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Thursday, April 7

Her collaborations with a diversity of renowned artists, from Alicia Keys and Bono to Philip Glass (alongside her tireless advocacy for women and children across Africa) have led this four-time Grammy Award winner to be recognized by some as the “Queen of Africa”. The Music.” Arizona Arts Live Presents An Evening With Angelique Kidjo. At the Rialto Theatre…

After drawing a strong public backlash and industry censure following a series of incidents – an arrest for disorderly conduct after being kicked out of Kid Rock’s steakhouse in Nashville, a suspension from Saturday Night Live for failing to adhere to NBC’s COVID-19 protocols and the removal of his music from major radio networks after TMZ aired a video showing the beleaguered country singer making racial slurs – Morgan Wallen’s music surprisingly experienced a commercial success. Morgan Wallen co-titles Country Thunder Arizona 2022 with stars Blake Shelton, Riley Green, Florida Georgia Line, Tracy Lawrence y un chingo mas. In Florence, Arizona. See countrythunder.com for more details…

In 1964, as America mourned the death of President John F. Kennedy, 73 million viewers tuned in to watch a brash young quartet from Liverpool, The Beatles, make their American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. Almost overnight, music, art, fashion and literature began to transform. Revisit the cultural phenomenon that changed the course of pop culture. The British invasion. At the Fox Tucson Theater…

The Jed Paradies Quartet play bossa, ballads and blues late into the night. In the Chamber of the Century…

The Fox Tucson Theater presents Troubadour Thursdays. parisian guitarist Naim Amor will scatter small bites of musical confection on the terraces of your favorite downtown restaurants…

friday april 8

“Dirty animal.” Incorporating elements of jungle and rave, trap and trance, producer Matthew Lucas’ new take on dubstep has become known to enthusiasts as space bass. Since teleporting to the EDM scene in 2017 and trajectory to the final frontier, the bangers “Maniac” (2018) and “Babatunde” (2019) have become festival anthems in no time. Hello. At the Rialto Theatre…

Luis Navarro and Joel Niño Jr.’s latest offering, Altars (2021), is a collection of remixes from some of the hottest names in darkwave. Reminiscent of something from the past – awash with glassy synthesizers, thumping guitars and lyrics about the occult and the walking dead – the new treatment still finds this Brownsville, Texas duo shunned by fantasies, weighed down by darker shadows twin tribes. At 191 Toole…

“I wanted our orchestra to play the lead role in the last concert of the season, bringing to life two of the most magical compositions ever written.” Maestro José Luis Gomez conducts the Tucson Symphony Orchestra through a program featuring incidental music from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9. At the Tucson Music Hall…

“I’m nobody but myself,” Japanese-born blues guitarist Hiro Suzuki told Blues. After a long career traveling the world as a sideman with a long list of artists (including a stint with Tucson legend Sam Taylor), Suzuki reflects on how his journey has influenced his view of the world: “If everyone in the world is purely curious with no ego, war will disappear from this planet. Heather Hardy Group with Hiro Suzuki. In Monterey court…

Eli Howard and the greater good, Drew Cooper and Shane Brit form a country music triumvirate. At the club convention…

From Phoenix, this pop punk trio is taking the country aimlessly by storm. Miles to nowhere. Punk rock show. At the Chicago Bar. Tucson rude boys Sucker For The Sour open…

Drummer/bandleader/educator Pete Swan led one of the longest running jam sessions at the Old Pueblo Grill for over 13 years. A Tucson jazz institution, The Pete Swan Quartet performs Late Night. In the Chamber of the Century…

Using handcrafted didgeridoos, singing bowls, hulusis, guzhengs, harmoniums and more, sound healer Kennedy himself guides the listener through lush symphonic orchestrations of resonant vibrations to the inner stillness where lasting peace resides. The Symphony of Serenity. At the Solar Culture Gallery…

saturday april 9

Is there anything in the water below? Rising star Australian DJ/producer Dom Dolla (born Dominic Matheson)’s distinct mix of house music has sparked global awareness after a succession of winning tracks: “Take It” (2018), “San Frandisco” ( 2019) and “Pump The Brakes”. (2021). Matheson’s latest single “Strangers” (2022) is a collaboration with Australian indie/electronic trio Mansionair. Dom Dolla. At Encore. Torren Foot open…

“Our band loves each other. I hope you feel the same when you come to our shows, like family,” Olivia Reardon told The Ark of Music. Recently, the band was voted Best Musical Group (in reader poll of TW’s Best of Tucson™). Is it that kinship that resonates with audiences? A video of a live performance at Saint Charles Tavern seems to indicate this. On “Red Chevrolet” – a song that recently entered the NPR’s Tiny Desk contest – as Reardon and crew vamp on an improvised line, “Tucson is a small town feeling”, the audience joins in and sings along. Miss Olivia and the intruders. At 191 Toole. The Lords of the Birds open…

Exploring his musical roots – inspired by Southern river music and Jamaican reggae, both intertwined on his family tree – “The Dreadlock Cowboy” Wain McFarlane brings his latest, That Was Then This Now (2020). In Monterey court…

Pitchfork proclaims the New Jersey sextet’s fifth studio album, Dodging Dues (2022), “an easy tour of brawny riff-rock, gnarly song sequels, and pastoral folk reverence.” Seems about right. Cosmic Indie Jam Band Peoples Garcia are at the Congress Hotel (stage plaza)…

Supporting Arizona talent, La Tecla Records presents a showcase of regional Latin artists: Reyes Baltazar, Los Lopez, David Haros, Ricardo Poblete and much more. At the 4th Avenue Club…

The piano Susan Artemis Quartet performs “Love Songs from the Dark Side of Lounge”. Late at night. In the Chamber of the Century…

Each year, when the northern hemisphere begins to tilt towards the sun, signaling the start of spring, so does KMKR 99.9FM’s monthly concert series. Feminine gaze, Kid Violet, Dogbreth, and golden boots perform sets outside on the Scott J. Kerr Memorial Stage. At Steinfeld Warehouse (courtyard)…

VR Sex is the synth punk/death rock side project of Andrew Clinco of Drab Majesty (aka Deb Demure). Adopting the moniker of Noel Skum (an anagram of Elon Musk), on Rough Dimension (2022), Clinco’s absurd observations denounce (while fascinatingly) the dead ends of society, where vanity, lust and the dark side of technology hold the peril. Sex in virtual reality. At the club convention…

sunday april 10

Specializing in the music of the Benny Goodman Sextet (with Charlie Christian, the first electric guitar hero), “Tucson’s ambassadors of the Swing era”, Wholly Cats Swing Club and Lynde Hunt Project reinvigorate that contagious tapping rhythm. Afterparty Tucson Lindy Exchange. At the Congress Plaza Hotel…

tuesday april 12

Formed in Macon, Georgia (1969), this burgeoning group of brothers lived modestly in a communal home, nicknamed the Hippie Crash Pad, where they subsisted largely on the benevolence of others. One roadie, Joseph “Red Dog” Campbell (a disabled Vietnam veteran), donated his monthly disability checks and H&H Soul Food restaurant cook/owner “Mama Louise” Hudson kicked off a tab when they have missed. In the barely integrated South, the group faces other obstacles. Hudson recalls, in One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band (St. Martin’s Press, 2014), “A lot of white people here didn’t approve of boys with long hair, or always having a black guy [drummer Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson] with them.” Undaunted, these Southern rock pioneers forged a strong brotherhood, spending countless hours rehearsing, tripping over psychedelics and hanging out at Rose Hill Cemetery, where they wrote songs. Incorporating elements of jazz, blues and country music, stirring an “ungodly gumbo”, The Allman Brothers Band’s release (1969) etched the blueprint for the Southern rock genre.Inspired by the Big Band of Brothers’ acclaimed album A Jazz Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band (2019), the live show features “Jaimoe” Johanson and the stars Sammy Miller and the Congregationwith special guests Lamar Williams Jr. and Drew Smither. Big Band of Brothers: A celebration of the music of the Allman Brothers Band. At the Fox Tucson Theater…

Do you hear the buzz? In 2017, Dylan Minnette (Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why) and Braeden Lemasters (Amazon’s The Romanoffs), the actors in their 20s, the debut single from these Los Angeles alternative rockers, “Pleaser”, created a viral sensation. , climbing to No. 2 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 Chart. Their first North American tour culminated with a spot at the prestigious South By Southwest music conference. Spring (2018), the band’s debut EP, was released on Atlantic Records literally weeks later. Wallows’ second album, Tell Me That It’s Over (2022) – produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Haim, Adele) – is a promising sequel where Nothing Happens (2019) left off. Wallow. At the Rialto Theatre…

Heather Hardy and the band Dusty City Blues with special guest Hiro Suzuki perform outdoors. At the Congress Hotel (plaza stadium)…

Australian indie rockers Vacations perform indoors. At the club convention…

Wednesday April 13

Drawing inspiration early on from the work of NWA and Public Enemy, it wasn’t until hearing The Great Adventures of Slick Rick (Def Jam, 1988) that Aaron Yates (aka Tech N9ne) began to develop his style of signature. At 17, he adopted his label (Tech N9ne) after rapper Black Walt heard his breakneck pace, stuffing 13 or more syllables every second. “He said I looked like an automatic weapon.” Now, after more than two decades as an independent artist, Yates returns with Asin9ne (2021), his 23rd studio recording. Tech N9ne. At the Rialto Theatre…

Industrial metallurgists REALIZE and black magnet are at the Club Congress…

Channeling the soul and raw vocal power of Lucinda Williams and Dusty Springfield, Jennifer Westwood tells simple stories of the human condition, beamed through the cigarette-tinged bluish light of too many calls. Jennifer Westwood and the Beautiful Devils. In Monterey court…

On the horizon…

ZoSo: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience. April 14. At the Rialto Theatre…

Will. April 15. At the Rialto Theatre…

Until next week, XOXO…

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