On their latest Cheers—an album that winks at mid-century folk and ‘70s glam with tinges of R&B and hip-hop—the three frontwomen of the band leaned into their differences and gave each other unprecedented freedom in the studio. “It was a scary thing for us,” said Mackenzie Howe, “because when you have three writers, you often have to tame your differences and come to some sort of agreement. It was the first time we said, ‘Screw that, why don’t we just record the songs the way they should be done?’” With harmonies that feel like bright light suffusing a dim room, The Wild Reeds perform at 191 Toole. With support from Valley Queen. Details here.
In the mood for a three-way? Gotcha. Rock 102.1 KFMA presents P.O.D., Buckcherry and Adelitas Way. “It’s heaven and hell” at the Pima County Fair. Details here.
Indie/alt rockers Demonyms are at Tap + Bottle Downtown. Details here.
Saxophonist Neamen Lyles fills the evening air with jazz as part of the Friday Night Live Free Concert Series. At Main Gate Square. Details here.
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Rock, pop: Latino singer/guitarist Oscar Fuentes entertains at Monterey Court. Later, Santa Pachita will bring the dancefloor to life. Details here.
Sister Solace is a unique harmony-based vocal group. They will perform an evening of folk revival at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Details here.
Native Voices features three award-winning Native American artists performing a scared evening of story and song in the round: Gabriel Ayala, DarrylTonemah and Randy Kemp. At The Sea of Glass–Center For The Arts. Details here.
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Featuring an ever revolving cast of esteemed pickers, Freddy Parish’s monthly residency, Dry ’n’ Dusty, takes the listener on a musical journey from Bakersfield to the Appalachian Mountains. At Exo Roast Co. Details here.
Conveying a modern sense of urgency through traditional music, perfect for troubled times. Just Najima and Brokedown Palace are at the Sky Bar. Details here.
DJ NoirTech presides over the Purple Rain ’80s Dance Party at the Surly Wench Pub. Details here.
Nitecall sees DJ Mijito and guest DJ Blvk Cat spinning witch house/electro/dance punk/wave. At R Bar. Details here.
Project 54: A Time Traveling Disco Experience transports revelers to when a disco ball was more than a light fixture. DJs spin at Solar Culture. Details here.
Utilizing irresistible cumbia rhythms as lingua franca, El Tambó Fest 2019: Cumbia Summit of the Borderlands features live performances by cumbia legends Vox Urbana, Native Creed, Frontera Buglalú, Sister Mantos and La Diabla. And, globetrotting DJs—Riobamba, El Dusty, Chaboi alongside Sonido Tambó residents DJQ, Dirtyverbs, Humblelianess and Quiahuitl—dropping bomb after mad bomb of sonido Latino. Details here.
Downtown Radio and Zia Records presents The fourth annual Psych-Out. This year’s event features Sugar Candy Mountain, The Desert Beats, Silver Cloud Express, Tropical Beach, and The Psychedelephants. At The Rock. Details here.
Inspired by the music pouring out from the gin mills across the Trinity River while still in junior high, he first took pen to paper. Later, it was the hard knocks and broken bones earned on the rodeo circuit that prodded this singer-songwriter to record Black and White Label (2006), his first self-release. Country star Cody Johnson is in a “Honky Tonk Mood.” At Desert Diamond Center. Details here.
Australian electronic musician/producer What So Not pushes the boundaries of bass. At Gentle Ben’s. Backed by beatmaker Tails. Details here. Details here.
NYC by way of Tucson, indie folk singer-songwriter Naomi Vernon is back in the desert to perform in the tasting room at Sand-Reckoner. Details here.
Performing original compositions and adaptations rooted in various pan-African styles: African Folk, Afro-pop, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. The Key Ingredients of African Soul mesmerize and make bodies involuntarily sway at Monterey Court. Details here.
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All-ages pandemonium is sure to ensue at Spark Project Collective when Whiskey Drunk, Robber’s Roost and Crow Cavalier crank up the amps. Details here.
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After selling 40 million albums worldwide as frontman for Poison—and all the excesses that come with that—Bret Michaels has taken to the road solo to prove that he remains “Unbroken.” At Encore (formerly Club XS). Flanked by Drop D and Push. Details here.
His credo: You Only Live 2wice. Despite narrowly dodging a gunman’s bullets in 2014 and despite being arrested in Toulouse, France, then extradited to Austria in 2016 to face allegations of sexual assault, rapper Freddie Gibbs rebounds with his latest, Bandana (RCA Records, 2019). At 191 Toole. Details here.
“Born in a small town,” strewn with “Little pink houses for you and me…” John Mellencamp presents his populist brand of rock at the Tucson Music Hall. Details here.
This tempestuous chanteuse made her mark as co-lead vocalist with Pink Martini. Now, fronting a gutsy new band, Le Bonheur, Storm Large tears out pages from the American songbook and writes new anthems as soul-stirring rock goddess. At the Fox Theatre. Details here.
Love. Is it only a capricious exercise in futility? Cole Swindell pleads his case that it always results with a “Break Up In The End.” At the AVA Amphitheater. Details here.
FIRE Music Video Release and Storybook Concert is a multi-media event: Leigh Lesho & The Great Light will perform the 12 chapter storybook with Level 2 Flamenco Dance Group. At Mercado San Agustin Annex. Details here.
Mary Timony’s D.C. power pop trio Ex Hex prove that they are “Tough Enough.” With L.A.’s psych/punk/grunge/post-future rockers Feels, featuring Shannon Lay on guitar, at Club Congress. Local mystics Lenguas Largas opens the show. Expect chaos. Details here.
This powerhouse all-male Argentinian company blends precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming and song that originated in the 17th-century in the South American pampas. Che Malambo unleash their formidable energy on stage at Centennial Hall. Details here.