Each year, I trot out an ancient cultural reference that wants to be a joke, but isn't that funny, to announce this: To misquote the sage philosopher MC Hammer: Stop! TAMMIES time!
The ballots have been counted, and the winners will be announced at the Tucson Weekly's 19th Annual Tucson Area Music Awards ceremony and concert, which will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. The event is our yearly tribute to local musicians as voted on by you, our readers, and you're all invited to join the party. Admission is free and open to all ages.
A little recap of the voting process: There were two rounds of preliminary voting—one for readers, and one for a team of critics made up of music writers, local club-bookers, DJs and others with intimate knowledge of the local music landscape. The top vote-getters in each round were then placed on an online multiple-choice ballot, and the ultimate winners were picked by you, the readers. (So if you don't like the results, don't blame us.)
Thanks to all who took the time to vote. This whole shebang couldn't happen without you.
And we certainly couldn't do it without the hundreds of local bands and musicians who toil away in venues across town, enriching our lives and contributing to the local cultural landscape, usually for very little pay. The TAMMIES is our way of saluting and thanking them, and we hope you'll join us on Wednesday to do the same.
It's worth noting that in recent years, print copies of the Weekly containing the results hit the streets on the same day as the ceremony. This year, that will not be the case: Our special TAMMIES section will be published in our Sept. 13 issue—a full week after the ceremony. Yes, there will actually be some suspense!
In case you've never attended, you should know that it's not some boring awards show (thanks to Jeb Schoonover, who produces the event). The awards announcements come in brief interludes between musical performances. This year's TAMMIES Hall of Fame inductees are Linda Ronstadt and her grandfather, Federico Ronstadt, and all the performers will pay homage to them in one form or another. This year's performers are Mariachi Aztlán de Pueblo High School, BK Special (which features Bobby Kimmel, onetime bandmate of Linda Ronstadt in the Stone Poneys), Club Philharmonico (the original Club Philharmonico was founded by Federico), Ronstadt Generations (featuring Michael J. Ronstadt and his two sons, Michael G. and Petie) and a grand finale that will include performances by Howe Gelb, David Slutes, Chuck Wagon and the Wheelchairs, Nancy McCallion, LeeAnne Savage, Sabra Faulk, Emilie Marchand, Kevin Pakulis and Amy Langley, and Katherine Byrnes.
Please join us to pay tribute to the First Family of Tucson Music, as well as the many deserving winners of this year's awards. See you there!
A LABOR-DAY-WEEKEND TRADITION
Before the TAMMIES, however, this week brings with it another tried-and-true Tucson tradition: Hotel Congress' annual HoCo Fest, a weekend-long music festival. This year, the event expands into four nights of music, and most nights have a (sometimes loose) theme.
The action takes place on two stages for three of the four nights: an outdoor stage, and the indoor Club Congress stage. The outdoor stage is all-ages on Friday night; on other nights, the outdoor stage is open to minors with parental accompaniment. The indoor stage is strictly 21-and-older.
Here's what the schedule for this year's HoCo Fest looks like:
Friday, Aug. 31 (Indie-Rock Night), outdoor stage: The Modeens (7:45 p.m.), David Garza (8:45 p.m.), Strand of Oaks (9:45 p.m.), The Tallest Man on Earth (10:45 p.m.). Indoor stage: Wolf Larsen (8 p.m.), Lonna Kelley (9 p.m.), Wild Nothing (10 p.m.), followed by a free after-party with Otherly Love (11:30 p.m.) and Young Hunter (12:30 a.m.).
Saturday, Sept. 1, outdoor stage (aka the Latin stage): Verbobala (7:30 p.m. and in between sets), David Garza (8:30 p.m.), Depedro (9:30 p.m.), Camilo Lara of Mexican Institute of Sound (10:30 p.m.), Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta (11:15 p.m.). Indoor stage: The Cordials (8 p.m.), Sweet Ghost (9 p.m.), Dry River Yacht Club (10 p.m.), Cowgirls, The (11 p.m.; the local punk band is playing its first show in 25 years). It's followed by a free Camilo Lara and Dan Hernandez After-Party (12:30 a.m.).
Sunday, Sept. 2 (a lineup of groundbreaking Tucson bands from the 1970s and '80s), outdoor stage: Bob Meighan and the Dreadnutts (8:15 p.m.), The Dusty Chaps (9:45 p.m.). Indoor Stage: Chuck Wagon and the Wheelchairs (7:30 p.m.), Ned Sutton (9 p.m.), followed by a free Chronicles After-Party (10 p.m.)
Monday, Sept. 3: True Drew (7 p.m.), El Hanko Dinero (8 p.m.), Turquoise Jeep (9:30 p.m.), followed by a free Retro-lution After-Party (11 p.m.).
Additionally, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, there will be a free Record Fair and Music Gear Expo, which also includes a fuzz-box clinic with Clif Taylor at 2 p.m., as well as a screening of Fuzz, his documentary on the topic, at 3 p.m.
Admission each night is $15—there are no all-inclusive weekend passes—and each night concludes with a free after-party (as noted above).
Hotel Congress is located at 311 E. Congress St. For more information about HoCo Fest, head to hotelcongress.com/club, or call 622-8848.
A NEW ALL-AGES VENUE!
Although there are certainly options for local underage concert-goers—the Rialto Theatre and Solar Culture Gallery both feature all-ages shows almost exclusively—ask anyone younger than 21, and they'll tell you Tucson is in need of a venue that specifically caters to the all-ages crowd.
That issue is remedied this week with the opening of a new DIY, all-ages venue called the Tucson Live Music Space (TLMS), located at 125 W. Ventura St. (between Stone Avenue and Oracle Road, and Grant Road and Drachman Street). The venue already has a few shows scheduled for the next couple of weeks:
7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4, is TLMS' unofficial opening (or, what they call in the restaurant biz, the soft opening), and will feature a pair of California bands—Sic Waiting and The Shell Corporation—as well as No Radio.
8 p.m., next Friday, Sept. 7, is the official grand opening featuring a rare performance by Shark Pants, The Wanda Junes (featuring members of Monster Pussy and Feel Free), Glass Affection and Phoenix's Former Friends of Young Americans.
7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13, is a four-act bill featuring Run-On Sunshine, Ocean Void, Dying Bedmaker and Tinsels.
Here's the deal: Shows will typically start at 7 p.m. on weeknights, and 8 p.m. on weekends. At each show, attendees will be asked for a minimum $5 donation to help the nonprofit space pay its bills, and to help touring bands fill their gas tanks. Absolutely no drugs or alcohol will be permitted.
Finally, from a press release: "There is also a fundraising page that contains more information about TLMS' mission. Although enough money has been raised to open the space, much more is still needed to help the space become sustainable: www.indiegogo.com/tucsonmusicspace."
Best of luck, TLMS, and glad to have you around.
ON THE BANDWAGON
Thursday Thunder country night featuring Jason Michael Carroll at Monsoon Nightclub at Desert Diamond Casino next Thursday, Sept. 6; Two Gallants and Papa at Club Congress on Tuesday, Sept. 4; Tycho and The Album Leaf at Plush on Monday, Sept. 3; Crosby, Stills and Nash at AVA at Casino del Sol on Wednesday, Sept. 5; Eyes Set to Kill at The Rock on Saturday, Sept. 1; Working Man's Jam featuring Foghat, Great White, Slaughter and The Lynch Mob at AVA at Casino del Sol on Saturday, Sept. 1; MEOWmeow presents the Freddie Mercury Birthday Party at Club Congress on Wednesday, Sept. 5; Juju, Algae and Tentacles and Research at The District Tavern on Wednesday, Sept. 5; American Android and Marching Mind at Plush on Friday, Aug. 31; Chicks Rock featuring Mercury Transit, Setback, Alisha Peru, House Without a Sink, Rusty Green and others at The Rock on Friday, Aug. 31; VoiceBoxBattles at Divine Tattoo on Friday, Aug. 31; Triple Double Band at Borderlands Brewing Company on Friday, Aug. 31; The World Record, Lunar Light Collectors and Steff Koeppen and the Articles at Plush on Saturday, Sept. 1; Union Pacific at Sky Bar tonight, Thursday, Aug. 30; Jet West at The Hut on Saturday, Sept. 1; Chris McFarland at Plush next Thursday, Sept. 6; Ape Machine, Methra, Am.Are.Is and Yeti Ender at The Hut on Wednesday, Sept. 5.