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Flor de Toloache’s Agave Heritage Festival kickoff with Som do Sisal

Flor de Toloache’s Agave Heritage Festival kickoff with Som do Sisal

Friday April 19th 7pm ADV $25 | DOS $30 All Welcome —FLOR DE TOLOACHE—Experience a historic night of both culture and entertainment with the Grammy Award Winning Mariachi Flor de Toloache. Joined… Read more

Friday April 19th

7pm

ADV $25 | DOS $30

All Welcome

—FLOR DE TOLOACHE—Experience a historic night of both culture and entertainment with the Grammy Award Winning Mariachi Flor de Toloache. Joined by Som do Sisal a 13 piece Brazilian Youth Orchestra that plays instruments made of repurposed Agave Sisal plants. This concert kicks off the Agave Heritage Festival Weekend in true Tucson style. As a special treat from the Agave Heritage Festival, the first 200 21+ concert goers are treated to a agave spirit sample from Bahnez Mezcal Artisanal.

AHF – Agave Fiesta

AHF – Agave Fiesta

Agave Fiesta 2024! Saturday, April 20 7-10pm 21+ $65 This annual signature event showcases all things agave, including presentations, over 50 small-batch artisanal agave spirits, and an agave cocktail showdown. Enjoy live… Read more

Agave Fiesta 2024!

Saturday, April 20

7-10pm

21+

$65

This annual signature event showcases all things agave, including presentations, over 50 small-batch artisanal agave spirits, and an agave cocktail showdown. Enjoy live music from Mamma Coal and AB Sanchez, delicious food, agave spirit tastings, agave art, and other goods produced or inspired by the agave plant. Discover the nuances of and differences between mezcal, bacanora, and tequila, get to know the producers themselves, and enjoy delicious food pairings during the Grand Tasting. Guest festival shot glass (thought we sip not shoot) 4 mezcal neat pours, 2 mezcal cocktails samples, 1 local beer sample and a delicious plate of food from the Culinary Team of Cup Cafe

Black Cat Zydeco

Black Cat Zydeco

Sunday April 21st 5-8pm $10

Sunday April 21st

5-8pm

$10

Snow Strippers at Club Congress

Snow Strippers at Club Congress

Sunday April 21st w/ special guest Club Eat 7pm ADV $25 | DOS $30 16+ —SNOW STRIPPERS—Snow strippers is a duo made up of members Tatiana Schwaninger and Graham Perez. They met… Read more

Sunday April 21st

w/ special guest Club Eat

7pm

ADV $25 | DOS $30

16+

—SNOW STRIPPERS—Snow strippers is a duo made up of members Tatiana Schwaninger and Graham Perez. They met in Florida in 2018 and began making music together towards the end of 2021, forming the band Snow Strippers. Graham had been producing music for years, while Tati had no previous experience making music before. They make electronic music that they want to listen to. They do all of their creative, visuals and merch independently. They run the band along with their label, Nice Bass Bro. Their third full length project, April Mixtape 3, dropped May 2023 on Surf Gang Records.

Harmony House

Harmony House

After the Snow Strippers show, come hang out for Harmony House. Grab a drink while Pondi Map mixes the night away from 10PM – 2AM. You won’t want to miss it No… Read more

After the Snow Strippers show, come hang out for Harmony House. Grab a drink while Pondi Map mixes the night away from 10PM – 2AM.

You won’t want to miss it

No Cover

Must be 21+

Karaoke con Congress

Karaoke con Congress

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

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

late night drive home

late night drive home

Monday April 22nd **Spotify Presale: February 6th 10am local** 7pm ADV $18 | DOS $22 16+ —LATE NIGHT DRIVE HOME—Acclaimed by Alternative Press as “reinventing indie rock”, late night drive home are… Read more

Monday April 22nd

**Spotify Presale: February 6th 10am local**

7pm

ADV $18 | DOS $22

16+

—LATE NIGHT DRIVE HOME—Acclaimed by Alternative Press as “reinventing indie rock”, late night drive home are bringing their roots of growing up in a small town outside of El Paso around the world.

Starting in 2019, singer Andre Portillo and guitarist Juan “Ockz” Vargas learned how to play their instruments while simultaneously learning how to produce music. When 2020 hit, the two best friends spent their time together uploading their work on SoundCloud. As they started to gain momentum online, Ockz recruited his cousin Freddy Baca on the bass (who learned how to play the bass in order to join the band) and their long time friend, Brian Dolan on drums. On one fateful day in 2021, they released their hit song “Stress Relief” on all streaming platforms, their lives were forever changed.

“Stress Relief” accumulated over 100M streams across all platforms, which resulted in late night drive home signing a record deal with Epitaph Records. Now, gearing up to release their debut EP “i’ll remember you for the same feeling you gave me as i slept” off the tails of a successful sold out headline tour, late night drive home are stopping at nothing, while also remembering their roots and growing up in rural america; just being able to create art for them is enough.

Los Shadows

Los Shadows

Tuesday April 23rd w/ Twin Seas Doors 7pm ADV $10 | DOS $13 21+ –LOS SHADOWS– Los Shadows were founded in San Diego, CA in 2015 by friends Andy Saldana and Pepe… Read more

Tuesday April 23rd

w/ Twin Seas

Doors 7pm

ADV $10 | DOS $13

21+

–LOS SHADOWS– Los Shadows were founded in San Diego, CA in 2015 by friends Andy Saldana and Pepe Gonzales. Building from a foundational 4 piece Indie Rock band, Los Shadows self-released LPs ‘Miami’ in 2017 and ‘NOT a Safe Space’ in 2019. –GIO CHAMBA– Gio Chamba is the wild duo of Gio Alejandro and Coffee Guzman founded in 2014. Their infectious musical blend and raucous performances give them an edge that is hard to find in many bands. Fresh and exciting, yet there’s a celebratory sense of familiarity and warmness in their performances. In the nine years of making music together, they have shared the stage with acts such as: AB Quintanilla & Los Kumbia Allstarz, Ozomatli, Natalia LaFourcade, Caravan Palace, Las Cafeteras, Chicano Batman, Sonido Gallo Negro, Dengue Dengue Dengue, Baby Bash, and Los Lonely Boys to name a few. They have also performed in several festivals and notable stages such as: Free Press Summer Fest & SuperBowl Live in Houston Texas, Fortress Festival in Fort Worth Texas, Villapalooza and Mole de Mayo in Chicago, CMJ Showcase in New York City, MXLAN in McAllen Texas, & The Aztec Theatre in San Antonio Texas.

FREE! Zach Person

FREE! Zach Person

Wednesday, April 24th with support from Middle Lanes Doors 7pm 21+ *Standing Room Only* Read more

Wednesday, April 24th
with support from Middle Lanes

Doors 7pm

21+

*Standing Room Only*

Lola Kirke

Lola Kirke

Thursday April 25 with Dale Hollow Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm $10 Advance Gen Adm, $20 guaranteed reserved seating $15 Day of Show + fees —LOLA KIRKE—Lola Kirke has played many roles as… Read more

Thursday April 25 with Dale Hollow

Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm

$10 Advance Gen Adm, $20 guaranteed reserved seating
$15 Day of Show + fees

—LOLA KIRKE—Lola Kirke has played many roles as an actress (“Mozart in the Jungle,” “Gone Girl,” “Winning Time”), but as a musician her sights have always been set squarely on Country.

“I don’t totally get it either,” laughs the London born New York raised Kirke. “But I’ve always been drawn to dynamic parts for women, and I can’t think of any other genre where we can be mothers, heartbreakers, glamorous, gritty, drunk, tender, and everything in between all at once.”

She’s also just a sucker for the songwriting. “I wanted to know how I could make the most complicated feelings sound simple, or how to make the saddest things be fun or witty. Great Country just does that so well.”

After relocating from Los Angeles to Nashville in 2020, Kirke devoted herself to honing the craft she’d come to admire so deeply in artists like The Judds, The Pistol Annies, and Dolly Parton. Shortly thereafter, she released her critically acclaimed sophomore LP “Lady For Sale” on the much respected Third Man Records in 2022, and played sold out shows with the likes of Jenny Lewis, and Margo Price.

In her downtime, Kirke threw herself into writing, both on her own and with others. “I was nervous a lot of people in Nashville wouldn’t take me seriously. There’s so much talent there. I was intimidated. Plus while being a musician turned actor is kind of chic, the other way around can be kind of cringey—even to me. Also growing up Jewish and singing Country isn’t exactly a normal trajectory, so I felt I had a lot working against me.”

But Kirke’s commitment and talent were clear enough to hitmakers like Aaron Ratiere (Miranda Lambert), Mary Kutter (Bailey Zimmerman, Nate Smith), and Jason Nix (Lainey Wilson), with whom she wrote the bulk of her latest EP “Country Curious.”

To achieve the more contemporary sound Kirke envisioned (“I was kind of like—what would happen if I wrote ‘Bro Country’ but for girls?” she says, only half jokingly), she enlisted the Grammy nominated, chart topping Elle King, who’d been itching make her debut as a producer. “I knew she’d be the right fit. She always been so supportive of me and I’ve always loved how she blends her roots rock sound with a real pop sensibility.” Their lifelong friendship made the collaboration even more of a shoe in. “She was the first girl I knew singing Country in New York City!” Kirke beams when talking about King.

If Kirke’s doubts about her place in music didn’t dwindle after First Aid Kit invited her on tour and jump on board to feature on the EP’s first single, “All My Exes Live in LA,” one can imagine it’s only a matter of time. “Lola is a stunning combination of wildness, beauty, and humor, with a voice that digs inside my head and heart,” says the legendary Rosanne Cash, one of Kirke’s all time heroes, and her collaborator on “Karma.”

“I honestly adore this woman and count myself both a friend and her biggest fan.” Cash continues.

After listening to Kirke sing, or catching one of her effervescent live shows, you’ll be hard pressed to disagree.

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

Israel’s Arcade

Israel’s Arcade

Friday April 26th 7pm Adv $12 | Dos $14 —ISRAEL’S ARCADE— Coachella Valley band Israel’s Arcade formed in 2018 by multi instrumentalist and vocalist Israel Pinedo. Israel’s Arcade debut single 12 Regrets… Read more

Friday April 26th

7pm

Adv $12 | Dos $14

—ISRAEL’S ARCADE— Coachella Valley band Israel’s Arcade formed in 2018 by multi instrumentalist and vocalist Israel Pinedo. Israel’s Arcade debut single 12 Regrets was released in 2018 following with the release of their debut EP in 2019. They got their start by playing small back yard shows in the Coachella Valley but soon began branching out into more popular pacific west coast cities and venues such as The Roxy and the Echo/Echoplex in Los Angeles. They have since released a number of singles that have reached over 1 million streams and released their first full length LP December 8th.

Bessett and Callahan, Patchwork Jack & Charlie Marks

Bessett and Callahan, Patchwork Jack & Charlie Marks

Friday April 26th 7pm $5

Friday April 26th

7pm

$5

Leigh Lesho

Leigh Lesho

Saturday April 27th w/ special guest Jacob Acosta 7pm $15 All Welcome —LEIGH LESHO—Folk-inspired singer-songwriter Leigh Lesho is a storyteller and a visionary, leading us to find and treasure our voice, our… Read more

Saturday April 27th

w/ special guest Jacob Acosta

7pm

$15

All Welcome

—LEIGH LESHO—Folk-inspired singer-songwriter Leigh Lesho is a storyteller and a visionary, leading us to find and treasure our voice, our path, and our joy in a world riddled with suffering. Born of a winding cosmic calling and a deep reverence for sound as a link to the divine, her music is not breathtaking, but giving, casting healing spells and bringing its listeners to life. Encompassing a wide range of genres from folk-rock to americana and alt-country and a voice that demands attention, Leigh’s lyric-driven work is reminiscent of legends like Stevie Nicks, Linda Ronstadt, Joan Baez, and her muse, Tori Amos. The haunting melodies of the desert invoke a familiar backdrop where acoustic meets electric and music meets eternal

—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 of his songs highlight the culture, and community of Arizona.

Retro Game Show Night Presents: The Family Fuss!

Retro Game Show Night Presents: The Family Fuss!

Retro Game Show Night Presents The Family Fuss! Club Congress Saturday April 27 6pm doors, 7pm show $15 Let’s play The Family Fuss on Saturday April 27 at Hotel Congress! Join your… Read more

Retro Game Show Night Presents The Family Fuss!
Club Congress
Saturday April 27
6pm doors, 7pm show
$15

Let’s play The Family Fuss on Saturday April 27 at Hotel Congress!

Join your hostess with the mostess Chatty Kathee and her glittered-encrusted executive assistant Swish Manley for an insane night of The Family Fuss! The delightfully dingy Bernaise and the darkly dazzling Wicked Witch of the West will join the fun as our celebrity guests! Put your name in Kathee’s big, red, sparkly box for a chance to play for astonishing prizes and stratospheric fame!!

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

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

Skip Heller & the Voodoo 5

Skip Heller & the Voodoo 5

Los Angeles guitarist & bandleader Skip Heller brings his take on Mid-Century Exotica to the Hotel Congress Plaza with his group the Voodoo 5! Not content to settle for mere revivalism, the… Read more

Los Angeles guitarist & bandleader Skip Heller brings his take on Mid-Century Exotica to the Hotel Congress Plaza with his group the Voodoo 5! Not content to settle for mere revivalism, the Voodoo 5 mixes the vocal stylings of Yma Sumac, burning Latin rhythms of Perez Prado and Cal Tjader, tropical vibes of Martin Denny, and the Hawaiian guitar of Santo & Johnny for a unique blend of Exotica. Hot off headlining Arizona Tiki Oasis, Heller has assembled an all-star lineup featuring Lena Cardinale on vocals and hometown hero Connor Gallaher on steel guitar.

Sunday April 28th | 5-8pm

Adv $10 | $12

Joy Again

Joy Again

Monday April 29th ADV $20 | DOS $24 7pm 16+ —JOY AGAIN—“Inspiration is an egg laid by the mother goose named Destiny” -JFK. For Joy Again, inspiration indiscriminately bounces around like a… Read more

Monday April 29th

ADV $20 | DOS $24

7pm

16+

—JOY AGAIN—“Inspiration is an egg laid by the mother goose named Destiny” -JFK.

For Joy Again, inspiration indiscriminately bounces around like a superball. It ping-pongs between the Philadelphia band before it settles and crystallizes in one capriciously catchy bop after another. These six lo-fi alternative pop outliers—Sachi DiSerafino [vocals, guitar], Arthur Shea [vocals, guitar], Blaise O’Brien [keys], Zachary Tyndall [keys], Will Butera [drums], and Kieran Ferris[bass]—draw hooks and melodies from the most unexpected corners as they create without limitations or boundaries. Their music has become indie anthems for millions of listeners, and sparked creativity and new ideas for countless fans.

Joy Again has cultivated a strong following across the country with over 2.8 million monthly listeners on spotify alone. Fans have created over 1 million tiktok videos using Joy Again songs, “Looking Out For You” charted at 13 on TikTok’s Top 200. The band has created their following in part by touring across the country with the likes of Wallows, Snail Mail, Rostam, and Metronomy to name a few. A strong core of fans have followed the band through several iterations, they have created a folk-lore like aura to the bands history and discography.

The long short of Joy Again’s origin story is this: During ninth grade, Arthur reached out to Sachi on Facebook, “because he posted about Jimi Hendrix”. Blaise was another Facebook find (thanks Mark). Tyndall and Sachi worked at a coffee shop together. Kieran went to boarding school with Arthur and Sachi. Will and Arthur are 2nd cousins, which they both forgot about until meeting again through Kieran.

After a summer and fall filled with writing and recording, the band is eager to show their new album to their fans and to the world. Each song is better than the next, and the song following it is twice as good, forming some sort of M.C. Escher-like musical journey.

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!

Ulthar with Languish

Ulthar with Languish

Wednesday May 1st w/ Headhunt & Spit Doors 7pm $12 Advance & Day of Show +fees Read more

Wednesday May 1st w/ Headhunt & Spit

Doors 7pm

$12 Advance & Day of Show +fees

Slow Hollows: Dog Heaven Tour w/ Special Guest Computerwife

Slow Hollows: Dog Heaven Tour w/ Special Guest Computerwife

Thursday, May 2nd w/ support from Computerwife **Artist Presale:** Wednesday, November 8th @ 10am Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm ADV $18| DOS $20 16+ –SLOW HOLLOWS–After a three-year hiatus, Slow Hollows returns… Read more

Thursday, May 2nd

w/ support from Computerwife

**Artist Presale:** Wednesday, November 8th @ 10am

Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm

ADV $18| DOS $20

16+

–SLOW HOLLOWS–After a three-year hiatus, Slow Hollows returns reinvented, sharing new single & video “Old Yeller.” The genre-defying Los Angeles band founded by songwriter Austin Feinstein is now his solo project. Though the group amicably disbanded in early 2020, the now 25-year-old artist never stopped writing songs. The more he fleshed out new material, the more Feinstein realized it made sense to continue on as Slow Hollows. “Ultimately making a cohesive record was themost important thing to me,” says Feinstein. “Having some time away from the band made me realize what ‘Slow Hollows’ stood for. It’s hard to realize what you’re getting at when you’re doing it, so the time to myself helped me understand what made it work.”

In sharp contrast to 2019’s Actors, which interpolated R&B and dance music and was influenced by collaborations with Frank Ocean (Feinstein sings the chorus on Blonde’s “Self Control”) and Tyler, the Creator (who crafted the beat for Actors’ “Heart”), “Old Yeller” focuses purely on Feinstein’s songwriting, stripping things back to only an acoustic guitar, his voice, and gentle atmospherics. “Old Yeller was recorded in two or three takes one afternoon in September ‘22” shares Feinstein, “The lyrics take inspiration from the job of an old vacuum cleaner; feeling dusty and worn down, working over the same familiar spaces over and over again, until reaching the point of frustration and resignation. Taking production inspiration from John Cale, we decided to add a drone underneath the track.”

Vincent Neil Emerson

Vincent Neil Emerson

Thursday May 2nd with support from Dirt Rhodes 7pm 21+ Adv $20 | Dos $25 —VINCENT NEIL EMERSON—Vincent Neil Emerson has become a staple among folk and country music fans nationwide, celebrated… Read more

Thursday May 2nd
with support from Dirt Rhodes

7pm

21+

Adv $20 | Dos $25

—VINCENT NEIL EMERSON—Vincent Neil Emerson has become a staple among folk and country music fans nationwide, celebrated for his honest tales of life on the road, heartbreak, and struggles of all sorts. His first LP, Fried Chicken & Evil Women, from 2019, established him as a refreshing voice in the modern country music landscape. The songs from that first album were charming and playful songs, but didn’t reveal the entirety of Emerson’s story.

On his brilliant new album, The Golden Crystal Kingdom, Emerson transcends the role of a honky-tonk country singer and becomes a chronicler of his history. The album is a bold continuation of the story he tells on Vincent Neil Emerson, with songs like the title track exploring the feelings he was left with after his days spent playing in Texas honky-tonks and dancehalls, and the track “The Time of The Rambler,” inspired by the early days of living in his car and busking on the streets.

He was born and partly raised in East Texas, around his Choctaw-Apache family, and spent most of his life moving around the state. Raised by a single mother, he lost his father to suicide when he was nine. Emerson dealt with those feelings of abandonment and loss on his self-titled album, with the track “Learning to Drown” in particular.

His grandmother and grandfather brought the family to Texas when Emerson’s mother was a child, leaving their ancestral Choctaw-Apache homelands in Louisiana behind to try and build a better life for themselves and their children. Emerson always identified with his Native American roots, but it wasn’t until 2021’s self-titled album that he examined and tried to shed light on the devastating history of his tribe with the song “Ballad of the Choctaw Apache.”

Sonically, The Golden Crystal Kingdom finds Emerson expanding his scope into rock and roll territory, tapping into the storied sounds of folk music gone electric, and following in the footsteps of artists like Bob Dylan and Neil Young. On the album, Emerson retains his diamond-sharp storytelling while imbuing the work with a freewheeling rock and roll aesthetic, creating an album as fun as his live shows and as cathartic as his previous work.

With production from Shooter Jennings, Emerson wanted to establish some sounds as touchstones but emphasized following his own intuition for the aesthetics of his record. “I didn’t really want to model this record after anybody else’s music, but I’ve been heavily influenced by a lot of old rock and roll music from the sixties and seventies singer-songwriter music,” Emerson explains.

The album wasn’t necessarily created as an opposing force to the country and folk sounds his fans have come to expect, but he did want to make a record that showcased another side of himself as a writer. He also leaned on friends and collaborators like Jennings, Steve Earle, and Rodney Crowell to help him flesh out this album.

Emerson has been able to call these one-time heroes friends and mentors, and it is these relationships that have helped the songwriter find his confidence in writing about his personal history and standing up for the causes he believes in. Emerson wrote “Man From Uvalde” after the horrific and tragic mass shooting in the city of Uvalde, Texas, and he was initially hesitant to include the track on The Golden Crystal Kingdom. “It’s a daunting thing to try to dive into social issues in songwriting because I wasn’t sure how people would really take it,” Emerson says. “I recorded a rough demo version of the song, and I sent it to Steve [Earle]. I just wanted to get his thoughts on it and see if it was worth anything. He got back to me, and he said he really liked the song and thought it was great. He gave me a few ideas and ways to look at the subject differently, and it really helped me finish the song. That encouragement gave me the confidence to include it on the album.”

The Golden Crystal Kingdom also pays tribute to some of the peers Emerson cut his teeth with in the music scene. He covers the Charley Crockett song, “Time of the Cottonwood Trees,” and is quick to pay tribute to his labelmate and dear friend Colter Wall. “Those two had my back since day one. They’ve been some of my biggest supporters, and they’ve always inspired me to write better songs and encouraged me to pursue this,” Emerson reflects. “Especially at a time when I was starting out and I didn’t really have a lot of encouragement or even self-confidence to do this, they were always there for me.”

As a kid who grew up in a trailer with a single mother, went through bouts of homelessness as a young man, and grinded through countless shows to get where he’s at, Vincent Neil Emerson is never quick to praise his own work ethic. He always refers to the friends, family members, and collaborators who have shown their faith in his vision.

But humility doesn’t mean Emerson isn’t one of the hardest working, most talented songwriters to emerge from the alt-country underground in years. His style is one of a kind, and his ability to blend tales of the everyman with tributes to his past, present, and future make him a peerless songwriter. On The Golden Crystal Kingdom, Vincent Neil Emerson carries on the torch of his singer-songwriter forebears while infusing the legacy with his unique and thrilling point of view.

Caroline Rose

Caroline Rose

Friday, May 3rd with support from Ian Sweet Doors 7pm ADV $25 | DOS $28 All Welcome *Caroline Rose’s The Art of Forgetting VIP Screening:* *- Invitation to a pre-show screening of… Read more

Friday, May 3rd
with support from Ian Sweet

Doors 7pm

ADV $25 | DOS $28

All Welcome

*Caroline Rose’s The Art of Forgetting VIP Screening:*
*- Invitation to a pre-show screening of “The Art of Forgetting” short film*
*- Limited edition lyric booklet signed by Caroline Rose*
*- $10 merchandise coupon** and merchandise shopping opportunity before doors open to the public*
*- Commemorative Movie Laminate*
*- Priority entry into the venue*

***merchandise coupon is only redeemable at this show only***

Night One! Cinco Weekend at Congress feat. Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers

Night One! Cinco Weekend at Congress feat. Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers

Cinco de Mayo Weekend! -Saturday May 4th w/ Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers & Johnny Zapp -Sunday May 5th w/ Orkesta Mendoza & Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers Get ready for the… Read more

Cinco de Mayo Weekend!

-Saturday May 4th w/ Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers & Johnny Zapp

-Sunday May 5th w/ Orkesta Mendoza & Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers

Get ready for the BIGGEST Cinco de Mayo weekend at Hotel Congress ever! Join us for two nights of live performances by Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Arizona legends known for their Southwestern-tinged rock, (Johnny Zapp opening on Friday). On Sunday, don’t miss Orkesta Mendoza as he joins Roger with a full co-headlining performance.

Tickets are available for individual nights or as weekend passes, with VIP packages offering exclusive perks. Secure your spot now for a weekend filled with music, dancing, and celebration at Hotel Congress!

Night Two! Cinco Weekend at Congress feat. Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers and Orkesta Mendoza

Night Two! Cinco Weekend at Congress feat. Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers and Orkesta Mendoza

Cinco de Mayo Weekend! -Saturday May 4th w/ Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers & Johnny Zapp -Sunday May 5th w/ Orkesta Mendoza & Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers Get ready for the… Read more

Cinco de Mayo Weekend!

-Saturday May 4th w/ Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers & Johnny Zapp

-Sunday May 5th w/ Orkesta Mendoza & Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers

Get ready for the BIGGEST Cinco de Mayo weekend at Hotel Congress ever! Join us for two nights of live performances by Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Arizona legends known for their Southwestern-tinged rock, (Johnny Zapp opening on Friday). On Sunday, don’t miss Orkesta Mendoza as he joins Roger with a full co-headlining performance.

Tickets are available for individual nights or as weekend passes, with VIP packages offering exclusive perks. Secure your spot now for a weekend filled with music, dancing, and celebration at Hotel Congress!

Tyson Motsenbocker

Tyson Motsenbocker

Thursday, May 9th w/ Gable Price, Dos Argentés & Micah Bentley 6pm Adv $12 | Dos $15 Read more

Thursday, May 9th

w/ Gable Price, Dos Argentés & Micah Bentley

6pm

Adv $12 | Dos $15

Jason Joshua

Jason Joshua

Friday May 10th 7pm Adv $20 | Dos $25

Friday May 10th

7pm

Adv $20 | Dos $25

Emo Nite at Club Congress!

Emo Nite at Club Congress!

Friday May 10th **Artist Presale: *Tuesday March 5th at 11am PT*** 9pm ADV $21 | DOS $25 + fees $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Living The Dream Foundation. Read more

Friday May 10th

**Artist Presale: *Tuesday March 5th at 11am PT***

9pm

ADV $21 | DOS $25 + fees

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

Lawrence Rothman

Lawrence Rothman

Saturday May 11th w/ Horse Champ 7pm ADV $15 | DOS $17 21+ — LAWRENCE ROTHMAN—Acclaimed songwriter, musician and producer Lawrence Rothman returns with their highly-anticipated new album, The Plow That Broke… Read more

Saturday May 11th

w/ Horse Champ

7pm

ADV $15 | DOS $17

21+

— LAWRENCE ROTHMAN—Acclaimed songwriter, musician and producer Lawrence Rothman returns with their highly-anticipated new album, The Plow That Broke the Plains, April 26 on KRO Records.

Born in St. Louis, MO and now based between Los Angeles and Nashville. Lawrence is known for their genre-bending work, which includes their most recent album, 2021’s acclaimed Good Morning, America (feat. Lucinda Williams, Amanda Shires, Marissa Nader, Girlpool, etc) as well as their work as a producer and songwriter for artists including Angel Olsen, Margo Price, Amanda Shires, Kali Uchis, Girl in Red, Alison Mosshart, Kim Gordon and more.

For this next chapter in their ever-evolving artistic career, Lawrence arrived at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studios to make an album that stands as a testament to resilience—capturing the strength and lessons salvaged from a very personal eating disorder, while addressing themes of addiction, gender identity and societal pressures. Recorded primarily live, with an emphasis on first takes, the 13-track album was produced and mixed by Lawrence Rothman and Yves Rothman (Yves Tumor, Blondshell), with contributions from Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires and S.G. Goodman. Rooted in Lawrence’s upbringing surrounded by folk and country music in Missouri, The Plow That Broke the Plains is a snapshot of their most unfiltered self.

Describing the recording process, Lawrence shares, “The Plow That Broke the Plains” is me not hiding behind any persona or mask and just being myself and putting that uncensored self into the words and recordings no matter how painful the confrontation was.

MEATBODIES

MEATBODIES

Monday May 13th with support from Valley Fever 7pm ADV $16 | DOS $18

Monday May 13th
with support from Valley Fever

7pm

ADV $16 | DOS $18

Tomas Ayala Memorial Concert

Tomas Ayala Memorial Concert

Monday May 13th $10 suggested donation 7pm

Monday May 13th

$10 suggested donation

7pm

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!

UPSAHL
6:30PM

UPSAHL

Wednesday May 15th **Artist Presale:** Tues 1/23 @ 10am PT **General On Sale:** Wednesday 1/24 @ 10am Local **UPSAHL Meet & Greet Experience VIP Package:** $63 **General Admission:** ADV $18 | DOS… Read more

Wednesday May 15th

**Artist Presale:** Tues 1/23 @ 10am PT

**General On Sale:** Wednesday 1/24 @ 10am Local

**UPSAHL Meet & Greet Experience VIP Package:** $63

**General Admission:** ADV $18 | DOS $20

6:30pm

16+

—UPSAHL—Early in her career, UPSAHL released songs that gained much-deserved recognition throughout the Phoenix music scene. As a graduate of the Arizona School for the Arts, she went on to ignite a groundswell of fan adoration and tastemaker praise by way of numerous indie alternative gems. “Can You Hear Me Now” achieved a palpable viral buzz followed by the widely praised single “Drugs,” which has been used in nearly two million TikTok videos, reaching #6 on the Viral Chart and the #1 Sound on the Trends Chart.

2020 was a standout year where UPSAHL released her second EP Young Life Crisis, which Billboard crowned as one of the Top 25 Pop albums of the year. UPSAHL undertook her first co-write on “Good in Bed” for Dua Lipa’s GRAMMY Award-winning blockbuster, Future Nostalgia, and lent her pen to Madison Beer on her fiery single “BOYSHIT,” as well as Mike Shinoda’s upbeat anthem “Happy Endings,” which featured herself and iann dior. UPSAHL has also collaborated with Anne-Marie and Little Mix on “Kiss My (Uh Oh).” Most recently, UPSAHL joined forces with GAYLE on her track “e-z,” was featured on the star-studded film Bullet Train soundtrack, with the song “My Time to Shine,” co-wrote three songs on Renee Rapp’s latest EP Everything To Everyone, and was featured on NGHTMRE’s single “ATMOSPHERE” from debut DRMVRSE. Her latest collaboration with Alan Walker on the single “Shut Up,” which UPSAHL co-wrote and is featured on, steadily climbs various charts around the world.

In the fall of 2021, UPSAHL released her debut album Lady Jesus, anointing the singer as one of People Magazine’s “Talented Emerging Artists Making Their Mark in 2022” and “a musical force to be reckoned with” (Nylon). It was followed by the powerful statement-making “Monica Lewinsky,” a feminist anthem, in addition to “Antsy,” and “Into My Body off her star-sign inspired EP Sagittarius out today. The EP provides an introspective glimpse into her fiery persona and pay homage to her sign.

The latest EP follows on the heels of UPSAHL’s highly successful debut headline tour, where she sold out venues across the US, and then continued on an expansive international tour, which included Australia, the UK and Europe.. Her high-octane performance style has also earned her spots on major festival lineups, including Lollapalooza, and tour support for acts including Yungblud, FLETCHER, K. Flay, BROODS, Olivia O’Brien and PVRIS.

Desert Music Project Single Release

Desert Music Project Single Release

Thursday May 16th 7pm Adv $10 | Dos $12

Thursday May 16th

7pm

Adv $10 | Dos $12

AJ Lee and the Blue Summit

AJ Lee and the Blue Summit

Friday, May 17th 7pm ADV $17 | DOS $23 ALL Ages —AJ LEE AND THE BLUE SUMMIT–“Could This Kid Be the Next Allison Krauss?” Mother Jones magazine asked about AJ Lee —… Read more

Friday, May 17th

7pm

ADV $17 | DOS $23

ALL Ages

—AJ LEE AND THE BLUE SUMMIT–“Could This Kid Be the Next Allison Krauss?” Mother Jones magazine asked about AJ Lee — and for good reason. She has won the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s (NCBS) Best Female Vocalist award nine times by age 21! Popular Webzine Californiality called AJ “California’s Hottest Singer” because of her jaw-droppingly beautiful voice. AJ began singing and performing on stage at the astonishing age of five. By twelve, she began writing her own songs and showcasing them nation-wide. She has traveled with many bands, including “The Tuttles with AJ Lee,” which was featured at numerous festivals across the U.S. and beyond. She is a fantastic mandolinist and songwriter with a gorgeous voice. Ms. Lee is excited to share Blue Summit’s latest album consisting of all original

AJ Lee & Blue Summit are pure, beautiful American music. Soaring harmonies, top notch picking and strumming as well as a healthy respect and reverence for the classic country, bluegrass and folk music of the past all add up to a band who are masters of the genre. That’s not to say that AJ Lee & Blue Summit are antiquated in anyway. While the band tips a hat to the American masters of the past, their sound is modern and thoroughly of today. The band are great torch bearers of the music that helped build America.

**Awards & Honors**
NCBS Best Female Vocalist (2020, Nine-Time Winner)
Winfield National Flatpicking Contest, 2nd Place (2019)
Freshgrass Band Contest Winner (2019)
NCBS Best Bluegrass Band (2020)
NCBS Best Mandolin Player(2020)
NCBS Best Guitar Player (2020)

Blick Bassy

Blick Bassy

Friday May 17th 7pm Adv $18 | Dos $22 21+ — BLICK BASSY—Indie pop and afro-soul sounds enthusiast, deeply rooted in the African continent, the very talented Cameroonian singer-songwriter Blick Bassy will… Read more

Friday May 17th

7pm

Adv $18 | Dos $22

21+

— BLICK BASSY—Indie pop and afro-soul sounds enthusiast, deeply rooted in the African continent, the very talented Cameroonian singer-songwriter Blick Bassy will soon unveil his new album (InFiné).

Blick Bassy has chosen to address the environment, particularly the burning issue of water, on its new album due out in the spring of 2023. Known for his vibrant live performances, he will present it on stage.

At the confluence of several living sources, navigating between Africa and the West, Blick Bassy’s music – for which he mainly uses Bassa, its mother tongue – is distinguished by its mix as much as by its density. Tending towards the essential, it reaches a high emotional level.

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!

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 —SUGARAY RAYFORD—A chance meeting in Memphis laid the… 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

—SUGARAY RAYFORD—A chance meeting in Memphis laid the groundwork for a unique musical partnership between soul-blues powerhouse Sugaray Rayford and producer, songwriter Eric Corne. Combining classic soul melodies with funky R & B grooves, raw blues power, and mashed up with modern sensibilities, the pair’s first collaboration, Somebody Save Me, earned Rayford a 2020 Grammy nomination while later that year he took home Blues Music Awards for ‘Soul Blues Male Artist’ and ‘B.B. King Entertainer of the Year.’

Last summer’s adventurous single “Homemade Disaster” took things further, landing on multiple retro soul and new blues playlists on Spotify, with PopMatters declaring the track “will appeal to fans of Gary Clark Jr. and Chicano Batman.”

Sugaray Rayford returns with In Too Deep. Combining classic soul melodies with funky R&B grooves, raw blues power and mashed up with modern sensibilities, the album takes on issues, such as PTSD, civil rights and social justice. With vibrantly detailed arrangements tailored to showcase Rayford’s deft portrayals and interpretations, In Too Deep is a poignant album that seeks to inspire and uplift.

Albumism described Rayford as having “a sound that’s undeniably fresh and inspired,” while PopMatters declared it “will appeal to fans of Gary Clark Jr. and Chicano Batman.”

At his core, Sugaray Rayford is a galvanizing uniter. His live shows are a party. Some conversations may be had, and some self-reflection may occur, but at the end of the day, people leave feeling a sense of joy and togetherness.

Texas born Caron “Sugaray” Rayford began his musical career at the age of 7 singing & playing drums in church, and his gospel influence can be heard and felt in his music. Rayford’s phrasing is intimate and conversational and the soulful gravel in his voice hints at his firsthand experience with hardship.

He grew up in Texas, his childhood marked by poverty and loss. He remembered a sad game he played with his brothers, a competition that determined who was skinniest by counting the number of belt holes left unused. His mother struggled to raise three boys alone while battling cancer. When she died, it was a kind of relief. “She suffered and we suffered,” Rayford said. “Then, we moved in with my grandmother and our lives were a lot better. We ate every day and we were in church every day, which I loved. I grew up in gospel and soul.”

His switch to contemporary music began about 15 years ago in the San Diego area, where he sang lead vocals with a R&B/Funk band called Urban Gypsys. With this band he had the privilege of sharing the stage with many notable artists such as The Average White Band, Dennis Quaid, Joe Luis Walker, Kal David, Super Diamond & Venice, to name a few.

After dabbling in blues, Suga realized that the blues was where his heart and soul belonged. So after some soul searching he left the Urban Gypsys and became lead vocalist for Aunt Kizzy’z Boyz, a Temecula area blues band. Shortly after joining the band in 2004, they released their first CD “Trunk Full of Bluez”. This band was hungry and did over 200 gigs a year over the next few years and their popularity rose exponentially.

Aunt Kizzy’z Boyz represented San Diego (Blues Lovers United San Diego) in Memphis Tennessee January 26th- 28th, 2006 at the International Blues Challenge (IBC), and brought home the 2nd place prize. The band began playing higher profile gigs and in 2007 released their 2nd CD “It’s Tight Like That”. In September 2008, the Boyz won the LAMN Jam Grand Slam Urban Artist of the Year title by a landslide; they beat out hundreds of competitors.

The band was offered a distribution deal on the spot by RBC Records. Tabitha Berg wrote, “The band’s most valuable ingredient is that of the band’s dynamic front man Sugaray, he knows how to read and work a room. While most artists simply perform, exceptional artists are responsive to the mood of the crowd. The energy shifted when AKB took the stage, and they had the crowd on its feet within seconds.”

After moving to Los Angeles several years ago, Sugaray was asked to host a blues jam at Cozy’s in Sherman Oaks. It is through this venue that Sugaray met and played with innumerable world-class musicians. Suga’s desire to explore and expand his musical vision has been nourished by these musicians. His solo career has flourished in LA.

May 2011, Sugaray became one of the lead vocalists for the Mannish Boys, who were under Delta Groove management. He sang lead vocals on 9 songs on Double Dynamite the Mannish Boys CD that won Best Traditional Blues Album in May 2013 at the Blues Music Awards.

His first solo CD Blind Alley was a self-release in 2010, which garnered critical acclaim. His second solo CD Dangerous, was released on 9/17/2013 under the Delta Groove label and debuted at # 2 on Blues Debut Chart, #6 on the Roots Music Chart and #2 on The Living Blues Chart. Supporting Sugaray were guest performers including Kim Wilson, Kid Andersen, and Sugar Ray Norcia. In October 2013, Rayford toured with Kevin Selfe and the Tornadoes.

At the 36th Blues Music Awards, Rayford was nominated in two categories; B.B. King Entertainer and Traditional Blues Male Artist.

On May 19, 2015, Rayford released Southside. It featured a guest appearance by Bob Corritore on harmonica.

On September 1, 2017, Rayford released The World That We Live In.

On January 9, 2018, Rayford was nominated for four Blues Music Awards for the 39th annual Blues Music Awards. These included ‘Soul Blues Album’, for The World That We Live In, plus ‘Soul Blues Male Artist’, ‘Instrumentalist – Vocals’, and ‘B.B. King Entertainer’.

At the 40th Blues Music Awards in 2019, Rayford was named as ‘Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year’.

Rayford’s latest album, Somebody Save Me, was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category.

At the Cascade Blues Association Muddy Awards in 2019, Sugaray Rayford won National Recording of the Year for Somebody Save Me and Performance of the Year for his performance at the Waterfront Blues Festival.

The Sugaray Rayford Band won “Best Blues Band” for the 2019 Blues Blast Music Awards.

At the 41st Blues Music Awards in May 2020, Rayford was presented with two Blues Music Awards for ‘B.B King Entertainer of the Year’ and ‘Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year’.

He has done studio vocals on several projects, such as the theme for Judge Joe Brown, the movie trailer City Lights, a couple of songs on Person of Interest and many other projects.

May 2012 he made his stage debut starring in the Tony award winning play “Ain’t Nuthin’ But The Blues” at the Portland Center Stage in Portland Oregon. He joined members of the New York Broadway cast playing the part previously played by the late Ron Taylor. It had a 6-week run where every show ended with a standing ovation.

He also starred with Felicia Fields and Chic Streetman in the play “Low Down Dirty Blues” that ran in Milwaukee and Cincinnati in 2015. It was a great success in both cities. Suga hopes to have the opportunity to perform on stage in the future.

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

Kelli Baker

Kelli Baker

Sunday May 26th 6pm $10

Sunday May 26th

6pm

$10

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.

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.

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.

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.

Belmont/Can’t Swim

Belmont/Can’t Swim

Thursday June 6th 7pm Adv $23 | Dos $25

Thursday June 6th

7pm

Adv $23 | Dos $25

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.”

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

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!

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+

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.”

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.

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

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

Saturday August 17th 7pm $20

Saturday August 17th

7pm

$20

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.”

PLAZA STAGE

Launched in 2020, the Congress Plaza has quickly become the most popular boutique outdoor venue in Southern Arizona.

Sought after by touring artists such as Japanese Breakfast, Thundercat, Omar Apollo, and Jenny Lewis to name a few. Shaded by beautiful Chinese pistachio trees and sharing the space with The Cup Café (recognized as one of the nation’s 100 top outdoor dining destinations), the 750 capacity Congress Plaza features a state of the art sound system and unique amenities for guests and performers alike with two full bars, a food truck, and an Airstream green room. The Plaza’s park-like setting makes it a perfect spot for a drink or a small bite with friends, as well as exciting dance nights on the weekends.

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