Congress, there may or may not be some awesome surprise guests….!
M. Crane, local indie rock outfit, have created a killer new EP and we’re excited to be celebrating its release at Club Congress! Joining them are indie rock brothers Architecture and Digital Persuasion. It’s going to be one heck of a night!
Your favorite local club night is BACK Thursday, September 8th with “GOTHTIMIST CLUB”! Tristan/Iseult of Phoenix’s HÄXAN are joining local DJ Plastic Disease to bring you a night of gothic glory. Wear your gothic best and come on down for some incredible DJs and can’t-miss drink specials!
Trevor Hall’s music – an eclectic mix of acoustic rock, reggae and Sanskrit chanting – echo with the names and teachings of divinities, while maintaining an incredibly and refreshingly universal message. While on the road, Trevor sees the stage as his moving temple, a place where he can share in the experience of his spiritual journey with his audience.
Local haunted western mystics, Crystal Radio, are releasing a new album, and we’re hosting their celebration! Come join us and opener Parker Smith as we welcome this new creative venture from the beloved group!
Assemblage 23 is the brainchild of Seattle-based Tom Shear, who spent a decade on various electronic projects before finding success as a respected EBM act. For live performances he is accompanied by Paul Seegers on keyboards and Michael Jenney on drums.
Join us at Hotel Congress for an awesome new open mic experience! From music to stand up to spoken word, if you have something to say or sing- we wanna hear it! Perform on the same stage that many of the greats have played on! Bring your friends down and hang out with other awesome local artists.
Dynamic instrumental duo El Ten Eleven return to Hotel Congress for another mind blowing performance. El Ten Eleven has become one of the most entertaining traveling bands in the world today with incredible musicianship and pop sensibilities. Don’t miss them rock the club with Mylets at this all ages show!
Prescott’s Jared & the Mill return to Hotel Congress for this early Thursday performance. They will be joined by fresh indie act Edison for this all ages show, get down here and enjoy these special songwriters.
The 5th Annual Born & Brewed Celebration at The Hotel Congress. Who will take claim to Tucson’s Beer Cup in 2016? Find out with us on September 17.
Club Congress is honored to welcome back MAC SABBATH!
…MAC SABBATH is exactly what it sounds like: a McDonald’s-themed Black Sabbath tribute band!
Join us for an evening of what the band themselves have coined “Drive Thru Metal,” you won’t soon forget it!
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)