Sound Bites FUN ON FOURTH: The Madness is catching this Labor Day weekend! Monsoon Madness overflows from the south end of Fourth Avenue on Saturday, August 30, on up to the corner of University Boulevard, with Jazz on the Corner brought to you by The Epic Café, José Galvez Gallery, and of course, the Tucson Jazz Society, whose new offices are conveniently located at 721 N. Fourth Ave. The Dukes of York, lead by bassist Tracy York (of Blue Monks fame) perform at Epic from 7 to 10 p.m., while right next door at the Galvez Gallery, pianist John Einweck leads off the evening from 5 to 8 p.m. There's no cover for either performance. Call the Jazz Society hotline, 743-3399, for more information.

Organizers have dubbed the free festivities on Fourth "Rendezvous on Zee Avenue," a full spread of fun unfolding between 5 and 11 p.m. at Jaime's Bar, Winsett Park, and the parking lots of Creative Ventures and The Hut. Entertainment includes long-time local favorites Greyhound Soul, Funky Bonz (who are still celebrating the release of their new CD), Oslo B. with the Grooves (does the "B" stand for Bison Witches Bartender?), the Annie Hawkins Trio and One Drop, as well as a talent contest and car show.

For vintage Monsoon Madness with a country cant, set out for Fourth Avenue and the Winsett Park Stage between 7 and 10:30 p.m. Thursday, August 28. First up is one of Tucson's best named bands, Trailer Park Mark and the Wheels, followed by the Blue Prarie Dogs. Headlining is legendary punk-gone-country master of the Telecaster, Al Perry and the Cattle. If you beg, maybe he'll play some of his super Sex Pistols covers....

HOT PICK: In addition to their very tasty $2 pints, the Nimbus Brewery, out there just east of Palo Verde at 3850 E. 44th St., offers a unique space for shows. If you haven't been out there yet, well...what are you waiting for? The huge warehouse is mostly empty, with the brewery taking up only a relatively small space along the west wall, leaving thousands of cubic feet of industrial air space that makes for some unique acoustics. The seating area--with tables, chairs and couches on casters, which you're invited to move around to your satisfaction--is in the loading bay, where the roll-up door is usually open in the evenings to let in a heady mix of cool nighttime air.

This Friday, August 29, come out early for the experimental, loosely fused jazz of headliners Cortex Bomb. Your frontal lobes will be fumbling with the intricacies of this band's artfully structured melee of musical genres. The combination of its resounding, jazzy skronk, crazed multi-channel hopscotch and the added element of the brauhaus' funky, wide-open acoustics will no doubt be very out. Power trio TH3--that's sax, drums and bass--claims to "do to time signatures what Galileo did to cosmology," gets the fun started at 8 p.m. Cover is $2 at the door. Call 745-9175 for more information.

LAST NOTES: After a brief tour of the Southwest, including some dates in California (their Los Angeles date a few weeks back made it onto the recommended picks list in the L.A. Weekly)--The Weird Lovemakers have returned victorious. Since their coastal triumphs, they've played a couple of shows around town, and alight on Saturday, August 30, at the Airport Lounge, 20 East Pennington St. The Impossibles help get things started around 10 p.m. Call 882-0400 for more information. Another reminder: Open Mike Nights at the Airport Lounge are in their second season, happening every Wednesday night. Be sure to check one out.

If you can't swing dance, you're going to wish you could, because at 9 p.m. this Sunday, August 31, the Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., hosts a night of swing and jump with the Jive Aces, The Kings of Pleasure and Matthew Ryan. Harry Connick who? All the way from the U.K., premier jump-jive band the Jive Aces (characterized as "an exciting mix of R&B, swing, rock and roll, bogie woogie and blues") are a polished six-piece, renowned for their first-rate stage show. Big on the international festival circuit and veterans of the British dance circuit, the Jive Aces promise an energetic mix of swing standards and originals from their latest release, Bolt From the Blue. Certainly there is no other band in town more apt to open than Tucson's very own kings of swing, The Kings of Pleasure. Cover for the show is $5 at the door. Call 622-8848 for more information.

The 10th-annual Norteño Music Festival takes over South Tucson this weekend, August 30 and 31, on South Fourth Avenue at East 36th Street. Annually attended by 35,000 people, the Festival includes a street fair with dozens of booths with food and crafts, dancing in the streets and a battle of the bands. The fair and band competition is free, with events held from 2 to 11 p.m. both days. Check it out.

The blues are back at The Boondocks Lounge, 3306 N. First Ave., with JSP/Verve recording artist Larry Garner & His Boogaloo Blues Band returning to christen the fall concert series on Thursday, August 28. With inflation being what it is, this is the last of the $5 shows for a while--that is, unless you're a Tucson Blues Society member, then you can count on the discount. Call 690-0991 for more information.

Calling all you almost thirty-something ex-punk rockers looking to relive some past glories: Dig your studded leathers and cherry red, eight-eyelet Docs out of closet, because The Misfits, with special guests N17 and heavy-hitters Helldriver, plan to wreak havoc at The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave., at 8 p.m. Saturday, August 30. Tickets are $12 in advance, presumably more on the day of the show. Call 629-9211 for more information. TW

--Lisa Weeks

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