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DENT MAY “What’s For Breakfast?” Tour

DENT MAY “What’s For Breakfast?” Tour

Thursday, June 13th w/ special guest Sedona & Cheers to the Outside ADV $18 | DOS $20 7pm Read more

Thursday, June 13th

w/ special guest Sedona & Cheers to the Outside

ADV $18 | DOS $20

7pm

Giant Sand

Giant Sand

Friday June 14th w/ Pedal Steel The Sunshine Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm Adv $10 | Dos $15 + fees Read more

Friday June 14th

w/ Pedal Steel The Sunshine

Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm

Adv $10 | Dos $15 + fees

RED EYE at Club Congress FRIDAY

RED EYE at Club Congress FRIDAY

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

RED EYE AT CLUB CONGRESS

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

10PM – 2AM

NO COVER

Enter with ID at Club or Toole Ave entrances

-Pico de Gallo on the Plaza

-Bex & Halsero in the Club

Never Come Down

Never Come Down

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

Saturday June 15th

Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm

Adv $10 | Dos $12

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

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

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

Through A Glass, Darkly

Through A Glass, Darkly

Saturday June 15th w/ Malaise & Bright Bright Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm $10 + fees Read more

Saturday June 15th

w/ Malaise & Bright Bright

Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm

$10 + fees

RED EYE at Club Congress SATURDAY

RED EYE at Club Congress SATURDAY

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

RED EYE AT CLUB CONGRESS

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

10PM – 2AM

NO COVER

Enter with ID at Club or Toole Ave entrances

-Humphouse on the Plaza

-Posi in the Club

Kara Grainger

Kara Grainger

Sunday June 16th 6pm $10

Sunday June 16th

6pm

$10

Late Night Karaoke

Late Night Karaoke

Congratulations, you’re booked! You’re the star at Late Night Karaoke this Sunday night on the patio – FREE from 10PM – 2AM Read more

Congratulations, you’re booked! You’re the star at Late Night Karaoke this Sunday night on the patio – FREE from 10PM – 2AM

The Switch
7:30PM

The Switch

Monday, April 15th A comedy show hosted by, Matt Ziemak & Autumn Horvat! Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm FREE Read more

Monday, April 15th

A comedy show hosted by, Matt Ziemak & Autumn Horvat!

Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm

FREE

Tonight’s Sunshine

Tonight’s Sunshine

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

Thursday June 20th

w/ support from Schplit & Noah Martin

Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm

Adv $10 | Dos $12

Ruta Verbena

Ruta Verbena

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

Friday June 21st

w/ Conjunto La Pira

7pm

$10

Retro Game Show Night Presents: Mismatch Game!

Retro Game Show Night Presents: Mismatch Game!

Retro Game Show Night Presents The Mismatch Game! Club Congress Saturday June 22 6pm doors, 7pm show $15 + fees Get ready for the Mismatch Game on Saturday June 22 at Hotel… Read more

Retro Game Show Night Presents The Mismatch Game!

Club Congress

Saturday June 22

6pm doors, 7pm show

$15 + fees

Get ready for the Mismatch Game on Saturday June 22 at Hotel Congress!

Join your lovably loquacious host Chatty Kathee and her gregariously glittered executive assistant Swish Manley for a ridiculous night of the Mismatch Game! Our spectacular celebrity guest panel will feature the delightfully ditzy Bernaise, the fabulously frenetic Star Samuels and a brand new celebrity guest, Nelmar 27 McGee (let’s just say he’s not from around these parts)! Put your name in Kathee’s big, red, sparkly box for a chance to play for life-changing prizes and soul-crushing fame!!

C’mon down to Hotel Congress for Tucson’s very own Retro Game Show Night – now in its 13th year! Splash Zone reserved seating section tickets are just $15 at Hotel Congress’s front desk or online (service fees may apply)! Doors open at 6pm and the mismatchin’ 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!)

Southbound Pilot

Southbound Pilot

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

Saturday June 22nd

Dors 7pm | Show 7:30pm

$10 + fees

Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience

Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience

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

Sunday June 23rd

6pm doors

Adv $25 | Dos $30

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

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

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

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

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

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

6pm Signups, 7pm Show

Comedy without the competition.

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

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

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

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

Red McAdams & the Lemme-At-Ems

Red McAdams & the Lemme-At-Ems

Wednesday June 26th w/ Miss Priscilla Priddy & Dedd Horsemen Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm $10 – Red McAdams: Make-yr-daddy-drink-makr-yr-mam-cry country – Miss Priscialla Priddy: Haunted Honky Tonk workings of local celebrity,… Read more

Wednesday June 26th

w/ Miss Priscilla Priddy & Dedd Horsemen

Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm

$10

– Red McAdams: Make-yr-daddy-drink-makr-yr-mam-cry country
– Miss Priscialla Priddy: Haunted Honky Tonk workings of local celebrity, Lee, of New Misphoria
– Dedd Horsemen: The horned lizard king. Is NOT a Leprechaun!

Desert Haze | Summer Night Market

Desert Haze | Summer Night Market

Join us for a special summer night edition of Desert Haze Vintage Market! w/ a performance by OMS Free on the Plaza from 5pm – 10pm VENDORS: – TBA Read more

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

w/ a performance by OMS

Free on the Plaza from 5pm – 10pm

VENDORS:

– TBA

Glass Spells

Glass Spells

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

Saturday June 29th

7pm

Adv $15 | Dos $18

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

Surely Tempo

Surely Tempo

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

Monday, July 1
with support from Tony Jupiter

Doors 7pm

$15 Advance | $20 Day of Show + fees

16+

WET HOT AMERICAN PARTY

WET HOT AMERICAN PARTY

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

Friday July 5

9pm

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

Ian Moore

Ian Moore

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

Saturday July 6th

7pm

Adv $17 | Dos $20

21+

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dos Suenos Album Release Party

Dos Suenos Album Release Party

Saturday July 6th w/ Haeden $10 + fees Doors 7pm | Show 7:30

Saturday July 6th

w/ Haeden

$10 + fees

Doors 7pm | Show 7:30

Emily Nenni

Emily Nenni

Thursday July 11th ******Artist Presale: April 16th at 10am*** w/ Victoria Bigelow & Laura Jean Band Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm Adv $17 | Dos $20 21+ —EMILY NENNI—Emily Nenni has a… Read more

Thursday July 11th

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

w/ Victoria Bigelow & Laura Jean Band

Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm

Adv $17 | Dos $20

21+

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sawyer Hill

Sawyer Hill

Friday July 12th 7pm Doors General Admission $15 + fees 16+

Friday July 12th

7pm Doors

General Admission $15 + fees

16+

Human Sounds

Human Sounds

Sunday July 14th Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm Adv $10 | Dos 12 —HUMAN SOUNDS—HUMAN SOUNDS IS A BAND OF HUMAN EFFORTS WORKING TO EXPLAIN WHAT IT IS LIKE TO HAVE HUMAN… Read more

Sunday July 14th

Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm

Adv $10 | Dos 12

—HUMAN SOUNDS—HUMAN SOUNDS

IS A BAND OF HUMAN EFFORTS WORKING TO EXPLAIN WHAT IT IS LIKE TO HAVE HUMAN EXPERIENCES AS NEW MEMBERS OF THIS PLANET. THE BEST WAY FOR THESE HUMANS TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES IS THROUGH DRUMS, GUITAR, BASS, KEYS, AND VOCALS. THEY ARE MOST COMFORTABLE WHEN SHINY THINGS ARE AROUND BUT GENERALLY ARE UNCOMFORTABLE.

AS THESE HUMANS LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR SHAPES, PARTS, PERSONALITIES, MOVES, SENSES, AND SOUNDS, THEY SHARE THEIR JOURNEY WITH THE MASSES TO BRING AWARENESS TO THOSE LIKE THEM.

WHILE THEY ARE STILL IN THE BEGINNING STAGES OF EXISTENCE, THEY ARE TRULY GROWING THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN.

Tiny Stills (ca)

Tiny Stills (ca)

Monday July 15th w/ Mattstagraham, Well Wisher & The Logan Greene Whatever Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm $10 16+ —TINY STILLS–Tiny Stills is a fifth wave emo rock band from Los Angeles,… Read more

Monday July 15th

w/ Mattstagraham, Well Wisher & The Logan Greene Whatever

Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm

$10

16+

—TINY STILLS–Tiny Stills is a fifth wave emo rock band from Los Angeles, California made of friends who actually like each other; Kailynn West, Chris Clark, Mike Diggs, AJ Peacox. You can call us Bubblegrunge, but in our hearts we know the only genre title that resonates with us truly: vomit pop.

Juan Wauters

Juan Wauters

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

Wednesday July 17th

w/ Big City Sleep & Alec André

7pm

Adv $15 | Dos $18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Significant Others

Significant Others

Friday July 19th Doors 6:30pm | Show 7pm Adv $12 | Dos $15

Friday July 19th

Doors 6:30pm | Show 7pm

Adv $12 | Dos $15

Summer Night Market w/ Desert Haze!

Summer Night Market w/ Desert Haze!

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

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

w/ performances from The Charities & The McCharmlys

$5

Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

Enjoy some live music while you shop! Vendors TBA!

Quasi – Featuring “Birds” Tour

Quasi – Featuring “Birds” Tour

Sunday July 21st with Jeffrey Lewis 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… Read more

Sunday July 21st
with Jeffrey Lewis

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***
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**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**

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 With support from Droll 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… Read more

Monday July 29th

With support from Droll

7pm

ADV $18 | DOS $20

21+

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

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

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

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

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

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

Surfapalooza!

Surfapalooza!

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

Saturday August 3

Doors 5pm | Show 6pm

$10 Advance & Day of Show

21+

The summer surf party of the season, Surfapalooza, returns to the Hotel Congress Plaza! Featuring some of Arizona’s best surf bands – Shrimp Chaperone, The Furys & more. Come on down to Congress for an evening of twangy surf rock, and ice cold drinks. We may not have an ocean, but we have all the fixings for a totally tubular surf party!

Scorched Fetish Weekend – Night 1 Pre-Party

Scorched Fetish Weekend – Night 1 Pre-Party

Friday, August 16th 8 PM – 2 AM $25 Ages 21+ Night 1 at Club Congress will feature Body of Light performing live as well as a stage show by The Tarp… Read more

Friday, August 16th

8 PM – 2 AM

$25

Ages 21+

Night 1 at Club Congress will feature Body of Light performing live as well as a stage show by The Tarp Queens, fetish exhibits, fashion and DJs (to be announced).

Join us for the Night 2 Main Event: The Scorched Fetish Ball across the street at The Rialto Theatre.

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

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

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

Saturday August 17th

Summer Hair Metal Party with The Dirt!

7pm

$20

J.R.C.G.

J.R.C.G.

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

Sunday August 18th

w/ CLASS

Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

Adv $12 | Dos $15

21+

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

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

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

Riley Downing of The Deslondes

Riley Downing of The Deslondes

Tuesday August 20th Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm Adv$ 10 | Dos $15 + fees

Tuesday August 20th

Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm

Adv$ 10 | Dos $15 + fees

Bush League

Bush League

Friday August 23rd Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm Adv $10 | Dos $15 + fees 16+ —BUSH LEAGUE—Bush League plays homage to all of the beloved minor leagues out there. Music catered… Read more

Friday August 23rd

Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm

Adv $10 | Dos $15 + fees

16+

—BUSH LEAGUE—Bush League plays homage to all of the beloved minor leagues out there. Music catered to those like us, this one goes out to those of y’all with champagne taste on a bud-heavy budget. Now Tucson based, these Northern Arizona kids come from mismatched musical backgrounds. Through the thoughtful amalgamation of these styles, Bush League forges the heavy psychedelic noise scapes and jivey choruses that define their style. The league consists of Liam Cashmore on bass, Karson Trainor on drums, Jackson Ells on sax and keys, and Dylan Walker and Canyon Willis-Green both on guitar. Don’t let the name fool you, Bush League is major league.

Planck is a 4 piece psychedelic Jam Band based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Formed in 2021, Planck consists of Steven Cunningham (bass/vocals), Austin Ellis (guitar/vocals), Kevin Cramsey (guitar), and Bill “Cheese” Gluckman (drums, vocals). We are influenced by jam bands like Spafford, Phish, and Widespread Panic; as well as avant garde groups like Frank Zappa and David Bowie. Our songs, at a base, are written in Blues, and Rock influence; but lend themselves to extended improvisational jams.

Emo Nite at Club Congress, Tucson, Az

Emo Nite at Club Congress, Tucson, Az

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

Friday August 23rd

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

Doors 9pm | Show 9pm

ADV $21 | DOS $25 + fees

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

The Messthetics and James Brandon Lewis

The Messthetics and James Brandon Lewis

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

Tuesday September 3rd

7pm

Adv $18 | Dos $20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lucky Devils Band

Lucky Devils Band

Monday September 9th Doors 7pm Show 8pm FREE —LUCKY DEVILS BAND—The Lucky Devils Band, a customizable event band, showcase their talents! This showcase is the band rehearsal evening – they’ll be playing… Read more

Monday September 9th

Doors 7pm
Show 8pm

FREE

—LUCKY DEVILS BAND—The Lucky Devils Band, a customizable event band, showcase their talents! This showcase is the band rehearsal evening – they’ll be playing new and old material, and they’ll probably play some pretty unusual stuff too – always a lot of fun! They’ll play a mixture of chilled out music and high energy tunes. Lucky Devils showcases are a relaxed, free, public gig where you can see the band performing live. You can ask any questions, talk to the musicians, and get a good feel for how amazing and different the band is compared to everything else out there. Showcases are an invaluable part of your event planning research and the best way to ensure that you get a great band! Showcases are also a fun evening out – you can talk to the band and see them playing a variety of styles.

WHY?

WHY?

Tuesday September 10th Doors 7pm | Show 8pm Adv $22 | Dos $25 + fees

Tuesday September 10th

Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

Adv $22 | Dos $25 + fees

Galactic Empire
6:30PM

Galactic Empire

Wednesday Sept 11th w/ Super Guitar Bros & Powerglove Doors 6:30pm | Show 7pm Adv $22 | Dos $27 + fees Read more

Wednesday Sept 11th

w/ Super Guitar Bros & Powerglove

Doors 6:30pm | Show 7pm

Adv $22 | Dos $27 + fees

Jacob Acosta

Jacob Acosta

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

Friday September 13th

Saint Corazón Album Release Show

w/ Gabrielle Pietrangelo

7pm

Adv $18 | Dos $22

21+

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

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

Jenny Don’t and the Spurs

Jenny Don’t and the Spurs

Saturday Sept 14th Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm Adv $15 | Dos $18 + fees 21+ Read more

Saturday Sept 14th

Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm

Adv $15 | Dos $18 + fees

21+

Bikini Trill

Bikini Trill

Tuesday September 17th Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm Adv $12.50 | Dos $15 + fees 16+ —BIKINI TRILL—Bikini Trill is a vibrant surf-pop trio based in Los Angeles, California, celebrated for their… Read more

Tuesday September 17th

Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm

Adv $12.50 | Dos $15 + fees

16+

—BIKINI TRILL—Bikini Trill is a vibrant surf-pop trio based in Los Angeles, California, celebrated for their unique blend of genres and captivating live performances. Founded in 2017, the band features the talents of vocalist Lauren ‘LJ’ Johnson, guitarist Tony Barker Stern, and bassist Kourosh ‘Roach’ Poursalehi. Their eclectic sound, which skillfully merges electronic, hip-hop drums, skank island guitars, and entrancing vocal melodies, has drawn comparisons to notable acts like Santigold, Sublime, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

In the spring of 2017, Bikini Trill made their live performance debut at the famed SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. They quickly gained momentum, embarking on their first nationwide tour in the fall of 2018, opening for New Politics and The Score. This was promptly followed by another nationwide tour in support of Reel Big Fish.

2019 marked a significant year for the band as they collaborated with Jared Watson of ‘Dirty Heads’ on their single, ‘Lost Boy’. The song premiered on 96.5FM The Buzz and gained further recognition by making it onto Spotify’s Fresh Picks Playlist. That same year, Bikini Trill embarked on their first nationwide amphitheater tour alongside 311, The Dirty Heads, Interrupters, and Dreamers. Their captivating performances at renowned venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheater, Austin 360 Amphitheater, and Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion were met with sold-out crowds.

In addition to their impressive touring record, Bikini Trill has also graced the stages of various esteemed music festivals. Their festival performances include Wonderfront Festival, One Love, Cali Vibes Fest, Bay Fest, Reggae Rise Up Maryland & Las Vegas, Everwild, and Summer Roots Fest.

Presently, Bikini Trill is basking in the success of their latest EP release, “Hello, Welcome!” They are also preparing for a series of summer shows on the East Coast, supporting Dirty Heads, Lupe Fiasco, and Yelawolf. Their recent single, “What’s The Rush?!” has received notable recognition, earning a spot on KROQ 106.7’s Top 15 of 2022.

Kishi Bashi

Kishi Bashi

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

Wednesday September 18th

w/ Sweet Loretta

Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

Adv $25 | Dos $28 + fees

All Ages

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

Ana Popovic

Ana Popovic

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

Saturday September 21st

7pm doors, 7:30 show

Adv $25 | Dos $30

Reserved Seating: $35

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

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

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

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

Marika Hackman

Marika Hackman

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

Saturday September 21st

7pm

Advance $20 | Day of Show $25

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

La Lom

La Lom

Tuesday September 24th ******Artist Presale: June 5th @ 10am local ***General Admission On Sale: June 7th 10am local*** Doors 7pm | Show 8pm Adv $25 | Dos $30 21+ —LA LOM—The Los… Read more

Tuesday September 24th

******Artist Presale: June 5th @ 10am local
***General Admission On Sale: June 7th 10am local***

Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

Adv $25 | Dos $30

21+

—LA LOM—The Los Angeles League of Musicians, LA LOM, are an instrumental trio formed in Los Angeles in 2021. They blend the sounds of Cumbia Sonidera, 60’s soul ballads and classic romantic boleros that emanate from radios, backyard parties and dance clubs of Los Angeles with the twang of Peruvian Chicha and Bakersfield Country.

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.”

The Bones of J.R. Jones

The Bones of J.R. Jones

Saturday October 12th Doors 7pm | Show 7:30 Adv $20 | Dos $25

Saturday October 12th

Doors 7pm | Show 7:30

Adv $20 | Dos $25

FIDLAR

FIDLAR

Friday October 25th w/ Sugar Pit ******Artist Presale: Tuesday June 11th @ 10am local*** ******Spotify Presale: Wednesday June 12th @ 10am local*** ******Club Congress Presale: Thursday June 13th @ 10am local*** ******General… Read more

Friday October 25th

w/ Sugar Pit

******Artist Presale: Tuesday June 11th @ 10am local***
******Spotify Presale: Wednesday June 12th @ 10am local***
******Club Congress Presale: Thursday June 13th @ 10am local***
******General On Sale: Friday June 14th @ 10am local***

Doors 7pm | Show 7:30pm

Adv $27 | Dos $32 + fees

16+

—FIDLAR—Sure, life’s a risk. But FIDLAR have proven that risks are worth taking. Starting out as a group of drunken punks playing gnarly house shows around Los Angeles, their fanbase exploded and congealed into “FIDIOTS.” Fan’s who show their dedication to both the band and their mantra of “fuck it” by etching “FIDLAR” onto their bodies by way of homemade stick-and-poke prison style tattoos.

With songs like “Cheap Beer” and “Wake Bake Skate,” the light speed rocket that was 2012’s eponymous album blasted them into the stratosphere where they had the room to expand the idea of the band. Being thrust into the loneliness of space, they were confronted by the void and slog of touring. They responded to that introspection with 2015’s “TOO,” where songs like “40oz On Repeat” “Why Generation” and “Sober” grapple with how to age gracefully as hard partying punks headed towards their 30s.

“Too” pushed the band further to the edges of their comfort zone where these four SoCal weirdos found themselves playing gigantic festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Reading and Leeds. Propelling them to refine and expand their sound with 2019’s “ALMOST FREE” where you can start to hear more than just their “punk and indie” influences. The Beastie Boys tinged “Get off My Rock.” The asphalt-groovy take on L.A. hipster culture “Can’t You See.” And the alterna-pop, radio friendly, heartbreak duet of “Called You Twice” featuring grammy nominated artist K. Flay.

But that was in “the before times…” During the pandemic, unable to tour as a band, the guys all separately dove into their own pet projects and they all experimented with different styles of music (sometimes with the aid of psychedelics). Unintentionally, this caused them to shake off the impulse to layer “bells and whistles” (not literally, but kinda) to their songs. Like they had been doing progressively over the years. Now, after duck-diving the choppy waves that is the modern music industry, FIDLAR are ready for the next gnarly set.

Armed with 3 Chords, the truth, and some jazz cabbage, FIDLAR has a new found appreciation of not only where they came from, but where they are now. And when asked what the new sound is, the response is simply “FUCKBOI ANTHEMS.”

Well then… fuck it, dawg. Let’s get weird.

Girl Ultra

Girl Ultra

Monday OCtober 28th w/ SANJE & Shao Doors 7pm | Show 8pm Adv $25 | Dos $30 + fees 16+ Read more

Monday OCtober 28th

w/ SANJE & Shao

Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

Adv $25 | Dos $30 + fees

16+

Tophouse

Tophouse

Wednesday November 20th Adv $23 | Dos $28 7pm —TOPHOUSE—A lot of people ask us what genre we are. The truth is, we don’t know. Check out some of our music and… Read more

Wednesday November 20th

Adv $23 | Dos $28

7pm

—TOPHOUSE—A lot of people ask us what genre we are. The truth is, we don’t know. Check out some of our music and let us know what you think. In reality, if you really want to get to know about TopHouse, y’all should shoot us a message and say hi, come to a show, or listen to some music! Why not all three?

“Fast-paced, high-energy foot stompers. Ballads that’ll make you cry. It’s kind of like a rock band married old-fashioned bluegrass and had a little baby. And named it TopHouse.”

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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