BLUES NEWS: When Guy Davis went in search of his roots, he discovered the rich history and traditions of the black rural South. Driven by the stories he heard from his family, the native New Yorker immersed himself in the subject and surfaced with a variety of projects, including a one-man show, In Bed With the Blues: The Adventures of Fishy Waters. But even more than that, he came away with a deep love for the blues.
Davis, son of accomplished actors and directors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, will appear in concert at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave., on Saturday, September 7, with Stefan George playing an opening set at 8 p.m.
Advance tickets are $10, $8 for TBS, KXCI, TFTM, and TKMA members, available at Loco Music, Hear's Music, Antigone Books, Rainbow Moods, or charge by phone at 881-3947 ($1 fee). Tickets will be $2 more day of show. For more information call 881-9347.
Precision blues player Luther Allison scorches The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave., at 8 p.m. Sunday, September 8. His recent album Blue Streak earned him five Handy Awards (the blues equivalent of a Grammy) from the Blues Foundation in May, including Blues Entertainer of the Year, Contemporary Blues Artist, Blues Instrumentalist, Contemporary Blues Album of the Year and Blues Song of the Year.
Allison has lived in Paris since 1979, so U.S. tours are rare events.
Tickets are $8 in advance (discounts to TBS and KXCI members), available at Hear's Music and Loco Records. Cost is $10 day of show. Call 629-9211 for more information.
VIVA CHIAPAS: The novelty of Elvis impersonators has become as worn as Clinton fat jokes. What makes El vez stand out from the legions of dyed black doo's in jumpsuits is that he transcended mere impersonation from the outset, using the King only as a starting point for inspired political satire and wild musical concepts.
El vez, a long-time Tucson favorite, returns to Club Congress, 311 E. Congress, on Friday, September 6, for more outrageous fun with a Latin twist. His soon-to-be-released CD G.I. Ay, Ay Blues tosses a broad range of influences into the mix, from James Brown ("Say It Loud! I'm Brown And I'm Proud"), to New York Dolls ("The Arm Of Obregon"), with a little Andrew Lloyd Weber in between ("J.C. Sí, Lowrider Superstar").
The doors open at 9 p.m. and you can call 622-8848 for ticket information.
LAST NOTES: Everybody wins when local honky tonker Al Perry plays his Losin' Hand on Saturday, September 7, at the Airport Lounge (underground at the Plaza Pub), 20 E. Pennington St. This new club has been getting quite a crowd, so don't be late. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and cover charge is $2. Call 882-0400 for more information.
Jazz up the end of your summer with the Dale Fillder Quartet under the stars on Saturday, September 7, at St. Philip's Plaza, 4380 N. Campbell Ave. (at River Road), from 8 to 11 p.m.
Tickets are $8 general public, $4 for TJS members, available in advance at Hear's Music and at the gate on day of show.
The Primitive Radio Gods, whose single "Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand" was featured on The Cable Guy soundtrack, make a stop at The Rock on Tuesday, September 10.
Chris O'Conner recruited members from his former indie band, the I-Rails, to form Primitive Radio Gods, who recorded their first album, Rocket, on a '69 Ampex 16-track deck for $1,000. Good to its name, the album has been burning up the charts.
Noisemaker and anti-singer/songwriter Gus opens the show at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, available at The Rock and Dillard's. Ticket price jumps to $10 day of show. Call 629-9211 for more information.
MUSIC NOTE: The Second Annual Grammy Showcase is now accepting demo tapes of original material from unsigned rock bands for consideration in this year's program. Sixty bands will be selected to perform at one of 12 showcase sites during January, 1997. One band from each of the sites will advance to play one of three cities in February. One band will be chosen from each city to appear at the National Showcase in New York during Grammy week in late February. All bands will be paid for their performance and all expenses will be paid.
Bands should submit a cassette or CD with at least three songs, a band photo and a band biography to GRAMMY Showcase, 3402 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 1996. For more information, call toll free at 1-800-544-8991.
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