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Monday, August 29, 2016

Win Tickets To See Colvin & Earle

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 11:36 AM


Local fans of Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle, rejoice! The solo artists have banded together and are stopping by our beloved Rialto Theater (318 E. Congress Street) on Sunday.

Here's a little about the duo from the Rialto's website:
Grammy Award winning singer-songwriters Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle have announced a special run of tour dates together this September. "Songs and Stories, Together Onstage" features the two esteemed artists sharing the stage for a rousing night of song swapping, duets, storytelling and stellar guitar playing. The evening promises to be a rich and inspiring musical experience as these two long-time friends and mutual admirers share music from their extensive catalogues as well as some of their favorite songs by other classic songwriters.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Win Tickets to See Black Bottom Lighters at the Rock

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 10:21 AM

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Black Bottom Lighters are playing a the Rock (136 N. Park Avenue) on Friday, Aug. 19. After that band performs, Spahn Valley Ranch hands featuring Sean Raines from We Killed The Union, Jimbo from Border Town Devils and other special guests will take the stage. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Want a pair of tickets? Enter your contact info below and we'll be in touch the day of the show.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Win Tickets to the Beach Blanket Be-Bop at the Gaslight Music Hall

Posted By on Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 4:00 PM

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Good news if you've been meaning to check out the Gaslight Theatre's new sister-site: The Gaslight Music Hall (13005 N. Oracle Rd #165) is giving away tickets to see its summer musical revue the Beach Blanket Be-Bop show for each of its remaining performances. 

Enter below to win a pair of ticket to the performance of your choice. We'll get in touch with the winners for the Aug. 18 show the day of the performance, and the rest of the winners on Monday, Aug. 22.

Not lucky enough to win (or in need of more tickets than we're offering)? Tickets are available for purchase on the Gaslight Music Hall's website

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Last Hurrah

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 8:32 AM

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The twilight of summer is here (womp womp).

Upsides? Walking out the front door will soon no longer feel like accidentally opening a pre-heated oven. And hey, here's a list of five awesome events to attend before the onslaught that is the first week of school descends upon our once empty, tranquil desert streets.  

1) Silversun Pickups at the Rialto
Although ideally we'd rewind back about a month and blast these driving rhythms through an iPod stereo on some beach in Mexico, we'll just have to enjoy them now at the Rialto when Silversun Pickups roll through on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. Full of sway-worthy, 90s-esque complex sound, the Pickups are the perfect act to celebrate the angst that comes with the last days of summer. Check them out here.    

2) Open Studios Under the Full Moon
The Metal Arts Village's (3230 N Dodge Blvd) monthly gathering of booze, food and art is happening this Thursday, Aug. 18 starting at 6 p.m. Wander around and meet local artists doing what they do best, followed by some food truck fare and perhaps a summery Hef from Tucson Hop Shop. Family friendly and free, check out the Facebook event page for more details.

3) Twilight Bicycle Mural Tour | COX Plaza Dance Party
This one's for the bikers and dancers out there looking for one more night of empty streets and breathable dance floors. The tour will start at MOCA (265 S Church Ave) at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19 and will officially set off at 7:15 p.m. After a 2-hour, flat ride showcasing some favorite murals in the area, (and for the non-cyclists among us) the night will end with a dance party at Cox Plaza with DJs BayBay Ruthless + Illslur. Tickets are 5 bucks or free if you're a MOCA member. Here's the info.

4) Wild Style at the Loft 
This month's Staff Selects takes us to the hip-hop glory that was 1980s New York City, a docudrama that features the graffiti, freestyling, scratching and breakdancing that exploded onto the city scene on the heels of a new artistic culture. Even the actors were taken right from the neighborhoods featured in the film. The flick airs Sunday, Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Loft (3233 E Speedway Blvd). You can take a look at the trailer before heading out. 

5) Brew-HaHa Comedy Showcase
Coming in hot a few days after the first day of school, the Brew-HaHa Comedy Showcase at Borderlands Brewery (119 E Toole Ave) is promising an "amazing" show, with plenty of beers on tap just in case the laughs don't land for everyone. The latter shouldn't be too much of a problem with headliner Monte Benjamin at the comedy helm, with local AZians Randy Ford, Charles Engle and Dan Thomson also on the bill. The show, on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 8 p.m., has a $3 cover, here are the deets. 


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Friday, August 5, 2016

Kurt Vile Talks Inspiration, Family and the Quests of Songwriting

Posted By on Fri, Aug 5, 2016 at 1:40 PM

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Kurt Vile is riding a bit of a high. After a rigorous year of touring behind 2015’s b’lieve i’m goin down…, the Philadelphia-based musician and his band, The Violators, had been feeling a bit of the tour blues—that zombie-esque state where “you hit a wall and things just sound the same,” as he puts it. A big push into musical festivals, the bread-and-butter of indie rock acts during the summer months, was tempered by a much smaller and simple show that revitalized Vile the night before we spoke.

“We came back to a club, and played Norfolk, Virginia—NorVa, of all places, [where] years ago I opened for Flaming Lips there—and everything was perfect. Everything clicked with the stage sound or whatever.”

There’s a brightness to his description that touring musicians can appreciate, as those moments when it all comes together, much less comes flooding back, is a rare and pleasant thing. Vile is a musician’s musician as well, having bridged that divide between those who can really play and those who can really write. Even after being asked about that sunburst-finished Fender Jaguar in the “Pretty Pimpin” video, Vile can expound on its genesis and his reasoning behind that instrument (influenced by a combination of Violators guitarist Rob Laakso, indie rock band Swirlies, Spacemen 3’s The Perfect Prescription and a love of pre-CBS Fender guitars) at will. It’s hard to imagine the removal of Kurt Vile, the guitarist, from Kurt Vile, the songwriter, but he jokes about each medium growing in kind with the experience he’s gained.

“These days, I can really play guitar from all this touring, so I can pretty much shred the guitar—I’m officially a really good guitar player,” he jokes. “I’m also proud of all the songs I’ve written and I feel like my songwriting is always getting better all the time and that’s always a quest of its own. It’s fun because there’s no rules really, but I’m always influenced by classic things and I’m always trying to stand out. You’ve got to find your little nook to do it in, a little different than anyone else.”

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Saturday Sun Link Shindig: Free Rides, Concert and Activities

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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Celebrate Sun Link's second anniversary this Saturday. 

The streetcar is offering free rides all day this Saturday, July 23 sponsored by Tucson Electric Power, Fourth Avenue Merchants Association and Main Gate Square.

KXCI and Main Gate Square are also offering a free concert with Jimmy Carr and the Awkward Moments.

At 6 p.m. board the streetcar at the Avenida del Convento stop and enjoy live music all the way to Main Gate Square where there will be festivities and more music. 

Since July 2014, the streetcar has given rides to more than two million passengers. Whether it's your first on the link or your 100th enjoy your Saturday with live music and fun. 


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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Win Tickets to 'In My Life: A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles'

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 10:30 AM

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Come and Get It: Next Thursday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. the Fox Theatre (17 W. Congress St.) is screening In My Life: A Musical Theatre Tribute and we're giving out tickets to the event.
In My Life - A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles is an award winning, smash hit musical biography of the Beatles and is widely considered by industry insiders to be the most unique Beatles show in decades!

The music of the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—continues to stand the test of time. Offering a fresh perspective on the band's history, you'll see the Fab Four through the eyes of their late manager, Brian Epstein, who serves as narrator to renowned Beatles tribute band Abbey Road as they perform 33 of the group's classic hits.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

KISS July 4 Ticket Giveaway

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM

UPDATE:
We're extending the contest because APPARENTLY you guys are a little shy. Come on: Grab some wine and some face paint and have fun with it. Email me pictures your face with black and white makeup all over it. Give it a shot and don't let these tickets go to waste!



Let me see your KISS makeup! On Monday, July 4 KISS will be performing at AVA Amphitheater and you and a friend could be there—if you've got what it takes.

To enter, email tucsonweekly@tucsonlocalmedia.com by noon on Friday, June 24 with the subject line KISS Contest. Include a photo of your KISS-inspired makeup masterpiece and the best way for us to contact you should you win.

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The show is Monday, July 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.

Good luck!

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