FREAKS FOR LOVE
Let your freak flag flutter over your short shorts at Local Love's Freak Fest II starting at 8 p.m., Saturday, at the Rialto Theatre (318 E. Congress St.). The rockin' noise of summer is courtesy of hot and heavy local bands including Hillbilly Bo, Sin Machine, Stands with Fists, Dead Man's Hand, Solace in Nothing and Ocean Void. Texas Trash and the Trainwrecks headline. Was there ever a band whose name better defined their sound?
The music and dancing won't cool you off, but it could be worth the sweat. Anyway, the Rialto's air conditioned these days. The all-ages show starts at 7 p.m.; $8. Be quick to grab a poster afterward. It's another Pop Narkotic keeper.
WET HOT on the BLOCK PARTY
We can't wait to indulge the Old Pueblo tradition of cooling off with an afternoon Netflix binge when Wet Hot American Summer's follow up debuts on July 31. Hotel Congress (311 E. Congress St.) cops the mood with its Wet Hot American Block Party. The event features a waterslide, a dunk tank and other sopping opportunities TBD, plus a comedy show with Henry Barajas, Pauly Casillas and, from Los Angeles, Brandon Wardell of the crazy funny "Funny or Die" website.
Dance yourself dry with nonstop local DJ action, plus sets by Shelco Garcia and Teenwolf (Las Vegas). A roundup of food trucks and vendors, a photo booth and swimsuit giveaways round out the fun.
The 21+ party goes from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., and the low $3 admission could make West End club-hopping affordable for us hard rock freaks at the Rialto.
LYLE LOVETT NEAR MISS?
The soft seats and soothing chill of the Fox Tucson Theatre (17 W. Congress St.) will keep the grown-ups and country nerds comfy for a show by Lyle Lovett (arguably the world's smartest Texan), and his Large Band on Friday, July 24. The show is sold out, but returned tickets may be available at the door, or you could get lucky with an online reseller for north of $150. Right now there's nada anywhere, unfortunately.
Luckily, you can just about scratch that itch with a set by local guitar monster and storyteller Kevin Pakulis as he wraps up his three-week residency at Borderlands Brewery from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 26, at Borderlands Brewery (119 E. Toole Ave.)
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