Run Boy Run returns after first big tour

After several grueling months on the road, members of the Arizona string band Run Boy Run are returning home to Tucson.

The five-piece group, whose claim to fame includes not one, but two appearances on “A Prairie Home Companion,” will perform at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4831 E. 22nd St., Saturday.

Run Boy Run’s repertoire shifts between traditional and original material. Its latest tour marks the farthest its members have traveled as a band and the longest they’ve been away from home.

The group took shape at the University of Arizona. Its members are split between Tucson and Phoenix.

The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance through, at Antigone Books or at the Folk Shop and $15 at the door. Call 981-1475 for more information.

Will you spot gamers at Kenny Loggins’ gig?

You might catch a gamer or two in the audience when Kenny Loggins plays the Fox Tucson Theatre tonight.

Loggins served as host of the Los Santos classic rock radio station on the popular video game “Grand Theft Auto V” released earlier this month.

The game lets you scroll through a variety of stations as you wreak havoc in the fictional city of Los Santos, San Andreas.

Other celebrities recruited for DJ duties include Bootsy Collins, HoCo Fest regular Camilo Lara and Appalachian mountain dancer Jesco White.

One of Loggins’ songs,  “I’m Free (Heaven Helps the Man)” from the 1984 soundtrack to “Footloose” also made it into the game.

“Grand Theft Auto V” made more than $1 billion dollars worldwide within the first three days of its release, making it a major source of exposure for Loggins.

His Fox show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39-$108 through the Fox box office, 547-3040.

The Naked and Famous comes to the Rialto

The Naked and Famous brings its synthpop sound to the Rialto Theatre to promote its latest album, “In Rolling Waves” on Sunday.

The group, originally from New Zealand but currently living in Los Angeles, is known best for its unique sound and savvy business sense.

Its music has been featured in a long list of television shows, video games and movies — both in the U.S. and abroad — since the release of its debut album, “Passive Me, Aggressive You” in 2010.

If you are a fan of “The Vampire Diaries,” “Gossip Girl,” “Covert Affairs,” “The Cabin in the Woods,” “Whitney” or “Degrassi” you probably have heard the band’s stuff.

The concert kicks off at 8 p.m. Tickets are $23-$26 in advance and $26-$29 the day of the show through the Rialto box office, 740-1000.

West Coast comics take over Laffs Sunday

Laffs Comedy Caffe is turning its stage over to a quartet of San Diego comics — including a former Tucsonan — Sunday for a special show.

The Long Shots Comedy Tour includes former Tucsonan Polo Ceniseros, a graduate of Laffs comedy classes who moved to San Diego two years ago, said Laffs booker Gary Hood. Hood, a longtime standup comedian who teaches the classes, taught Ceniseros a few years ago.

The quartet of comedians — Ceniseros, Bijan Mostafavi, Brian Simpson and Erik Knowles — are regulars at San Diego’s Mad House Comedy Club.

Sunday’s show starts at 8 p.m. at Laffs, 2900 E. Broadway. It’s a 21-and-older show and admission is $10 at the door. Details: or 323-8669.

Also Playing …

Vampire Weekend giving a sold out performance at the Rialto, Tuesday.

Toro Y Moi following up with a show at the Rialto, Wednesday.

Butch Hancock rocking a Rhythm & Roots show tonight at Club Congress.

Sibling duo Wild Belle performing for the first time in Tucson, Monday at Congress.

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.