Filler Soundbites

OH NO, NOT AGAIN: The stand-off in Montana is now in the second week and you know that it's only a matter of time before the government roadies set up the Marshall stacks to blast music at the compound in an effort to flush 'em out.

Since a peaceful solution is in the best interest of all concerned, what song do you think would best serve to coerce the disgruntled group of self-titled "Freemen" into surrendering? (Freemen seems to be a bit of a misnomer for persons who have barricaded themselves, but there we are.) Please send your best suggestion along with a briefly stated explanation as to why your selection will dislodge them and mail it to: Tucson Weekly, Peaceful Solution, P.O. Box 2429, Tucson, AZ 85702. High-tech crisis negotiators can e-mail entries to The winner will receive a CD from my personal promo collection. The winning entry will be announced in two weeks, so don't delay and be sure to include your phone number.

Those of us who have adopted a Terry Southern sense of humor regarding governmental derangement are free to wallow in spring fever this week, celebrating the end to another brutal winter--somewhere.

Image Amy Arena takes the stage at the Empire Café, 61 E. Congress St., on Wednesday, April 10. Sing-song lyrics dominate the hip-hop beats and pop samples on her self-titled debut release which includes the first alternative radio cut, "Excuse Me," an hilarious apology to men for not being able to live up to their expectations. To characterize her as another pissed-off feminist is wide of the mark; Arena attacks with measures of venom and humor and a strong sense of self. If Arena and Camille Paglia were to duke it out, my money would be on Arena.

Doors open at 8 p.m. with 9 Days Wonder and 35 Summers opening the show at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 622-1751 for more information and wear a helmet.

Get ready to rumba on Saturday, April 6, when the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave., presents A Night at the Tropicana with Aché Pa Ti, a 10-piece salsa band blazing with the torrid tempos of the Caribbean. Included in the outstanding line-up are Guillermo "Bubba" Fass on congas and José "Tio" playing bata drum.

Gary Rubenstein, director of Aché Pa Ti, recently returned from his third trip to Cuba committed to the idea of bringing the tropical tidal wave of passionate rhythms to Tucson and plans to present the show on the first Saturday night of each month until it becomes a weekly event.

There will be three 50-minute sets beginning at 9 p.m. and running until 1 a.m. Alcoholic beverages will be sold at the bar. Tickets are $8 in advance, available at Hear's Music, the Southwest Center for Music, or by calling 884-1220 for reservations. Tickets jump to $10 day of show. Be prepared to dance the night away.

LAST NOTES: Satellite plays the 3rd Stone, 500 N. Fourth Ave., on Thursday, April 4. If you haven't yet caught this Tempe band, here's your chance to see them in an intimate setting. Bring your appetite--along with outstanding bartenders, this place has amazing food. Cover charge is $3. Call 628-8844 for more information.

Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., presents dance favorites Black Moon Graffiti on Friday, April 5. Opening the show is Wizard (the heavier side of Greasy Chicken), along with the San Diego band See Spot Groove. Cover is $5. Call 622-8848 for information.

The New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars fuse Jewish folk music with the sounds of New Orleans at the Rialto Theater, 318 E. Congress St., on Friday, April 5. The results are irresistible. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $5. Call 740-1986 or check out our dazzling City Week section for more information.

The Cage, 8551 E. Speedway, has metal meisters Kreator on Saturday, April 6. Skrew opens the show at 7:30 p.m., pushing the outside of the industrial envelope with electro/thrash. Tickets are $8. This is an all-ages show.

The legendary Pete Seeger makes a rare Tucson appearance on Tuesday, April 9, at Tucson High School. Seeger has made a life-long career of raising his voice for justice, and doing it with talent and grace. No offense, but Seeger probably did it his way more often than Frank ever did. Tickets are $18 in advance, available at Antigone's, Bentley's and the Folk Shop. Tickets are $20 day of show. Call 623-1688 for more information. TW

--Jennifer Murphy
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