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Briscoe
7:00PM

Briscoe

Wednesday February 21st with support from Nathaniel Riley Doors 7pm ADV $15 | DOS $18 All ages —BRISCOE—West of It All, the debut album from Americana folk-rock band Briscoe, is a coming-of-age… Read more

Wednesday February 21st
with support from Nathaniel Riley

Doors 7pm

ADV $15 | DOS $18

All ages

—BRISCOE—West of It All, the debut album from Americana folk-rock band Briscoe, is a coming-of-age soundtrack set against the backdrop of the Texas Hill Country. Written in the Lone Star State and recorded in North Carolina, it’s an album that charts its own musical geography, with production from Grammy nominee Brad Cook (Bon Iver, Waxahatchee, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats) and adventurous songwriting that bridges the gap between classic American roots music and its modern-day incarnation.

From free backyard performances on the outskirts of UT Austin’s campus to sold-out gigs at Antone’s Nightclub and The Continental Club Gallery, Briscoe’s growth — like the group’s music itself — has been organic. Bandmates Truett Heintzelman and Philip Lupton built their grassroots following the old-school way: by carving out a sound that nodded to the golden era of folk, rock, and pop music, then getting onstage and building a genuine relationship with their audience. That authenticity led to opening slots for Caamp and Zach Bryan. Signed by ATO Records while still pursuing undergraduate degrees as college students, the Texas natives wrote West of It All as graduation loomed in the distance, funneling the stories of their college experience — from heartbreak to hard-won lessons to weekend trips into the rural countryside — into a raw, rugged blend of classic and contemporary influences.

“Will you be content with the stories told of your days of youth to your days of old?” the bandmates sing during “The Well,” a song that finds Briscoe negotiating the transition from adolescence to adulthood. It was during adolescence that Heintzelman and Lupton first met as teenagers at a summer camp on the outskirts of Kerrville, Texas. “I walked into camp as a 14 year-old redheaded kid who didn’t know anybody at all, so I just kept my eyes on the ground,” Lupton remembers. “A couple feet away from me was another person wearing the exact same pair of Chacos as me, and when we both looked up, it felt like we were looking in the mirror.” Lupton and Heintzelman didn’t just look alike; they were both drawn to similar music, too, from golden-era folk duos like Simon & Garfunkel to 21st century torchbearers like the Avett Brothers. They hit it off immediately, and at a talent show later that week, the two campers performed John Prine’s “Paradise,” laying the brickwork for the collaborative sound they’d eventually make as Briscoe.

Initially formed as an outlet for Lupton’s songwriting while still in high school, Briscoe blossomed into something bigger once the two friends reunited at UT Austin. Both were songwriters, vocalists, and multi-instrumentalists, and they formed a highly-capable duo, playing house shows and backyard parties as a two-piece act before selling out venue after venue after expanding their lineup into a proper band. They strummed acoustic guitars, plucked banjos, stacked their voices into harmony, and built each song around cinematic, cathartic hooks. Whenever writer’s block threatened their progress, the two musicians would leave town for a few days and head west, finding new motivation in the wilderness of the Texas Hill Country. “We have an appreciation and an awe for that place,” says Heintzelman. “To us, the Hill Country is one of the most beautiful places on this earth, and it became an inspiration when we were writing these songs.” The Hill Country quickly became a pivotal part of Briscoe’s music, influencing everything from the Wild West blues of “Hill Country Baby” to the fiddle-fueled stomp of “When the Desert.”

Before long, the guys were also making regular trips to Brad Cook’s studio in North Carolina, where they recorded West of It All during the homestretch of their college days. Cook, who played bass on the sessions, encouraged the band to explore unique territory throughout. “Brad was very adamant about highlighting the parts of our sound that are different from everything else out there,” Lupton remembers. “He’s very forward-thinking. He loves old music, but he wants to help make the next new sound. Truett and I would come into the studio and track something, and we’d think it sounded like a blend of several bands we love, and Brad would say, ‘No, boys, it sounds like Briscoe.’”

It sounds like Briscoe, indeed. With contributions from drummer Matt McCaughan (Bon Iver) and multi-instrumentalist Phil Cook (Megafaun, Hiss Golden Messenger), West of It All offers a singular version of genre-fluid folk music. “The Well” is a rousing, rootsy rave-up — the kind of festival-friendly song that all but demands its listener sing along — with an unexpectedly brainy core, full of water metaphors inspired by Lupton’s bachelor’s degree in hydrogeology. “Sparrows” is a literary folk song, its chord progression driven forward by a loping banjo pattern and its lyrics inspired by the character of Cathy Ames from John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. “Coyotes,” one of the album’s many tributes to West Texas, finds the two bandmates literally howling in harmony, and “Hill Country Baby” broadens the band’s instrumental palette with alto sax and electric guitar. It’s a broad, bold mix, captured by two young musicians who’ve distilled the rush of early adulthood into 10 sharply-written songs. Still in their infancy as a band, Briscoe sound fully grown on West of It All, a self-assured album that follows no directions but its very own.

Snotty Nose Rez Kids
7:00PM

Snotty Nose Rez Kids

Thursday, February 22nd with support from Tommy Will and Cash Lansky Doors 7pm ADV $22 | DOS $25 21+ Read more

Thursday, February 22nd
with support from Tommy Will and Cash Lansky

Doors 7pm

ADV $22 | DOS $25

21+

Pete Swan Presents: Latin American Guitar Night

Pete Swan Presents: Latin American Guitar Night

($10-$15 Tickets | 7pm show) Classical guitarists Facundo Martínez, Andrés Pantoja and Ignacio Mondaca will perform a series of works by Latin American composers from different countries such as Argentina, Paraguay, Chile… Read more

($10-$15 Tickets | 7pm show) Classical guitarists Facundo Martínez, Andrés Pantoja and Ignacio Mondaca will perform a series of works by Latin American composers from different countries such as Argentina, Paraguay, Chile and Brazil. The evening will be full of instrumental music for solo guitar and duets with music of different rhythms and styles, as well as music full of melody and sensitivity

**Ignacio Mondaca (guitar) Andrés Pantoja (guitar) Facundo Martinez (guitar)**

**Ignacio Mondaca**, an accomplished guitarist hailing from Hermosillo, Mexico, has become a notable presence in the cultural scene. His debut at the Festival del Pitic in 2017 marked a milestone, featuring a captivating performance that showcased his mastery of classical guitar with compositions by renowned artists like J.S. Bach and Joaquin Rodrigo. Notably, Mondaca has also left his musical imprint on the Festival Kino, gracing stages in Tumacacori (AZ), Magdalena, Caborca, and Pitiquito, where he passionately advocated for the significance of music, arts, and culture in educational settings.

Mondaca’s journey is underscored by notable achievements, including three consecutive victories at the Annual David & Leonard Schaeffer Memorial guitar competition and receiving a new concert classical guitar at the William Wolfe Award Recital in 2015. His dedication led him to win a scholarship for a transformative experience at Domaine Forget in Canada, where he not only performed at prestigious venues but also honed his skills through private classes with maestros like Alvaro Pierri and Lorenzo Michelli. This trajectory, fueled by his unwavering passion for music, began when he started playing the guitar at 12 in his hometown of Hermosillo. Now pursuing a Master’s degree at the University of Arizona, Ignacio Mondaca continues to make waves in the classical music realm, leaving an indelible mark on audiences and the musical landscape alike.

**Andrés Pantoja** was born in Chillán, Chile, in 1981. He started his guitar studies at the age of 13 with Professor Edith Vásquez, his mother. He completed his undergraduate studies in Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile with Professor Oscar Ohlsen. After graduating with the highest honor award, he continued his studies under the guidance of Luis Orlandini. He is currently pursuing a DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) in performance with Professor Thomas Patterson in The Bolton Guitar Studies Program at the University of Arizona in the United States. He has performed in the United States, Switzerland, France, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Uruguay and in the most important festivals in Chile. Moreover, he has been featured in TV programs, radio programs, and as a soloist along with ensembles as prestigious as the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Chile, and the University of Santiago de Chile Classical Orchestra, among others. He has premiered solo works and chamber music, in addition to the Concert for guitar and orchestra”…y truncaron tu canto…” by the Chilean composer Víctor Ortiz.

**Facundo Martinez** is a Master’s Student at the Bolton Guitar Studies program at the University of Arizona. He teaches many students and has studied extensively with masters of the instrument such as David Russell, Eduardo Isaac, Romilio Orellana, Daniel Wolf and Berta Rojas.

Party Lab $4 Wells every Thursday!
10:00PM

Party Lab $4 Wells every Thursday!

Join us for Party Lab every Thursdays with a $4 well special! -Halsero & Roch -KPMADMAN -BEX Halsero & Roch with a heavy rotation of open format remixes of hip hop and… Read more

Join us for Party Lab every Thursdays with a $4 well special!

-Halsero & Roch
-KPMADMAN
-BEX

Halsero & Roch with a heavy rotation of open format remixes of hip hop and throwbacks, KPmadman playing undergound dace music and Bex with the house, disco and grooves.

10pm-2am

West by Northwest
7PM & 9PM

West by Northwest

($25-$35 | 7pm & 9pm shows) ***West by Northwest*** brings together four highly acclaimed artists who have performed worldwide with a who’s who of jazz.  The band’s live performances embrace jazz’ past, present, and future,… Read more

($25-$35 | 7pm & 9pm shows) ***West by Northwest*** brings together four highly acclaimed artists who have performed worldwide with a who’s who of jazz.  The band’s live performances embrace jazz’ past, present, and future, with a great chemistry and an adventurous, hard-swinging style.

Trumpet master **Jason Carder** (Yanni, Maria Schneider, Ray Charles, Woody Herman), Tucson, AZ pianist **Angelo Versace** (Take 6, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton), and the swinging rhythm team of bassist **Tom Wakeling** (Lee Konitz, James Moody, Mel Torme), and drummer **Dom Moio** (Clark Terry, Herb Ellis, Ahmad Jamal) join forces only a handful of times each year to perform as West by Northwest. Their time together on the bandstand is always a musical highlight of the year, both for them and for their audiences!

West by Northwest’s compositional maturity, musicality, humor, energy, and crushing groove always leave audiences wanting more!

Emo Nite at Club Congress!
9:00PM

Emo Nite at Club Congress!

Friday February 23rd 9pm ADV $20 | DOS $24 + fees $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Living The Dream Foundation. Read more

Friday February 23rd

9pm

ADV $20 | DOS $24 + fees

$1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Living The Dream Foundation.

RED EYE at Club Congress (Fridays)
10:00PM

RED EYE at Club Congress (Fridays)

Red Eye at Club Congress! $5 Seltzers, $5 Wells, $5 AMF’s Every Friday! 10pm Free Enter with ID at Club or 5th Ave entrances -Pico de Gallo on the Plaza -Bex &… Read more

Red Eye at Club Congress!

$5 Seltzers, $5 Wells, $5 AMF’s Every Friday!

10pm

Free

Enter with ID at Club or 5th Ave entrances

-Pico de Gallo on the Plaza

-Bex & Halsero in the Club

Late Night with the Melancholy Babies

Late Night with the Melancholy Babies

(No Cover | 10:30pm Show) After Saturday night’s show, join the Melancholy Babies for late night! Speciallizing in early jazz, the Melancholoy Babies hail from the High Desert of Joshua Tree and… Read more

(No Cover | 10:30pm Show) After Saturday night’s show, join the Melancholy Babies for late night! Speciallizing in early jazz, the Melancholoy Babies hail from the High Desert of Joshua Tree and are making their Century Room debut.

Retro Game Show Night Presents: Win, Lose, or Draw Badly!
6:00PM

Retro Game Show Night Presents: Win, Lose, or Draw Badly!

Saturday, February 24th 6pm doors, 7pm show $15 21+ Our newest game is back! Don’t miss Win, Lose or Draw Badly on Saturday February 24 at Hotel Congress! Join your glamorously garrulous… Read more

Saturday, February 24th

6pm doors, 7pm show

$15

21+

Our newest game is back! Don’t miss Win, Lose or Draw Badly on Saturday February 24 at Hotel Congress!

Join your glamorously garrulous host Chatty Kathee and her gregariously glittered executive assistant Swish Manley for a ridiculously raucous night of Win, Lose or Draw Badly! The deliciously dingy Bernaise and hilariously hyper Star Samuels will join the fun as our celebrity guests! Put your name in Kathee’s big, red, sparkly box for a chance to play for stupendous prizes and staggering fame!!

C’mon down to Hotel Congress for Tucson’s very own Retro Game Show Night – now in its 13th year! Open seat tickets are just $15 at the door, at Hotel Congress’s front desk or online (service fees may apply)! Doors open at 6pm and the bad drawing starts at 7pm. Drop everything and get your tickets NOW! 21+

(Open seat & SRO tickets will be available at the door the night of show until we run out!)

Coco Montoya
7:00PM

Coco Montoya

Saturday, February 24th Doors 7pm ADV $25 | DOS $30 All Welcome —COCO MONTOYA—“’Just play what you feel, be real about it, and enjoy yourself.’ That’s what Albert Collins taught me,” says… Read more

Saturday, February 24th

Doors 7pm

ADV $25 | DOS $30

All Welcome

—COCO MONTOYA—“’Just play what you feel, be real about it, and enjoy yourself.’ That’s what Albert Collins taught me,” says the award-winning guitar virtuoso and soul-deep singer Coco Montoya. The self-taught, left-handed Montoya mastered his craft under Collins’ tutelage. Incorporating lessons learned from his mentors, the iconic Collins (for whom he originally drummed), and UK legend John Mayall, Montoya puts his own stamp onto every song he performs. Since his first solo album in 1995 (which won him the Blues Music Award for Best New Artist), Montoya’s endlessly inventive guitar work and passionate, hard-hitting vocals have kept him at the top of the blues world. With his new Alligator Records album, Writing On The Wall (his sixth for the label), Montoya delivers what he is already calling one of the best records he’s ever made. For the very first time on Alligator, he decided to bring his road-tested band—noted keyboardist and songwriter Jeff Paris (Keb’ Mo’, Bill Withers), bassist Nathan Brown, and drummer Rena Beavers—into the studio with him. Between the camaraderie of the long-time bandmates and the sheer talent of all involved, the results have left Coco, in his words, “over the moon.”

Produced by Grammy Award-winner Tony Braunagel (Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal) and co-produced by Jeff Paris, Writing On The Wall is a tour-de-force of memorable, hook-filled songs, sung with passion and fueled by equally memorable, top shelf musicianship. The 13 tracks include five written or co-written by Montoya. The set opens with a signature, career-defining performance of the soul-baring I Was Wrong, written for Coco by songwriter Dave Steen. From the blistering Save It For The Next Fool to the enjoy now/pay later philosophy of Jeff Paris’ (I’d Rather Feel) Bad About Doin’ It to the riveting reinvention of Lonnie Mack’s Stop, Montoya delivers each song with heart-pounding emotion. Special guest Lee Roy Parnell adds his well-seasoned slide guitar to the smoldering A Chip And A Chair. And Coco’s friend, guitarist Ronnie Baker Brooks (son of late Alligator star Lonnie Brooks), joins in for some good-natured fun on the droll Baby, You’re A Drag and adds his blistering playing to the searing cover of Bobby Bland’s You Got Me.

“I am so proud of this one,” Montoya says of Writing On The Wall. “We recorded in Jeff Paris’ studio and everything just gelled together. And the band inspired me; they all gave extra effort at every turn. Jeff, Nathan and Rena played so great, they ended up making me play even harder. They made me sound better than I am!”

Henry “Coco” Montoya was born in Santa Monica, California, on October 2, 1951, and raised in a working-class family. Growing up, Coco immersed himself in his parents’ record collection. He listened to big band jazz, salsa, doo-wop and rock ‘n’ roll. His first love was drums; he acquired a kit at age 11. He got a guitar two years later. “I’m sure the Beatles had something to do with this,” Montoya recalls. “I wanted to make notes as well as beats.” But guitar was his secondary instrument. Montoya turned his love of drumming into his profession, playing in a number of area rock bands while still in his teens and becoming an in-demand drummer.

In 1969, Montoya saw Albert King opening a Creedence Clearwater Revival/Iron Butterfly concert at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. He was transformed. “After King got done playing,” says Montoya, “my life was changed. When he played, the music went right into my soul. It grabbed me so emotionally that I had tears welling up in my eyes. Nothing had ever affected me to this level. He showed me what music and playing the blues were all about.

I knew that was what I wanted to do.”

The next chapter of Montoya’s story was kick-started by a chance meeting in the mid-1970s with legendary bluesman Albert Collins. Montoya says, “Albert was coming through Los Angeles and needed to borrow my drum set, which I left at the club where he was going to be playing. I went down to see his show that night and it just tore my head off. The thing that I had seen and felt with Albert King came pouring back on me when I saw Albert Collins.”

A short time later, Collins hired Montoya as his band’s drummer. With Albert mentoring Coco on the guitar during the band’s downtime, Coco soon became Collins’ second guitarist. “We’d sit in hotel rooms for hours and play guitar,” remembers Montoya. “He’d play that beautiful rhythm of his and just have me play along. He was always saying, ‘Don’t think about it, just feel it.’ He was like a father to me,” says Coco, who often slept at Collins’ home. When Collins declared Montoya his “son,” it was the highest praise and affection he could offer. In return, Montoya learned everything he could from the legendary Master of the Telecaster.

Needing a more regular paycheck, Montoya left Collins’ band after two years and took a job tending bar, jamming on weekends at Los Angeles clubs. One day, legendary British musician John Mayall heard Coco playing Otis Rush’s All Your Love (I Miss Loving) onstage. Soon after, Mayall called on Montoya to join his famous Bluesbreakers. Filling the shoes of previous Bluesbreaker guitarists Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor would not be easy, but Montoya knew he could not pass up the opportunity to play with another legend. For the next ten years he toured the world and recorded with Mayall on seven albums, soaking up the experience of life on the road and in the recording studio.

Montoya’s recorded debut as a bandleader came with 1995’s Gotta Mind To Travel (originally on Silvertone Records in England and later issued in the USA on Blind Pig Records). The album became an instant fan favorite. Blues enthusiasts, radio programmers and critics sent praise from all corners. The album immediately made it clear that Montoya ranked among the best players on the contemporary scene. Two more Blind Pig albums followed, and Coco was well on his way.

In 2000, Montoya’s Alligator debut, Suspicion, quickly became the best-selling album of his career, earning regular radio airplay on over 120 stations nationwide. Montoya’s fan base exploded. After two more highly successful and massively popular Alligator releases—2002’s Can’t Look Back and 2007’s Dirty Deal—Montoya signed with Ruf Records, cutting both a live and a studio album. Returning to Alligator with 2017’s Hard Truth and 2019’s Coming In Hot, the guitar master continued to blaze his trail. “Montoya unleashes one career-topping performance after another,” declared the UK’s Blues Matters.

Still an indefatigable road warrior, Montoya continues to tour virtually nonstop, bringing audiences to their feet from New York to New Orleans to Chicago to San Francisco. Across the globe, he’s performed in countries including Australia, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, England, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Italy, Poland, Russia, the Czech Republic and Canada.

Now, with the dynamic Writing On The Wall and a tour calendar busting at the seams, Coco Montoya is as excited as he’s ever been to perform the new songs live with his burning-hot band. Montoya’s well-earned reputation as an eye-popping live performer precedes him. Vintage Guitar states, “Coco keeps getting better and better. He plays with fire and passion rarely seen in this day and age.” Billboard declares, “In a world of blues guitar pretenders, Coco Montoya is the real McCoy. He exudes power and authenticity. Be prepared to get scorched by the real thing.”

Christian Wiggs Quintet
7PM & 9PM

Christian Wiggs Quintet

($25-$35 | 7pm & 9pm Shows ) Welcome vocalist, composer, arranger and bandleader **Christian Wiggs** to the Century Room for a unforgettably fun night of music! **Christian Wiggs** Christian Wiggs is a… Read more

($25-$35 | 7pm & 9pm Shows ) Welcome vocalist, composer, arranger and bandleader **Christian Wiggs** to the Century Room for a unforgettably fun night of music!

**Christian Wiggs**

Christian Wiggs is a multifaceted artist, vocalist, and bandleader who draws inspiration from luminaries such as Kurt Elling. His impressive career includes performances at renowned venues like Birdland Jazz Club and collaborations with acclaimed musicians such as Benny Benack III, Bryan Carter, and Lauren Sevian.

Christian Wiggs Big Band, under his leadership, showcases original compositions and reimagines hits from various genres through the lens of jazz tradition. Wiggs also wears the hat of a record label founder, producing records for artists like Emmet Cohen and managing Tony Award-winner Bryan Carter. Beyond his musical contributions, Wiggs is an active producer and director, with his work featured by ABC News, NPR Live Sessions, and more and, as the founder of Bandstand Presents, an Austin-based arts organization, Wiggs is dedicated to fostering inclusivity, visibility, and collaboration within jazz scenes nationwide.

RED EYE at Club Congress (Saturdays)
10:00PM

RED EYE at Club Congress (Saturdays)

Red Eye at Club Congress! $5 Seltzers, $5 Wells, $5 AMF’s Every Saturday! 10pm Free Enter with ID at Club or 5th Ave entrances -Humphouse on the Plaza -Sounds by Posi in… Read more

Red Eye at Club Congress!

$5 Seltzers, $5 Wells, $5 AMF’s Every Saturday!

10pm

Free

Enter with ID at Club or 5th Ave entrances

-Humphouse on the Plaza

-Sounds by Posi in the Club

Late Night with Victor Gutierrez

Late Night with Victor Gutierrez

(No Cover | 10:30pm Show) After Saturday night’s show, join multi-instrumentalst Victor Gutierrez along with his band for Late Night! Read more

(No Cover | 10:30pm Show) After Saturday night’s show, join multi-instrumentalst Victor Gutierrez along with his band for Late Night!

George Howard Memorial Concert Series
2:00PM

George Howard Memorial Concert Series

Sunday February 25th w/ The Jane Heirs, Mitzi and the Valiants, Miss Olivia and the Interlopers. Suggested Donation: $20.00 2pm Read more

Sunday February 25th

w/ The Jane Heirs, Mitzi and the Valiants, Miss Olivia and the Interlopers.

Suggested Donation: $20.00

2pm

Connie Brannock: Original Songs and Arrangements

Connie Brannock: Original Songs and Arrangements

($15-$25 tickets | 4:00pm doors | 5:00pm show) Join Connie Brannock and her All-Star band for an excellent afternoon show in the Century Room! **Including:** **Richard Katz-piano** **Evan Arredondo-bass** **Josh Carruthers-drums** **Aaron… Read more

($15-$25 tickets | 4:00pm doors | 5:00pm show) Join Connie Brannock and her All-Star band for an excellent afternoon show in the Century Room!

**Including:**

**Richard Katz-piano**

**Evan Arredondo-bass**

**Josh Carruthers-drums**

**Aaron Szabo-Percussion**

**Gary Love-saxophone**

**Gene Holmes-acoustic guitar**

**Mike Polletta-electric guitar**

**Tom Dukes-ukulele and the Fabulous Funkettes!**

**Connie Brannock**

Connie Brannock, the Granny Rocker, is an R&B Force of Nature! She took the Tucson music scene by storm after she retired from the Army National Guard as Command Sergeant Major, and in 2009 she re-upped as a natural bandleader and patented R&B artist with enticing authenticity. Vocalist, songwriter, percussionist, and poet, she leads Little House of Funk.

Ask the robust, happy crowds throughout the Southwest—her live shows are exhilarating!

The Nude Party
7:00PM

The Nude Party

Sunday February 25th with support from Fonteyn Doors 7pm ADV $20 | DOS $24 16+ —THE NUDE PARTY—For The Nude Party, nearly a decade has flown by in the blink of an… Read more

Sunday February 25th
with support from Fonteyn

Doors 7pm

ADV $20 | DOS $24

16+

—THE NUDE PARTY—For The Nude Party, nearly a decade has flown by in the blink of an eye. In that time, the New York-based band has released a pair of well-received albums, an EP, and played countless shows. Prior to the pandemic, the band was really starting to hit its stride. They had a system in place and were spreading their brand of melodic rock to the masses. In fact, they could count Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, and Orville Peck as vocal supporters, which led to support slots for each. Soon, incredible live appearances at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Newport Folk Festival, and Shaky Knees became the norm.

In late 2020, The Nude Party released its sophomore album, Midnight Manor, which debuted at #1 on the Alternative New Artists Album Chart. The sextet was unable to tour behind it and compared its release to skipping a stone over a raging river. A byproduct was that it showed the band that on their third album, they couldn’t lean on their tried-and-true method of testing out new material live and then hunker down to record.

Instead of sitting around, the band got busy. Setting up shop in their Upstate New York headquarters, the group used the funds they’d saved and spent a year building a studio space out of a barn. Tired of paying for studio time and being rushed, The Nude Party methodically worked at their own pace. Out were the sessions lasting a strict handful of days. In were impromptu writing moments and picking every sound as they went along.

When the band met the Tampa based engineer Matthew Horner, they discovered that they had the opposite problems: Matthew had a collection of incredible gear with no studio and The Nude Party had a great new studio with no gear. So they invited him to move his equipment up to the Catskills to record an album together. Such was the origin of the band’s third album, Rides On.

Unlike their first two albums, The Nude Party decided to produce Rides On themselves. With their new space and the help of Horner, The Nude Party had as much fun creating as they ever had at any other point in their career. The lack of pressure allowed them to record over 20 songs, including some that dabbled in electro-pop and stripped-down country before settling on the final 14 songs. Rides On, the band confidently says, is their best record. It’s also the most homegrown and the most organic record The Nude Party has created to date. Working on the album themselves allowed for a democratic process where each band member could take a fuller role in producing the songs they wrote. There was some initial trepidation about there being too many cooks in the kitchen. But as is the benefit of owning your own studio space, time was not a factor. In turn, it allowed for the band’s ideas to blossom, everyone’s voice be taken into account and create an exciting, collaborative vibe.

The relaxed atmosphere of the sessions, and arriving with only loosely structured material, allowed the band to thrive in the studio. It also unleashed a diverse sonic texture compared to their previous releases, as best demonstrated by the title track, “Ride On.” Sonically, the song is reminiscent of Sticky Fingers-era Stones, but its lyrics are mini-vignettes where Magee sings about persevering through adversity. The twangy, blues-drenched licks of the title track, the breezy desert dust encapsulated by the ‘70s infused “Hard Times,” the Shaun Couture-led “Sold Out of Love,” the swinging ‘60s garage vibes of “Cherry Red Boots,” which captures the spirit of what The Nude Party are going for — and showcases their growth as a band. As does expanding the band’s sonic palate with a cover of Dr. John’s “Somebody Tryin’ To Hoodoo Me.” It would have been easy to stick to the New Orleans musician’s format, but the band showed off their prowess with their own darker, electric version of the deep cut.

The Nude Party coalesced and embraced the spirit of collaboration. They’re excited to begin the next chapter of their career.

At a time when it would have been easy to pack it in, the band continues to persevere

Karaoke con Congress
10:00PM

Karaoke con Congress

Congratulations, you’re booked! You’re the star at Karaoke con Congress every Sunday night on the Taproom Patio – FREE @ 10pm! Read more

Congratulations, you’re booked! You’re the star at Karaoke con Congress every Sunday night on the Taproom Patio – FREE @ 10pm!

Christian Wiggs with the Century Room Jazz Orchestra

Christian Wiggs with the Century Room Jazz Orchestra

($25-$35 tickets | 7pm Show) The Century Room Jazz Orchestra backs up vocalist Christian Wiggs for a very special concert! Taking inspiration from luminaries such as Kurt Elling, Austin, TX based vocalist… Read more

($25-$35 tickets | 7pm Show) The Century Room Jazz Orchestra backs up vocalist Christian Wiggs for a very special concert! Taking inspiration from luminaries such as Kurt Elling, Austin, TX based vocalist Christian Wiggs has become one of the most notable & dynamic jazz vocalists of our time.

**Christian Wiggs**

Born to a choreographer, Wiggs’ immersion into theatre and the jazz tradition has led to a remarkable career having performed on prolific stages including Birdland Jazz Club, Blue Note New York, Jazz at Lincoln Center (Dizzy’s Club), Vibrato Grill Jazz, SXSW Music Festival, The 1905, Sam First, Jazz TX and Monks Jazz.

Christian has shared the stage with acclaimed musicians such as Benny Benack III, Bryan Carter, Steven Feifke, Martina DaSilva, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Lauren Sevian, Bijon Watson, Alexa Tarantino, Danny Jonokuchi, Summer Camargo, Troy Roberts, Jennifer Wharton, Dan “Chimy” Chmielinski, Kellin Hanas, Mathis Picard, Diego Rivera, Kate Kortum, Clark Sommers, Andre Hayward, Daniel Foose, George Fludas, Tatiana “Ladymay” Mayfield, Robert Edwards and Robert Ellis.

Suited to the modern era, the Christian Wiggs Big Band features original compositions and celebrated hits from an array of musical genres and artists. The band has received praise not only for its versatility, but for its interpretation of pop music through the lens of the jazz tradition. Christian frequently collaborates with celebrated arrangers for the ensemble such as Steven Feifke, Danny Jonokuchi, Thomas Wenglinski, Mike Sailors, Diego Rivera and John Mills.

As the founder of Bandstand’s record label, Wiggs has produced and distributed records for Emmet Cohen, Bryan Carter, Steven Feifke, Benny Benack and Kate Kortum. Not only a musical collaborator, Wiggs serves as artist management for Tony Award-winner Bryan Carter.

In addition to his own three studio albums, Wiggs is the host and producer of “Off The Bandstand” — an interview series that features celebrated jazz musicians across the world.

Behind the camera, Christian serves as an active producer and director, his work being featured by ABC News, NPR Live Sessions, Playbill, Queerty, Pride.com, and WRTI 90.1. Committed to education, Wiggs has performed and conducted lectures as a guest artist for institutions such as Texas State University, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and JazzVoice.com.

**The Century Room Jazz Orchestra**

Inspired by the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the 17-piece CRJO performs classic big band repertoire every Monday night at the Century Room starting at 7pm. Expect music from the Count Basie Orchestra, Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Thad Jones/Mel Louis Jazz Orchestra and much more! Drummers Arthur Vint, Pete Swan, Kenji Lancaster and Fred Hayes share the drum chair, alternating each week. Advanced tickets recommended!

Rotating (drums) Scott Black (bass) Angelo Versace & Sly Slipetsky (piano) Matt Mitchell (guitar) Joseph Rader (bari sax) Simeon Roth & Kevin Ravellette (tenor sax) Eric Nakanishi & Jonas Heidebrecht (alto sax) Jordan Robison, Joshua Schanie, Benjamin Constantinides, Max Goldschmid (trombone) Morani Sanders, Anthony Gibes, Tony Belletti, Jason Carder (trumpet)

METAL MONDAYS
9:00PM

METAL MONDAYS

Metal Mondays at Club Congress! A weekly metal experience at Club Congress in every Monday night! $2 PBR | $3 High Noon Seltzers | $3 Well Drinks | 1/2 Off Tequila &… Read more

Metal Mondays at Club Congress!
A weekly metal experience at Club Congress in every Monday night!

$2 PBR | $3 High Noon Seltzers | $3 Well Drinks | 1/2 Off Tequila & Mezcal Pours

9:00 PM – 2:00 AM

21+

Unleash your inner metalhead and kick off your week with a (head)bang! Don’t miss out on a weekly night of music, camaraderie, and madness.

Great Lake Swimmers
7:00PM

Great Lake Swimmers

Tuesday, February 27th w/ Clem Snide 7pm ADV $15 | DOS $18 21+ —GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS—Doubt, followed by discovery. Demos that ended up as finished tracks. New beginnings, rear-view reflections, and ruminations… Read more

Tuesday, February 27th

w/ Clem Snide

7pm

ADV $15 | DOS $18

21+

—GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS—Doubt, followed by discovery. Demos that ended up as finished tracks. New beginnings, rear-view reflections, and ruminations on the fluidity of time: Uncertain Country captures these feelings and so much more. This celebration, 11-songs long, follows a prolonged period of collective anxiety. Though recorded in different locales – and with a variety of musicians – a theme of questioning runs throughout.

Even before the world turned upside down, singer-songwriter Tony Dekker felt mired in uncertainty: from the climate crisis and the ever-changing political landscape to deep shifts within the music industry. The “uncertain country” Dekker chose as the album’s theme is not a specific place. Rather, it’s a territory we, as humans, inhabit in the 21st century – a world that, more often than not, is confusing, unfamiliar, and unsettling.

The long journey from there to here started more than three years ago when Dekker took a 10-day trip to one of his favorite places: the north shore of Lake Superior. A pair of friends and collaborators – Adam CK Vollick (who filmed the experience) and Joe Lapinski (who co-produced Uncertain Country) – joined him. On this immersive trip, the songwriter soaked in the beauty of the landscapes and learned the stories of the people who have inhabited them since time immemorial.

The two songs that open Uncertain Country, the title track and “When The Storm Has Passed,” were recorded at the Oddfellows Temple Hall in St. Catharines, Ontario, in September 2020. These jubilant sessions, following five months of unease, were a much-needed release for Dekker and his band. Both songs capture the album’s themes of the elasticity of time and processing change.

Making this joyful noise together again set a tone – and direction – for the record. The music morphed from hushed and folky to a more comforting, curated listening experience, acting as a kind of salve. One hears echoes of some of Dekker’s early 1990s influences: propeller-pop and indie lo-fi bands like Teenage Fanclub, Galaxie 500, and Buffalo Tom.

The rest of the songs on Uncertain Country were recorded in other acoustically distinctive locations close to Dekker’s home in the Niagara Region. Locales included the Silver Spire United Church in downtown St. Catharines, Ontario, and a pair of buildings in Ball’s Falls Conservation Area in the village of Jordan Station: an old chapel that featured a pump organ and a historic barn on the same property.

Long-time Great Lake Swimmers member, multi-instrumentalist Bret Higgins, is featured on many of the songs, as is keyboardist Kelsey McNulty. Guests include newcomers and old friends: the group Minuscule, an all-woman identifying choir based in the Niagara Region, led by choral arranger Laurel Minnes, and JUNO Award-winner Serena Ryder, who sings on a pair of songs: “I Tried to Reach You” and “Swimming Like Flying.” “Moonlight, Stay Above” epitomizes what Great Lake Swimmers represents. The 10-voice strong choir lifts the lonely-sounding and wistful song up. As with that addition, the band on each album is fluid and always evolving. It always starts and ends with Dekker, but the songs themselves suggest what players and instrumentation might fit best with each new recording and live touring band.

Twenty years since the first self-titled release, Uncertain Country shows a songwriter at the top of his craft with so much more to say. In a time of uncertainty, one thing is certain: the Great Lake Swimmers’ first collection of new songs in five years is worth the wait.

The Surfrajettes
7:00PM

The Surfrajettes

Wednesday, Feb 28th with support from The McCharmlys Doors 7pm $18 advance, $23 Day of Show 21+ –The Surfrajettes– The Surfrajettes are a four-piece instrumental combo from Toronto, ON, Canada. Since forming… Read more

Wednesday, Feb 28th
with support from The McCharmlys

Doors 7pm

$18 advance, $23 Day of Show

21+

–The Surfrajettes– The Surfrajettes are a four-piece instrumental combo from Toronto, ON, Canada. Since forming in late 2015, the band has charmed audiences with their clever mix of psychedelic rock and reverb-drenched surf music, sky-high beehives, go-go boots, and eyeliner as thick as their guitar strings.

The band achieved viral online notoriety from their home-made performance videos and their feature by Norman’s Rare Guitars in LA. The debut 45 single “Party Line / Toxic” released late 2018 on Hi-Tide Recordings to immediate success. The band has toured extensively in its support, including performances on The Beach Boys Cruise, The Melissa Etheridge Cruise, at Nashville Boogie, Wild O Fest in Mexico City, The New England Shake-Up!, Surf Guitar 101 Convention, Tiki Oasis & Hi-Tide Summer Holiday: Asbury Park.

The band released the follow up single “Hale’iwa Hustle / Banzai Pipeline” in 2020, supported by a festival appearance at Hi-Tide Winter Holiday: Pittsburgh. The group spent the rest of 2020 and most of 2021 writing and recording their debut LP “Roller Fink” – in stores NOW from Hi-Tide Recordings.

The Surfrajettes are guitarists Shermy Freeman and Nicole Damoff, bassist Sarah Butler, and drummer Annie Lillis. When not on tour, the group is busy woodshedding in their secret beach hut, sewing new miniskirts, debating vintage gear, and daydreaming about performing in a Quentin Tarantino movie.

Hot Club of Tucson

Hot Club of Tucson

($10 Reserved/No Cover GA | 7pm-9:30pm) Nick Coventry, Matt Mitchell and Evan Dain form the swinging Hot Club of Tucson Trio! The trio plays jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt and… Read more

($10 Reserved/No Cover GA | 7pm-9:30pm) Nick Coventry, Matt Mitchell and Evan Dain form the swinging Hot Club of Tucson Trio! The trio plays jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappeli. The band starts at 7pm. Every other Wednesday!

To sit in our listening section by the stage, be sure to buy a reserved ticket! The rest of the room is open to the general public…dancing encouraged!

The Undercover Dream Lovers: Timelapsed Tour
7:00PM

The Undercover Dream Lovers: Timelapsed Tour

Thursday February 29th with Pink Skies Doors 7pm | Show 8pm ADV $18 | DOS $20 16+ —-THE UNDERCOVER DREAM LOVERS— Originally from Pittsburgh now based in Los Angeles, Matt Koenig has… Read more

Thursday February 29th
with Pink Skies

Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

ADV $18 | DOS $20

16+

—-THE UNDERCOVER DREAM LOVERS— Originally from Pittsburgh now based in Los Angeles, Matt Koenig has navigated his career completely as an independent act. Citing some of his influences such as Tame Impala, The Beatles, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Led Zeppelin, and Daft Punk, he sees himself as a bridge between eras, combining themes and techniques from the past with those pointing the way toward our future. Immediately recognizable for his groovy bass lines, The Undercover Dream Lovers & Matt Koenig produces and mixes all his own songs and writes the majority of them, from time to time inviting a friend into his project for a collaboration. The Undercover Dream Lovers debut album, due in February 2020, was recorded at his home studio in Los Angeles, CA. i-D Magazine’s premiere of the first single,“A Way Out”; described the track as a & quote ;sonic bridge between Koenig’s previous releases (While It’s In Style and In Real Time) and the new record, which is largely influenced by disco and the idea of creating an even more energized, groovy live show.” Having toured with Parcels, Her’s, L’Imperatrice, STRFKR, and Poolside, he looks forward to a lot of time on the road in 2023 following the release of his next album.

Pete Swan Presents: Matt Wigler Band – A Blues Journey

Pete Swan Presents: Matt Wigler Band – A Blues Journey

($10-$15 | 7pm & 8:30pm sets) Matt Wigler Band plays an entertaining repertoire of modern blues arrangements with the finesse of a world-class jazz piano trio. A journey through classic blues songs… Read more

($10-$15 | 7pm & 8:30pm sets) Matt Wigler Band plays an entertaining repertoire of modern blues arrangements with the finesse of a world-class jazz piano trio. A journey through classic blues songs from New Orleans, to Texas, to Chicago and beyond, with a twist of contemporary arrangements, Matt Wigler Band is fun and down-to-earth, yet will also satisfy the sophisticated jazz connoisseur.

**Matt Wigler:**

Step into the vibrant world of Matt Wigler, a musical maestro and entertainment enthusiast hailing from Miami. Matt, the driving force behind the sensational Matt Wigler Band, takes the stage at jazz and blues hotspots across the globe, turning every performance into a rhythmic celebration. With roots tracing back to Baltimore, Maryland, Matt kicked off his musical journey at just 13, dropping his first studio album and setting the stage for a remarkable career.

Venturing beyond the spotlight, Matt is the brains behind MHW Live Music, a powerhouse in the entertainment industry. As the founder and CEO, he orchestrates a symphony of talent, making MHW Live Music the go-to for hotels seeking the finest in live entertainment. From his early musical escapades to the bustling success of MHW Live Music, Matt’s journey is a melody of passion, accolades, and a rhythmic fusion of business and music that crescendos into the fast-paced rhythm of success.

**With**

**Pete Swan – Drums**

**Evan Arredondo – Bass**

Party Lab $4 Wells every Thursday!
10:00PM

Party Lab $4 Wells every Thursday!

Join us for Party Lab every Thursdays with a $4 well special! -Halsero & Roch -KPMADMAN -BEX Halsero & Roch with a heavy rotation of open format remixes of hip hop and… Read more

Join us for Party Lab every Thursdays with a $4 well special!

-Halsero & Roch
-KPMADMAN
-BEX

Halsero & Roch with a heavy rotation of open format remixes of hip hop and throwbacks, KPmadman playing undergound dace music and Bex with the house, disco and grooves.

10pm-2am

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