But live music? Well, live music was almost unheard of. Before all the lovely population growth and before students actually took summer school because they wanted (for some ungodly reason) to graduate in four years, Tucson was a virtual ghost town each summer. So, consider the riches you've experienced musically this summer, and consider this week somewhat of a throwback, a celebration of those achingly boring summers past.
While that's not to say there's not a show here and there worth attending this week, there are also likely no dates you've had circled on your calendar for the past few months in gleeful anticipation. Here, then, are some of your options in an uncharacteristically dry week (pun barely intended).
The party kicks off at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 28, and admission is a mere $4--or free to anyone dressed in bikinis, board shorts or wetsuits. Club Congress is located at 311 E. Congress St., and you can call 622-8848 with any questions you might have.
We did, however, receive a copy of ... Until the World Is Beautiful, the second album from Portland, Ore.-via-the Midwest quartet The Prids, released on Five03 Records. While their press kit is littered with comparisons to Interpol, Joy Division and New Order (and these days, whose isn't?), and there is a decidedly post-punk feel to much of their album, we hear echoes of The Cure, engaging male-female vocals and a distinct economy of sound that feeds into that whole tension-and-release thing (i.e., taut verses, catchy choruses). And bass, lots of bass. Not so much of the booty-quaking variety, mind you, but just the right amount to make things a bit gloomy. Call it music to take bad drugs to.
Opening the show is Tucson's own LemonMan, whose love of all things bubblegum and psychedelic should at least lighten things up a bit.
Things get started at 9:30 p.m., on Friday, July 28. Plush is located at 340 E. Sixth St., and cover is $6. Need more info? Call 798-1298.
"The Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation is seeking entries for its Blues Challenge, a sanctioned preliminary to the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge. This event is open to bands of three or more members and will be held on Sunday, Sept. 17 (preliminaries), and Sunday, Sept. 24 (finals), at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress (St.) in Tucson. 1 p.m. until we finish. $5 cover charge.
"The winner of the competition will be entitled to represent the Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation in the finals of the International contest, held in Memphis in February 2007. The winner will also receive $2,000 in expense money for traveling to the International contest.
"Any musicians who have not been on the final ballot for a W.C. Handy Blues award and who have not participated in a previous International Blues Challenge are eligible to compete in the Blues Challenge. Musicians who have previously participated in a International Blues Challenge may be a peripheral member of the current band.
"To enter the Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation's Blues Challenge, the band should submit an official application form and a short audition tape or CD. The deadline for entries is Aug. 25. The application forms and contest rules may be obtained by accessing the SABHF website at www.azblues.org."
Desert Diamond Casino, 1100 W. Pima Mine Road, hosts a pair of country shows this week. Terri Clark hits the casino's Diamond Center at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, while Clay Walker will perform there at 8 p.m. next Thursday, Aug. 3. Tickets for either show are available for $30 in advance via all Ticketmaster outlets, the casino's box office, www.desertdiamondcasino.com, or by calling 321-1000. Tickets purchased on the day of the show will run $35, but the casino is offering a special rate of $40 for tickets to both shows, as long as they're purchased in advance. For more info, call 323-2799.