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Thursday April 28

In a career marred by controversy and legal issues (drugs, weapons, assault, fraud charges) – TI dropped No Mercy (2010) while serving 11 months in federal prison – the Atlanta rapper has announced that Kill the King (TBA) would be his last solo album. In an interview with SOHH, IT reveals, “I’m ready to get the hell out of here. In chess, the goal is to kill the king. Will they kill him or will he ride into the sunset? At the Pima County Fair…

With the encouragement of her parents, Ana Lila Downs Sánchez began her musical career at the age of 8, singing with mariachis in the Sierra Madre mountains of Oaxaca. Drawing on indigenous Mexican influences, lilac bottom has recorded songs in many languages: Mixtec, Zapotec, Maya, Nahuatl and Purépecha. In addition to championing immigrant causes and women’s rights, Downs fought to preserve indigenous Mexican languages. According to Rolling Stone, Downs is “no stranger to raising hell and conscience through the power of song.” Steeped in infectious cumbia rhythms, Al Chile (2019), explores pleasure and pain, suffering and redemption, through the metaphor of Mexico’s ubiquitous chili pepper. At the Centennial Hall…

The Century Room is the official site of Lila Downs after party. Mexican Gypsy Troubadour Salvador Duran entertains…

“Somewhere between I love you and I’m leaving.” Cody Jinx began his music career fronting a thrash metal band from Fort Worth, Texas before recasting himself as a country crooner. In 2016, the country outlaw’s breakthrough album, I’m Not the Devil (2016), made Rolling Stone’s list of top country albums. At Encore…

Igor Yuzov grew up in Russia when xenophobia prompted the Kremlin to ban rock music (1985). But the intoxicating attraction of the forbidden was too great. In 1995, Elvis Presley came to him in a dream, ordering him to start a rock & roll band, thus sealing his fate. Better Than Sex, the Siberian surf-rock of Igor and the Red Elvis will have you grooving to the rhythm of Moscow. At 191 Toole…

“Don’t make California my Texas.” Shameless, zealous, and patriotic, on “Cuz I’m Country,” a Texas-bred country outlaw Creed Fisherman stays true to its steadfast form. “I’ve got a wild side 10 miles wide, nobody’s gonna change me. I love my mom and the Bible, but I still take a whiff of the bottle, ’cause I’m country. At the Maverick…

The Fox Tucson Theater presents Troubadour Thursdays. Olivia Redon and his band are next to scatter bites of musical candy on the patios of your favorite downtown restaurants. See foxtucson.com for more details…

I woke up in fantasy land. Heavily influenced by Travis Scott, Oliver Francis, 6LACK and psychedelics, native of Tucson Nico JordanA Beautiful Nightmare’s second album (2021) – full of ambient flows and confessional puns – is a dizzying, downtempo collection of emo rap. At the bar in Chicago…

friday april 29

“Back on the block, back in the hood.” Nashville Bluesman Keb’Mo’ (born Kevin Moore) returned to Compton to write Good To Be…

(2022). Moore told NPR: “I was at home, enjoying the winter in southern California, in the house [where] my mother died… and it all came back. On “Louder,” Moore focuses on the future. “At one time, I was part of a new generation. In my 20s, the Vietnam War, and [standing] against nuclear weapons and power plants and polluted oceans. We were angry with the previous generation because they let this happen. And then we became the older generation, and we did nothing. So I call us, I apologize to the new generation. And the five-time Grammy winner is ready to deliver. “I may be 70, but I’m still hungry. I’m still there for it every day. At the Fox Tucson Theater…

Wolfgang Van Halen started recording his music while still part of Van Halen. In 2006, his father Eddie prophetically said on The Howard Stern Show, “Wait until you hear that kid play. He can do everything I do. The family legacy will continue after I’m gone because this kid is natural. Mammoth WVH. At the Pima County Fair. Ayron Jones opens…

Named after the patron saint of musicians, they draw their musical inspiration from all over the world. Humanizing the experience of the immigrant, this group of Los Angelinos has from the outset endeavored to represent a bicultural identity. Percussionist Miguel “Oso” Ramirez told NPR. “A lot of our family history and lineage has to do with immigration and coming to this country.” The Santa Cecilia are “as American as apple pie and tacos.” At the Rialto Theatre…

On Spencer Sings the Hits (2018), veteran of many wars Jon Spencer (Pussy Galore, Boss Hog, Blues Explosion) – in reaction to the toxic waste dump created when gross narcissism is unleashed – posed the question: “Is it possible to set the unforgiving world of fake news and prefabricated, plasticized teenage boredom on fire with the cold, hard facts of rock ‘n’ roll?” A question left largely unanswered. Now Spencer returns for unveil Spencer Gets It Lit (2022), a record which (according to its press release) “offers friction, excitement and post-modern depravity in a gonzo retort against the idiocy that is such good balm for our collective PTSD than any other.” Jon Spencer and the HITmakers. At 191 Toole…

After a mysterious absence of two years, the Mexican singer Virlan Garcia returns with a renewed awareness of life’s pitfalls. The rising star tells EFE that on Hibrido (2021), a collection of neo-traditional banda, norteño y corridos, he exposes the nature of his duality. At the 4th Avenue Club…

Tambo Festival: Weekend One brings together cutting-edge cumbia DJs and bands from across the border. Las Calakas, Uproot Andy, DJ Major League, DJ Awdre, y mas join El Tambo residents – Humblelianess, DJQ, Dirtyverbs, y Halsero – for an oversized version of Tucson’s legendary Latinx dance party sin fronteras. At the Congress Plaza Hotel…

“I feel at home in either one.” Born in Texas, with roots in Chihuahua, the sound of this Mexican-American Norteño/Tejano singer-accordionist embodies multiculturalism that straddles borders. It’s a life of “Honky Tonks & Cantinas” for Michael Salgado. In a Latinx mashup of biblical proportions, Ram Herrera, Grupo Xprezzion, there The New Wave join Salgado turn water into wine. At the AVA Amphitheater…

The compositions of this accomplished jazz pianist reveal horn lines and an impeccable implicit sense of time. Threesome by Larry Redhouse performs at the Century Room. Followed by Jason Carder Quartet. Late Night… Arizona’s oldest Grateful Dead tribute, Extra ticket. At the Rock…

Saturday April 30

Relentless Beats presents Hello Summer. EDM Artists Loud luxury, shipwreck, and Cheyenne Gilles title of this pre-summer block party. In the MSA appendix…

“He’s consistently the best player in the room, hands down,” enthuses Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), of this blues-rock guitar phenomenon from Greensville, South Carolina. the Marcus King Group recant their Southern Confessions (2018). At the Rialto Theatre…

Do it yourself. Indie-folk singer-songwriter Aly Spaltro (aka Lady Lamb) worked the last shift at a video store in Brunswick, Maine, before entering film school. After hours, with the owner’s permission, she used the sales floor as a makeshift recording studio. Embracing the DIY spirit, Spaltro’s early recordings were distributed in handmade packaging through the local record store. At 191 Toole…

Known for his lively música fronteriza, a combination of borderland folk, mambo and cumbia music, Frontera Bugalu entertain dorky revelers for Agave Fiesta. DJ Buttafly turned. At the Hotel Congress Plaza… DJ Fat Tony maintains the Agave Fiesta After Party…

Strains of swamp blues rock and original jazz will float through the air. Drive south. At Monterey Court… Follow your indulgences deep into the night. Classical/flamenco guitarist Ismael Barajas performs jazz, bossa nova and traditional Mexican folk music. In the Chamber of the Century…

Sunday May 1

Specialized in a traditional norteño and corrido style, since the creation of the grupos (1987), Los Tucanes de Tijuana have sold over 20 million albums worldwide. Boasting significant crossover appeal, in 2019 they became the first regional Mexican music group to perform at Coachella. At the Pima County Fair…

From the land of enchantment, Felix and Los Gatos serve a zesty zydeco/tejano/blues oil to the hungry masses. Congress Kitchen. At the Congress Plaza Hotel… With a flair for contemporary Latin urban music, Free zone will close the annual Agave Heritage Festival. In the Chamber of the Century…

Preceded by the piano styles of Nick Stanley

Monday, May 2

Emblematic of the Riot Grrrl movement (early 1990s), Kill in bikini worked to prove that feminism could be elementary within punk. Singer Kathleen Hanna called women to center stage, handing out lyric sheets to encourage participation. An unstoppable force, she was known to dive into crowds to eliminate obnoxious male rowdies. At the Rialto Theatre…

Find kindred spirits. Blending the harmonic complexity and conversational fluidity of free jazz with the in-the-pocket groove of classic R&B and funk, Medeski, Martin & Wood hailed from the midtown Manhattan scene of the 1990s. Billy Martin performs solos and duets. In the Chamber of the Century…

Tuesday, May 3

Driven first by the military career of his father. Josh Rouss spent his youth living in seven states. Music was one of the few constants. Later, this folk-pop singer-songwriter began his recording career in Nashville (1998) before moving to Spain. Rouse explores love in the modern age (2018). At 191 Toole. Freddy Parish opens…

Paying homage to Ireland’s rich musical and cultural heritage, celtic woman presents Postcards from Ireland. At Tucson Music Hall… Squaring Synth Patterns Against Drum Tracks, Horns, Guitars, and Found Noises, Ajo Sunshine (2021), by JRCG., is the experimental production of keyboardist Justin R. Cruz Gallego (Dreamdecay). At the club convention…

Recognized as one of the nation’s top steel drumming programs. Captivate audiences with the vibrant sound of the Caribbean, Jovert Steel Drum Band (from Tucson High Magnet School) says goodbye to Khris Dodge, who has led the band for 20 years. At the Congress Plaza Hotel…

Wednesday May 4

In times of war, displacement and urgent need, Miss Olivia, Greg Morton, Salvador Duranand Marc Insley Circle the wagons to raise money for refugees around the world. At the Congress Plaza Hotel. All proceeds will be donated to World Central Kitchen and Lutheran Social Services Southwest (refugee resettlement efforts)…

On the horizon: Patti LaBelle. May 6. At the AVA Amphitheater… Lil Tecca. May 7. At the Rialto Theatre… Tucson International Mariachi Conference Espectacular. May 7. At Tucson Music Hall… Royal Blood. May 9. At the Rialto Theatre… Violent Women. May 11 At the Rialto Theatre…

Until next week, XOXO…

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