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8:30 p.m.: Golden Cadillacs (Sacramento, Calif.)
9:30 p.m.: Dave Gleason (Los Angeles)
10:30 p.m.: Dave Gonzalez and the Stone River Boys (Austin)
Midnight: Bad News Blues Band
The theme for the Bud Select Music Stage this time around is "all things rootsy," with Sacramento's Golden Cadillacs up to bat first. Get a dose of their tasteful country rock, influenced equally by the Byrds and Buck Owens, at 8:30 p.m. At 9:30 p.m., the Cadillacs' current tourmate, Los Angelino Dave Gleason, who sounds like he splits his time between Bakersfield and Nashville, steps up to the plate. As a founding member of the Paladins and co-leader of the Hacienda Brothers with the late Chris Gaffney, Dave Gonzalez's roots résumé is impressive. At 10:30 p.m., he showcases his latest outfit, Dave Gonzalez and the Stone River Boys. (See our feature article in this section for the full story.) At midnight, perennial local blues faves the Bad News Blues Band bat cleanup with their mix of soulful and Chicago-style blues.
8 p.m.: Indigo Kids
9 p.m.: Gaza Strip
10 p.m.: Crosscut Saw
11 p.m.: 8 Minutes to Burn
Midnight: Whole Lotta Zep
On this big ol' outdoor stage at 8 p.m., the young'uns in Indigo Kids do a version of hip hop that Asher Roth fans could love, with a detour here and there into reggae rhythms. Comedy rockers (or are they?) Gaza Strip step onto the stage at 9 p.m., followed by the searing blues-rock of Crosscut Saw at 10 p.m. At 11 p.m., 8 Minutes to Burn inject some reggae riddims into their funk-rockery, just before midnight, when the TAMMIES-winning Whole Lotta Zep escorts you up that proverbial stairway to heaven.
8 p.m.: Kristen Chandler
9 p.m.: The Postmarks (Miami)
10 p.m.: Skitn
11 p.m.: The Static Session
Midnight: Sunday Afternoon
Recent Tucson transplant Kristen Chandler, who just last week released Deja, her second full-length album, has a voice that easily accommodates her band's backing bed of jazz, blues, soul, reggae, funk and world music. She gets things started at 8 p.m. From Miami, cinematic, retro, sophisticated popsters The Postmarks' latest album, Memoirs at the End of the World, has received rave reviews, including a 7.6 rating from Pitchfork. Singer Tim Yehezkely (a woman) possesses one of "those voices," simultaneously sultry and icy. Yum. They're on at 9 p.m., with Skitn, who mix reggae, beach-pop (think Jack Johnson) and a jam-band aesthetic, following at 10 p.m. If you miss the heady days of Brit-pop à la Echo and the Bunnymen and latter-day Jesus and Mary Chain, The Static Session provides just what you've been looking for at 11 p.m. At midnight, perennial college favorite Sunday Afternoon offers jazzy, muted funk-pop that will remind you why they draw comparisons to the Dave Matthews Band.
8 p.m.: Se Salen
9 p.m.: Se Salen
10 p.m.: Relente
11 p.m.: Monitor
For nearly 15 years, Se Salen have been spreading the gospel of classic Tejano music all over Arizona. Tonight, they take the first two slots on the Tejano/Mia Stage, starting at 8 p.m. At 10 p.m., Relente, a sextet that includes several veterans of much-loved Tejano acts performing cumbias, corridos, rancheras and a little bit of country, hits the stage. Monitor plays at 11 p.m., and at midnight, Nudos, who apply Latino rhythms to classic rock and pop, close things out.
8 p.m.: Brian Lopez
9 p.m.: Salvador Duran
10 p.m.: The Jons
11 p.m.: Mostly Bears
Midnight: Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta
The Tucson music scene is nothing if not incestuous, and for proof, look no further than the Rialto's lineup: These five acts share not only members, but a rehearsal space as well. Mostly Bears frontman Brian Lopez has recently branched out as a solo act, though he gets a little help from his friends. A recent live set on KXCI FM 91.3 was fantastic, and you can expect the same when he gets the night's festivities rolling at 8 p.m. You may know Salvador Duran from his many musical guises (lead singer for Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta, collaborator with Calexico and Iron and Wine), but he's just as captivating as a solo act—just an acoustic guitar, his beloved stomp-box and that gloriously rich voice. He plays at 9 p.m., prior to The Jons, who could lazily (but accurately) be described as the Mexican Beatles, at 10 p.m. The music of modern prog-rock trio Mostly Bears is at once complex and inviting. Plus, they boast one of the finest singers in Tucson in Brian Lopez. They're on at 11 p.m., just prior to the musical sensation that is Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta, who have risen in less than a year's time to become one of Tucson's best and most popular bands. Indie mambo? Si ... you at midnight.
8 p.m.: Umbrella Bird
9 p.m.: I Am the Lion
10 p.m.: The Early Black
11 p.m.: RCougar
Midnight: What Laura Says (Phoenix)
The stage at Hotel Congress' new outdoor plaza gets rolling at 8 p.m. with a set from Bright Eyes-influenced dream-poppers Umbrella Bird, who until recently were known as Lydian and the Amphybians. At 9 p.m., get a dose of post-rock prog courtesy of I Am the Lion, followed at 10 p.m. by the Joy Division-influenced gloom-rock of The Early Black. RCougar, whose take on indie-pop should appeal to fans of Pinback and The Sea and Cake, take over at 11 p.m., with Phoenix buzz band What Laura Says, who perform an utterly infectious brand of quirky, piano-heavy pop that looks backward for its harmony-laden influences, closing the curtain at midnight. (For more on What Laura Says, see the feature in this section.)
9 to 11 p.m.: Determined Luddites
From 9 to 11 p.m., the outdoor plaza at Maynards features a live performance from acoustic folkies the Determined Luddites, who veer from bluegrass to Celtic music, ragtime to Caribbean rhythms, Latin influences to the blues.
8 p.m.: The Ghost of 505
9 p.m.: Crossing Sarnoff
10 p.m.: Bold Bird
11 p.m.: Brookville (New York)
Midnight: Sand Rubies
1 a.m.: Hillbilly Prophet (Los Angeles)
Appropriately, the indoor stage at Club Congress boasts a motley mix of styles, starting at 8 p.m. with the local roots-rock trio The Ghost of 505, just before the appealing '70s-leaning pop of Crossing Sarnoff at 9 p.m. Featuring members from both Tucson and San Diego, Bold Bird rounds up influences in everything from the blues, country, hip-hop and folk to land in what could be described as groove-pop territory. They're on at 10 p.m. New York-based Brookville, the romantic pop nom de musique of Andy Chase of the beloved band Ivy, plays at 11 p.m. Midnight brings the Sand Rubies, the veteran act partially to blame—or thank—for the genre of desert rock. And at 1 a.m., L.A.-based bluesy rockers Hillbilly Prophet, who count Tucson guitar veteran Robin Johnson as a member, stick a fork in the night.
9 p.m.: Space Over Desert
10 p.m.: Amy Rude
11 p.m.: Andrew Collberg
Midnight: Gabriel Sullivan featuring Mike Hebert
1 a.m.: DJ Butterfly
Jack-of-all-trades Michael John Serpe, who performs as Space Over Desert, writes fine songs (primarily) in an indie folk-pop style. Rumor has it that he's not long for this town, so be sure to catch him while you can, as the first act on a great bill of largely twisted Americana at The District, at 9 p.m. Amy Rude, who writes and performs dark, lovely and lovingly imperfect songs about the tribulations of the heart, steps onstage at 10 p.m., with John Lennon-influenced singer-songwriter Andrew Collberg following at 11 p.m. With an acclaimed new Tom Waits-influenced solo album, By the Dirt, under his belt, Gabriel Sullivan both pays homage to the history of Tucson music and furthers it. His set tonight at midnight will feature guest Mike Hebert of the Kings of Pleasure. At 1 a.m., DJ Butterfly finishes off the night spinning vintage vinyl.
9 p.m.: Parable Paul
9:30 p.m.: Ciphurphace
10 p.m.: Hometown Heroes
10:30 p.m.: Jivin Scientists
11:15 p.m.: Big Meridox with DJ Bonus
Midnight: Get Loose with DJ Hometown Herm and DJ Bonus
Sports on Congress' lineup tonight boasts some of the biggest and best names in local hip hop. Your lineup for the night: Parable Paul at 9 p.m.; James Ciphurphace, aka Ciphurphace, at 9:30 p.m.; Hometown Heroes at 10 p.m.; Jivin Scientists at 10:30 p.m.; and Big Meridox with DJ Bonus at 11:15 p.m. From midnight to 2 a.m., it's Get Loose, a hip-hop-centric DJ session with DJ Hometown Herm and DJ Bonus. Aww yeah.
Church of Rock Revelations hosted by Father Larry
8 p.m.: Via Vengeance a One Man Band (Phoenix)
9 p.m.: Bordertown Devils
10 p.m.: Hillbilly Devilspeak (Phoenix)
11 p.m.: Juarez
Midnight: Love Mound
1 a.m.: You Apart
At Vaudeville tonight, Father Larry spreads the gospel of rawk with another installment of his Church of Rock Revelations. Translation: Bring earplugs. While Scottsdale might not be the first locale that springs to mind when discussing heavy rock, Via Vengeance a One Man Band, which is just as his moniker suggests, is out to change that with his brand of slow-and-heavy. He starts things off at 8 p.m., followed at 9 p.m. by Bordertown Devils, who trade in the brand of rootsy punk pioneered by Social Distortion and the Misfits. For more than a decade, Phoenix's Hillbilly Devilspeak have been cranking out what they call "stoner punk." We'd compare them favorably to the Jesus Lizard, but you can decide for yourself at 10 p.m. Dark, heavy and immensely appealing, Juarez is currently one of the brightest lights in Tucson hard rock. Catch 'em at 11 p.m., just before the veteran bluesy hard-rockers Love Mound at midnight. One of the most accomplished bands in local modern hardcore, You Apart bring the head-nodding to a close at 1 a.m.
8 p.m.: Tone Monkeys
9 p.m.: The Grand Royale
10 p.m.: Infernal Racket
11 p.m.: Ethos
12:30 a.m.: Rasta Sauce
This perennial Fourth Avenue college hangout gets the party rolling at 8 p.m. with reggaefied funk-pop trio Tone Monkeys. Fronted by singer Nikki Leathers, The Grand Royale perform a poppy take on reggae at 9 p.m., followed at 10 p.m. by the horn-based music of Infernal Racket. At 11 p.m., Ethos showcases its gentle, earthy pop tunes, just prior to midnight, when Rasta Sauce demonstrate their proficiency in Tuvan throat-singing. Just kidding—they play reggae-pop, y'all!
8 p.m.: Key Ingredients of African Soul
10 p.m.: Molehill Orkestrah
11:30 p.m.: Planet Jam
12:30 a.m.: The Tryst
The lineup on the indoor stage at The Hut tonight showcases the bar's penchant for all things world music, starting at 8 p.m. with the Key Ingredients of African Soul, who perform originals and covers rooted in Afro-pop, African folk, reggae and Caribbean soca. At 10 p.m., the instrumental combo Molehill Orkestrah will work you into a state of bliss via its take on gypsy, klezmer and Mediterranean styles. Dub and roots reggae courtesy of Planet Jam arrive at 11:30 p.m., and at 12:30 a.m., The Tryst, the 2009 TAMMIES winner in the jazz category, unleash their brand of groove-laden jazz-pop.
8:30 p.m.: Renato Parada
9:30 p.m.: Seashell Radio
10:30 p.m.: Fourkiller Flats
11:45 p.m.: The Swigs
Things get rolling on The Hut's outdoor stage at 8:30 p.m. with the mellow folk originals of singer-songwriter Renato Parada, followed at 9:30 p.m. by the gorgeous, sophisticated pop of Seashell Radio. Fourkiller Flats, the justifiably lauded country-rock band led by the immensely talented singer, songwriter and guitarist Jim Cox, reunited a couple of years ago and released a new album, Treasure and Trash, earlier this year. They're on at 10:30 p.m., right before The Swigs, a versatile, retro-leaning rock trio fronted by sometime-solo artist Kevin Henderson, who perform at 11:45 p.m.
9 p.m.: Black Tuesday
10 p.m.: Triple Double Band
11 p.m.: The Hounds
Midnight: Broken Romeo
1 a.m. DJ MGM
A new addition to Club Crawl®, the recently opened nightclub Zen Rock features a wildly diverse lineup tonight, starting at 9 p.m. with the catchy, gently rocking tunes of Black Tuesday. At 10 p.m., the Triple Double Band plays songs from its most recent album, Dot My Eighths, a collection of funky reggae-blues and tasteful pop that was released in the spring. The Hounds, a beach-reggae trio in the tradition of Sublime, take the stage at 11 p.m., prior to the semi-rootsy grunge rock of Broken Romeo at midnight. Starting at 1 a.m. and finishing the night is DJ MGM.
8:30 p.m.: Ten Dead Gods
9:45 p.m.: Los Nawdy Dogs
11 p.m.: Funky Bonz
Midnight: DJ Chucky Chingon
Normally your downtown base for all things with a Latin beat, Sharks branches out tonight to include pummeling metal from Ten Dead Gods at 8:30 p.m.; Santana-influenced Latin rockers Los Nawdy Dawgs at 9:45 p.m.; the recently re-formed funk-rock-'n' reggae outfit Funky Bonz at 11 p.m.; and DJ Chucky Chingon at midnight.
6:30 p.m.: Duo Sonido
7:30 p.m.: Jimmy Carr
The cozy confines of Fourth Avenue's Café Passé come to life tonight at 6:30 p.m. with live music from guitar-and-vibes Latin loungers Duo Sonido, followed at 7:30 p.m. by the always-entertaining multi-instrumentalist and singer Jimmy Carr.
7 p.m.: Cheat the Hangman
What else would you expect at a place called Flanagan's Celtic Corner? Cheat the Hangman, which includes a father and son, performs a set of Irish music at 7 p.m.
8 p.m. to 1 a.m.: Ritmo Alto
Enjoy salsas and cumbias throughout the evening with the help of Ritmo Alto, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
7 to 9 p.m.: Desert Bluegrass Association
This outdoor park, which sits next to Bison Witches on Fourth Avenue, features a lineup of live bluegrass acts from 7 to 9 p.m. courtesy of the Desert Bluegrass Association.
7 to 10 p.m.: Jeff Lewis and Friends
Jeff Lewis, who just happens to be the president of the Tucson Jazz Society's board of directors, performs with friends at this downtown mainstay tonight from 7 to 10 p.m.
7 to 9 p.m.: Jeremy Serwer
Before taking the stage at The Hut with his band Seashell Radio, Jeremy Serwer performs a solo singer-songwriter set of Americana tunes from 7 to 9 p.m. at this venerable Fourth Avenue eatery.
7 to 9 p.m.: Phil Borzillo
There's music everywhere you turn tonight, even on the outdoor patio in front of Magpies Gourmet Pizza on Fourth Avenue, where from 7 to 9 p.m., singer-songwriter Phil Borzillo performs a set of country, folk, blues and just about anything else that falls under the Americana umbrella.
7 to 9 p.m.: In Accent
This fun, quirky Fourth Avenue coffeeshop hosts the two amazing women (and their acoustic harmonies) who constitute In Accent from 7 to 9 p.m.