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B-Sides: Fourth of July Music Guide 

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DOG BLESS AMERICA

Everyone's favorite helmeted rock star is bringing his one man band guitar party back to the Old Pueblo to kick of fourth of July festivities one day early. While the experimental musician will entertain the crowd with his unique blend of blues, punk and rock and roll, the event will also host the final round of the 4th Avenue Deli's second Hot Dog Shootout. You can watch as ten local up-and-coming competitive eaters cram as many dogs as they possibly can in their mouths in a ten-minute span.

Magic Kenny Bang Bang and last week's TW cover guy Steven Romo will host the event at Rialto Theatre (318 E. Congress St.). Pork Torta, The Jons and Dep't of Descriptive Services will also play the show with doors at 7 p.m. and the show kicking off at 8 p.m. Tickets are available online in advance at

www.rialtotheatre.com for $12 or at the door the day of the show for $15. It is an all ages event.

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FOURTH ON FOURTH

If you’re worried you might experience some FOMO on the fourth, you can opt for a triple-header and hop around to three different events on Fourth Avenue.

Here’s how it’ll work: Start your day around 5 p.m. at Wooden Tooth Records (415 N. Fourth Ave.) for a back patio concert and cookout combo. The free, all ages show will feature a local triple threat of Whispering Wires, Mute Swan and Trans Van Santos.

After you’ve had your fill of eats courtesy of Café Passe, head across the street to Che’s Lounge (350 N. Fourth Ave.) at 10 p.m. for some ska-Latin fusion courtesy of Santa Pachita. As with all Che’s shows, there’s no cover and it’s a 21 and over event.

Finally, you can finish off you fourth on Fourth with an all-out dance party at The Flycatcher (340 E. Sixth St.). DJs Plastic Disease, Herm and E-Rupt will be playing your favorite ‘90s dance jams until 2 a.m. to cap off America’s birthday with video footage from Pump! to keep the dance party visually stimulating. The event is also free and is 21 and over.

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BEFORE THE FIREWORKS

For those looking to stick to the westside of the Fourth Avenue underpass on the fourth of July, you can catch a concert before the fireworks start at Club Congress (311 E. Congress St.). The Amy Mendoza Band will be playing inside at 8 p.m. with Sur Block opening at 7 p.m.

Mendoza’s sultry, jammy tunes, embellished with a full-band backing, and the smooth electro-indie pop from Sur Block will surely set the mood for a night of vibed out local music. The event is free, so you’ll want to stop in to check it out.

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