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School Of Rock

School Of Rock

Sunday May 19th 11am-4pm $10

Sunday May 19th

11am-4pm

$10

Jazz Jam with Max Goldschmid Quartet

Jazz Jam with Max Goldschmid Quartet

(No Cover | 7pm-10pm) Come jam with Max Goldschmid and the Century Room House band! Read more

(No Cover | 7pm-10pm) Come jam with Max Goldschmid and the Century Room House band!

Karaoke con Congress

Karaoke con Congress

Congratulations, you’re booked! You’re the star at Karaoke con Congress this Sunday night in the club – FREE from 10PM – 2AM Read more

Congratulations, you’re booked! You’re the star at Karaoke con Congress this Sunday night in the club – FREE from 10PM – 2AM

BRAT 5/20 DAY!
6:30PM

BRAT 5/20 DAY!

Monday May 20th Doors 6:30pm Show 7pm Vendors from 6:30-8pm For 5/20 day we’re tearing it up at Club Congress! New Orleans “Bimboviolence” band BRAT are here touring their debut LP “Social… Read more

Monday May 20th

Doors 6:30pm

Show 7pm

Vendors from 6:30-8pm

For 5/20 day we’re tearing it up at Club Congress!

New Orleans “Bimboviolence” band BRAT are here touring their debut LP “Social Grace.”

“A fast ferocious death metal album that’s full of brick heavy riffs, brutal screams, and negative lyrics… gravely serious music from a band with a grin inducing sense of humor” -Brooklyn Vegan

Support from Daughter My Decay, Final Stance, & Fortuna Malvada

Vendors: Femme Art, Lower Arizona, Nomad Chainmail

Only at Club Congress!

Dave Stryker with the CRJO: Blue Soul

Dave Stryker with the CRJO: Blue Soul

($25-$35 tickets | 7pm & 8:30pm sets) Guitarist Dave Stryker retruns to the Century Room, this time to front the 17-piece Century Room Jazz Orchestra! They’ll be performing music from Dave’s big… Read more

($25-$35 tickets | 7pm & 8:30pm sets) Guitarist Dave Stryker retruns to the Century Room, this time to front the 17-piece Century Room Jazz Orchestra! They’ll be performing music from Dave’s big band album “Blue Soul” that he produced with the WDR Big Band in Cologne.

**Dave Stryker**

With 35 albums under his own name, NYC guitarist Dave Stryker has built a formidable career both as a leader and collaborator with legendary jazz artists like Stanley Turrentine and Jack McDuff. In 2020, he released an album with Bob Minzter and the WDR Big Band called “Blue Soul” to critical acclaim.

“One of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.” – The Village Voice

**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!

Lady Haha: Comedy Open Mic for Women, LGBTQ+ & Allies

Lady Haha: Comedy Open Mic for Women, LGBTQ+ & Allies

6pm Signups, 7pm Show Comedy without the competition. In August 2021, local Comedians Priscilla Fernandez, Mo Urban and Amber Frame created Lady Haha: a comedy open mic for women, LGBTQ+, all marginalized… Read more

6pm Signups, 7pm Show

Comedy without the competition.

In August 2021, local Comedians Priscilla Fernandez, Mo Urban and Amber Frame created Lady Haha: a comedy open mic for women, LGBTQ+, all marginalized folx and our allies to perform ANY genre of comedy (not just stand-up) in a supportive and super fun environment. Whether it’s your first time trying comedy or your thousandth—all levels of experience are welcome! Everyone gets at most 5 minutes of stage time, and it’s free!

Anyone 21+ can come watch, but the stage is reserved for marginalized-funny people and our allies. Our only rule is “no hate speech” (sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia and violent speech).

Lady Haha also produces comedy-variety shows in Tucson with an emphasis on diversity and all genres of comedy.

We’re proud to say we are the first and only comedy open mic of its kind—IN THE WORLD—right here in little ol’ Tucson, AZ. We hope to see more of these popping up!

Piano Reveal Celebration presented by the Tucson Jazz Music Foundation

Piano Reveal Celebration presented by the Tucson Jazz Music Foundation

($100 / FREE For Donors | 7pm & 8:30pm sets) Come celebrate the purchase of the Century Room’s NEW PIANO while supporting the Tucson Jazz Music Foundation! Includes a champagne toast! The… Read more

($100 / FREE For Donors | 7pm & 8:30pm sets) Come celebrate the purchase of the Century Room’s NEW PIANO while supporting the Tucson Jazz Music Foundation! Includes a champagne toast!

The purchase of our brand new professional piano was made possible by all the generous donations to the Tucson Jazz Music Foundation’s Century Room Jazz Education Program. This event celebrates the new piano and gives donors an up close first look! For those who haven’t contributed to the piano or education fund yet, tickets are available for purchase which are partitally tax deductible! Come find out which piano we picked and hear it performed by Dr. Angelo Versace and members of the Tucson Jazz Institute!

Hot Club of Tucson

Hot Club of Tucson

($5-$10 | 7pm & 8:30pm Sets) Nick Coventry, Matt Mitchell, Evan Dain & Marco Rosano form the swinging Hot Club of Tucson Trio! The group plays jazz manouche in the style of… Read more

($5-$10 | 7pm & 8:30pm Sets) Nick Coventry, Matt Mitchell, Evan Dain & Marco Rosano form the swinging Hot Club of Tucson Trio! The group plays jazz manouche in the style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappeli. The band starts at 7pm. Every other Wednesday!

Pete Swan Presents: Mood Indigo – A Tribute to Duke Ellington, featuring Beth Lederman

Pete Swan Presents: Mood Indigo – A Tribute to Duke Ellington, featuring Beth Lederman

($15-$25 | 7pm Show) Mood Indigo- A Tribute to Jazz great Duke Ellington. With Mary Petrich on sax, Beth Lederman on piano and Louise Baranger on trumpet, these sophisticated ladies explore the… Read more

($15-$25 | 7pm Show) Mood Indigo- A Tribute to Jazz great Duke Ellington.

With Mary Petrich on sax, Beth Lederman on piano and Louise Baranger on trumpet, these sophisticated ladies explore the music of one of the finest jazz composers the world has ever known.

**Louise Baranger** was born in Hollywood, California and has been playing music all her life. She toured with the Harry James orchestra among many others and has played trumpet for festivals, television, music videos, and recordings throughout the world as well as being a guest artist for several symphonies. Louise has two CDs out under her own name for Summit Records. Her website is www.trumpetdiva.com

Keyboardist **Beth Lederman** is a Arizona native who is a mainstay of the Phoenix music scene. She was a band leader for Brazilian jazz group Novo Mundo and her own group Jazz Con Alma. Beth has traveled throughout the SW playing music and excels at a variety of musicals styles from latin music to pop to swing. She has produced three CDs with her bands and under her own name. Her website is WWW.BethLederman.com

**Mary Petrich** is well known for her beautiful tone and her creativity. She has a Masters degree in Saxophone performance and plays with a variety of bands in the Phoenix area and in the Midwest. Mary is also an educator and heads the Women’s Initiative Project at the Nash Jazz Club. She has two CDs under her own name. Her website is www.Marypetrich.com

Mattstagraham Tour Kickoff!

Mattstagraham Tour Kickoff!

Thursday May 23rd The Sonic Adventour Kickoff w/ Annie Jump Cannon 7pm $15 Read more

Thursday May 23rd

The Sonic Adventour Kickoff w/ Annie Jump Cannon

7pm

$15

Party Lab $4 Wells every Thursday!

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 underground dance music and Bex with the house, disco and grooves.

10pm-2am

FEA

FEA

Friday May 24th w/ Birds and Arrows & Tonight’s Sunshine 7pm Adv $12 | Dos $15 Read more

Friday May 24th

w/ Birds and Arrows & Tonight’s Sunshine

7pm

Adv $12 | Dos $15

Sugaray Rayford

Sugaray Rayford

Friday May 24th 7pm doors , 7:30 PM show Black Cat Bones open Adv $25 | Dos $30 All Welcome **Co-sponsored by AZblues.org and KXCI** —SUGARAY RAYFORD—Sugaray Rayford is a man with… Read more

Friday May 24th

7pm doors , 7:30 PM show Black Cat Bones open

Adv $25 | Dos $30

All Welcome
**Co-sponsored by AZblues.org and KXCI**

—SUGARAY RAYFORD—Sugaray Rayford is a man with a message and a larger than life personality and voice to deliver it. Working with producer, songwriter Eric Corne for the past 3 albums, the soul-blues powerhouse has crafted an incendiary sound and narrative, combining classic soul melodies and funky R & B grooves with raw blues power.

The pair’s first collaboration, Somebody Save Me, earned Rayford a 2020 Grammy nomination. Later that year he took home Blues Music Awards for ‘Soul Blues Male Artist’ and ‘B.B. King Entertainer of the Year.’ Rayford’s follow up In Too Deep won a plethora of awards including the Blues Music Award for ‘Soul Blues Album of the Year’.

Rayford’s new release is entitled ‘Human Decency’. The title track is a simple reminder that our similarities are stronger than our differences and in the end, there is no black or white or left or right, there are only hearts and minds.

About the leadoff single, “Run For Cover” a song that takes no prisoners, Q Magazine declares, “The bluesey soul of Rayford comes on full steam with this powerhouse single.”

“We’re calling people on their bullshit but we’re having fun with them. That’s my way. I’m gonna tell it to you straight but with love in my heart. I always bring some suga with the salt!” says Sugaray, bellowing with laughter.

An all-star cast lent their talents to the album, including guitarist Rick Holmstrom and singer Saundra Williams who are both from Mavis Staples’s band, along with bassist Taras Prodaniuk (Lucinda Williams, Merle Haggard).

Denali Hershey Kaufman plays Brad Mehldau
7PM & 9PM

Denali Hershey Kaufman plays Brad Mehldau

($15-$25 | 7pm & 9pm Shows) Denali Hershey Kaufman returns from LA to lead a show celebrating the arrangements and music of pianist Brad Mehldau! Mehldau emerged onto the jazz scene in… Read more

($15-$25 | 7pm & 9pm Shows) Denali Hershey Kaufman returns from LA to lead a show celebrating the arrangements and music of pianist Brad Mehldau!

Mehldau emerged onto the jazz scene in the 1990s, quickly garnering attention for his distinctive style that seamlessly melds elements of classical music, jazz standards, pop, and rock. His playing is marked by its harmonic sophistication and rhythmic intricacy and his extensive discography spans solo piano works, large ensemble and two of the most influential piano trios of the 20th and 21st Centuries.

Kaufman has prepared a program of some of Mehldau’s best known material to be performed by a band featuring Andrew Gioannetti (sax) Colin Mcilrath (guitar) Ryan Magness (bass) Kenji Ono Lancaster (drums)

RED EYE at Club Congress FRIDAY

RED EYE at Club Congress FRIDAY

RED EYE AT CLUB CONGRESS $3 PBR, $4 TRULY, $5 MEXICAN CANDY SHOTS 10PM – 2AM NO COVER Enter with ID at Club or 5th Ave entrances -Pico de Gallo on the… Read more

RED EYE AT CLUB CONGRESS

$3 PBR, $4 TRULY, $5 MEXICAN CANDY SHOTS

10PM – 2AM

NO COVER

Enter with ID at Club or 5th Ave entrances

-Pico de Gallo on the Plaza

-Bex & Halsero in the Club

Late Night with Andrew Gioanetti

Late Night with Andrew Gioanetti

(No Cover | 10:30pm Show) After Saturday Night’s Show, join saxophonist Andrew Gioanetti and his band for late night! With Colin McIlrath (bass) Kenji Ono Lancaster (drums) Denali Hershey Kaufman (piano) Read more

(No Cover | 10:30pm Show) After Saturday Night’s Show, join saxophonist Andrew Gioanetti and his band for late night!

With Colin McIlrath (bass) Kenji Ono Lancaster (drums) Denali Hershey Kaufman (piano)

Fox on the Run: A Glam Going Away Party for David Slutes!
6:30PM

Fox on the Run: A Glam Going Away Party for David Slutes!

Saturday May 25th Doors 6:30pm | Show 7pm Help us bid a fond farewell to the the living legend, the musical myth, the soul of the southwest, Entertainment Director extraordinaire: David Slutes…. Read more

Saturday May 25th

Doors 6:30pm | Show 7pm

Help us bid a fond farewell to the the living legend, the musical myth, the soul of the southwest, Entertainment Director extraordinaire: David Slutes. Celebrate his 27 years at Hotel Congress with a send off for the ages, featuring performances by Brian Lopez, Birds and Arrows, Clifton Taylor, DJ PC Patty, Greyhound Soul, Najima Rainey, Salvador Duran Duran, Silver Fox, Tom Walbank, The Congress Players, and many more!

Show some love by showing up in style: ‘Glam Going Away Bash’ means sequins, big hair, jumpsuits, skinny scarves, and platforms are welcome. Catch that Fox on the Run before he’s off to his next adventure!

This event is FREE and open to all. Spread the word! Let’s come together and give David an unforgettable night!

Alex Oliverio’s Sun Songs & Toy Tunes
7PM & 9PM

Alex Oliverio’s Sun Songs & Toy Tunes

($15-$25 | 7pm & 9pm Shows) Alex Oliverio aims to present a singular vision of Jazz, Folk, and Americana through the lens of the Southwest. Mixing and matching timbres and tones from… Read more

($15-$25 | 7pm & 9pm Shows) Alex Oliverio aims to present a singular vision of Jazz, Folk, and Americana through the lens of the Southwest. Mixing and matching timbres and tones from genres across the American spectrum to create a unique aural experience. Sun Song & Toy Tunes is an attempt to realize the “imaginational anthems” that early American Guitar & Banjo stylings evoke. Each song was written for solo guitar or banjo, then orchestrated with a modern ensemble in mind. That ensemble includes acoustic/electric guitars, banjos, pedal steel, synthesizers, keyboards, horns, and drums.

***”Of special interest is the way [Oliverio] is able to maintain a contemplative quality with music that often keeps to a gallop and expresses itself boldly.”***

**- Dave Sumner Bandcamp Daily**

One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk

One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk

Saturday May 25th One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk!! Doors: 8pm Show: 9pm Adv $20 | Dos $25 Read more

Saturday May 25th

One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk!!

Doors: 8pm
Show: 9pm

Adv $20 | Dos $25

RED EYE at Club Congress SATURDAY

RED EYE at Club Congress SATURDAY

RED EYE AT CLUB CONGRESS $3 PBR, $4 TRULY, $5 MEXICAN CANDY SHOTS 10PM – 2AM NO COVER Enter with ID at Club or 5th Ave entrances -Humphouse on the Plaza -Sounds… Read more

RED EYE AT CLUB CONGRESS

$3 PBR, $4 TRULY, $5 MEXICAN CANDY SHOTS

10PM – 2AM

NO COVER

Enter with ID at Club or 5th Ave entrances

-Humphouse on the Plaza

-Sounds by Posi in the Club

Late Night with Kenji Ono Lancaster & Denali Hershey Kaufman

Late Night with Kenji Ono Lancaster & Denali Hershey Kaufman

(No Cover | 10:30pm Show) After Saturday Night’s Show, join drummer Kenji Ono Lancaster, pianist Denali Hershey Kaufman and their band for late night! Read more

(No Cover | 10:30pm Show) After Saturday Night’s Show, join drummer Kenji Ono Lancaster, pianist Denali Hershey Kaufman and their band for late night!

Kelli Baker

Kelli Baker

Sunday May 26th 6pm $10

Sunday May 26th

6pm

$10

Jazz Jam with Max Goldschmid Quartet

Jazz Jam with Max Goldschmid Quartet

(No Cover | 7pm-10pm) Come jam with Max Goldschmid and the Century Room House band! Read more

(No Cover | 7pm-10pm) Come jam with Max Goldschmid and the Century Room House band!

Big Band Bash! TJI Ellington Band & the CRJO

Big Band Bash! TJI Ellington Band & the CRJO

($15-$25 tickets | 7pm & 8:30pm sets) 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…. Read more

($15-$25 tickets | 7pm & 8:30pm sets) 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!

This week features the award-winning Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Big Band during the first set!

AR Flamenco Presents: Tablao Flamenco with Special Guest Fabian Sisneros

AR Flamenco Presents: Tablao Flamenco with Special Guest Fabian Sisneros

($25-$35 | 7pm show) In one of Tucson’s most intimate venues, experience the rawness and authenticity flamenco has to offer. This month features special guest **Fabian Sisneros** **Angelina Ramirez (Baile)** Angelina Ramirez… Read more

($25-$35 | 7pm show) In one of Tucson’s most intimate venues, experience the rawness and authenticity flamenco has to offer. This month features special guest **Fabian Sisneros**

**Angelina Ramirez (Baile)**

Angelina Ramirez is a flamenco movement artist and teaching artist living in Tucson, Arizona. Ramirez’s artistic work explores what it means to be a queer, latinx flamenca, practicing in a traditional Roma/gitano form of dance. As a teaching artist, she is interested in the intersections of arts and healing, focusing on work with elders of all abilities and integrated flamenco with autistic individuals. She is devoted to promoting accessibility and eradicating ableism, racism and bigotry by practicing and promoting dialogue, acceptance and community participation. In 2021 Ramirez received the Master-Apprentice Artist Award through Southwest Folklife Alliance for her dedication and commitment to Flamenco arts. She is a National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures fellow. In 2018 she received the Arizona Commission on the Arts’ Artist Research and Development Grant to support the development of her evening-length work /SER/. Ramirez is an original member of Yjastros, the American Flamenco Repertory Company and has toured with world-renowned, New York-based company Noche Flamenca. Along with teaching and performing Ramirez produces events and festivals and is currently the curator for the Traditional and Ethnic Dance Festival with the Southwest Folklife Alliance.

**Misael Barraza Diaz (Guitarrista)**

Born in Hermosillo, Sonora, Misael is one of the most outstanding Mexican guitarists of his generation. In 2014, Misael graduated with honors “Summa Cum Lude” from the Master in Guitar Alicante (Spain), a special program where Misael studied with world-class artists such as David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Ignacio Rodes, Paul O’dette, Hopkinson Smith, Fabio Zanon, Roberto Aussell and Shin Ichi Fukuda. Later that year, the artist obtained a second Master’s degree from the University of Arizona (USA), where he now pursues the title of Doctor of Musical Arts under the tutelage of teacher Thomas Patterson, director of the Bolton Guitar Studies program. As part of this program, Mr. Barraza also studies regularly with artists-in-residence and Grammy winners David Russell, Sergio Assad and Odair Assad.

**With**

**Jason Martinez (cajon)**

**Mele Martinez (canta & palma)**

Dead Poet Society

Dead Poet Society

Tuesday May 28th w/ support from Andres **Spotify Presale: Tuesday January 9th @ 12pm ET** **General On-Sale: Friday January 12th @ 10am local** Doors 7pm ADV $20 | DOS $25 16+ —DEAD… Read more

Tuesday May 28th

w/ support from Andres

**Spotify Presale: Tuesday January 9th @ 12pm ET**

**General On-Sale: Friday January 12th @ 10am local**

Doors 7pm

ADV $20 | DOS $25

16+

—DEAD POET SOCIETY—Asked what it is he wants audiences to take away from “FISSION,” the forthcoming second album from Dead Poet Society, Jack Underkofler offers eight small but powerful words: “We want to leave them with the truth.”

The affable and engaging 30-year-old delivers these words with the forthrightness that marks his discussions about the band he fronts, completed by Jack Collins (guitar), Will Goodroad (drums), and Dylan Brenner (bass), and the art this collective of college friends have exhaustively dedicated themselves moulding, too often to their own detriment.

It’s an answer that epitomizes the dedication with which the quartet approaches their craft, and the search for its purest, most meaningful form. “It’s not as simple as saying we want our music to leave people with a positive outlook,” Underkofler explains. “You want music to speak to wherever you find yourself. We want to leave people feeling that whatever they are experiencing is valid, no matter what place they are at in their lives.”

After a decade defining, redefining, and perfecting their art, where Dead Poet Society finds themselves on the eve of their sophomore release is much clearer. Make no mistake: Dead Poet Society is a uniquely captivating group, rock’s next great breakout act, with “FISSION” set to capture the hearts and challenge the minds of fans old and new on the journey ahead.

Following on the heels of their acclaimed debut full-length “–!–“ (2021), “FISSION” seeks to unpack the personal journey its creators have been on during that ride to date. “FISSION,” as its title hints, is a 13-track study of personal change and the turbulence of growth that, as Underkofler attests, takes “a microscopic and broad look at the events that changed who we are.” To that end, there are deep rakings over the coals of relationship breakdowns, examinations of addiction in all its guises, ruminations on the responsibilities and challenges of adulthood, and struggles with the evolution, loss, and continual search for self. “In a lot of ways, this album is about unpacking those emotional pains that come with being an adult,” Underkofler says.

“The past few years have left me in a constant state of growth through the life events of which I’ve had little control, or which didn’t pan out the way I wanted them to,” the frontman admits. “There’s a ‘before’ you, and an ‘after’ you, and there’s no going back. Life tends to force your hand, and it’s futile to fight it. You have to accept that things that happen to you will change you, and let them build you into the next phase of who you are.

“There is a constant battle to not mourn who I was because the things you go through define you as a person and turn you into a person worth being,” he adds. “But that can be difficult to wrestle with. There is a positive to it, but it is birthed through a lot of pain.”

“It’s both exciting – ‘Fuck you. I’m gonna take this head-on’ – and at the same time, you’re terrified how you’re going to get through the next month,” adds Goodroad. “One day you’re super confident about where life is going, the next you’re second-guessing everything. It’s like the myth of Sisyphus: it’s a boulder you have to push up the hill every day.”

Twinned lead singles “Running In Circles” and “Hurt” weave through fears of following the wrong path while hiding behind false fronts. “How Could I Love You” and “I Hope You Hate Me” tackle the sometimes bittersweet, more often simply bitter fallout from a tumultuous relationship. “81 Tonnes,” meanwhile, sees Underkofler revisit a time of particular helplessness and instability. ’I need peace now slow my body down can you pull me out?’ he pleads. ‘Too afraid of fission and faith to save me from myself.’

It’s that track which gave guitarist Collins his clearest understanding of the emotions he and his bandmates share, which were coming to the fore in the song. “Jack described “81 Tonnes” to us as about being left with ‘a permanently altered state of mind,’ which felt like the perfect summary of so many of those songs on the album to me,” he says. ”They all lead you to the finish line of, ‘I’m a different person now because of all this…’”

To some extent, through “FISSION”’s creation, Dead Poet Society has become a different band, too. A more attuned one; more accomplished, certainly. “We were really trying to define our sound more on this record,” Collins nods. “We worked a lot more on guitar tones, bass tones, and drum sounds, and paid close attention to melody. The aim was to make our sound bigger – we wanted a more dynamic record, where you could hear the best representation of us live. I feel like the evolution is us maturing a little bit, and wanting to create a sound that was less an obvious reflection of our influences – Muse, Queens Of The Stone Age, Nothing But Thieves, Royal Blood – and more definitively our own. We don’t control where the inspiration comes from. We just had to obey the songs and what they were telling us to do next.”

“We hone in on a feeling, rather than a sound,” adds Underkofler. “This album is the defining moment of when we truly became Dead Poet Society. It’s the closest we’ve come to realizing the essence of the ideas we’ve always had for this band.”

The result is a compelling record of depth and substance, which weaves through the spectrum of anthemic alternative, dark hard rock, and progressive indie. “FISSION“ is at once comfortingly familiar and disconcertingly alien; raw and analogue – “Profoundly human,” as Goodroad says – while possessing a colder, digital inflection. Unexpected turns and deviations reveal themselves often; repeat listens reveal greater secrets yet. It’s a multifaceted record of contrast and cohesion, on which the bright glow of the ballad “Tipping Point” and album-highlight “My Condition” – the sort of infuriatingly hooky earworm anthem with which alternative radio airwaves are dominated – can coalesce with the industrial-leaning mechanics of the piston-driven “Hard To Be God” and “KOET.”

“I think the best way to make other people feel something is to make yourself feel something. The best songwriters are people who can take a particular emotion and feeling and create the most narrow translation when someone hears that song,” Underkofler says. “If someone hearing a song can be taken to the exact headspace that the person who wrote it was in at the time, for me, that is the mark of a great songwriter. And I feel with these songs, we’ve achieved that better than we ever have before.”

It’s a headspace you’re left to ruminate in long after Underkofler is finished protesting ‘But what if I’m always alone? / And I don’t like who I am anymore’ on the closing “Black And Gold”. Because when all is said and done, the truth is that the impact of “FISSION” and Dead Poet Society willreverberate now and in years to come.

Ambient Lounge | Steve Roach & Michael Stearns Night 1

Ambient Lounge | Steve Roach & Michael Stearns Night 1

Wednesday May 29th Night 1 6pm doors | 7pm show **Reserved Seating: $35** **General Admission:** ADV $25 | DOS $30 21+ —STEVE ROACH—AMBIENT LOUNGE – THE NEXT LEVEL STEVE ROACH & MICHAEL… Read more

Wednesday May 29th Night 1

6pm doors | 7pm show

**Reserved Seating: $35**

**General Admission:** ADV $25 | DOS $30

21+

—STEVE ROACH—AMBIENT LOUNGE – THE NEXT LEVEL
STEVE ROACH & MICHAEL STEARNS
W/ SPECIAL GUEST ROBERT RICH
MAY 29 & 30, CLUB CONGRESS
TUCSON, AZ

Yes you’re reading this correctly! Steve and Michael will be performing solo and collaborative sets for the first time ever together on 2 nights in May 2024. Add to this, the return of Robert Rich as guest and we have 3 unforgettable nights in the Soundcurrent.

These concerts will be presented in 4 channel sound within the intimate and great sounding Club Congress in Downtown Tucson. The artist’s intention is to place the audience directly within the core of the creative vortex. Pure sonic immersion unfolding before your ears and eyes. In this setting we are leaving the visuals out of the picture and keeping the focus on the artists at work, presenting and sharing with the audience a rare intimate encounter at the crucible of the creative experience.

As did the recent Ambient Lounge concert with Robert Rich and Steve, these shows will sell out. Tickets will be on sale soon. We will announce as soon as the ticket sales open up. We hope to see you at this rarefied event on the horizon – May 29, 30 2024.

Hot Club of Tucson

Hot Club of Tucson

($10 Reserved/$5 GA Advanced | 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/$5 GA Advanced | 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…

Ambient Lounge | Steve Roach & Michael Stearns Night 2

Ambient Lounge | Steve Roach & Michael Stearns Night 2

Wednesday May 29th Night 1 6pm doors | 7pm show **Reserved Seating: $35** **General Admission:** ADV $25 | DOS $30 21+ —STEVE ROACH—AMBIENT LOUNGE – THE NEXT LEVEL STEVE ROACH & MICHAEL… Read more

Wednesday May 29th Night 1

6pm doors | 7pm show

**Reserved Seating: $35**

**General Admission:** ADV $25 | DOS $30

21+

—STEVE ROACH—AMBIENT LOUNGE – THE NEXT LEVEL
STEVE ROACH & MICHAEL STEARNS
W/ SPECIAL GUEST ROBERT RICH
MAY 29 & 30, CLUB CONGRESS
TUCSON, AZ

Yes you’re reading this correctly! Steve and Michael will be performing solo and collaborative sets for the first time ever together on 2 nights in May 2024. Add to this, the return of Robert Rich as guest and we have 2 unforgettable nights in the Soundcurrent.

These concerts will be presented in 4 channel sound within the intimate and great sounding Club Congress in Downtown Tucson. The artist’s intention is to place the audience directly within the core of the creative vortex. Pure sonic immersion unfolding before your ears and eyes. In this setting we are leaving the visuals out of the picture and keeping the focus on the artists at work, presenting and sharing with the audience a rare intimate encounter at the crucible of the creative experience.

As did the recent Ambient Lounge concert with Robert Rich and Steve, these shows will sell out. Tickets will be on sale soon. We will announce as soon as the ticket sales open up. We hope to see you at this rarefied event on the horizon – May 29, 30 2024.

Ted Rosenthal Trio: Plays the Music of Thelonious Monk & Bud Powell

Ted Rosenthal Trio: Plays the Music of Thelonious Monk & Bud Powell

($20-$30 | 7pm & 8:30pm sets) Ted Rosenthal returns to the Century Room! This time, he will be playing selections from the fantastic repertoire of legendary jazz pianists Thelonious Monk and Bud… Read more

($20-$30 | 7pm & 8:30pm sets) Ted Rosenthal returns to the Century Room! This time, he will be playing selections from the fantastic repertoire of legendary jazz pianists Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell!

**Arthur Vint – Drums**

**Scott Black – Bass**

**Ted Rosenthal**

**Ted Rosenthal is one of the leading jazz pianist/composers of his generation. He actively tours worldwide with his trio, as a soloist, and has performed with many jazz greats, including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods and James Moody.**

**Winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, Rosenthal has released fifteen CDs as a leader. Wonderland, was selected as a New York Times holiday pick, and received much critical praise: “Sleek, chic and elegant” – Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune. Impromptu, showcases his reimaginings of classical themes for jazz trio. “A serious listen to Impromptu will be a mind-changing experience…sit back and enjoy these wonderfully creative takes on ten compositions from the classical canon that have never sounded so cool.” – Elliott Simon, AllAboutJazz**

**Rosenthal’s solo album, The 3 B’s, received 4 stars from DownBeat magazine. It features music of Bud Powell, Bill Evans and his improvisations on Beethoven themes.**

***“In Rosenthal’s hands all this music sounds as though it sprang from the same muse, and that’s the sign of a skilled, imaginative artist.”* – David R. Adler, All Music Guide.**

Ambient Lounge | Steve Roach & Michael Stearns Night 3

Ambient Lounge | Steve Roach & Michael Stearns Night 3

Friday May 31st Night 3 6pm doors | 7pm show **Reserved Seating: $35** **General Admission:** ADV $25 | DOS $30 21+ —STEVE ROACH—AMBIENT LOUNGE – THE NEXT LEVEL STEVE ROACH & MICHAEL… Read more

Friday May 31st Night 3

6pm doors | 7pm show

**Reserved Seating: $35**

**General Admission:** ADV $25 | DOS $30

21+

—STEVE ROACH—AMBIENT LOUNGE – THE NEXT LEVEL
STEVE ROACH & MICHAEL STEARNS
W/ SPECIAL GUEST ROBERT RICH
MAY 29 & 30, CLUB CONGRESS
TUCSON, AZ

Yes you’re reading this correctly! Steve and Michael will be performing solo and collaborative sets for the first time ever together on 2 nights in May 2024. Add to this, the return of Robert Rich as guest and we have 2 unforgettable nights in the Soundcurrent.

These concerts will be presented in 4 channel sound within the intimate and great sounding Club Congress in Downtown Tucson. The artist’s intention is to place the audience directly within the core of the creative vortex. Pure sonic immersion unfolding before your ears and eyes. In this setting we are leaving the visuals out of the picture and keeping the focus on the artists at work, presenting and sharing with the audience a rare intimate encounter at the crucible of the creative experience.

As did the recent Ambient Lounge concert with Robert Rich and Steve, these shows will sell out. Tickets will be on sale soon. We will announce as soon as the ticket sales open up. We hope to see you at this rarefied event on the horizon – May 29, 30 2024.

Tony Rosano Benefit

Tony Rosano Benefit

Friday May 31st Tony Rosano Benefit show with Golden Boots Dante and Laura Jean & Tom Walbank. $10 suggested donation Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm Read more

Friday May 31st

Tony Rosano Benefit show with Golden Boots Dante and Laura Jean & Tom Walbank.

$10 suggested donation

Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm

Or Bareket
7PM & 9PM

Or Bareket

($25-$35 | 7pm & 9pm shows) Century Room welcomes acclaimed bassist Or Bareket to the stage! **Or Bareket** Born in Jerusalem to parents of Moroccan, Iraqi, Argentinian, and Eastern European descent, raised… Read more

($25-$35 | 7pm & 9pm shows) Century Room welcomes acclaimed bassist Or Bareket to the stage!

**Or Bareket**

Born in Jerusalem to parents of Moroccan, Iraqi, Argentinian, and Eastern European descent, raised between Buenos-Aires and Tel-Aviv, and based out of Brooklyn since 2011, Or Bareket is one of the most prominent bassists of his generation, as well as a composer and bandleader with an eclectic yet meticulously cohesive approach.

Bareket’s distinct lyricism, rhythmic dexterity, and groove-centric approach are clearly present in his playing and writing alike. Growing up tri-lingual, Bareket is fascinated by how different languages and cultures intersect and diverge. His creative process is an investigation of spaces between and within languages, continuously synthesizing the different worlds he inhabits into a personal aesthetic that honors all of them: his ancestral North African and Latin-American folklores, his life-long study of Black American music, and his experiences making music with some of today’s foremost artists across a wide range of musical generations and stylistic orientations; Bareket has worked extensively with bands led by the likes of Joel Ross and Ari Hoenig, and has performed with artists such as Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, Ben Wendel, Leon Parker, Aaron Parks, Hamilton de Holanda, Anat Cohen,Sam Yahel, Gilad Hekselman, Taylor Eigsti, Marta Sanchez, Aaron Goldberg, and Sullivan Fortner in different settings.

Psycho Surf Party

Psycho Surf Party

Saturday June 1st Our first Summer Party of the Season….. Psycho Surf Party!!! w/ Dirty Licks, The Hide Away, Reztones & Las Calakas Doors 6:30pm | Show 7pm Adv $10 | Dos… Read more

Saturday June 1st

Our first Summer Party of the Season….. Psycho Surf Party!!!

w/ Dirty Licks, The Hide Away, Reztones & Las Calakas

Doors 6:30pm | Show 7pm

Adv $10 | Dos $12

Liz Cracchiolo & Jonathan Michel Present: We Love the 90s

Liz Cracchiolo & Jonathan Michel Present: We Love the 90s

($25-$35 Tickets | 7pm show) Century Room favorite Liz Cracchiolo and New York City’s celebrated bassist and producer Jonathan Michel collaborate to craft mesmerizing jazz renditions of contemporary melodies. Jonathan Michel is… Read more

($25-$35 Tickets | 7pm show) Century Room favorite Liz Cracchiolo and New York City’s celebrated bassist and producer Jonathan Michel collaborate to craft mesmerizing jazz renditions of contemporary melodies.

Jonathan Michel is a New York City based jazz bassist and band leader. Michel began his career touring with the R&B Grammy winning artist Billy Paul, working with him for 5 years and eventually serving as musical director. He went on to work with artists such as Orrin Evans, Aaron Goldberg, Andrew Cyrille, and Terrace Martin. Michel plays frequently in New York and leads a monthly residency at Smalls Jazz Club. He released his first album as leader, MDR, in 2018. Liz Cracchiolo, a Tucson native, holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Arizona. She is a versatile performer who has showcased her talent in Musical Theatre, Cabaret, Jazz, and Rock genres in Tucson and across the country. She has been nominated for multiple Mac awards and has won a Mac award for her exceptional work in musical theater. Liz has graced the stage in productions like “Next to Normal,” “The Producers,” “Les Misérables,” and “Fun Home.” Since 2022, she has been actively involved in performing and self-producing cabaret shows in New York City and Tucson. Liz is a prominent figure in the Tucson jazz scene, frequently selling out shows at The Century Room, and was nominated as Best Jazz Musician by the Tucson Weekly in 2023.

Paul Green Jazz Blues Quartet
9PM SHOW & 9PM

Paul Green Jazz Blues Quartet

($10-$15 tickets | 9pm show) Join us for Late Night with the Paul Green Jazz Blues Quartet! Read more

($10-$15 tickets | 9pm show) Join us for Late Night with the Paul Green Jazz Blues Quartet!

Felix Y Los Gatos

Felix Y Los Gatos

Sunday June 2nd 6pm $10 —FELX Y LOS GATOS—Felix y Los Gatos is a national touring act with their roots planted firmly in the desert Southwest. With 20+ years of stage experience,… Read more

Sunday June 2nd

6pm

$10

—FELX Y LOS GATOS—Felix y Los Gatos is a national touring act with their roots planted firmly in the desert Southwest. With 20+ years of stage experience, the Gatos have an improvisational style that is uniquely their own. “Green Chile Gumbo” Blues, as the band refers to their sound, is a unique blend of Latin, Blues, Tejano, New Orleans Swing, “New Mexico Ranchera”, and rockin’ outlaw country.

Jazz Jam with Max Goldschmid Quartet

Jazz Jam with Max Goldschmid Quartet

(No Cover | 7pm-10pm) Come jam with Max Goldschmid and the Century Room House band! Read more

(No Cover | 7pm-10pm) Come jam with Max Goldschmid and the Century Room House band!

The Century Room Jazz Orchestra

The Century Room Jazz Orchestra

($15-$25 tickets | 7pm & 8:30pm sets) 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…. Read more

($15-$25 tickets | 7pm & 8:30pm sets) 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 (piano) Matt Mitchell (guitar) Joseph Rader (bari sax) Kevin Ravellette & Simeon Roth (tenor sax) Eric Nakanishi & Jonas Heidebrecht (alto sax) Jordan Robison, Joshua Schanie, Benjamin Constantinides, Aidan Schofield (trombone) Morani Sanders, Anthony Gibes, Tony Belletti, Jason Carder (trumpet)

Tesoro “Returns”

Tesoro “Returns”

($20-$30 tickets | 7pm show) Emerging from an extended hibernation, local band Tesoro returns for their first public show in over 8 years at the Century Room at the Hotel Congress. Brian… Read more

($20-$30 tickets | 7pm show) Emerging from an extended hibernation, local band Tesoro returns for their first public show in over 8 years at the Century Room at the Hotel Congress. Brian Scott and Justin Fernandez will be performing as a duo, traversing the band’s catalog from the past 20 years and showcasing new music.

Tesoro beautifully and adeptly mixes the diverse styles of puro flamenco, rumba, cumbia, Latin pop and rock along with a perfect measure of funk and blues – all the while incorporating its signature powerful rhythms into infectiously heartfelt, unforgettably passionate, romantically catchy tunes. Tesoro’s songs are richly textured and beautifully complex while remaining completely accessible.

Mysterious Babies Traditional Jazz Band

Mysterious Babies Traditional Jazz Band

($10 Reserved/$5 Advanced GA | 7pm-9:30pm) Guy Senese leads the Mysterious Babies in the tradition of Armstrong, Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton, and other Early Jazz innovators out of New Orleans & Chicago…. Read more

($10 Reserved/$5 Advanced GA | 7pm-9:30pm) Guy Senese leads the Mysterious Babies in the tradition of Armstrong, Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton, and other Early Jazz innovators out of New Orleans & Chicago. The band starts at 7pm, followed by a trad jazz jam session. Every 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

Belmont/Can’t Swim

Belmont/Can’t Swim

Thursday June 6th w/ Velour, Capstan, Can’t Swim & Belmont Doors 6pm | Show 6:30pm Adv $23 | Dos $25 Read more

Thursday June 6th

w/ Velour, Capstan, Can’t Swim & Belmont

Doors 6pm | Show 6:30pm

Adv $23 | Dos $25

Wholly Cats Swing Club feat. Chelsee Hicks

Wholly Cats Swing Club feat. Chelsee Hicks

($10-$15 | 7pm & 8:30pm Sets) Wholly Cats Swing Club MUSIC OF THE GREAT SWING ERA Wholly Cats Swing Club are Tucson’s ambassadors of the Great Swing Era, specializing in the music… Read more

($10-$15 | 7pm & 8:30pm Sets) Wholly Cats Swing Club

MUSIC OF THE GREAT SWING ERA

Wholly Cats Swing Club are Tucson’s ambassadors of the Great Swing Era, specializing in the music of the Benny Goodman Sextet featuring America’s first Guitar Hero, Charlie Christian. They have quickly gained a following as Tucson’s premier Swing Band and have been performing at several dance and jazz venues in the area while helping give rise to the live local dance scene.

The band was formed by Marc Rosen and Tony Spear, whose mutual love of these artists sparked an idea for a dance band with multi-generational appeal. In addition to the songs of Goodman and Christian, their repertoire includes popular classic hits by Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, Louis Armstrong, Louie Prima and even contemporary artists like Tom Waits and Imelda May.

Polanco
6:30PM

Polanco

Friday June 7th Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm Adv $12 | Dos $15 + fees

Friday June 7th

Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm

Adv $12 | Dos $15 + fees

Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express

Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express

Friday, June 7 $20 adv | $24 dos 7 PM Doors 21+ Since his neo-psychedelic Green On Red days, Chuck Prophet has been turning out country, folk, blues, and Brill Building classicism…. Read more

Friday, June 7

$20 adv | $24 dos

7 PM Doors

21+

Since his neo-psychedelic Green On Red days, Chuck Prophet has been turning out country, folk, blues, and Brill Building classicism. After a false start recording in his hometown of San Francisco, Prophet decided to get out of Dodge and found himself re-energized in Upstate New York, just a few miles from the Vermont border, to make 2020’s The Land That Time Forgot, a record that is as much a 21st century exorcism as it is America.

Written mostly with Prophet longtime collaborator and co-conspirator Klipschutz, the songs that inhabit The Land That Time Forgot come at you from an array of locations both real and imagined, including San Francisco’s Tenderloin, an English roundabout, and Nixonland, while hanging out with the ghosts of Johnny Thunders, Willie Wonka, and John the Baptist, and contemplating the train that carried Abraham Lincoln home for the final time.

To complement the critically acclaimed album, in early 2022, Prophet released The Land That Time Forgot Revisited, a four-song digital live EP recorded at the Make Out Room in San Francisco featuring “Meet Me at the Roundabout,” “Womankind,” “Fast Kid,” and “Kiss Me Deadly,” with his band, the Mission Express, and a string quartet (the Makeout Room Quartet).

“I know a little bit about how to craft a studio LP,” says Prophet. “But recording live with a string quartet on a linoleum floor on a rainy Tuesday afternoon in an empty barroom in San Francisco’s Mission District is something different. For one thing, there is an actual “arranger.” Like Nelson Riddle. Or what Randy Newman does, adding his own secret sauce to the compositional gene pool that has scored half the soundtracks in Hollywood history. They’re a new way into the songs and an adventure finding our way out. There’s still an acoustic Mission Express in the mix, along with the strings. Three songs from The Land That Time Forgot reimagined, plus a Lita Ford cover that has to be heard to be believed.”

Jonathan Pinson’s Boom Clap
7PM & 9PM

Jonathan Pinson’s Boom Clap

($25-$35 tickets | 7pm & 9pm sets) Drummer Jonathan Pinson returns to the Century Room for his debut as a leader with his band Boom Clap! Known for his daring and versatile… Read more

($25-$35 tickets | 7pm & 9pm sets) Drummer Jonathan Pinson returns to the Century Room for his debut as a leader with his band Boom Clap! Known for his daring and versatile style and for touring with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Kamasi Washington, and Seal, Pinson is a bold and exciting leader with an incredible band.

Featuring David Otis (sax) Paul Cornish (piano) Jermaine Paul (bass).

**Jonathan Pinson**

**Jonathan Pinson began his love affair with the drum set at the age of two when he was surrounded by the music of his mother’s choir. His formal music training began at the age of six with instruction on the piano, he then transitioned to the drum set shortly after at the Colburn School of Performing Arts and studied with Billy Higgins at The World Stage. Jonathan has enjoyed mentoring young percussion enthusiasts and helped conduct jazz workshops for inner city youths at local public elementary schools. He has received numerous awards including; 2007 Music Center’s Spotlight Award, where he was awarded first place in the Jazz Instrumental category; 2009 and 2010, Dolo Coker Scholarship and in 2007, he received the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship Award, a full tuition four-year scholarship, from the Berklee College of Music where he received his Bachelor of Music degree. At the age of 23 he has toured with the Wayne Shorter Quartet and Herbie Hancock. He has also performed and toured at various locations including the following: Tokyo Jazz Festival, International Jazz Day in Istanbul Turkey, Panama Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Nancy France Jazz Festival, a tour of Israel, Newport Jazz Festival, and the Montreal International Jazz Festival. He also has performed with such notable artists such as, John Clayton, Stefon Harris, Danilo Perez, Dave Liebman, Ambrose Akinmusire and Eric Reed. He received a full scholarship at the Thelonious Monk Institute at the University of California Los Angeles, where he received his Masters of Music. There he studied under Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Stefon Harris and other jazz greats.**

Grown Folks | The Music of Robert Glasper, Marcus Miller & Original Compositions
7PM & 9PM

Grown Folks | The Music of Robert Glasper, Marcus Miller & Original Compositions

($15-$25 | 7pm & 9pm Shows) PHX drummer TroyCov & PHX bassist Tha Mad Scientist join forces with local piano legend Chris Peña for an unforgettable night of music. Featuring musician AmGn,… Read more

($15-$25 | 7pm & 9pm Shows) PHX drummer TroyCov & PHX bassist Tha Mad Scientist join forces with local piano legend Chris Peña for an unforgettable night of music. Featuring musician AmGn, the group will be playing the music of Robert Glasper, Marcus Miller & a selection of original tunes.

CLUB PRIDE

CLUB PRIDE

Club Pride returns to Hotel Congress on Saturday, June 8! Doors 9pm | Performances at 11pm Advance $15 | Day of Show $20 Get your Pride this June at Tucson Pride’s official… Read more

Club Pride returns to Hotel Congress on Saturday, June 8!

Doors 9pm | Performances at 11pm

Advance $15 | Day of Show $20

Get your Pride this June at Tucson Pride’s official dance party, Club Pride! The hilarious Chatty Kathee and Swish Manley will rule the plaza stage as they host a dynamite night of infectious grooves by DJ Xochique and spectacular performances by Tucson Vogue, Isis D. Frost, Kriis DiKay and Lola Torch! All that *and* the electrifying Club Pride Go-go Squad! Come out and celebrate Pride with us!

Presented by Queer AF & Golden Gravy

Fruit Cocktail Lounge: Tyler Wright

Fruit Cocktail Lounge: Tyler Wright

($10 tickets | 4pm doors) Celebrate Pride month at Fruit Cocktail Lounge on Sunday June 9! Join your friends, family and community at Tucson’s premiere LGBTQIA+ jazz cocktail party for a special… Read more

($10 tickets | 4pm doors) Celebrate Pride month at Fruit Cocktail Lounge on Sunday June 9!

Join your friends, family and community at Tucson’s premiere LGBTQIA+ jazz cocktail party for a special Pride edition featuring Erin Anderson, Tyler Wright and Reverb from Reveille Men’s Chorus along with the Fruit Cocktail Combo led by our fabulous friend, Khris Dodge! Enjoy downtown Tucson’s only jazz club for a delightful afternoon with stellar entertainment, signature craft cocktails, delectable small plates and fabulous fellowship.

There’s limited capacity at the Century Room – we highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance at Hotel Congress’s front desk or online. Tickets will also be available at the door until we run out!

Come get a little fruity at Fruit Cocktail Lounge! 4-6:30pm, 21+

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Bad News Blues Band with special guest Terry Hanck

Bad News Blues Band with special guest Terry Hanck

Sunday June 9th w/ special guest Terry Hanck 5pm $10

Sunday June 9th

w/ special guest Terry Hanck

5pm

$10

Angel Du$t

Angel Du$t

Monday June 10th w/ End It 7pm Adv $20 | Dos $25 —ANGE DU$T—Justice Tripp lives in the future. For nearly two decades, the musician has consistently been ahead of the curve:… Read more

Monday June 10th

w/ End It

7pm

Adv $20 | Dos $25

—ANGE DU$T—Justice Tripp lives in the future. For nearly two decades, the musician has consistently been ahead of the curve: first with Trapped Under Ice, where he led the way for a new wave of heavy hardcore, and then as the mastermind behind Angel Du$t, where he blazed the trail for the current generation of aggressive musicians to branch out into unabashedly melodic territory. Tripp’s work is marked by an ever-evolving creativity that’s made him highly influential, but which has often put him a number of steps ahead of the very trends that he’s helped to inspire. Now Angel Du$t are back with their new album, Brand New Soul: a fearless and open-hearted tribute to all things rock, offering listeners a chance to be right there with them on the cutting edge. Tripp might forever be keeping an eye on the future, but Angel Du$t’s time is now.

Lady Haha: Comedy Open Mic for Women, LGBTQ+ & Allies

Lady Haha: Comedy Open Mic for Women, LGBTQ+ & Allies

6pm Signups, 7pm Show Comedy without the competition. In August 2021, local Comedians Priscilla Fernandez, Mo Urban and Amber Frame created Lady Haha: a comedy open mic for women, LGBTQ+, all marginalized… Read more

6pm Signups, 7pm Show

Comedy without the competition.

In August 2021, local Comedians Priscilla Fernandez, Mo Urban and Amber Frame created Lady Haha: a comedy open mic for women, LGBTQ+, all marginalized folx and our allies to perform ANY genre of comedy (not just stand-up) in a supportive and super fun environment. Whether it’s your first time trying comedy or your thousandth—all levels of experience are welcome! Everyone gets at most 5 minutes of stage time, and it’s free!

Anyone 21+ can come watch, but the stage is reserved for marginalized-funny people and our allies. Our only rule is “no hate speech” (sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia and violent speech).

Lady Haha also produces comedy-variety shows in Tucson with an emphasis on diversity and all genres of comedy.

We’re proud to say we are the first and only comedy open mic of its kind—IN THE WORLD—right here in little ol’ Tucson, AZ. We hope to see more of these popping up!

Sam Murrow and Ellis Bullard

Sam Murrow and Ellis Bullard

Wednesday June 12th Adv $10 | Dos $13 7pm

Wednesday June 12th

Adv $10 | Dos $13

7pm

DENT MAY “What’s For Breakfast?” Tour

DENT MAY “What’s For Breakfast?” Tour

Thursday, June 13th w/ special guest Sedona ADV $18 | DOS $20 7pm

Thursday, June 13th

w/ special guest Sedona

ADV $18 | DOS $20

7pm

Arsen Nalbandian Trio – featuring music from latest album, In Depth
7PM & 9PM

Arsen Nalbandian Trio – featuring music from latest album, In Depth

($15-$25 | 7pm & 9pm Shows) **Arsen Nalbandian** is a jazz pianist, composer, and arranger based in the Phoenix metropolitan area. His latest release, entitled ***In Depth***, is a piano trio album… Read more

($15-$25 | 7pm & 9pm Shows) **Arsen Nalbandian** is a jazz pianist, composer, and arranger based in the Phoenix metropolitan area. His latest release, entitled ***In Depth***, is a piano trio album dedicated to the arranging styles of Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans. Utilizing selections from classic Great American Songbook standards, each tune explores elaborate and more involved arranging techniques that one could closely associate to the writings of big band music. Completing the trio are the exemplary talents of Kenji Wagner on bass, and Sam Russo on drums. ***In Depth*** releases May 17th on all streaming platforms, as well as on physical CD.”

**Featuring**

**Arsen Nalbandian – piano**

**Kenji Wagner – bass**

**Sam Russo – drums**

ZAZU West: Jazz Manouche
7PM & 9PM

ZAZU West: Jazz Manouche

Welcome back ZAZU West to the Century Room! Phoenix’s premiere gypsy jazz ensemble travels south to the Old Pueblo for an unforgettably swingin’ night of music a la Reinhardt, Grappelli, Vignola &… Read more

Welcome back ZAZU West to the Century Room! Phoenix’s premiere gypsy jazz ensemble travels south to the Old Pueblo for an unforgettably swingin’ night of music a la Reinhardt, Grappelli, Vignola & More

Gypsy Jazz, Jazz Manouche, French Swing. Whatever it’s called, the sound is infectious, swinging, and unmistakably Django.

Whether playing the dozens of iconic Django compositions, traditional and contemporary jazz standards in the Gypsy Jazz style, or the music of today’s Gypsy Jazz greats in Europe and the U.S., ZAZU West creates a unique performance experience.

Based in Phoenix Arizona, ZAZU West is excited to be carrying on the “ZAZU” Gypsy Jazz tradition started in Arizona in 2004 with the same unforgettable ingredients: irresistible swing, melancholy dark and moody highlights, and improvisation with reckless abandon.

This is their second appearance at the Century Room as they were one of the first bands to perform when we opened in 2022!

Never Come Down

Never Come Down

Saturday June 15th Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm Adv $10 | Dos $12 —NEVER COME DOWN— 2022 IBMA MOMENTUM AWARD NOMINEE, 2021 FRESHGRASS AND 2019 ROCKYGRASS BAND COMPETITION WINNERS *”It was such… Read more

Saturday June 15th

Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm

Adv $10 | Dos $12

—NEVER COME DOWN— 2022 IBMA MOMENTUM AWARD NOMINEE, 2021 FRESHGRASS AND 2019 ROCKYGRASS BAND COMPETITION WINNERS

*”It was such an honor to produce this record, and I can’t wait for the world to learn what this amazing band is all about”. -Chris Pandolfi , The Infamous Stringdusters*

Weaving together modern and traditional styles of American music, Never Come Down is a Portland, Oregon based 5-piece composed of Joe Suskind (guitar), Crystal Lariza (vocals), Brian Alley (banjo), Kaden Hurst (mandolin), and Ben Ticknor (bass). Their dedication to thoughtful songwriting and dynamic arrangements highlight polished technical skills and a commitment to listening to each other. Formed in 2018, the band began touring extensively- steadily cultivating a passionate fan base at home in the Pacific Northwest, and eventually around the country. NCD released their first studio album “Better Late Than Never” in 2021 and their second LP “Greener Pastures” is slated for release late 2023. They’ve toured internationally and have found acclaim at festivals such as Iceland Airwaves, John Hartford Memorial Fest, Americanafest, FreshGrass and RockyGrass.

Tonight’s Sunshine

Tonight’s Sunshine

Thursday June 20th w/ support from Schplit & Noah Martin Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm Adv $10 | Dos $12 Read more

Thursday June 20th

w/ support from Schplit & Noah Martin

Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm

Adv $10 | Dos $12

Ruta Verbena

Ruta Verbena

Friday June 21st w/ Conjunto La Pira 7pm $10

Friday June 21st

w/ Conjunto La Pira

7pm

$10

Eric Rasmussen & School of Tristano
7PM & 9PM

Eric Rasmussen & School of Tristano

($20-$30 tickets | 7pm & 9pm shows) Welcome Phoenix-based saxophonist, composer and educator Eric Rasmussen and his band as they play the music of Lennie Tristano! Ray Lebert (guitar) Dave Ambrosio (bass)… Read more

($20-$30 tickets | 7pm & 9pm shows) Welcome Phoenix-based saxophonist, composer and educator Eric Rasmussen and his band as they play the music of Lennie Tristano!

Ray Lebert (guitar) Dave Ambrosio (bass) Connor Sample (drums)

**Eric Rasmussen**

**Originally from California, he spent the previous ten years playing in New York City where he was a staple of the jazz community, performing regularly on the East Coast as well as multiple tours of Europe. While in New York, Eric performed regularly with some of the most respected names in jazz including Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Donny McCaslin, Billy Hart, and Matt Wilson among many others. In Phoenix, he is in top demand as a sideman and also performs with the collective ensemble Running From Bears and the Eric Rasmussen Quartet, both of which have toured the United States on numerous occasions.**

**With his own groups, he has recorded for internationally acclaimed jazz labels Steeplechase (three records) and Fresh Sound Records, and as a sideman, he has recorded with Paul Bley, Danilo Perez, Billy Hart, Christophe Schweizer and the Jazz Composers Alliance. Eric has been fortunate to perform at some of the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world as well as at some of the most celebrated venues in the country including the Kennedy Center, and the JVC Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall.**

Southbound Pilot

Southbound Pilot

Saturday June 22nd Dors 7pm | Show 7:30pm $10 + fees

Saturday June 22nd

Dors 7pm | Show 7:30pm

$10 + fees

Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience

Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience

Sunday June 23rd 6pm doors Adv $25 | Dos $30 —TERRANCE SIMIEN—Two-time grammy winner — Representing 2x GRAMMY award winning, Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience | 40 years of legendary live… Read more

Sunday June 23rd

6pm doors

Adv $25 | Dos $30

—TERRANCE SIMIEN—Two-time grammy winner — Representing 2x GRAMMY award winning, Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience | 40 years of legendary live performances | Tours w/ Los Lobos, Dave Matthews Band and the late Robert Palmer | Creole for Kidz and the History of Zydeco | Film, TV and Disney.

Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his band mates have performed nearly 10,000 concerts, toured millions of miles to over 45 countries during their eventful career. Their music has been placed in multiple major studio theatre release films, including a Disney animated film, TV shows and radio commercials. They’ve been cultural ambassadors for their country since the mid 1980’s as part of the U.S,. State Department ongoing cultural diplomacy tours. They performed in Ukraine twice (2012, 2015) with the U.S. Embassy in Kiev and toured Russia for two weeks as well in 2015. For over 40+ years, 8th generation Louisiana Creole, Simien has been shattering the myths and often misinformation, about what his traditional Zydeco roots music is – and is not. It most certainly is Black American roots music and it is music born of the African American/Black and mixed race French speaking Creoles of South Louisiana. This is the truth and these are the facts.

Simien leads a highly skilled Zydeco Experience band with long time band member, close friend and creative collaborator: Danny Williams (30+ years, two-GRAMMY award winning), keyboards, vocals; Stan Chambers (15+ years, GRAMMY award winning), bass, vocals; Ian Molinaro – Thompson, drums; Michael Christie on trumpet and Noah Boshra, saxophone. Ian MT is a Berklee College of Music graduate and Mike a Shenandoah University graduate ( SU is in the top 10% of music programs in the country). Another Berklee College grad, Ethan Santos, trombone, also lends his skills to us on tour at times. Noah Boshran, joining us in 2024, is a Tulane graduate.

Lady Haha: Comedy Open Mic for Women, LGBTQ+ & Allies

Lady Haha: Comedy Open Mic for Women, LGBTQ+ & Allies

6pm Signups, 7pm Show Comedy without the competition. In August 2021, local Comedians Priscilla Fernandez, Mo Urban and Amber Frame created Lady Haha: a comedy open mic for women, LGBTQ+, all marginalized… Read more

6pm Signups, 7pm Show

Comedy without the competition.

In August 2021, local Comedians Priscilla Fernandez, Mo Urban and Amber Frame created Lady Haha: a comedy open mic for women, LGBTQ+, all marginalized folx and our allies to perform ANY genre of comedy (not just stand-up) in a supportive and super fun environment. Whether it’s your first time trying comedy or your thousandth—all levels of experience are welcome! Everyone gets at most 5 minutes of stage time, and it’s free!

Anyone 21+ can come watch, but the stage is reserved for marginalized-funny people and our allies. Our only rule is “no hate speech” (sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia and violent speech).

Lady Haha also produces comedy-variety shows in Tucson with an emphasis on diversity and all genres of comedy.

We’re proud to say we are the first and only comedy open mic of its kind—IN THE WORLD—right here in little ol’ Tucson, AZ. We hope to see more of these popping up!

Desert Haze | Summer Night Market

Desert Haze | Summer Night Market

Join us for a special summer night edition of Desert Haze Vintage Market! Free on the Plaza from 6pm – 10pm VENDORS: – TBA Read more

Join us for a special summer night edition of Desert Haze Vintage Market!

Free on the Plaza from 6pm – 10pm

VENDORS:

– TBA

Glass Spells

Glass Spells

Saturday June 29th 7pm Adv $15 | Dos $18 —GLASS SPELLS—Glass Spells is a synth-pop band from San Diego, California. The band is comprised of two members, Anthony Ramirez and Tania Costello…. Read more

Saturday June 29th

7pm

Adv $15 | Dos $18

—GLASS SPELLS—Glass Spells is a synth-pop band from San Diego, California. The band is comprised of two members, Anthony Ramirez and Tania Costello. Anthony is the instrumentalist of the group, bringing his wide array of skills to the production of their unique sound. Tania is the lead singer and vocalist, providing the powerful and emotive lyrics and melodies that have become a hallmark of the band. Their music is a mix of modern synth-pop and retro-inspired sounds, with an emphasis on dreamy atmosphere and infectious hooks. Together, they have created a sound that is both innovative and nostalgic, and has gained them a devoted fan base.

Joshua Moore Trio – Playing the Music of Pat Metheny
7PM & 9PM

Joshua Moore Trio – Playing the Music of Pat Metheny

($15-$25 | 7pm & 9pm Shows) Flagstaff-based Jazz Guitarist and Educator brings the music of Pat Metheny to the Century Room with his band! **Josh Moore** ***Josh Moore is a Classical and… Read more

($15-$25 | 7pm & 9pm Shows) Flagstaff-based Jazz Guitarist and Educator brings the music of Pat Metheny to the Century Room with his band!

**Josh Moore**

***Josh Moore is a Classical and Jazz guitarist that is currently based in Flagstaff, Arizona. He has performed throughout the US and Canada, including concerts for the Chandler Jazz Festival, Sacramento Guitar Society, the Interference Series and many others. As a competitor Josh has received 1st prizes in multiple guitar competitions including, the Pacific Guitar Festival, ASTA Aaron Green Guitar Competition, and the Buffalo State Young Artists Concerto Competition, which included a solo performance with the Buffalo State Philharmonia. Josh holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts, with a minor in Jazz Guitar from the University of Southern California. Additionally Josh holds a Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Sergio Assad, a Master of Music degree with a minor in Jazz Guitar from the University of Southern California under Scott Tennant, and a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Buffalo State College under Evan Drummond. Josh is the Guitar Professor at Northern Arizona University Kitt School of Music. At NAU, Josh directs the guitar program where he teaches all of the guitar lessons and guitar classes, as well as teaches classes in the Jazz Studies Department.***

Surely Tempo

Surely Tempo

Monday, July 1 with support from Tony Jupiter Doors 7pm $15 Advance | $20 Day of Show + fees 16+ Read more

Monday, July 1
with support from Tony Jupiter

Doors 7pm

$15 Advance | $20 Day of Show + fees

16+

WET HOT AMERICAN PARTY

WET HOT AMERICAN PARTY

Friday July 5 9pm –WET HOT AMERICAN PARTY– Make a splash at the Wet Hot American Part on the Hotel Congress Plaza. Read more

Friday July 5

9pm

–WET HOT AMERICAN PARTY– Make a splash at the Wet Hot American Part on the Hotel Congress Plaza.

Ian Moore

Ian Moore

Saturday July 6th 7pm Adv $17 | Dos $20 21+ —IAN MOORE—Ian Moore, the Seattle-based, Austin, TX-born guitar player, singer and songwriter makes the proverbial renaissance man look lazy. Coming on the… Read more

Saturday July 6th

7pm

Adv $17 | Dos $20

21+

—IAN MOORE—Ian Moore, the Seattle-based, Austin, TX-born guitar player, singer and songwriter makes the proverbial renaissance man look lazy. Coming on the heels of Strange Days, his most successful record since his eponymous debut and despite a never-ending cycle of touring, Moore offers a new release of bright, blazing rock-n-roll that combines his legendary guitar prowess with radio-friendly songs that showcase his elastic, soul-inflected vocals.

“It’s a very different climate right now. When we hit a city, it doesn’t matter that i have 14 records, radio hits, etc. The only thing that matters is if we can really show up and leave the people feeling they saw something amazing. It keeps me hungry, and I like the challenge” says Moore.

For years, Ian has had his eyes on the challenges faced by musicians of every stripe, having experienced the spectrum of artist successes and tribulations over a nearly 30-year career. In response, he founded the artist’s healthcare alliance SMASH (Seattle Musicians Access to Sustainable Healthcare) and has joined the board of NARAS for the Pacific Northwest as governor and head of the advocacy committee.

You might have been surprised to hear Moore’s voice popping up on major network shows on prime time television this past year; several selections were prominently being featured as performances on both American Idol and The Voice (“Satisfied” and “Blue Sky”).

Moore’s story is often told and probably familiar to most critics; his initial record on Capricorn propelled him to national tours with the Rolling Stones, ZZ Top and Bob Dylan, acting in the acclaimed indie feature Sling Blade and having Ice Cube direct the video for his track “Harlem.”

Moore deviated from his initial blues-oriented guitar sound on subsequent records, touching on graceful pop songs and the psychedelic as well as British pub rock and deep Americana. Toronto and its 6 tracks represents those influences in such a way that they have informed his songwriting, but is likely more recognizable as a strong collection of the kind of guitar rock his core fan base would respond to immediately.

On the triumphant “You Gotta Know My Name”, Moore lampoons rich, entitled hipster kids. “They get their marching orders from Pitchfork and fill their brains with coke and MDMA, looking for soul and depth”, Moore explains. “The chorus is a way of claiming my space as a person that has been slogging it out, in and out of fashion for most of my career, with a deeper sense of music, style and substance than the people that might quickly write me off.”

The anthemic “Lords of the Levee” is a contemporary, relevant take on the atmosphere of the U.S. right now.“ It’s an attack on group thought,” Moore says, “which is most typically shrouded in God and country, that allows people to do some really terrible things. I wrote it about the Alabama voters rights act, and how the people that opposed it used both God and country to justify their abhorrent behavior.”

And it captures Ian’s blistering live sound probably better than any recording he’s released in recent memory. The catchy, propulsive “Looking for the Sound” is a play on the record title “El Sonido Nuevo,” which he wrote with his last group, the Lossy Coils. “It comes from a Mighty Boosh skit, but the gist of the song is about what it is to be
a touring musician, trying to build soul and culture, still believing the same
things I believed when I was 18, and looking for open hearts and minds to
feel it.”

On other tracks on the record, “Satellite” and the slightly outrageous
“Rock N Roll,” Moore explores the underbelly of rock, the bright side and
the dangers of living your life in the magic of midnight.

Emily Nenni

Emily Nenni

Thursday July 11th ******Artist Presale: April 16th at 10am*** 7pm Adv $17 | Dos $20 21+ —EMILY NENNI—Emily Nenni has a confession: she didn’t always plan on being a performing artist. “I… Read more

Thursday July 11th

******Artist Presale: April 16th at 10am***

7pm

Adv $17 | Dos $20

21+

—EMILY NENNI—Emily Nenni has a confession: she didn’t always plan on being a performing artist. “I thought I was just going to be a songwriter,” she admits. Clearly, life had something else in store. The singer and guitarist has emerged as one of the freshest and most electrifying voices in Nashville, with a sound rooted in classic honky-tonk and spiked with serious country, soul and rock ‘n’ roll fire, and sweet-and-sassy lyrics that chronicle hard living, hot nights, heartbreak and other universal truths about the human condition. Over the past several years she’s enraptured audiences across Music City with sizzling sets in smoky bars and clubs, honing her command of the stage, perfecting her skills as a band leader and sharpening an already astute world view, all of which are on full display on her newest studio album, Drive & Cry.

The record is a marked departure from her previous full-length, 2022’s celebrated On the Ranch. Whereas that effort saw Nenni uproot herself to lend a hand — and write — while assisting at a ranch in southern Colorado, Drive & Cry drops the listener smack in the middle of her boisterous and bustling Nashville world. The album kicks off with “Get to Know Ya,” a honky-tonk rave-up that celebrates the end of the work day and the beginning of a music-filled, come-what-may night. Nenni busts out her biggest hoops, jumps into the jeans she can “really only stand up in,” and heads to the local bar. “Play ’til the sun’ll come / when the daylight’s done,” she sings as the instrumental accompaniment races in step behind her.

From there, Nenni leads into “Greatest Hits,” a pedal-steel-inflected Dolly Parton-style number in which she tips her hat to underground honky-tonk venue Santa’s Pub, a dive bar squeezed inside a double-wide trailer that has become her home-away-from-home in Nashville. “When I first came to town, I was 21 and singing at clubs with folks who were twice my age,” Nenni recalls of moving to Music City from her native California. “Then a buddy of mine said, ‘There’s a place where people are making this music that are actually your age, and where you’d really fit in.’ And that was Santa’s Pub. It’s where I learned that music doesn’t have to be perfect — everybody is just having fun and there’s no judgment. You can show up however you’re feeling that night, have a good time and be surrounded by friends.”

A stellar cast of those friends stepped up to assist Nenni on Drive & Cry, beginning with producer John James Tourville of New West labelmates the Deslondes. “He brought in half the musicians and I brought in half,” Nenni says. “And he gave me so much space to make the record that I wanted to make.”

It’s a record that is her most personal to date. Save for an album-closing cover of Terry Allen’s classic “Amarillo Highway” (a staple of her Sunday-night sets at Santa’s), Nenni penned the remainder of the dozen tracks entirely on her own. “It’s the first time I’ve done that,” she says. “I had a few weeks alone at my house in Nashville, and I just sat with all my thoughts and feelings from the last couple years and put it all down. So this is an album that’s truly ‘me.’ ”

The results put the full range of Nenni’s singular musical voice on display, from the soaring “Changes,” influenced by her love of Sixties girl groups, to the swampy, strutting empowerment anthem “I Don’t Have to Like You,” in which she declares “I’m a grown-ass woman and I don’t trust a word you coo.” There’s also the Tina Turner homage “I Don’t Need You” (“Got my own boots to fill and you know I will,” Nenni assures), the wistful, late-night honky-tonk ode “We Sure Could Two Step,” and the playful title track, in which, over a tight country-funk groove, Nenni jokes, “Don’t you worry ’bout me / I’m gonna have a bawl.” It’s a lighthearted lyric, but one that is, like everything on the album, true to Nenni’s life. “I do actually cry a fair bit, and I love to do it while I’m driving,” she admits.

Nenni will have plenty of opportunities for that in the near future, as she plans to take Drive & Cry on tour, far and wide. “I love to be on the road,” she says. “I love to be with my buds, I love to play shows, and I love to make people happy and make people cry with my music. That’s what truly makes me happy, too.”

Nenni laughs. “So I maybe never thought I’d be a performer, but I sure am glad that I am.”

Sawyer Hill

Sawyer Hill

Friday July 12th 7pm Doors/ 7:30pm Show General Admission $15 + fees 16+ Read more

Friday July 12th

7pm Doors/ 7:30pm Show

General Admission $15 + fees

16+

Juan Wauters

Juan Wauters

Wednesday July 17th w/ Big City Sleep & Alec André 7pm Adv $15 | Dos $18 —JUAN WAUTERS—There’s freedom to be found in consistency. Until recently, Juan Wauters may not have agreed… Read more

Wednesday July 17th

w/ Big City Sleep & Alec André

7pm

Adv $15 | Dos $18

—JUAN WAUTERS—There’s freedom to be found in consistency. Until recently, Juan Wauters may not have agreed with this statement. As a touring musician and multinational citizen, transience had always come naturally to him. Circumstance, however, recently prompted him to reconsider the benefits of staying in one place: “During COVID I discovered / that I like stability,” he muses on the title track of his new album, “but the world still sees me / as a wandering rebel.” His most introspective work to date, Wauters’ sixth solo album Wandering Rebel finds the artist taking stock of how he’s changed, how the world sees him, and what he wants out of life.

From his early days as a founding member of Queens-based garage act The Beets to his impressive solo career, Wauters has spent the better part of the last decade on the road. When he wasn’t touring or recording, he was gathering material, traversing Latin America to write his 2019 Spanish-language opus La Onda de Juan Pablo, then heading North to collaborate with friends like Mac DeMarco, Homeshake, Nick Hakim and more for 2021’s boisterous Real Life Situations. Apart from intermissions in his home base of Jackson Heights, Queens, Wauters has been notoriously hard to pin down.

The lack of touring in the years following the 2020 pandemic lockdown, however, brought Wauters’ wayfaring lifestyle to a screeching halt. After spending the majority of the year at home in New York, he relocated to Montevideo, Uruguay at the end of 2020, prior to the release of Real Life Situations. It would be another year before he’d be able to tour again, and over the course of that year, he embarked on voyages to LA and New York, with the aim of recording full albums in each city. Though many of the songs from these sessions did make it onto Wandering Rebel, the final product is, like Wauters himself, impossible to attribute to just one place. And each time he returned to Montevideo from these sojourns, he realized the unexpected had happened–he’d put down roots. His short-term stay had become a long-term relocation, and a casual romance had turned into a serious partnership. “If touring never came back,” Wauters reflects now, “I would have been at peace [with it]. New York was the place I always came back to, but I never really had a ‘home.’ My parents left Uruguay, their home, when I was young. Now, [in Montevideo], I have a place to come home to, and people that are waiting for me.”

Written mostly during this extended break from touring, the songs on Wandering Rebel are candid reflections on subjects like career (“Wandering Rebel”), romantic commitment (“Amor Amor”), mental health (“Nube Negra”) and the personal toll of touring (“Let Loose”). Wauters’ lyrics have always had a refreshing sincerity, but he seems to be at his most open on this record. “I’m looking to have a family,” he states on “Wandering Rebel,” “so if this music thing not pick up / we’ll have to make some changes up in here.”

He extends that same bemused frankness to the world around him as well: on “Modus Operandi,” he voices his frustration with New York’s fairweather residents, who fled the city at the onset of the COVID-19 lockdown. “It’s happened time and time again,” he laments, “when it gets rough out here / People that have options go back to their suburbs.” Vocal contributions from fellow New Yorker Greta Kline (Frankie Cosmos) add to the chorus of playful disapproval. On the singalong-worthy “Millionaire,” he turns his eye to the west coast: “It’s hard to get around Los Angeles / If you don’t have a car / I’m staying in a privileged part of town / It’s suspicious for me to be walking.”

The clarity with which Wauters approaches these subjects lyrically is reflected in the music as well. His trademark eclecticism is still present (fans of Real Life Situations’ spirited hip-hop should look to track 6, “Bolero”), but it’s more refined this time, anchored in his signature Latin-influenced indie folk. Wandering Rebel is peppered with delicate additions that add depth throughout: rain sounds and hand drums on “Nube Negra,” a strings section on “Modus Operandi,” a gentle vibraphone on “Amor, Amor.” Some of these are classic Wauters touches, but others are owed to outside influences, like production from Brooklyn-based Carlos Hernandez (Ava Luna, Carlos Truly) and Brazilian indie artist Sessa, as well as vocal contributions from Kline, Luz Elena Mendoza (Y La Bamba), Zoe Gotusso, and Super Willy K.

Throughout Wandering Rebel, Wauters attempts to reconcile the stability he’s come to enjoy with the nomadic restlessness that’s characterized his life thus far. In the end, though, it’s the interplay of both of these elements that makes the album so strong. Though it’s marked by introspectivity, it was made in classic Wauters fashion, with numerous collaborators on trips to New York, LA, Brazil and Argentina. At the same time, its cohesion is owed to a period of reflection that’s only possible in repose. Wauters’ moments of honest self-reflection lend depth to his penchant for playful musical experimentation, while his ever-growing network of collaborators across the globe add nuance and fluidity to his songwriting.

For a brief period during the writing process, Wauters spent a month alone in a remote Uruguayan beach town, armed with only an iPad (which he charged using a solar panel) and his thoughts. In the end, only one song from this stint made it onto Wandering Rebel (“Mensaje Codificado”), but somehow the entire album feels as if it’s written from this vantage point: an artist, back in his home country, looking out at the world and considering the life that’s led him there.

Summer Night Market w/ Desert Haze!

Summer Night Market w/ Desert Haze!

Join us for a Summer Night Edition of the Desert Haze Vintage Market! w/ performances from The Charities & The McCharmlys $5 Doors 7pm | Show 8pm Enjoy some live music while… Read more

Join us for a Summer Night Edition of the Desert Haze Vintage Market!

w/ performances from The Charities & The McCharmlys

$5

Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

Enjoy some live music while you shop! Vendors TBA!

Quasi – Featuring “Birds” Tour

Quasi – Featuring “Birds” Tour

Sunday July 21st 7pm Adv $22 | Dos $24 —QUASI—Pacific Northwest rock legends Quasi play their beloved 1998 classic third album Featuring “Birds,” start to finish in its entirety for the first… Read more

Sunday July 21st

7pm

Adv $22 | Dos $24

—QUASI—Pacific Northwest rock legends Quasi play their beloved 1998 classic third album Featuring “Birds,” start to finish in its entirety for the first time.

Mystery Skulls “Forever” 10th Anniversary Tour

Mystery Skulls “Forever” 10th Anniversary Tour

Wednesday July 24th Mystery Skulls celebrates 10 years of “Forever” with a North American tour spanning more than 25 cities. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Mystery Skulls will be performing “Forever” front… Read more

Wednesday July 24th

Mystery Skulls celebrates 10 years of “Forever” with a North American tour spanning more than 25 cities. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Mystery Skulls will be performing “Forever” front to back for the first time ever, in addition to other songs across their releases. VIP packages are available.

******Artist Presale: Wednesday 3/13 @ 10am local***
***Click “access presale ” or “got a code”? and enter the code to access the presale.******

**General On Sale: Friday 3/15 @ 10am local*****

**VIP Packages also include 1 GA ticket**

6pm doors

Adv $20 | Dos $25 + fees

—MYSTERY SKULLS—Luis Dubuc was looking for a change of pace when he started his dance/electro-soul act, Mystery Skulls in 2011. And what started off as a new passion project quickly turned into something larger than life.

Fans were quickly enchanted by the upbeat, groovy sounds Mystery Skulls was producing. As fans grew rabid for more content, Luis continued to produce new and exciting music that they could lose themselves in. The result is an impressive discography that has amassed over 100 million streams and nearly 550,000 monthly listeners on Spotify alone.

Back to Life (2019) and Now or Never (2020), the latest two full length albums from Mystery Skulls have shown that there’s no limit to the project’s success. Having self-produced and self-released both albums, Luis poured himself into each album and the fans immediately connected with that. This landed both albums at #1 on the iTunes Electronic charts, surpassing legendary acts like The Chemicals Brothers and Moby.

Following the release of Back to Life, Mystery Skulls hit the road, aiming to reach as many fans as possible, selling out shows throughout North America and the UK. Luis is passionate about creating powerful moments of joy and release for fans through his live sets, and because of that he has been able to take Mystery Skulls to a wide array of events from the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience, to opening for Busta Rhymes at the Cannes Film Festival, and the ESPN X-Games.

Every live set is a chance to let go. Mystery Skulls adds a layer of intrigue to each performance with his backlit set, leaving him a shadowy, pulsating figure in the night. The anonymity translates onto his diverse set of fans, leading them to feel free to lose themselves on the dance floor for the evening.

Despite COVID-19 halting touring plans throughout the last year, Mystery Skulls continued to show unstoppable force. July 2021 gave way to a feature in Fortnite of his animated short for fan favorite, “Ghost.” Keeping up the momentum Mystery Skulls plan to release a full length album at the end of 2021 and will headline in North America throughout Spring 2022. The future is limitless and Mystery Skulls is taking advantage of every second of it. Join in on the adventure!

Trish Toledo Weekend

Trish Toledo Weekend

A Trish Toledo Weekend! -Day One Friday July 26th: Adv $22 | Dos $27 -Day Two Saturday July 27th: Adv$ 22 | Dos $27 -Weekend Ticket Bundle: $40 for both days! -Hotel… Read more

A Trish Toledo Weekend!

-Day One Friday July 26th: Adv $22 | Dos $27

-Day Two Saturday July 27th: Adv$ 22 | Dos $27

-Weekend Ticket Bundle: $40 for both days!

-Hotel Package: $400
**includes one hotel room for two people with two weekend tickets, & two bloody mary vouchers**

WAND

WAND

Monday July 29th 7pm ADV $18 | DOS $20 21+ —WAND—Wand formed in late 2013 in Los Angeles, CA and got right to work playing, writing, and conceptualizing a contrarian path forward–the… Read more

Monday July 29th

7pm

ADV $18 | DOS $20

21+

—WAND—Wand formed in late 2013 in Los Angeles, CA and got right to work playing, writing, and conceptualizing a contrarian path forward–the only viable trail to follow for a rock band that formed in the twenty-teens (and audaciously named itself Wand). The original configuration of the band was Cory Hanson (guitar, vocals), Lee Landey (bass), Evan Burrows (drums) and Daniel Martens (guitar). This was the group that recorded the neuroplastic, dusk-colored Ganglion Reef. Upon hearing it, the suits at GOD? Records demanded the opportunity to release it, and the rest became irrevocable historical fact in 2014. That debut release launched a year of furious activity and near-constant touring, and included the recording and release of both their second and third albums: the strobing sledgehammer Golem (on In the Red), and the psilocybe flicker show 1000 Days (on Drag City). During this time, Daniel left to focus on raising his son, and the remaining three members of Wand regrouped as a trio, with an auxiliary fourth piece for tours.

Following a dizzying 100+ dates played in North America and Europe in support of 1000 Days, Wand took a six-month deep breath at the beginning of 2016. Cory put together a string laden solo album, The Unknown Capitalist From Limbo (released later that year), and Evan focused on writing and touring with his band Behavior. Meanwhile, Wand’s barely-perceptible pause had a deeper agenda—Evan, Lee and Cory had sensed the need for a new alignment, a fabulous new mutation of the body Wand. Sofia Arreguin and Robbie Cody were recruited to play keyboards and guitar respectively, with the intention of reimagining the band’s approach to writing and performance. A period of intense woodshedding ensued, both in the practice space and on stages around the world, out of which the records Plum and “Perfume” emerged.

The writing process that evolved during the tumultuous seasons of Plum and “Perfume” incorporated a new emphasis on econo-jamming and democratic decision-making; another new method of invention, another new mode of digestion. Plum dropped in the fall of 2017, “Perfume” in the spring of 2018. With the success of this music, the band forged on with confidence, stockpiling dozens of pieces and working them together as a unit. They made the most of their 2018, taking in deep bubbles of time to tinker and experiment with their sound, using several different spaces as well as their own home studio, and patiently uncovering the exciting alchemical balance that would bring all this work together as a whole. By the turn of autumn, Wand had arrived at the width and breadth, the breathless wit of their new album—Laughing Matter.

Cory and Evan opted to write all of the lyrics on Laughing Matter collaboratively. The lyrical and musical shades vary between Wand’s darkest nights, and most pastoral days. There’s a matured, diverse emotional scope on Laughing Matter that has not been so naked on any Wand record before it. This is a record that takes every turn, feels every thought, eagerly attempts to break every convention, and joyously recombines the familiar territory. This is a record with love as a center. With friendship—especially its most difficult, dysfunctional forms—as foundation. And with music—the dedicated jamming of five autodidact musicians—as its guiding principle.

Laughing Matter was recorded by Enrique Tena Padilla, assisted by Zac Hernandez at Sonic Ranch, West Texas. It was mixed by Wand and Enrique Tena Padilla. Three members of the band sing on the record. It lasts one hour, seven minutes and thirty-seven seconds across two vinyl discs, one compact disc, one cassette, or continuous digital stream.

This is a headphone record. A hi-fi record, against all common sense. A double record, but the songs are sweet. Each one tries to hold a small idea. We all put our hands on the wheel, then took turns letting go. And where you believe, you see. Or are you losing the shape? The user escapes from the toolkit for ease. We knew how to do it through practice. And we had plenty of help. We drank a lot of alcohol and caffeine. We worked all night, talked a lot of shit, and tried to impel the old dream. And could we be called away? What could we really hold in common? We all put our hands on the wheel, and we steered the machine.

Surfapalooza!

Surfapalooza!

Saturday August 3 Doors 5pm | Show 6pm $10 Advance & Day of Show 21+ The summer surf party of the season, Surfapalooza, returns to the Hotel Congress Plaza! Featuring surf rockers… Read more

Saturday August 3

Doors 5pm | Show 6pm

$10 Advance & Day of Show

21+

The summer surf party of the season, Surfapalooza, returns to the Hotel Congress Plaza! Featuring surf rockers some of Arizona’s best surf bands. Come on down to Congress for an evening of twangy surf rock, a Hawaiian-style pig roast, and ice cold drinks. We may not have an ocean, but we have all the fixings for a totally tubular surf party!

2nd Annual Summer Hair Metal Madness Party with The Dirt!

2nd Annual Summer Hair Metal Madness Party with The Dirt!

Saturday August 17th Summer Hair Metal Party with The Dirt! 7pm $20

Saturday August 17th

Summer Hair Metal Party with The Dirt!

7pm

$20

J.R.C.G.

J.R.C.G.

Sunday August 18th w/ CLASS Doors 7pm | Show 8pm Adv $12 | Dos $15 21+ —J.R.C.G.—J.R.C.G. (Justin R Cruz Gallego) Hailing from the American Pacific Northwest underground music scene, J.R.C.G. is… Read more

Sunday August 18th

w/ CLASS

Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

Adv $12 | Dos $15

21+

—J.R.C.G.—J.R.C.G. (Justin R Cruz Gallego)

Hailing from the American Pacific Northwest underground music scene, J.R.C.G. is an experimental music artist combining elements of Krautrock, jazz, indie rock, art rock, electronic, and the avant-garde. J.R.C.G.’s 2022 debut Ajo Sunshine was released by John Dwyer’s Castle Face Records and his 2024 follow up, Grim Iconic… (Sadistic Mantra) is out August 2nd on Sub Pop Records.

J.R.C.G.’s 2024 live ensemble features Jason Clackley (Dreamdecay, Exquisites), Ian Corrigan (Gen Pop, Vexx), Victory Nguyen (High Pulp, Sun King), Alex Barr (Telehealth) and Anthony Beauchemin (Casual Hex).

Emo Nite at Club Congress, Tucson, Az

Emo Nite at Club Congress, Tucson, Az

Friday August 23rd **FAN CLUB PRESALE: *Tuesday May 14th at 11am PT *GENERAL ON SALE: *Friday May 17th 11am*** Doors 9pm | Show 9pm ADV $21 | DOS $25 + fees $1… Read more

Friday August 23rd

**FAN CLUB PRESALE: *Tuesday May 14th at 11am PT
*GENERAL ON SALE: *Friday May 17th 11am***

Doors 9pm | Show 9pm

ADV $21 | DOS $25 + fees

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

The Messthetics and James Brandon Lewis

The Messthetics and James Brandon Lewis

Tuesday September 3rd 7pm Adv $18 | Dos $20 —THE MESSTHETICS AND JAMES BRANDON LEWIS—Joe Lally was onstage, playing at full throttle, when he realized that his band had found a true… Read more

Tuesday September 3rd

7pm

Adv $18 | Dos $20

—THE MESSTHETICS AND JAMES BRANDON LEWIS—Joe Lally was onstage, playing at full throttle, when he realized that his band had found a true kindred spirit. It was the fall of 2021 and the Messthetics — the instrumental trio of Lally on bass, his former Fugazi bandmate Brendan Canty on drums and guitarist Anthony Pirog — were at Brooklyn venue the Bell House, digging into their uptempo riff workout “Serpent Tongue.” Joining them for the piece was a special guest, acclaimed jazz saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, making only his second cameo with the group after a drop-in at another New York show back in 2019. That first meeting had been a success, but this time, Lewis’ presence sparked something new.

“It pushed the song like crazy,” Lally recalls of a passage when Lewis and Pirog began trading fiery solos. As the intensity kept building, the bassist felt simultaneously challenged and exhilarated. “You’re just holding on and going, ‘It sounds great,’” he remembers telling himself. “‘Just keep going.’”

That imperative — the sense that there was more to explore within what began as an ad hoc union among the four musicians — lingered after the performance ended. Now, Lewis, Pirog, Lally and Canty are ready to unveil their first full-length album as a quartet. Recorded in just two days in December 2022 at Takoma Park, Maryland, studio Tonal Park, with engineer Don Godwin, The Messthetics and James Brandon Lewis features nine tracks that capture the combustive chemistry Lally originally sensed onstage while expanding the collaboration in all directions. Across the album, due out on March 15th via the legendary Impulse! label, the quartet can be heard locking into a hard, swaggering funk groove on “That Thang,” cradling a wistful, jazz-like theme on “Asthenia” or rocketing into ecstatic art-punk overdrive on “Emergence.”

Canty relishes the way the album preserves a feeling of real-time musical conversation. “In a world that can be perfected in a myriad of ways using computers, it’s super important to allow the thing you’ve honestly reacted to, to live,” the drummer says. “So I’ve spent a lot of time, since that first initial recording, protecting this recording. We did try to mix some of it, but we really left it as rough mixes for the most part.”

“Sometimes you’ll play a record live and it just doesn’t translate like it does onstage,” Pirog adds. “But this was just one of those moments where we were just prepared enough, everyone was open to being loose enough, that we just sat down and made it happen really fast.”

Evidence of that spontaneity runs throughout the record. Listen to the way Canty and Lewis play a tumbling, stop-start duet against Pirog and Lally’s tight descending vamp at the end of opening track “L’Orso” or how Lewis and Pirog improvise together atop a dubby groove during “Three Sisters,” urging one another toward thrilling new peaks.

Even when the guitarist and saxophonist solo sequentially, as on closing track “Fourth Wall” — where Lewis ends his statement with a gritty wail and Pirog answers with a snarling, soulful line — you can hear a certain charge passing between them.

“The duality of them playing together — all these melody lines and then egging each other on during the solos — was super liberating,” Canty says of Pirog and Lewis’ interplay. “And for me as a drummer, I felt like I could literally just be a utility player, just to support.”

Though the configuration heard on The Messthetics and James Brandon Lewis is relatively new, it builds on long-standing musical relationships. Lewis and Pirog first met around a decade ago at a session led by free-jazz drummer William Hooker and instantly hit it off, going on to work together extensively in Lewis’ own groups. “Since day one of knowing Anthony, me and him just fit,” says Lewis, now widely acclaimed as one of the most compelling bandleaders on the contemporary jazz scene. “We looked at each other after that William Hooker session, and we was like, ‘Damn, this shit is on point.’”

Lally and Canty of course share a similar brotherhood, rooted in the 15 years they spent touring the world as the supple yet rock-solid rhythm section for Washington, D.C.’s iconic Fugazi. “I play differently with Joe than I play with anybody else,” Canty says. “He creates this foundation that I call a very sturdy jungle gym for all of us to play on. He keeps it dubby and rhythmic, and there’s a lot of times where there’s a sixth sense — there’s things that happen between us when we’re playing that there’s no accounting for except for the fact that we’ve been playing together for 30 years.”

Lewis likens the experience of playing with Lally and Canty to his work with various jazz elders. “The way I revere them is the same way that I revere playing with Jamaaladeen Tacuma or playing with William Parker,” he says, citing a pair of esteemed veteran bassists. “It’s a certain road experience that you can’t get in school.” He also appreciates that he can hear the rich musical heritage of their hometown in their sound. “Growing up in the D.C. area, Brendan and Joe are familiar with go-go, with all of the stuff from the area,” he says. “So I will say that the time feel — it don’t get no better than that. It’s like a well-oiled machine playing with them.”

That steady rhythmic backbone, coupled with Pirog’s omnivorous guitar approach — which draws on jazz, punk, free improvisation and everything in between — gave the Messthetics a huge sonic palette right from the start, showcased on both their self-titled 2018 debut and 2019’s Anthropocosmic Nest. But Pirog had always been curious what his friend Lewis might add to the band, leading to him extending the invite for the saxophonist’s initial 2019 sit-in, which took place at New York’s Winter Jazzfest.

“James was just someone who I felt had the right energy to add another texture to the group, and immediately we already had a good interplay going from playing in his groups,” Pirog says. “I also just wanted to share this group that I’ve been working with, with him because he was so generous with me.”

Once the quartet established a rapport onstage, the Messthetics followed up with an invitation to team up for an album, which Lewis quickly accepted.

“Every time I played with them, there was a vibe and it was a good chemistry,” Lewis says, looking back on his early appearances with the group, which eventually led to a one-off studio track that appeared on the saxophonist’s 2023 LP Eye of I. “They hit me up and they’re like, ‘Yo, man, would you want to record a full record?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, sure,’ because the vibe was so natural.”

The Messthetics spent a few months in the fall of 2022 assembling and arranging material as a trio before meeting with Lewis for just one day of rehearsal prior to the recording in December. Even with minimal prep time, the material evolved considerably. Lewis added a lush, spiraling melody to the chorus section of “The Time Is the Place,” originally called “Meters Groove” in honor of the song’s Canty-written central riff, a crisp seven-beat strut. And Lewis was the key element that unlocked Lally’s “Railroad Tracks Home,” joining the bassist on the second pass through the theme and turning the subtle, swinging mood piece from something, in Lally’s words, “dirge-y and dark” to “a light-bringing thing.”

The seven-and-a-half-minute “Boatly,” meanwhile, made room for each member of the band to explore his full dynamic range, with brushed drums and a ballad-like texture segueing into a breathtaking coda — which Pirog cites as his favorite moment on the album — where Lewis unleashes fierce cries and brawny blasts over a cyclical 6/8 theme as Canty works up to a cymbal-bashing climax.

The fervor of Lewis’ playing both here and elsewhere on the record clearly points back to John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, firmly rooting the album in the soil of the classic Impulse! catalog, despite its thoroughly contemporary feel. Lally says he can’t wait to see his band’s name next to the unmistakable orange, white and black Impulse! logo. “Looking at a record and I’m on impulse! with Alice Coltrane?” he adds with giddy disbelief. “It’s like being on Otis Redding’s label.”

“I’m trying to be cool about it,” Canty says with a laugh of being associated with such a storied catalog. “Hopefully nobody’s going to figure out that I’m the imposter in the temple.”

Thankfully, it’s hard to imagine today’s listeners thinking in those restrictive terms, as the album is arriving at a time when the borders of genre are blurrier than ever. Lewis, for one, relishes the chance to plug into the power of the Messthetics’ punk-adjacent milieu. “I think that’s ultimately why I said yes” to pursuing the full-length, he says. “I love nuanced stuff, but I also like the ability to really just put out some energy. When you hear the Messthetics by themselves, that shit is cranking. And I’m always signing up to crank.”

Judging by the enthusiastic response the Messthetics and their esteemed guest have received during more recent live meetings, listeners are similarly eager to hear what happens when brilliant players like these stretch themselves through collaboration.

“I feel like, more and more, there’s an audience for exploration,” Canty says. “And I really hope this record’s part of that.”

Jacob Acosta

Jacob Acosta

Friday September 13th Saint Corazón Album Release Show w/ Gabrielle Pietrangelo 7pm Adv $18 | Dos $22 21+ —JACOB ACOSTA—Jacob Acosta is an international recording and performing artist based in Tucson, Arizona…. Read more

Friday September 13th

Saint Corazón Album Release Show

w/ Gabrielle Pietrangelo

7pm

Adv $18 | Dos $22

21+

—JACOB ACOSTA—Jacob Acosta is an international recording and performing artist based in Tucson, Arizona. He has worked with the legendary indie-producer John Vanderslice, been featured on National Public Radio, played dozens of festivals and tours across the U.S., and has released sixteen records in the genres of blues rock, indie-shoegaze, pop, deep house, progressive house, organic house, americana and folk since 2008 by his own namesake along with the groups Mason, Burning West, HYTS, Roll Acosta, and Race You There. His most popular local release is ‘Desert Sounds’ about Arizonan culture and the Southwest. His genre is called ZonaFolk as it blends elements of latin, western, rock, pop, and caribbean styles of music. The history and storytelling in his songs highlight the culture, and community of Arizona.

—GABRIELLE PIETRANGELO—Gabrielle Pietrangelo’s desert inspired, voice centered, indie-folk has been evolving in the Tucson region for two decades. She is recently returning to solo songwriter roots after years of harmony-based projects. Driven by guitar and ethereal vocals, Gabrielle’s music holds themes of nature, image invoking lyrics, humor and personal spirituality. She is a recent John Lennon Songwriting Contest winner, and has arranged and performed vocal harmonies for many national and local acts including Calexico, Howe Gelb, Amos Lee, Marianne Dissard, Brian Lopez, Mamma Coal and more.

Kishi Bashi

Kishi Bashi

Wednesday September 18th w/ Sweet Loretta Doors 7pm | Show 8pm Adv $25 | Dos $28 + fees All Ages —KISHI BASHI—The latest full-length from Kishi Bashi, Kantos is a work of… Read more

Wednesday September 18th

w/ Sweet Loretta

Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

Adv $25 | Dos $28 + fees

All Ages

—KISHI BASHI—The latest full-length from Kishi Bashi, Kantos is a work of exquisite duality: a party album about the possible end of humanity as we know it, at turns deeply unsettling and sublimely joyful. In a sonic departure from the symphonic folk of his critically lauded 2019 LP Omoiyari—a career-defining body of work born from his intensive meditation on the mass incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II—the Seattle-born singer/songwriter/producer’s fifth studio album encompasses everything from Brazilian jazz and ’70s funk to orchestral rock and city pop (a Japanese genre that peaked in the mid-’80s). Informed by an equally kaleidoscopic mix of inspirations—the cult-classic sci-fi novel series Hyperion Cantos, the writings of 18th century enlightenment philosopher Immanuel Kant, a revelatory trip to ancient ruins on the island of Crete—Kantos ultimately serves as an unbridled exaltation of the human spirit and all its wild complexities.

Ana Popovic

Ana Popovic

Saturday September 21st 7pm doors, 7:30 show Adv $25 | Dos $30 Reserved Seating: $35 —ANA POPOVIC—“Ana Popovic Melds Rock, Blues, and Jazz for Fiery Power” – No Depression “Ana Popović, the… Read more

Saturday September 21st

7pm doors, 7:30 show

Adv $25 | Dos $30

Reserved Seating: $35

—ANA POPOVIC—“Ana Popovic Melds Rock, Blues, and Jazz for Fiery Power” – No Depression

“Ana Popović, the stunning blues guitarist from Serbia … has been unleashing her stinging brand of blues guitar for nearly 20 years” – Atlanta Journal Constitution

“In the 25 years since the release of her debut record, Hometown, tail-gunning blues virtuoso Ana Popovic has proved herself a force of nature with a vintage Stratin hand. Like clockwork, the Serbian-born spitfire has unleashed record after record of powerful yet soulful modern blues, stunning critics and fans. Indeed, Popovic’s licks are blessed with bite, able to crush curious onlookers in one fell swoop.” – Guitar World

“Ana Popovic Displays Blistering Shredding On Versatile Power… Power just exemplifies what she’s done throughout her career – searing blues rock, a bit of gospel and R&B, and some jazzy licks to boot. Her guitar skills are second to none, her voice has grown more soulful through the years…” – Glide Magazine

Marika Hackman

Marika Hackman

Saturday September 21st 7pm Advance $20 | Day of Show $25 —MARIKA HACKMAN—Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for her emotionally honest and personal lyrics, Marika Hackman first made a name for herself with… Read more

Saturday September 21st

7pm

Advance $20 | Day of Show $25

—MARIKA HACKMAN—Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for her emotionally honest and personal lyrics, Marika Hackman first made a name for herself with a spare, acoustic-oriented approach. Receiving acclaim for her musical talent, lyrical depth, and unique style, Marika has been recognized through interviews, reviews, and profiles in publications like The Independent, The Guardian, Pitchfork, Dazed, The New York Times, KEXP and Stereogum.

New Date! Dustbowl Revival

New Date! Dustbowl Revival

Postpone from Friday, December 8th The Show will now take place on 10/5/2024 Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm ADV $20 | DOS $25 21+ –DUSTBOWL REVIVAL– Dustbowl Revival has always been about pushing… Read more

Postpone from Friday, December 8th
The Show will now take place on 10/5/2024

Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm

ADV $20 | DOS $25

21+

–DUSTBOWL REVIVAL– Dustbowl Revival has always been about pushing the boundaries of what American roots music can be. After celebrating over a decade of sonic adventuring and playing thousands of shows together in ten countries and counting, the group collected a devoted fanbase coast-to-coast. After throwing five of their own virtual Sway-At-Home festivals during the shut-down featuring nearly forty artists, the always evolving group of string and brass players led by founding members Z. Lupetin, Josh Heffernan, Ulf Bjorlin are excited to welcome a new wave of talent to the band, after emerging from a pandemic touring hiatus.

After spending years on the road, selling out hometown shows at LA’s famed Troubadour, headlining festivals and wowing crowds from Denmark to China, Dustbowl Revival never stopped making their joyful, booty-shaking soul songs and cut-to-heart folk-rock ballads that lift up their transcendent live shows.

Even so, with the bands emotional new single “Beside You” and 2020’s ambitious full length Is It You, Is It Me, they wanted to strike into new terrain. As they mined new energetic material from the place where folk and funk music meet, they teamed up with producer Sam Kassirer (Lake Street Dive, Josh Ritter) and engineer Brian Joseph (Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens). The latest album strikes a more personal note than ever before, representing the latest stage in a band that never stops exploring new sounds.

Many of the songs feel like small theater pieces coming to life verse by verse. It’s the yin-yang conversational harmony that is the true specialty of lead songwriter and singer Z. Lupetin, who also doubles as a playwright and recently wrote the music for a Greek tragedy set in Gold Rush era California. While longtime co-lead Liz Beebe has stepped away from the band after a long run, an amazing young talent in Lashon Halley has stepped in to bring new life to the songs, matching Lupetin’s intense vocal range with her own.

With a big brass-and-strings band building around the voices, Is It You, Is It Me isn’t afraid to explore the personal and political tension that the group may have shied away from facing before. The album tackles uneasy topics, often where the political feels personal, especially in the defiant “Get Rid of You,” which was inspired by the student activists who emerged from the tragic Parkland High School shooting in Florida. The ominous driving brass groove of “Enemy,” hones in on a painful generational split between a daughter and her parents who may have voted in a tyrant, and have become strangers to her. This yearning search for common ground pervades the record as a whole.

Where the band really sets on a new course is on lushly cinematic, orchestrated set pieces like “Mirror,” “Runaway” and, most notably, the current fan favorite and live showstopper “Sonic Boom,” about the struggle to reveal who you really are in the hidden, rose-colored world of social media. There’s a new widescreen expansiveness to these songs that wouldn’t be out of place in a packed arena or orchestra hall with a full neon light show. Acting like a nimble rock orchestra, during the recording process, each member played multiple instruments, and the group brought in new musicians on symphonic brass, and local friends to sing as a spur-of-the-moment choir.

If one thing is clear, Is It You, Is It Me represents another large leap forward for Dustbowl Revival, coming after their acclaimed self-titled 2017 album. Produced by Grammy-winner Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, Drop Kick Murphy’s), it transitioned the group from a “roots dance party band” that continues to thrive on the festival circuit, to a nuanced ensemble embracing more soulful territory without losing their original fire. That self-titled record was a direct bridge to the newest work, rising number to one on the Amazon Americana chart and featuring a funky favorite “Honey I Love You” where the band joyfully teaming up with blues master Keb Mo’. Their heartache folk number “Got Over”, surprised the band by racking up over seven million streams and counting online. “Beside You” stayed in the Americana charts for months and “Enemy” became a staple on SiriusXM, especially during the 2020 election. To top it off, Billboard Magazine added about that Is It You, Is It Me is “the biggest sonic work of the Venice, Calif.-based troupe’s career.”

Dustbowl Revival’s story started humbly. Nearly thirteen years ago Z. Lupetin, a Chicago native who attended college in Michigan came to L.A. to be a screenwriter, grew disillusioned with his job in advertising, and placed a hopeful ad on Craigslist. He sought to find fellow musicians who shared his roving love of Louis Armstrong, Bob Wills, Old Crow Medicine Show, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin and the brass bands of New Orleans, but also wanted to write songs like Americana pioneers Wilco, Lucinda Williams and even Bruce Springsteen. There are still players in the group who responded to that initial odd quest. New talent on electric guitar, piano and more are joining in for 2021. “Maybe we don’t know where this journey will take us or how long it will last,” acknowledges Lupetin, “That’s my take on the importance of what we try to do. Music elevates us, lifts us up, makes us change our minds, takes us out of our comfort zones. If just one person can be moved by just one song, that’s enough.”

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