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THURSDAY MARCH 10

Since forming at the University of North Texas in 2000 – where Mike Eli and James Young were freshman roommates – the Eli Young group has landed 14 Billboard singles, including four No. 1 hits. “Love Talking” , their brand new single, finds the song’s protagonist professing his love. Unlike most country songs, this one isn’t a booze-fueled confession. Nope. This guy has “never been so sober” and “just can’t blame a booze buzz” for being distraught. Go figure. Eli Young Group Always bring The Love Songs (2022), their latest EP. At the Rialto Theatre…

On their latest single, a reinvented/remixed cover of George Michael’s “Father Figure,” Marta De-Leon and her crew stray from their usual poppy-punky melancholy to deliver an infectious 4-on-the-floor dance groove. weekend lovers offer something fresh. At the Congress Plaza Hotel… Bringing back nostalgic memories of old-school dirty punk, this powerhouse trio from SoCal offers a unique take on reggae rock. Resinators. At the bar in Chicago…

FRIDAY MARCH 11

In 2007, singer Elizabeth Bougerol and bandleader Evan Palazzo met in New York after responding to a Craigslist ad for a jazz jam session above a Manhattan noodle shop. Who would have known then that their self-titled debut album (2014) would spend a year on the Billboard Jazz Charts? Go figure. Find out what it is. Hot sardines presents Welcome Home, Bon Voyage (2019). At the Fox Tucson Theater…

In the early 90s, Roberto Flores started releasing mixtapes under the Lil Rob tag. In 1994, at the age of 18, he was shot. In a rare interview with Chicago Street TV, Flores candidly detailed the event that broke his jaw and claimed an eye, nearly ending his music career. “They just went down to the neighborhood…

They shot at us. We shot them. Luckily, I didn’t have any trouble. It would have changed my life forever. After recovering from his injuries, on his 1997 debut album, Crazy Life, he said “Soy Chingon”. [loosely meaning “I’m a badass” in Spanish]. Innovative, as his fame grew, Flores established himself on the West Coast scene as a rapper with a Chicano worldview. lil rob. At the 4th Avenue Club…

Midwestern folk singer David Huckfelt says he is “beyond excited for this first-ever four-songwriter show”. With a real cast of outlaws, native musicians and cowboys, acclaimed Tucson songwriters Howe Gelb, Billy Seldmayr and Keith Secola join Huckfelt to form Lost Barrio Songslingers Circle. At the Congress Plaza Hotel…

Pursuing a vision, guitarist Aaron Turner began fleshing out the material before Sumac merged. His intention was to write some of the heaviest music ever created. Pacific Northwest post-metal powerhouse Sumac has released their latest, “Two Beasts.” At the club convention…

Mike Gaube’s Headbangers Presents Noise pollution: the AC-DC experiment. At the Rock…

Hailing from the pristine mountains of the American Northwest, these siblings’ harmonica, double bass and acoustic guitar-focused repertoire ranges from heartbreaking ballads to fiery bluegrass numbers. The Reed Brothers. In Monterey court…

SATURDAY MARCH 12

Over the course of six albums, country star Justin Moore’s traditional, platinum-selling country brand has amassed a loyal following. Country music website Standard Time considers Moore “everybody’s country music champion”. Reminiscing about his upbringing in rural Arkansas and his appreciation for life’s simple pleasures, the debut single from Straight Outta the Country (2021) struck a chord with the salt of the Earth, propelling “We Didn’t Have Much at No. 1 on Billboard. Distribution table by country. Justin Moore and Friends: Heath Sanders and Stephen Paul. At the Tucson Arena…

Known for his viral remix of electronic duo “Habits (Stay High)” by Tove Lo hippie sabotage present Floating Palace (2021). At the Rialto Theatre…

“In the moonlight all truths will be revealed.” Inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s 1955 film Smiles of a Midsummer Night, centered on a delightfully tangled web of business, Arizona Opera presents A Little Night Music, in the first of two performances. With the internationally acclaimed American soprano, Patricia Racette. At the Tucson Music Hall…

As a young boy growing up in South Chicago, this singer-songwriter sang in a Pentecostal church choir before discovering the power of the soul, appreciating its contrasts: dark and light, anger and joy, earth and air. Shawn James finds a place in the unknown. At 191 Toole. With Gravedancer…

In addition to being a multidimensional artist and painter, classically trained guitarist Yaqui by Gabriel Ayala Resume includes performances for a US President and the Pope. With The Ayala 5Tet, Gabriel Ayala performs a Concert For Healing. At the Fox Tucson Theater…

At 21, singer-songwriter Dan Sheron’s life fell apart. After a failed attempt at journalism in Moscow, reeling from unbearable grief, in a third-class carriage somewhere in Western Siberia, singing and drinking with strangers, Balto was born. At the Congress Plaza Hotel…

In an interview with NME, bedroom popper Claud Mintz offers insight into Super Monster (2021). “I’m constantly observing and analyzing, which is really bad and trying to get out of it. But I think a big part of this record is that I get out of myself and the relationship, and that I analyze it too much like I do with everything. Claudius. At the club convention…

You knowHis Kitchen Musicians Association’s spring benefit concert is held at Monterey Court. Proceeds will be donated to the upcoming 37th Annual Tucson Folk Festival…

SUNDAY MARCH 13

With a knack for writing simple songs, the gravel-throated Texas red-earth country singer Wade Bowen offers his latest, Hold My Beer, Vol. 2 (2020). At the Rock…

Formed in 2020, when blues/roots heavyweights Johnny Main (The 44s) and Eric VonHerzen (Walter Trout, Social Distortion) joined forces to create a supergroup. The Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation presents The Atomic 44s. In Monterey court…

“Bathroom Stall,” Maia Sinaiko tells Pitchfork, “is about a relationship I had with someone who was struggling with addiction, who very tragically passed away three years ago while we were together.” On Crossing Over (2021) Bay Area Trio acid widows discover a new intensity by turning inward. At the House of Bards…

With influences ranging from the Rolling Stones to Black Sabbath to James Brown interspersed with traditional African rhythms and bush village songs, these Zambian rockers intend to wreak havoc. WITCH At the club convention…

MONDAY MARCH 14

Tackling destructive habits, Bad Vacation (2020) songwriter Elizabeth Anne Odachowski is the most self-aware. “I was writing what I needed to hear,” Odachowski said in a statement. “I was literally writing a stronger, more powerful version of myself.” LisaAnne.
At 191 Toole…

Here’s more bad news. bay punks spiritual cramp
swipe like “Rattlesnakes in the City”. At the club convention…

TUESDAY MARCH 15

In the documentary film LoudQUIET-loud (2006), Kurt Cobain allegedly stole their riffs and Bono confessed to being a big fan. Since forming in Boston (1986), their unique blend of surf, psychedelia and grunge has driven the Pixies to become one of the pioneers of alternative rock. Recorded in a converted church in upstate New York, the gothic environment influenced lead songwriter Black Francis in the writing and recording process of Beneath the Eyrie (2019). “I wanted to mingle with the spirit world, the life and death and the mystical, more surreal landscape.” pixies.
At the Rialto Theatre…

For Henry St. Claire Fredericks, Jr. (aka Taj Mahal), conventions mean nothing, but traditions are sacred. A specialist in blues music, Fredericks studied ethnomusicology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. There he was introduced to Caribbean and West African folk music. Over time he began to incorporate elements of reggae, calypso, jazz, zydeco, R&B, gospel and country blues to form his unique sound. According to The Rough Guide to Rock (2003), Taj Mahal is one of the first major artists to explore the possibilities of world music. Known as a blues musician, he transcended the blues by not leaving it behind. “The blues is bigger than most people realize,” Fredericks says. “You could hear Mozart playing the blues. Perhaps it sounds more like a lament. But I’ll tell you the blues is in there. Taj Mahal Sextet. At the Fox Tucson Theater…

Hailing from Seattle, this trio’s multilingual music spans a spectrum of styles: art-punk, psych, pop, cumbia and experimental. The Stranger opines, “With wild songs that cheerfully twist rock conventions while maintaining hooks amid the encroaching chaos, Tres Leches is reminiscent of the Pixies…

when they still radiated danger. Rising from the dark basement, Tres Leches share a taste of Amorfo (2019). At the club convention…

WEDNESDAY MARCH 16

Taking piano lessons (which he initially disliked) from the age of eight, Trevor Christensen then attended Berklee College of Music before launching
Say the sky
. His melodic background and technical training bring a new perspective to EDM. Relentless Beats presents Said The Sky. Visit of the feelings. At the Rialto Theatre…

From Nova Scotia, after five years of absence, the Celtic folk duo
Cassie and Maggie McDonald return the day before St. Patrick’s Day. At the Berger Performing Arts Center…

See you next week, XOXO…

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