Remember about 10 years ago when everyone went to hardcore shows and thrashed around like maniacs? Well, it's time to bring those days back again when one of the screamo genre's favorite acts, Senses Fail, plays The Rock for their 10th anniversary tour. Before they take the stage to play their 2004 release "Let It Enfold" all the way through, Kublai Khan, Lariats and Lights Alive will kick off the show starting at 7 p.m. All that angsty action takes place on Thursday, Feb. 26 at The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave. Tickets are available through TicketFly for $14.50.
Celebrate Black History Month at Hotel Congress on Saturday, Feb. 28 with Key Ingredients of African Soul, K-Bass and Farafina Musiki. The Cup Café will be serving up barbecue on the patio and the bands will be playing Afro-Beat, Reggae, Afro-Pop and World music starting at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event, which takes place at 311 E. Congress St., are $7 in advance or $8 the day of the show. A portion of the proceeds from this all-ages event will go to benefit Iskashitaa Refugee Network, which helps Tucson's refugee community gain access to healthy foods through gleaning.
Hotel Congress is kicking off a new open mic night called Amped Up on Tuesday, March 3. Musicians, comedians and poets alike are invited to bring their talents to the Congress stage. Sign up is in person at 8:30 p.m. and the show will run from 9 until 11 p.m. You can also watch local performers strut their stuff for free if you aren't ready to hit the stage just yet.
Arizona's own Gatecreeper will be starting a tour up the West Coast, but first they'll be melting minds and shredding sweet licks at Club Congress on Wednesday, March 4. The local death metal act will be joined by Sex Prisoner, Fuming Mouth, Sorrower and Get a Grip starting at 7 p.m. The all-ages show is $5. You can buy tickets online in advance by visiting www.hotelcongress.com.
R BAR RESIDENT
Last but not least, Joe Novelli will begin a weekly residency at R Bar on Wednesday, March 4. You might know Novelli from The Cloud Walls or Orkesta Mendoza, but his solo work is a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll with some blues and Americana thrown in for good measure. Each Wednesday at 9 p.m. Novelli will be playing free at R Bar, located at 350 E. Congress St., Suite 110.