Thirty years ago, when he was just out of the service, Keeylocko bought a piece of desert land west of Tucson, with the idea of building a sanctuary to the Old West. And for the last 30 years, he's done exactly that; having named his little town Cowtown Keeylocko, Ed has been living the life of a cowboy, caring for his animals and living off the land. Cowtown Keeylocko is also home to The Blue Dog Saloon, described in a press release as "the best bar in the land ... a dirt floor saloon where you are free to ride your horse in, where rattlesnakes are displayed or an occasional captured wildcat (who had been eating Ed's exotic birds) may be temporarily held as punishment. It is a bar where Native, Hispanic, Afro-American and white visionaries drink side by side."
And on Saturday, Nov. 19, The Blue Dog will host Cowtown Keeylocko's 30th Anniversary BBQ and Hoedown, which begins at 11 a.m. and goes "till the cows come home," according to the press release. In addition to a whole smoked pig for your gustatory pleasure, there will be music by a host of acts including Loveland, Kevin Pakulis, Tim Wiedenkeller, Way Out West, The New Pep Boys, Andrew Collberg and Greg Morton, who will perform first at an outdoor stage, then later at The Blue Dog. Things promise to run all night long, with a complimentary cowboy breakfast served on Sunday morning. For those who need their sleep, camping at the Cowtown Keeylocko rodeo grounds is free (as is attendance at the festivities).
Directions are as follows: From Tucson, take Ajo Way west (Route 86) 13 miles past Three Points. Turn left on Coleman Road (mile post 142). Follow the signs to Keeylocko. If you've got questions, feel free to call Ed at 429-5778.
The show will double as a release party for Gimme an F! ... A Tribute to Casa Maria, a two-CD set that includes live performances from Casa Maria benefits past, including ones from Jesse Stanley and Stefan George, the Luminarios, and Billy Sedlmayr and Friends, as well as last year's acoustic set by Country Joe McDonald, presented in its entirety. The CD will be available for $10, with all proceeds going to Casa Maria.
The event kicks off at 9 p.m. at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Admission is a $5 donation. For more information, call 622-8848.
Arlington View's CD release party hits Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., on Saturday, Nov. 19. The all-ages show kicks off at 7 p.m. with openers The Silver Screen Affair and The Name Says It All. Cover is $5, and that number again is 622-8848.
In his press kit, Mills is quoted as saying that he wanted to achieve "something like the Phil Spector sound I've always loved, but combined with the imagery of bands like Neutral Milk Hotel or the Flaming Lips," and that's a pretty accurate description of what ended up on the album. On opener "Chris Mills Is Living the Dream," Mills sings "I dreamed I was Richard Pryor / Running on fire down the Sunset Strip / And as the flames burned brighter, my head grew lighter / And I watched the flesh fall from my fingertips," before he wonders "what it means to be burned by something that you love so much." Expect the album to end up on plenty of year-end Top 10 lists, and rightly so. It's a stunner.
Chris Mills performs at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St., opening for the eclectic instrumental New Orleans trio Drums & Tuba. Cover is $10. Call 798-1298 for more 411.
Nashville Pussy recently released Get Some! (Spitfire, 2005), their umpteenth platter of balls-out, filthy riff rock. Opening track "Pussy Time" features male/female call-and-response vocals: (Female: "We got the pussy"; Male: "You got the time, baby"), and that's about as highbrow as it gets. The band will be at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St., on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Things kick off at 9:30 p.m. with opening sets from Honky (featuring ex-Butthole Surfer Jeff Pinkus) and Cockpit, an all-female quartet from L.A. that includes former Tucsonan Wendy Gadzuk, a veteran of Whiskey Bitch and The 440s. Advance tickets are available for $10 at virtuous.com. They'll be $12 at the door. Call 798-1298 for details.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force fans will want to check out this week's performance from goofy geek-rapper MC Chris, the man behind the voice of the diaper-wearing, rapping spider MC Pee Pants. Also on the bill are SNMNMNM and The Ergs, who kick things off at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St. Admission is $8. Call 798-1298 with questions.