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Shannon Lay

Thursday, Oct. 4

L.A.'s Feels guitarist Shannon Lay performs solo works from Living Water at Club Congress. Her finger-picked guitar lines and the strength in her downplayed voice capture ears... Garage band revivalists Mystic Braves and Creation Factory are at Cans Deli. With The Desert Beats... Along with multiple Juno Award nominations, songwriter Afie Jurvanen counts successfully landing a kickflip in front of Jack Johnson, earning the accolade "right on, dude." Bahamas at 191 Toole with the gentle voiced, transnational folk of Bedouine...

Friday, Oct. 5

Legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan & His Band play the Tucson Music Hall... The venerable Wynton Marsalis is at Centennial Hall... Tucson darlings Sam Bounkeua & Dante Rosano delight at Sand-Reckoner Tasting Room... Heshers. Metal Fest XIV at The Rialto Theater features Drop D, Push, Beyond The Firewall, Broken, The Billy Moon Project. "Cum On Feel The Noize..." Emo Night Live pays homage to the '90s with Taking Back Harambe, Dial-Up and more. At Club Congress... Part of the Tucson Film & Music Festival, Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax Records screens at The Screening Room... Battle Of The Bowl pits Tucson's best cover bands against each other for an opening slot at the Arizona Bowl. At 191 Toole... Jazz guitarist Naim Amor soothes at Westbound... Gabrielle Pietrangelo & Chaparral Kirtan with special guest violinist Beth Daunis elevate consciousness at Tucson Yoga... Percussionist Jonathan Rodriguez's Jazz Quintet lights R Bar en fuego. Dancing shoes recommended... The Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey plays the hits at The Fox Theatre... Something different for date night? How about an evening of French, Mexican, classical and country accordion duets. Musette enchant at Exo Roast Co...

Saturday, Oct. 6

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Johnny and The Deep Rollers: Saturday, Oct. 6 @ Hotel Congress.

The Official West Coast Festival featuring Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Too Short, Warren G, Dj Quik, Mack 10a, Dogg Pound and more slams into the Holidome... Everything from gritty gut-bucket rock to cool West Coast swing is what's in store when the Fall Concert Series continues with Johnny and The Deep Rollers on the plaza at Hotel Congress... Do you like jazz with a Brazilian twist? The Danny Green Trio vamps at The Sea of Glass Center for The Arts... Tonight, the musical menu at Cans Deli features everything from haunted westerns to death disco. With Crystal Radio, Paper Foxes, Actual Wolf, Juju Fontaine and The Happy Fits... The stuff of legend. This Abbey Road engineer holds a Q&A and speaks candidly about recording sessions with The Beatles. Geoff Emerick's London Revival stops to take tea at Tucson Hilton East. With music by Marmalade Skies... Kyklo's autumnal celebration at Exo Roast Co., features guest musicians Xia Jing (guzheng) and Guo Dan (er-hu) performing traditional Chinese music... International roots reggae artists General Tchefary and Sekouba Bolomba are at House of Bards... Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert are on the program when the Tucson Symphony Orchestra performs at Catalina Foothills High School. José Luis Gomez is at the podium...

Sunday, Oct. 7

From the heartbreaking to the hilarious, this monthly reading series features Arizona luminaries large and small. Rumor has that TW's Jim Nintzel and Brian Smith will spin yarns. Bar Flies: True Stories & Drinks (of course) at Club Congress... Resistance has never sounded so infectious. FEA inhabit the space where Chicana punk and social consciousness intersect. With Pygmy Death Ray at Surly Wench Pub... Karma Chameleon Boy George and Culture Club are at the Desert Diamond Center... From the grit of "Blue Collar Man" to the utter ridiculousness of "Mr. Roboto," Styx relive past glories at AVA Amphitheater... Touring in support of Black Labyrinth, Korn's Jonathan Davis says of his debut solo album, "This is my swan song. It's my fucking masterpiece up to this point." At The Rialto Theater. With The Birthday Massacre and Julien-K... Ten Pole Drunk, Bleach Party USA, Whisky Drunk and Dumpster Hump run with scissors at Spark Project Collective... Indie rockers Lowlife kick off a Southwestern tour at Cans Deli. With Brooke Povadora and sun riah... Psychedelic art metalists The Oxford Coma generate a maelstrom of angst at 191 Toole. With Mother of Thousands and Psygoat...

Monday, Oct. 8

Hushed and highly ethereal, Jakob Battick's outsider country has one foot in the 21st century and the other rooted deep in American tradition. With Ryan Chavira and Hannah Yeun at Owls Club... Neo-soul disciples Kevin & Tanishia entertain at Elliott's on Congress. With special guest vocalist Shekinah...

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Chelsea Wolfe: Tuesday, Oct. 9 @ The Rialto Theater.

Tuesday, Oct. 9

Some like it dark. Buried beneath a palette of otherworldly electronic manifestations and heavy distortions, Hiss Spun grasps at fleeting sweetnesses in the shadow of impending calamity. Chelsea Wolfe along with the harrowing gloom and cinematic majesty of Russian Circles face despair at The Rialto Theater... These wild women fuck up every rock 'n' roll cliché: Thunderpussy will have you questioning your life choices. Along with Rodeo Weekend they ride gallantly into Club Congress... The Mount Rushmore of nerdcore hip hop, MC Lars, MC Frontalot, Mega Ran and Schaffer The Darklord seek revenge at Cans Deli... Poetry Karaoke for Casa Libre takes place at La Cocina... Kristine Leschper cautions, "It Hurts Until It Doesn't." Mothers are at 191 Toole. With Lala Lala and Moaning...

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Nelly: Wednesday, Oct. 10 @ The Rialto Theater.

Wednesday, Oct. 10

Despite recently settling a "Dilemma," rapper Nelly still wants to get "Freaky With You." With Phresher, Hesus Da God and Poloman Da Hustla at The Rialto Theater... This eight-piece soul-pop powerhouse draws influence from Motown to Muscle Shoals and everything in between. Lawrence's muscular vocal arrangements will explode like ordnance at Club Congress. With Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers and The Brummies... Entresol, Dalembert, M. Crane and Karima Walker fill the air at Cans Deli with dream-pop, indie rock and beautiful sadness... This Chicago rapper "Hate[s] Bein' Sober." Keith Farrelle Cozart aka Chief Keef is "Back from the Dead." With Young Leak and FREQZ at 191 Toole...

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10,000 Maniacs: Thursday, Oct. 11 @ The Rialto Theater.

Thursday, Oct. 11

With a career that spans three decades, the "new" vocalist Mary Ramsey (who replaced Natalie Merchant when she left to pursue a solo career) assumed the role 24 years ago. 10,000 Maniacs swarm into The Rialto Theater. With our own Katie Haverly... "An evening of groove magic and dream dance" awaits with J-Calvin, Mesquite and Street Blues Family at Cans Deli... Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Erika Wennerstrom promises a journey to the Sweet Unknown. In the listening room at Exo Roast Co. With Brittany Katter... And, Chateau Chateau debut at Club Congress. With Liquid Summer...


A transplant from New Orleans, this adopted son's musical career emanated from the wellspring of the indie rock scene of the 1980s as part of seminal Tucson bands Phantom Limbs and River Roses. He went on to work with so many others, from the pseudo Eastern European lounge of The Zsa-Zsas to the alternative country of Silverbell. An ace guitarist by any measure, he leant his formidable talents to numerous recording projects, most recently adding his tasteful magic to longtime friend Chris Holiman's solo recordings.

Ruley suffered a heart attack in March 2018. He rallied during his convalescence, displaying the same indomitable spirit that made him a beloved and highly esteemed guitar hero within the Tucson music community for over three decades.

Gene Ruley left this world on Sunday, Aug. 26. He was 54. In his own words, via social media, Ruley said goodbye. "To all my fellow travelers, what a privilege to have you along!"

Gene Rules! A Tribute To The Late Great Gene Ruley is Saturday, Oct 6, at Club Congress with special musical guests.

On The Horizon...

Drawn together over their passion for club life and bossa nova artists like João Gilberto, Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza and Eric Hilton have forged a musical style that juxtaposes elements of dub and acid jazz alongside Indian classical, Middle Eastern and electronica. In addition, Thievery Corporation has taken progressive stances opposing war and exploitative trade agreements while supporting human rights and food programs. At The Rialto Theater with Julian Marley & The Uprising on Saturday, October 20... Finally, these Mexican alternative rockers gained popularity in the early '90s. By cross pollinating elements of indigenous folk, punk and electronica, they created a rich mezcla of sound, which subsequently spearheaded a non-conformist musical movement that swept throughout Latin America. Café Tacvba play The Rialto Theater on Sunday, Oct 21...

Until next week, XOXO...