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It's Time to Crawl! 

While we're pretty sure Stravinsky didn't have the Spring Club CrawlTM in mind when he wrote "Rite of Spring," the Crawl has become exactly that. While the Fall Club CrawlTM includes both local and regional acts, the Spring Crawl is strictly a locals-only affair, allowing attendees the opportunity to check out a wildly diverse selection of Tucson's finest musical acts in a single night, all within the confines of a small downtown area. From country to jazz, rockabilly to tejano, punk to blues, the tired, old cliche "something for everyone" only begins to get at what the Crawl is all about.

This time around, the action is spread over eight outdoor stages and more than a dozen indoor venues, including the famed Rialto Theatre, which is reopening just in time for the event. Best of all, a single wristband, available in advance for $8 at CD City, as well as downtown at Hotel Congress and Hippie Gypsy (or $10 on the night of the event, until they sell out) grants you entry to the entire shebang, so there's no hassle with paying cover charges everywhere you go.

We'd like to thank all of our sponsors for allowing us to put on such an enormous endeavor; we certainly couldn't do it without them. And we certainly couldn't do it without you, either--the music fans who care enough to turn out in droves every year to bask in the bright glow of your local music scene.

Have a blast, folks. That's what it's all about.

Here's a complete schedule, as of the Weekly's press deadline.


CD City Main Stage

  • 8 p.m.: Amor
  • 9 p.m.: Solace Brothers
  • 10 p.m.: The Deludes
  • 11 p.m.: Camp Courageous
  • Midnight: Ph8
Sponsored by our pals at locally owned CD City, the big daddy of all stages offers up an all-over-the-map, creamy crop of bands sure to satisfy. Anyone who's ever seen Naim Amor, or his namesake band, Amor, live, has probably asked the question: Is there any instrument on which this guy isn't proficient? A similar kitchen-sink approach to the band's Frenchtastic avant-pop, which can be sampled here at 8 p.m., carries them a long way. There's long been a dearth of indie-rock bands that can be described as "feel good," but the Solace Brothers, who perform at 9 p.m., are exactly that: a baritone guitar/synth/drums/vocals trio with a decidedly skewed take on catchy pop music. The Deludes, meanwhile, are a fairly straightforward indie-pop band whose strength comes from their top-notch songwriting. They're up at 10 p.m., followed at 11 p.m. by Camp Courageous, who specialize in dynamic rock with occasional forays into the realms of electronica, with the added bonus of a singer whose dramatic voice is, in a word, gorgeous. At midnight, local faves Ph8 unleash their patented brand of rowdy thrash-rock on a crowd of adoring die-hards.


KRQ Stage

  • 8 p.m.: Haley Jane
  • 9 p.m.: 7 Days of May
  • 10 p.m.: Troy's Bucket
  • 11 p.m.: The Jons
  • Midnight: Sunday Afternoon
The bands on this outdoor stage, sponsored by Top 40 radio station KRQ, have one thing in common: mass appeal. Having recently released an album recorded with producer Craig Schumacher, rockin' Haley Jane will show off what they learned in the studio at 8 p.m., followed by the radio-ready alterna-rock of 7 Days of May at 9 p.m. Horn-driven ska-punk was no mere fad for the gentlemen of Troy's Bucket, who carry the torch at 10 p.m. Brassy in every sense of the word (yes, they have horns), The Jons are a pack of bilingual young'uns whose Beatles-influenced pop tunes will keep both your ears and feet happy at 11 p.m. Perennial college favorites Sunday Afternoon, who step up to the plate at midnight, boast a saxy sound that will appeal to anyone with a Dave Matthews Band or Pearl Jam CD in the changer.


Stage

  • 8 p.m.: Hans and the Killers
  • 9 p.m.: Al Foul
  • 10 p.m.: Lisa Otey
  • 11 p.m.: Amy Rude
  • Midnight: Loveland
This outdoor stage touts some of the finest roots-oriented acts our li'l burg has to offer, beginning at 8 p.m. with a set by Jack Johnson-influenced, guitar prodigy-fronted Hans and the Killers. Whether he's performing as a one-man-band, or with his rhythm section, the Shakes, Al Foul is the walking embodiment of good ol'-fashioned rockabilly. He's up at 9 p.m., followed by ivory-tinkling jazz-blues diva Lisa Otey at 10 p.m. Next up, at 11 p.m., is a healthy dose of earnest, earthy folk with a touch of country twang as performed by one Amy Rude and band, followed at 12 a.m. by the forlorn, windswept desert country of Loveland.


Blues Stage

  • 8 p.m.: Jelly
  • 9 p.m.: Jane Crowe
  • 10 p.m.: Valiants
  • 11 p.m.: Mitzi Cowell and Cantrell Maryott
  • Midnight: The Carnivaleros
The blues is the news at this outdoor stage, beginning at 8 p.m. with a set from blues-rock new-kids-on-the-block Jelly, who recently recorded an upcoming album at Wavelab Studios. At 9 p.m., Janis Joplin-inspired blues belter Jane Crowe and band bring a heady dose of rockin' blues to the stage. Guitarist Mitzi Cowell takes the next two slots, first with the straightforward blues band the Valiants, who also count Gary Mackender among their ranks, at 10 p.m., then at 11 p.m. as half of the guitar-and-vocals blues duo Mitzi Cowell and Cantrell Maryott. At midnight, Mackender returns to the stage with his band The Carnivaleros, who apply virtuosic accordion playing to just about every kind of music imaginable.


Rock Stage

  • 8 p.m.: Group Therapy
  • 9 p.m.: Ozlo
  • 10 p.m.: Is to Feel
  • 11 p.m.: Manifold
  • Midnight: Great American Tragedy
While this outdoor stage is being called the "Rock Stage," "Rawk Stage" might be more apt, as each band performing on it indeed does. Those in the know tell us that newcomers Group Therapy will be revealed as a force to be reckoned with, and we have no reason to doubt them. Catch 'em at 8 p.m., followed at 9 p.m. by the scheduling anomaly that is Ozlo. Sure, he rawks in his own way, but that way is a good-time Bobby McFerrin-influenced jazz sorta thing. Things get back to hardness at 10 p.m. when screamo-ish vets Is to Feel throw down. Then, at 11 p.m., it's the song-based wall-of-guitar sound that is Manifold. At midnight, hide your daughters for the brutal sonic pummeling supplied in spades by Great American Tragedy.


Que Suave/Tejano Stage

  • 7:30 p.m.: Mesquite
  • 9 p.m.: Se Salen (two sets)
  • 11 p.m.: Mona Lisa
  • Midnight: Higher
This stage, sponsored by the good folks at Que Suave 97.1 FM and Radio Tejano 1600 AM, promises to be one of the most popular stages. Mesquite inaugurates the stage at 7:30 p.m. with their mix of lowrider and Tejano, followed by a doubleheader of sets from salsa/Tejano group Se Salen. Latin rockers Mona Lisa take the baton at 11 p.m., followed by rock en Espanol closers Higher at midnight.


Hotel Congress Outdoor Stage

  • 8 p.m.: Golden Boots
  • 9 p.m.: Ken Andree and the Beatitude Band
  • 10 p.m.: Seven to Blue
  • 11 p.m.: Creosote
  • Midnight: The Sweat Band
One of the sturdiest cornerstones of downtown music and culture, Hotel Congress is known for its wildly diverse bookings, and tonight's roster of bands is no exception. While the ebullient Galactic Federation of Love may be on summer vacation, two of that band's members moonlight in Golden Boots, who perform at 8 p.m. Fans of rootsy guitar pop-rock along the lines of the Jayhawks or the Gin Blossoms would be well advised to check out Ken Andree and the Beatitude Band at 9 p.m. Former Jons member Sergio Mendoza is the mind behind the pop balladeering ensemble Seven to Blue, who perform at 10 p.m., and stole the show at last year's Great Cover-Up as Wings. Two bands who celebrated CD releases last week fill out the rest of the night: the smoky, gritty country-rock of Creosote at 11 p.m., and the inspired howl and stomping indie blooze riffs of The Sweat Band at midnight.


Hotel Congress Indoor Stage

  • 8 p.m.: The Wyatts
  • 9 p.m.: Music Video
  • 10 p.m.: Nowhere Man
  • 11 p.m.: The Luminarios
  • Midnight: George Squier Orchestra
Like that of its outdoor stage, the lineup of bands on the indoor stage at HotCong is stylistically all over the place. Three facts should clue you in to whether you're down with The Wyatts, who release their debut CD this week: they all wear cowboy hats, they all have the last name Wyatt, and their motto is "Tone Truth Twang." They're on at 8 p.m., followed at 9 p.m. by the young and promising Music Video, who merge guitars and electronics a la Radiohead. If you're in search of a well crafted guitar-pop song, Nowhere Man is your, uh, man and, um, woman. Get it? They're co-ed! And they're up at 10 p.m., just before the blazing, guitarrific desert rock of The Luminarios at 11 p.m. Now that danceable punk has taken over the world, get ready for the Next: the new wave revolution is spearheaded by George Squier Orchestra at midnight.


The Rialto Theatre

  • 8 p.m.: Bombs for the Bored
  • 9 p.m.: Al Perry
  • 10 p.m.: Sand Rubies
  • 11 p.m.: The Drakes
  • Midnight: Tesoro
Believe it, folks; it's true! The Rialto Theatre will reopen its doors tonight under new ownership and management, with brand-new acoustical tiles being just one of many noteworthy renovations the historic venue has undergone since changing hands last summer. Up first, at 8 p.m., is Bombs for the Bored, a no-frills indie-rock outfit fronted by young whippersnapper singer/songwriter/guitarist Noah Gabbard. Just when you think Al Perry is merely one of Tucson's finest country songwriters and surf rock practitioners, he'll toss a Motorhead cover at ya. He's up at 9 p.m., followed at 10 p.m. by the scorching desert rock of the Sand Rubies. At 11 p.m. it's the winningly earthy roots-pop of recently reunited The Drakes, followed at midnight by the acclaimed flamenco combo Tesoro.


The Rialto Outdoor Stage

  • 7:40 p.m.: Zax
  • 8:40 p.m.: Matrix II: The Legend of Curly's Gold
  • 9:40 p.m.: Electroshockbox
  • 10:40 p.m.: Influence
  • 11:40 p.m.: Influence
Zax starts off at 7:40 p.m. They're described by one rep as "play(ing) suburban rock 'n' roll with a post-modern twang. This model UN lineup (a Bulgarian, a Swede, a Croatian and a token American) writes songs populated by evil women and frustrated men, all played to a furious beat reminiscent of suicidal lemmings on acid." OK then. At 8:40 p.m. Matrix II: The Legend of Curly's Gold plays, and the good times continue at 9:40 p.m. as Tron-D, aka Electroshockbox, unleashes his funky-ass laptop grooves with hilariously tongue-in-cheek lyrics. Then, at both 10:40 p.m. and 11:40 p.m., politically minded emcee Influence spits rhymes with consciousness-raising in mind.


Vaudeville Cabaret

  • 8 p.m.: Line of Fire
  • 9 p.m.: The Cancer Brides
  • 10 p.m.: Lovemound
  • 11 p.m.: Last Call Brawlers
  • Midnight: The Knockout Pills
The fine folks at Vaudeville serve up a heady dose of the hard stuff tonight, beginning at 8 p.m. with Line of Fire. Feast Upon Cactus Thorns fans would do well to check out The Cancer Brides, who count F.U.C.T.'s Obie among their ranks. They're up at 9 p.m., just before the ZZ Top-influenced, heavy-as-bricks boogie-blooze trio Lovemound at 10 p.m. Last Call Brawlers put the "rock" back into rockabilly at 11 p.m., and at midnight The Knockout Pills expertly merge vintage rock 'n' roll hooks with punk energy.


Heart Five

  • 8 p.m.: The Misled
  • 9 p.m.: Sara Bellum
  • 10 p.m.: La Cerca
  • 11 p.m.: The Fashonistas
  • Midnight: Tom Walbank
Things get started with the Misled at 8 p.m., followed by the eclectic mix of Sara Bellum at 9 p.m. Excellent indie-rock mainstays La Cerca, who are always toying with their sound, now include Mr. Tidypaws on saxophone. They're up at 10 p.m., right before The Fashionistas, who have perfected the art of edgy torch-jazz, at 11 p.m. Closing out the festivities at midnight is the gritty, hypnotic, primitive blues of Tom Walbank.


Sharks

  • 8 p.m.: Los Nawdy Dawgs
  • 9:30 p.m.: Grupo Mestizo
  • 11 p.m.: El Ultimo Tren
  • 12:30 a.m.: Nemesis
Sharks has been the Latin music headquarters for years, and during the Crawl, they're showing off some of their most popular bands. The Latin jazz of Los Nawdy Dawgs kicks things off, followed by the salsa music of Grupo Mestizo at 9:30 p.m., and rock en Espanol headliners El Ultimo Tren at 11 p.m. and Nemesis at 12:30 a.m.


Red Room at the Grill

  • 9 p.m.: Beautiful Bird
  • 10:30 p.m.: Andrew Collberg
  • Midnight: Campo Bravo
You can always count on the Grill to be serving great food, and often, great entertainment in the Red Room. After the stylings of Beautiful Bird at 9 p.m., at 10:30 p.m., Andrew Collberg will perform a set of '60s-inspired folk a la Donovan, and at midnight, Campo Bravo's Mark Matos invites you into his world of skewed alt-country.


The Monkey Box

  • 9 p.m.: Rosano Brothers Virtual Quartet
If you're looking for a tasty cheese plate to tuck into as you enjoy a cocktail, a delightful ambiance, and live brass-jazz courtesy of the Rosano Brothers Virtual Quartet (a trio of triplets), look no further than The Monkey Box. Added bonus: play the "Identify the Rosano Triplet" game!


The Basement and Silver Sea Jewelry

  • 8 p.m.: Boy Sean
  • 8:30 p.m.: Tekno Tom
  • 9 p.m.: Austin Counts
  • 9:30 p.m.: Ben
  • 10 p.m.: Night Owls
  • 10:30 p.m.: Brandon Kosters and Norbert Garcia
  • 11 p.m.: Misled
  • 11:30 p.m.: Rorschach
  • Midnight: Lizzie Stardust
Here's a little primer on The Basement recording studios. To get to them, you must first go through Silver Sea Jewelry. The Basement is offering studio tours and recording demonstrations, while the fantasy- and nautical-themed jewelry store will be hosting these bands on three stages. They've been hosting special events ever since they moved downtown from the mall.


Graph-X-Apparel

  • 8 p.m.: Lunacy Shroud
  • 9 p.m.: Sevens Ending
  • 10 p.m.: Cutthroat Gorgeous
  • 11 p.m.: The Double Helix
  • Midnight: Cutthroat Gorgeous
Graph-X-Apparel specializes in custom screen printing and embroidery for bands, and tonight, the bands return the favor and celebrate Club Crawl at one of their favorite places.


Foxy's Sports Bar

  • 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.: Karaoke
Sometimes, the combination of watching a bunch of awesome bands and drinking one too many shooters can become just too potent, forcing the inner rock star in all of us to claw its way out. Should you succumb to such an unfortunate event, we recommend heading over to Foxy's Sports Bar, in the old Irene's location, as they'll be featuring karaoke from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m.


Enoteca

  • 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Tony and LaMont
This hot downtown restaurant and bar--featuring some of the best Italian food the town has to offer--will feature the jazz of Tony and LaMont, with an early (for the Crawl) start time of 7 p.m.


The District

  • 8 p.m.: The Crowd
  • 9 p.m.: Staircase Wit
  • 10 p.m.: 50 Cent Nose
  • 11 p.m.: Controlled Confusion
  • Midnight: Texas Trash & The Hangovers
Formerly 7 Black Cats, The District kicks off its stay downtown with an eclectic mix of rock 'n' roll. The Crowd kicks off the entertainment at 260 E. Congress St. at 8 p.m., followed by the instrumental sounds of Staircase Wit at 9 p.m. At 10 p.m., it's time for 50 Cent Noise, featuring identical twins Dawn and Kee, of the band Sugarbush. Considering the damaged combo of punk and funk that normally comes from Sugarbush, this show is guaranteed to be some weird shit. Following them is the heavy metal dance mix of Controlled Confusion, followed by the gutter rockabilly of Texas Trash and The Hangovers at midnight.


Biblio

  • 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.: singer-songwriter variety show
A group of fine singers and songwriters will gather at this cool downtown bookstore to entertain and enthrall. The lineup is slated include Mark Matos and Van Christian, in addition to several more local luminaries. Matos is doing double-duty (see the Red Room listing), while Van Christian is the former leader of naked prey, a country-punk outfit that was big in the '80s, especially in Europe.

Group Therapy The Sweat Band

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