CRAWL SPACE: It's here at long last--the biggest live music fiesta of the year! The TAMMIES Club Crawl unfurls this Saturday, April 18, with more than 70 local acts filling 21 different stages for five hours of sonicsational splendor in the heart of downtown Tucson. More than 5,000 Crawlers skinned their shins last year, and we're expecting nearly double this year. No point in going into details here, since we've put together a complete TAMMIES program, including a pull-out guide and map, in this week's issue. Find who's playing where and when, and plan ahead, as many clubs are expected to reach maximum capacity.
What are you waiting for? Get down to Zia Records right now and pick up a wristband for a paltry $5! If you don't score at Zia, the many Fourth Avenue and downtown venues will also be selling wristbands. For information on the night of the Crawl, stop in at TAMMIES HQ, the Rialto Theater, at 318 E. Congress St.
FEELING LUCKY, PUNK? You should--because Scared of Chaka is coming back to town for an all-ages show this weekend.
The band's last Tucson performance at the dearly departed Airport Lounge was enthusiastically received by a frothing contingent of fans primed for punk rock at its most fearsome. Scared of Chaka has since traveled the world, and Lord only knows what new maneuvers they picked up while in Rome. The Albuquerque band's first full-length, Hutch Brown Sayngwich, was released by 702 Records in 1995, followed by 1996's self-titled sophomore effort. Their recent Empty Records debut Masonic Youth completes the trilogy, bringing them back around to the sound that established them as garage-punk heroes. The proof is in the putting out, and Yanul Hernandez (guitar, vocals), Daemon Wagonner (bass) and Ron Skrasek (drums) rage on stage.
For those youngsters not up on the sugar-coated, Saturday morning TV of the '70s, the band's name is swiped from a friendly missing-link type on Land of the Lost, a low-budget show about a father and two kids who get lost on a rafting trip and end up at the dawn of time, where they have many adventures involving cranky model dinosaurs in their never-ending quest to return to the present. Chaka, their tiny woolly interpreter, never seems to master English well enough to make use of the personal pronoun "I," although his jungle savvy repeatedly saves the family from becoming a snack for Alice the Allisaurus. An all-American, processed-cheese product, individually wrapped and bone-chilling indeed.
Empty Records label mates and local punk heroes The Weird Lovemakers are very excited to be the men in the middle, with Yellowbrick Roadkill opening the show. (Love that name--it conjures all sorts of gory visions of bloated, fly-specked munchkin carcasses ripening among the red poppies.)
Like most of the shows at Skrappy's, the word has been fairly mum except for the occasional flyers posted here and there, bearing the warning: "Not recommended for persons over 30," band members excluded. Given the absence of other hoopla, this is your official heave-ho: Venture forth from the relative safety of downtown, because the really scary shit is happening at 8 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Skrappy's, 3710 N. Oracle Road. Cover is $5 at the door.
FAIR WARNING: Concerts at the Pima County Fair continue this weekend, with a pair of shows aimed at a slightly more mature audience: Celebrated blues harpist Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, and quintessential American band Little Feat. Two great bands along with a 4-H show and a carnival midway--who can skip that?
Piazza performs at 7 p.m. Friday, April 17, and Little Feat performs at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 19. Both shows are free with admission to the fair. Reserved seating is available for Little Feat. Call 792-3930 for information.
BROWNSVILLE: Sarah Brown has had a plenty successful career as a hired gun--she's performed and recorded with Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, James Cotton and Dr. John. She's been an in-house bassist at Antone's Records. She's penned songs for Joe Louis Walker and Lavelle White. She was a member of the Rhythm Rockers and the LeRoi Brothers.
Now Brown has decided to put all of her talents to work for herself. She got her own band, the Sarah Brown Trio, currently touring in support of Brown's solo debut, Sayin' What I'm Thinking, recently released on Blind Pig Records. The album is a mix of her experience in blues, R&B, rock and roots traditions, blending originals with new takes on blues standards. The Sarah Brown Trio appears on Wednesday, April 22, at The Boondocks Lounge, 3306 N. First Ave. Tickets are $8 in advance and for TBS members, $10 at the door. Call 690-0991 for information.
CONJURING VOODOO: The Voodoo Glow Skulls seem perpetually on tour, but recent swings through the Southwest casted their shadow only as far as the Valley of the Sun. But this time around, Voodoo arrives at your doorstep with a 9 p.m. show on Tuesday, March 21, at the Rialto Theater, 318 E. Congress St. Bring your riot gear, because the pit is going to be a mess. This is pure anthem music for males ages 16 to 24, and the moshing will be madness. If skacore is your passion, this is the place to be.
The Voodoo Glow Skulls are on the road with confrontational punk thrashers Zeke, who keep their punk more or less free of horns (brass ones, that is). Local rabble rousers Helldriver and Warsaw are also on the bill. Call 885-3030 for tickets and information.
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