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Bud Light Music Stage 8 p.m.: Bold Bird
9 p.m.: Kristen Chandler
10 p.m.: Love Mound
11 p.m.: Voodoo Swing (Phoenix)
Midnight: Imperial Blue Bloods

KRQ Stage
8 p.m.: The Swigs
9 p.m.: Crosscut Saw
10 p.m.: Triple Double
11 p.m.: Haley Jane
Midnight: Are You Experienced

92.9 The Mountain Stage
8 p.m.: Kate Becker and the Zodiacs
9:30 p.m.: Lady Dottie and the Diamonds (San Diego)
11 p.m.: Skitn
Midnight: Sunday Afternoon

Tejano/Mia Stage
8 p.m.: Relente
9 p.m.: Conjunto F.E.A.R.
10 p.m.: Conjunto F.E.A.R.
11 p.m.: Hollywood Knights
Midnight: Hollywood Knights

Rialto Theatre
8 p.m.: Duo Libre
9 p.m.: Mariachi Luz de Luna
10 p.m.: Vox Urbana
11 p.m.: RCougar
Midnight: Tom Walbank

Sacred Machine Museum
8 p.m.: King Bowser
9:30 p.m.: Phillip Shiozaki
11 p.m.: Blind Divine

Hotel Congress Outdoor Stage
8 p.m.: Muddy Bug
9 p.m.: Stareater
10 p.m.: Super Stereo (Phoenix)
11 p.m.: Snake! Snake! Snakes! (Phoenix)
Midnight: HAIRSPRAYFIREANDGIRLS

Club Congress
9 p.m.: Big Meridox
10 p.m.: Shaun Harris
11 p.m.: DJ Casey Dewey
Midnight: DJ Matt McCoy

The District
9 p.m.: The Rogues Gallery
10 p.m.: Kamikaze Autopilot
11 p.m.: Double Tap
Midnight: The Honey Badgers
1 a.m.: Al Foul

Vaudeville
9 p.m.: Am. Are. Is.
10 p.m.: Flying Scorpion (Phoenix)
11 p.m.: The Gallery
Midnight: Van Gogh Rescue
1 a.m.: AM Eyes

O’Malley’s
9 p.m.: Front Heavy
10 p.m.: Trinity
11 p.m.: Frantic
12:30 a.m.: Abandoned by Heroes

The Hut Outdoor Stage
8 p.m.: Ferrodyne
9 p.m.: The Tangelos
10 p.m.: San Lunes
11 p.m.: 8 Minutes to Burn
Midnight: The Tryst

The Hut
8 p.m.: The Dirty Dish Rag
9 p.m.: The Ray Gunnars
10 p.m.: Funky Bonz
11 p.m.: Cosmic Slop
12:30 a.m.: Greyhound Soul

Sky Bar
8:30 p.m.: Lord Silver Plume
9:30 p.m.: Still Life Telescope
10:30 p.m.: Clam Tostada
11:30 p.m.: Young Mothers
12:30 a.m.: The Modeens

Screening Room
8 p.m.: Al Perry
9 p.m.: Billy Sedlmayr
10 p.m.: Van Christian
11 p.m.: Stefan George
Midnight: Andrew Collberg

Sharks
8:30 p.m.: 115Down
9:45 p.m.: Los Nawdy Dawgs
11 p.m.: Santo Diablo (Nogales)
Midnight: DJ Chucky Chingon

Martin’s Comida Chingona
7 to 9 p.m.: Cadillac Mountain

Monkey Burger
7 to 10 p.m.: Cooper and Meza

Magpies Gourmet Pizza
7 to 10 p.m.: Planet Jam

Delectables
7 to 10 p.m.: Small Vox

Chocolate Iguana
7 to 9 p.m.: Jeff Clay

Winsett Stage
6 to 8 p.m.: Monkey Knuckle

Spencer Park
6 to 8 p.m.: Desert Bluegrass Association

Iguana Café
8 p.m. to 1 a.m.: The Benjamins

Cushing Street Bar and Restaurant
7:30 to 10 p.m.: Jeff Lewis and Friends

Casa Vicente
7 to 9 p.m.: Tablao Flamenco featuring Flamenco de Pueblo Viejo

La Cocina
7 to 10 p.m.: Greg Morton

The Hub Restaurant and Ice Creamery
8 p.m. to 2 a.m.: DJ Amril, DJ Bonus and Big Brutha Beats

47 Scott
8 to 10 p.m.: Naïm Amor

Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails
10 p.m. to 1 a.m.: Bluz Nite

Enoteca
5:30 to 9 p.m.: Phil Borzillo

Red Room at Grill
7 p.m. to 2 a.m.: Ugly Kids art with music by Prizen Whyves and others


Bud Light Music Stage

8 p.m.: Bold Bird

9 p.m.: Kristen Chandler

10 p.m.: Love Mound

11 p.m.: Voodoo Swing (Phoenix)

Midnight: Imperial Blue Bloods

Everybody likes Budweiser, right? Perhaps that's why the lineup on the Bud Light Music Stage has a little something for everybody. Featuring members based in both Tucson and San Diego, Bold Bird dishes out a concoction of everything from driving rock to funky acoustic pop, all of it with a groove. They get the night started at 8 p.m., followed at 9 p.m. by the lovely voiced Kristen Chandler, whose songs encompass elements of jazz, blues, soul, reggae, funk and world music. Things get loud and heavy at 10 p.m., when veteran crunchy-blues-rockers Love Mound take over. At 11 p.m., Phoenix's Voodoo Swing offer up a dose of rockabilly revivalism that will have Stray Cats fans—and everyone else—kicking up their heels. And at midnight, the Imperial Blue Bloods finish off the night.


KRQ Stage

8 p.m.: The Swigs

9 p.m.: Crosscut Saw

10 p.m.: Triple Double

11 p.m.: Haley Jane

Midnight: Are You Experienced

Although you probably won't hear any of the bands playing the KRQ Stage actually being played on KRQ, we couldn't be happier to have the station on board. The self-described "visionary hard rock" band The Swigs have a new album, Johnson Family Values, slated for release on May 20 that, according to head Swig Kevin Henderson, is "more vocal- and pop-oriented." Get an early taste of the band's new direction at 8 p.m., followed at 9 p.m. by Crosscut Saw, a Texas-style blues band fronted by the father-and-son guitar team of Clark and Jeff Engelbert. At 10 p.m., get a dose of the "soul-soothing funky reggae blues party" that is Triple Double, just before Haley Jane brings its country- and blues-influenced roots pop to the stage at 11 p.m. Led by veteran guitarist Pete Fine, the same dude behind the Led Zeppelin tribute band Who Lotta Zep, Are You Experienced is a similar endeavor, though it's Jimi Hendrix's songs that get the reverential treatment. They'll shut things down at midnight.


92.9 The Mountain Stage

8 p.m.: Kate Becker and the Zodiacs

9:30 p.m.: Lady Dottie and the Diamonds (San Diego)

11 p.m.: Skitn

Midnight: Sunday Afternoon

While the music of the bands on the KRQ Stage would not actually be played on KRQ, it wouldn't be surprising to hear any of the acts playing on the 92.9 The Mountain Stage actually being played on The Mountain. Jazzy, funky and soulful, Kate Becker and the Zodiacs get things rolling with their dance grooves at 8 p.m., followed at 9:30 p.m. by San Diego's Lady Dottie and the Diamonds, who specialize in a gritty hybrid of rock, soul and blues. (Check out the feature article on them in this insert.) At 11 p.m., Skitn brings its patented mishmash of rock and reggae to the proceedings. Though it hasn't released a new album in five years, Sunday Afternoon continues to bring its tasteful melodic rock to stages around town, which is what it will do at midnight.


Tejano/Mia Stage

8 p.m.: Relente

9 p.m.: Conjunto F.E.A.R.

10 p.m.: Conjunto F.E.A.R.

11 p.m.: Hollywood Knights

Midnight: Hollywood Knights

The Tejano/Mia Stage is your best one-stop for all things Latin tonight, starting at 8 p.m., when six-piece Relente, which includes veterans of beloved local Tejano bands, treats you to cumbias, corridos, rancheras and a smidgen of country. The 9 and 10 p.m. slots belong to Conjunto F.E.A.R., who, true to their name, specialize in a high-energy brand of norteño and Tejano. From 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., find out what the fuss over Hollywood Knights, your pick for the best Tejano band in town in our 2010 Tucson Area Music Awards, is all about.


Rialto Theatre

8 p.m.: Duo Libre

9 p.m.: Mariachi Luz de Luna

10 p.m.: Vox Urbana

11 p.m.: RCougar

Midnight: Tom Walbank

The historic Rialto Theatre, a traditional Club Crawl® hub, will feature an eclectic lineup of locals tonight, starting at 8 p.m. with Duo Libre, the Cuban-born duo of Yasel Mendoza Patterson and Alejandro Ochoa de Miguel, who regularly perform original and traditional Cuban music at La Cocina to throngs of adoring fans. Led by Ruben Moreno, Mariachi Luz de Luna, which has worked extensively with Calexico over the years, is the best mariachi band in Tucson according to you, our readers—the group has won the Tucson Area Music Award in the mariachi category for six consecutive years. They'll take the stage at 9 p.m., just prior to the "garage cumbia"—a mix of cumbia and punk rock—of Vox Urbana, who perform at 10 p.m. At 11 p.m., the gears switch for pop of the indie and electro variety courtesy of RCougar, and at midnight, get a dose of Delta blues so authentic you'll swear it wasn't emanating from a white British dude. Tom Walbank closes the night out backed by his band, the Ambassadors.


Hotel Congress Outdoor Stage

8 p.m.: Muddy Bug

9 p.m.: Stareater

10 p.m.: Super Stereo (Phoenix)

11 p.m.: Snake! Snake! Snakes! (Phoenix)

Midnight: HAIRSPRAYFIREANDGIRLS

The outdoor stage at Hotel Congress will tonight feature 100 percent pure rock tonight, starting at 8 p.m. with the slightly melancholy, slightly whimsical pop songs of Muddy Bug, which pay homage to the golden age of '90s indie-rock. Utilizing guitar, drums, bass, and electronic effects, Stareater serve up a dose of prog instrumentals that ebb and swell at 9 p.m. Then, it's time for two bands from north on Interstate 10: Super Stereo, on at 10 p.m., specialize in catchy, danceable electro-pop that owes a lot to the 1980s, while Phoenix's Snake! Snake! Snakes!, which performs its lush rock at 11 p.m., steals from the same era in a more Killers-friendly way. The local supergroup-of-sorts HAIRSPRAYFIREANDGIRLS features former members of Red Switch, Chango Malo and Bombs for the Bored and combines the best parts of classic rock à la the Stones, but with a punk swagger. Find out why they're one of the best new bands in Tucson at midnight.


Club Congress

9 p.m.: Big Meridox

10 p.m.: Shaun Harris

11 p.m.: DJ Casey Dewey

Midnight: DJ Matt McCoy

The stage at Club Congress tonight is gonna be a big ol' dance party, thanks to two of Tucson's best rappers: Big Meridox, who spits at 9 p.m., and Shaun Harris, fresh off a killer guest appearance with Calexico at the Festival en El Barrio Viejo that surely won him some new fans, at 10 p.m. At 11 p.m., the night gets turned over to two of Tucson's finest DJs: Casey Dewey (aka Dewtron) at 11 p.m., and TAMMIES honoree in the DJ category for as long as we've had one, Matt McCoy, who spins from midnight until 2 a.m. What they'll play is anyone's guess, but smart money says you'll be able to dance to it.


The District

9 p.m.: The Rogues Gallery

10 p.m.: Kamikaze Autopilot

11 p.m.: Double Tap

Midnight: The Honey Badgers

1 a.m.: Al Foul

We love The District as one of the few watering holes downtown that doesn't regularly feature live music, and that only makes it more special when it does feature live music—like tonight, for example. The Rogues Gallery gets things started at 9 p.m. with a potent dose of rockabilly-infused punk, followed at 10 p.m. by Kamikaze Autopilot. At 11 p.m., Double Tap performs melodic rock informed by the members' experiences in the military. The Honey Badgers take the stage at midnight, followed at 1 a.m. by the undisputed king of Tucson rockabilly, the one and only Al Foul.


Vaudeville

9 p.m.: Am. Are. Is.

10 p.m.: Flying Scorpion (Phoenix)

11 p.m.: The Gallery

Midnight: Van Gogh Rescue

1 a.m.: AM Eyes

Downtown mainstay Vaudeville regularly books a mix of hip-hop and hard-rock acts, and tonight, they're siding with the latter, starting at 9 p.m. with Am. Are. Is., who are followed at 10 p.m. by Phoenix's Flying Scorpion. Local metal act The Gallery's songs alternate between pummeling screamo and more melodic sections, complicated math-rock influences and a slight bluesy tinge. They're on at 11 p.m., right before Van Gogh Rescue, which, as Gene Armstrong wrote in his review of its recent album From the Top of Your Lungs, "invokes Incubus with its loud-quiet dynamics, its prog-rock leanings and B.J. Bunting's introspective lyrics and croon-to-a-wail singing." AM Eyes stick a fork in the night at 1 a.m.


O'Malley's

9 p.m.: Front Heavy

10 p.m.: Trinity

11 p.m.: Frantic

12:30 a.m.: Abandoned by Heroes

Traditionally a college hang for all things sports and music (if you've only been in the front bar, you're missing out on a pretty sweet live-music venue in the back), O'Malley's honors its traditional clientele tonight with Front Heavy, who specialize in anthemic, post-Pearl Jam alternative rock originals, starting things off at 9 p.m. After Trinity at 10 p.m., Frantic, a moody, straightforward rock quintet anchored by the fine sandpaper voice of singer Robert Herrera, take over at 11 p.m., just prior to the dramatic, impassioned original rock of Abandoned by Heroes at 12:30 a.m.


The Hut Outdoor Stage

8 p.m.: Ferrodyne

9 p.m.: The Tangelos

10 p.m.: San Lunes

11 p.m.: 8 Minutes to Burn

Midnight: The Tryst

Ever since The Hut procured the giant tiki head from the late, lamented Magic Carpet, this bar has been especially difficult to ignore (and extremely easy to find). Tonight, it'll have bands on both of its stages—indoors and outdoors. On the latter, at 8 p.m., you'll find Ferrodyne (formerly Thru-Liner) performing its literate, cinematic songs of windswept Americana, just prior to 9 p.m., when The Tangelos (formerly Joshua Butcher and the Melancholy) bring a bit of a groove to their country-influenced acoustic folk-rock to the stage. The Tucson trio San Lunes whips up a blend of pop, jazz, reggae and funk at 10 p.m., while 8 Minutes to Burn, a funky-ass jam band with a killer horn section, takes over at 11 p.m. As evidenced by its recent album, Truth Be Told, if there's a form of American music The Tryst hasn't tackled, that's only because it hasn't been invented yet. Expect a hodgepodge of jazz, funk, soul and even a bit of country, hip-hop and folk, when they close down shop at midnight.


The Hut

8 p.m.: The Dirty Dish Rag

9 p.m.: The Ray Gunnars

10 p.m.: Funky Bonz

11 p.m.: Cosmic Slop

12:30 a.m.: Greyhound Soul

Meanwhile, the indoor stage at The Hut gets rolling at 8 p.m. with The Dirty Dish Rag, followed at 9 p.m. by The Ray Gunnars. Following an extended hiatus, the soulful funk of Funky Bonz is back in full effect at 10 p.m., right before the P-Funky Cosmic Slop tears it up at 11 p.m. At 12:30 a.m., it's the gritty, classic bluesy rock of the amazing Greyhound Soul.


Sky Bar

8:30 p.m.: Lord Silver Plume

9:30 p.m.: Still Life Telescope

10:30 p.m.: Clam Tostada

11:30 p.m.: Young Mothers

12:30 a.m.: The Modeens

A relatively recent addition to the Fourth Avenue scene, Sky Bar is the only astronomy-themed bar/venue in Tucson. Tonight, they've got an impressive, eclectic lineup in store for Crawlers, starting at 8:30 p.m. with Lord Silver Plume, a Brit-led act that dabbles in everything from quirky indie-pop to psychedelic folk. At 9:30, it's the equally difficult-to-categorize quartet Still Life Telescope, whose songs are Jethro Tull-proggy one minute, crooning romantic pop the next. If folky, funky, bluesy jam-rock is your thing, check out Clam Tostada at 10:30 p.m., and make sure you stick around for the excellent, spiritual indie-rock of Young Mothers at 11:30 p.m., as well as The Modeens, who put a modern spin on '60s psychedelic garage and R&B rave-ups, at 12:30 a.m.


Screening Room

8 p.m.: Al Perry

9 p.m.: Billy Sedlmayr

10 p.m.: Van Christian

11 p.m.: Stefan George

Midnight: Andrew Collberg

OK, so it's a pretty dude-centric lineup, but tonight, the Screening Room gathers some of T-Town's finest singer-songwriters and places them in an intimate, seated setting that seems further removed from the rowdy madness of the Crawl than it actually is. Al Perry, who needs no introduction if you've been paying any attention at all, gets things rolling here at 8 p.m. (And be sure to check out the article he penned in this insert for more details about what's going down here tonight.) Billy Sedlmayr has done some pretty serious living, and he puts it all into his fragile songs. He's on at 9 p.m., just before former Naked Prey frontman Van Christian brings a dose of bloozy folk-rock to the proceedings. At 11 p.m., it's a bit more traditional folk-blues courtesy of local favorite Stefan George. And at midnight, it's the young Lennonesque singer-songwriter Andrew Collberg who will tie a ribbon on the evening.


Sharks

8:30 p.m.: 115Down

9:45 p.m.: Los Nawdy Dawgs

11 p.m.: Santo Diablo (Nogales)

Midnight: DJ Chucky Chingon

Sharks, downtown's home for all types of music from south of the border, goes with what it knows best tonight, starting at 8:30 p.m., when 115Down takes to the stage. Originally from Nogales, Los Nawdy Dawgs perform their self-described "south of the border pulp fiction Latin blues rock" at 9:45 p.m. At 11 p.m., a Nogales-based band, the female-and-male fronted Santo Diablo, cranks out Latin-influenced alt-rock. And, as usual, from midnight 'til 2 a.m., DJ Chucky Chingon takes over on the wheels of steel.


Sacred Machine Museum

8 p.m.: King Bowser

9:30 p.m.: Phillip Shiozaki

11 p.m.: Blind Divine

This Congress Street art gallery, recently launched by visual artist Daniel Martin Diaz and Paula Catherine Valencia (his wife and co-founder of their band, Blind Divine), opens its doors tonight for its second Crawl, and we couldn't be happier to have them on board. King Bowser performs at 8 p.m., followed at 9:30 p.m. by Phillip Shiozaki. And at 11 p.m., Blind Divine themselves serve up a platter of sultry, gothtastic pop-rock.


Martin's Comida Chingona

7 to 9 p.m.: Cadillac Mountain

Catch perennial TAMMIES bluegrass finalist Cadillac Mountain while enjoying some delicious Mexican eats from 7 to 9 p.m.


Monkey Burger

7 to 10 p.m.: Cooper and Meza

This new downtown burger joint will feature live music from Cooper and Meza from 7 to 10 p.m.


Magpies Gourmet Pizza

7 to 10 p.m.: Planet Jam

The Fourth Avenue pizzeria gets in on the action tonight with live music from Planet Jam, who add gypsy elements to their reggae party from 7 to 10 p.m.


Delectables

7 to 10 p.m.: Small Vox

Tonight, this longstanding Fourth Avenue eatery offers up live music with ska, folk, country, rock and blues influences thanks to Small Vox, from 7 to 10 p.m.


Chocolate Iguana

7 to 9 p.m.: Jeff Clay

The perfect place to fuel up on coffee and sugary treats, the Chocolate Iguana will feature the rootsy singer-songwriter fare of Jeff Clay from 7 to 9 p.m.


Winsett Stage

6 to 8 p.m.: Monkey Knuckle

This outdoor park, next to Bison Witches on Fourth Avenue, features a performance from the goofball bass/drums/vocals funk duo Monkey Knuckle from 6 to 8 p.m.


Spencer Park

6 to 8 p.m.: Desert Bluegrass Association

The Desert Bluegrass Association will provide some killer players for your listening pleasure at Spencer Park (near the northern part of the Fourth Avenue Underpass).


Iguana Café

8 p.m. to 1 a.m.: The Benjamins

At this downtown café and tavern, it's all about The Benjamins, who play classic-rock covers tonight from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.


Cushing Street Bar and Restaurant

7:30 to 10 p.m.: Jeff Lewis and Friends

Jeff Lewis, who just happens to be the former president of the Tucson Jazz Society's board of directors, performs with friends at this downtown mainstay tonight from 7:30 to 10 p.m.


Casa Vicente

7 to 9 p.m.: Tablao Flamenco featuring Flamenco de Pueblo Viejo

This downtown Spanish restaurant becomes a Tablao Flamenco (flamenco club) tonight with music courtesy of Flamenco del Pueblo Viejo from 7 to 9 p.m.


La Cocina

7 to 10 p.m.: Greg Morton

Although you can find Greg Morton playing at his Bluegrass Happy Hour most Fridays at this recently revamped downtown restaurant and club, located in Old Town Artisans, he'll be playing tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. as well.


The Hub Restaurant and Ice Creamery

8 p.m. to 2 a.m.: DJ Amril, DJ Bonus and Big Brutha Beats

If you haven't yet made it into this new downtown, um, hub, for some slightly upscale homestyle eats, artisan cocktails and/or homemade ice cream, consider yourselves cordially invited tonight when DJ Amril, DJ Bonus and Big Brutha Beats take over the DJ booth from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.


47 Scott

8 to 10 p.m.: Naïm Amor

Tonight, this lovely downtown bistro hosts a performance from singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Naïm Amor from 8 to 10 p.m. Expect the unexpected, as Amor trades in myriad styles of music; hopefully, he'll treat the audience to songs from his just-released, Brazilian-influenced album, Dansons.


Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails

10 p.m. to 1 a.m.: Bluz Nite

Nationally recognized chef Janos Wilder recently came full circle when he opened this delightful new restaurant downtown. The hotspot regularly features DJs and live music on weekends, and tonight, the live music comes courtesy of Bluz Nite, who perform from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.


Enoteca

5:30 to 9 p.m.: Phil Borzillo

A bottle of red, a bottle of white. Which one will it be tonight? Whatever you choose to sip and/or sup (pizza? pasta?), you'll be treated to solo acoustic Americana from Phil Borzillo from 5:30 to 9 p.m.


Red Room at Grill

7 p.m. to 2 a.m.: Ugly Kids art with music by Prizen Whyves and others

Get tater tots and service in a while as you enjoy the Ugly Kids art exhibit, and music by Prizen Whyves and others.

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