Spring Club Crawl™ Saturday, April 18


Bud Light Music Stage

8 p.m.: Black Tuesday

9 p.m.: Grams and Krieger

10 p.m.: Mr. Boogie Woogie (Holland)

11 p.m.: Crosscut Saw

Midnight: Whole Lotta Zep

Kicking things off on the Bud Light Music Stage tonight at 8 p.m. is Black Tuesday, a trio that injects a laid-back vibe into its pastiche of everything from ska rhythms to minimalist two-chord vamps. At 9 p.m., longtime collaborators Grams and Krieger mix it up with a genre-hopping set of country blues, roots rock and R&B. Mr. Boogie Woogie, a Dutch piano player whose name says it all, winters in Tucson each year. He's up at 10 p.m., followed at 11 p.m. by the rockin' blues of Crosscut Saw. Find you own Valhalla at midnight, when Led Zeppelin tribute band Whole Lotta Zep hits the stage.

KRQ Stage

8 p.m.: Triple Double Band

9 p.m.: The Hounds

10 p.m.: Hipster Daddy-O

11 p.m.: Cosmic Slop

Midnight: Spirit Familia

With a new CD coming out on May 1, the Triple Double Band and their soulful, bluesy reggae-rock will have you dancing and smiling at 8 p.m., and the riddims continue at 9 p.m. with The Hounds, who toss a bit of a hip-hop thang (along with nods to Sublime) into their soulful, bluesy reggae-rock. At 10 p.m., Hipster Daddy-O toss a horn section into bed with high-octane rockabilly-inspired rock. Lascivious, George Clinton-style funk is up at 11 p.m. courtesy of Cosmic Slop, and at midnight, Spirit Familia close the stage with their unique brand of reggae/funk/Latin.

Zia/Mountain Stage

8 p.m.: Mozart's Sister

9 p.m.: The Runaway Five

10 p.m.: Sunday Afternoon

11 p.m.: Skitn

Midnight: Rootz Underground (Jamaica)

The coed trio Mozart's Sister, who clearly have some Pretenders albums in their collections, get things rockin' on this outdoor stage at 8 p.m. The Runaway Five manage to sound modern even though they're all about the new wave of the 1980s—and they have a Ronald Reagan obsession to show for it. They're on at 9 p.m., just prior to perennial UA faves Sunday Afternoon, who should appeal to fans of Live, Pearl Jam and the Dave Matthews Band, at 10 p.m. At 11 p.m., Skitn rock some beach-reggae grooves, and at midnight, straight outta Kingston, Jamaica, Rootz Underground let us all in on why they're one of the most promising young reggae bands in the world right now. (For more on Rootz Underground, see Page CC6.)

Tejano/La Preciosa Stage

8 p.m.: Nudoz

9 p.m.: Nudoz

10 p.m.: Ritmo Tejano

11 p.m.: 4th Nivel

Midnight: 4th Nivel

The Tejano/La Preciosa Stage is the Club Crawl™ home base for Mexican rock and Tejano tonight. Things get rolling at 8 p.m. with Nudoz, who apply Latin rhythms to rock and pop to fine effect. At 10 p.m., Ritmo Tejano mix it up with Tejano, Tex-Mex and conjunto. And starting at 11 p.m., 4th Nivel close out the night with Latin, rock, pop and cumbias.

Rialto Theatre

8 p.m.: Andrew Collberg

8:45 p.m.: Lonna Kelley (Phoenix)

10 p.m.: M. Ward (Portland, Ore.)

Midnight: The Jons

This historic Crawl hub boasts a to-die-for lineup tonight. Andrew Collberg's set of winning, Lennon-esque songs starts things off at 8 p.m. Phoenix's Lonna Kelley, who takes the stage at 8:45 p.m., specializes in sultry, heartbreaking songs to smoke cigarettes by. "Discovered" several years ago by Howe Gelb, who released his debut album in 2000, M. Ward, who performs a full-length set starting at 10 p.m., has continued to garner deserved accolades for his ancient-sounding but timeless songs of woe and hope. His latest is this year's Hold Time. (For more on M. Ward, see Page CC5.) At midnight, The Jons demonstrate why they've been called "the Mexican Beatles." Note: Club Crawl™ wristband entry for this show will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you'd like to guarantee a spot, the Rialto is selling tickets specifically for this show for $20 to $22. Each ticket also includes a wristband.

Club Congress

9 p.m.: Young Mothers

10 p.m.: R'Cougar

11 p.m.: Blind Divine

Midnight: The Static Session

1 a.m.: Flagrante Delicto

Things get cooking on the indoor club stage at this venerable downtown hotspot with a pair of promising, young indie-rock bands: Young Mothers, who sound a bit like The Decemberists one minute, and Built to Spill the next, at 9 p.m.; and R'Cougar, who should appeal to fans of Pinback and The Sea and Cake, at 9 p.m. You are probably familiar with acclaimed visual artist Daniel Martin Diaz, but tonight, his haunting, goth-y band, Blind Divine, performs on the stage he designed, at 10 p.m. The Static Session, which features former members of The Year of Acceleration, specialize in Brit-inspired shoegaze pop. They'll take over at 11 p.m., followed at midnight by the creepy carnival-rock sounds of Flagrante Delicto.

Congress Outdoor Stage

8 p.m.: Low Ones

9 p.m.: Crossing Sarnoff

10 p.m.: Haley Jane

11 p.m.: Lydian and the Amphybians

Midnight: Mostly Bears

The outdoor stage at Congress tonight features a typically eclectic collection of acts, starting at 8 p.m. with the minimalist folk rock of Low Ones. Crossing Sarnoff play a brand of pop that pays homage to the songcraft of the '70s. They're on at 9 p.m., just prior to the Americana folk-pop of Haley Jane, at 10 p.m. Lydian and the Amphybians trade in sprawling, rootsy dream-pop at 11 p.m. Armed with one of the best singers in town in Brian Lopez, Mostly Bears veer seamlessly from an Arcade Fire-style tribal-drum jam to a convincing Amy Winehouse cover in the blink of an eye, at midnight.

Mostly Bears:


9 to 11 p.m.: Batucaxé

Nosh on a gourmet pizza, and dance your ass off. This new downtown eatery and market, located in the Historic Train Depot on Toole Avenue, features the massive samba drum and dance ensemble Batucaxé from 9 to 11 p.m.

The District

8:30 p.m.: Al Perry

9:30 p.m.: Tracy Shedd

10:30 p.m.: La Cerca

11:30 p.m.: Naim Amor

12:30 a.m.: Al Foul

Considering this downtown watering hole doesn't normally host live music, The District sure has landed a doozy of a lineup tonight. Fresh off the release of a covers EP recorded with the legendary engineer Jack Miller, the similarly legendary Al Perry serves up some serious twang in all its forms at 8:30 p.m. As great as singer-songwriter Tracy Shedd's releases on TeenBeat Records are, she's even better live, where her guitarist husband, James Tritten, provides animated guitar-noise freak-outs behind her sturdy, patient songs. She's up at 9:30 p.m., just before the ever-shifting La Cerca unloads a passel of great melodic indie-rock tunes, at 10:30 p.m. Naim Amor is like a Zelig of popular music: He can fit right in just about anywhere. Find out what he's got up his sleeve tonight at 11:30 p.m., when he performs a set of his own material before joining Al Foul, the best damn rockabilly singer in Tucson, at 12:30 a.m.

Sports on Congress

9 p.m.: Test 1

9:45 p.m.: Black 1

10:30 p.m.: MC Shaun Harris w/ DJ Tarzan

11:15 p.m.: Big Meridox w/ DJ Bonus

Midnight: Get Loose w/ DJs Bonus and Hometown Herm

You know how every other current rap song is always talking about "da club"? Well, tonight, Sports on Congress is that club, with an all-night schedule of hip-hop and R&B: Test 1 at 9 p.m.; Black 1 of the Hometown Heroez collective at 9:45 p.m.; soulful MC Shaun Harris with DJ Tarzan at 10:30 p.m.; Big Meridox with DJ Bonus at 11:15 p.m.; then DJ Bonus and DJ Hometown Herm team up for session of funky-ass R&B and old-school hip-hop at midnight.


Church of Rock RevelationsHosted by the Rev. Larry

9 p.m.: Love Mound

10 p.m.: Thunderosa (Austin)

11 p.m.: Great American Tragedy

Midnight: Hellrancho (Phoenix)

1 a.m.: Split Hoof (Austin)

As usual, Vaudeville is your home of the hard 'n' heavy as the Rev. Larry preaches to the choir of the Church of Rock Revelations. Hint: Bring earplugs. His lineup for tonight: louder-than-a-jackhammer boogie-blues-rock from Love Mound at 9 p.m.; the return of the mighty Austin-via-Tucson stompers Thunderosa at 10 p.m. (welcome back, A.J.!); the Rev. Larry himself grabs his bass at 11 p.m. as part of the scary punk-metal combo Great American Tragedy; Phoenix-based Motorhead and Tad worshipers Hellrancho at midnight; and Austin's Split Hoof, who would have fit right in on a bill with Deep Purple and ZZ Top back in 1973, at 1 a.m.

Split Hoof:


8 p.m.: Standby Red 5

9 p.m.: Ethos

10 p.m.: Fracture the Times

11 p.m.: Augustine

Midnight: Four Five Six

O'Malley's typically draws a youthful crowd, so it's somewhat appropriate that a crop of mostly young bands would take the stage there tonight. Starting things off at 8 p.m., Standby Red 5 offers songs melodic and pretty enough that you don't miss a human voice, followed by Ethos, who will bring reggae/rock to the stage at 9 p.m. Singer Molly Barry fronts Fracture the Times, a new pop band co-founded by ex-Versus the Mirror guitarist Gabe Borquez, who play at 10 p.m., followed by guitar-poppers Augustine at 11 p.m. At midnight, it's Four Five Six, a slightly jazzy act featuring Mike DeCicco (Musica Obscura) that marries minimalist pop with shoegaze outbursts.

The Hut

8:30 p.m.: Katastro (Phoenix)

9:30 p.m.: RAC (Phoenix)

10:30 p.m.: Rasta Sauce

11:30 p.m.: Hecker

12:30 a.m.: Another Day (Phoenix)

Three of the five of the acts on The Hut's indoor stage tonight are from the Phoenix area—but don't hold that against 'em. Mesa's Katastro gets things underway at 8:30 p.m. with a potent blend of funky R&B and island-inspired grooves that'll have you all kinds of hot and bothered. Glendale's RAC do that skate-reggae thing that Sublime gave to the world at 9:30 p.m., followed by the likeminded Tucsonans of Rasta Sauce at 10:30 p.m. Tucson's Hecker is a jazzy, funky power trio that sounds sorta like the Minutemen minus the punk. They take over at 11:30 p.m., then check out Phoenix's best reggae/rock group, Another Day, at 12:30 a.m.

The Hut Outdoor Stage

8 p.m.: Geoffrey J.

9 p.m.: Dirty Me

10 p.m.: Cadillac Mountain

11 p.m.: The El Camino Royales

Midnight: UpRooted

The outdoor stage at The Hut (just look for the giant tiki head!) tonight features a varied lineup of acts that find common ground under the umbrella of Americana. Rootsy roadhouse rocker Geoffrey J. gets the show rolling at 8 p.m., just prior to Dirty Me—a five piece country band that evolved from the Silver Thread Trio, featuring the vocals of Laura Kepner-Adney—at 9 p.m. Cadillac Mountain treats you to a dose of traditional bluegrass at 10 p.m., right before The El Camino Royales get you to do the shimmy with their take on surf and rockabilly, at 11 p.m. Finish off the night with feel-good vibes of UpRooted at midnight.


8:30 p.m.: Gaza Strip

9:45 p.m.: Los Nawdy Dawgs

11 p.m.: Avenida 6

Midnight: DJ Chucky Chingon

Joke-rockers or serious songwriters with a sense of humor? You decide when Gaza Strip plays at 8:30 p.m., followed at 9:45 p.m. by Santana lovers Los Dawdy Dawgs. Imagine what it would be like if Santana met Café Tacuba cruising on South Sixth Avenue when Avenida 6 starts their set at 11 p.m. DJ Chucky Chingon spins his wheels at midnight.

Los Nawdy Dawgs:

Winsett Park

7 to 9 p.m.: Desert Bluegrass Association

This outdoor park on Fourth Ave. will tonight feature a lineup of bluegrass acts curated by the Desert Bluegrass Association from 7 to 9 p.m.


7 to 9 p.m.: Salvador Duran

Wanna be serenaded by an operatic Mexican folk singer while chowing down on some killer carne asada? Look no further than Martin's, where the amazing Salvador Duran will perform from 7 to 9 p.m.

Café Passe

7 p.m. Terraformation

8 p.m.: Duo Sonido

This Fourth Avenue hotspot, which features tasty takes on classic café fare, also features a pair of interesting musical acts tonight: Terraformation, who are surprisingly accurate when they claim they sound like "Ennio Morricone playing Tetris with Tortoise at DJ Shadow's mom's house," at 7 p.m.; and Duo Sonido, who tackle pretty much every genre of music, all within the lounge idiom, at 8 p.m.


7 to 10 p.m.: Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl

An acoustic guitar, a piano and the lovely voice of Amy Ross are all Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl need to impress with their stripped-down singer-songwriter fare. They'll perform at this Fourth Avenue eatery from 7 to 10 p.m.

Chocolate Iguana

7 to 9 p.m.: Stefan George

What better way to fuel up than with a couple shots of espresso, some delicious chocolate and a grab bag of soul, blues and country, courtesy of Tucson mainstay Stefan George, who performs from 7 to 9 p.m.?


7 to 9 p.m.: Phil Borzillo

Enjoy the country blues of Phil Borzillo from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight on the patio of this perennial Best Pizza winner in our Best of Tucson™ readers' poll.


6 to 9 p.m.: Lamont Arthur

Lamont Arthur applies his gospel background to jazz standards from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight at this downtown Italian eatery and wine bar.

Cushing Street Bar and Restaurant

7 to 10 p.m. Jeff Lewis and Friends

A slightly off-the-beaten-path downtown mainstay, Cushing Street will tonight host Jeff Lewis and Friends from 7 to 10 p.m.

Casa Vicente

7 to 9 p.m.: Sentido

On their MySpace page, Sentido "invites you to experience its modern and traditionally undulating rhythms that naturally captivate heart and soul." Check them out over tapas at Casa Vicente from 7 to 9 p.m.

Shot in the Dark Café

7:30 p.m.: Mark Bockel

8:30 p.m.: Special Guest

9:30 p.m.: Pat Rickert

Red Room at Grill

10 p.m.: Cassette Culture

11 p.m.: Gamma Like Very Ultra

Midnight: Gabriel Sullivan

Cassette Culture offers a bit of "electroacoustic/rock" at 10 p.m., followed by the experimental avant-rock, post-punk noise of Gamma Like Very Ultra at 11 p.m. As a member of the wildly divergent bands The American Black Lung (punk) and The Fell City Shouts (Tom Waits-inspired), Gabriel Sullivan has us wondering what he's got up his sleeve for his upcoming solo debut, due out sometime this summer. He'll end things at midnight.

Plus more music at:

• Twelve Tribes

• Kelly's Market

• Café Theatre

• Burger City