Tucson twin celebrity impersonators prove you can go home again

The Edwards Twins — that would be Anthony and Eddie, proud Rincon High grads and celebrated celebrity impersonators — are coming home this weekend.

The pair’s 20-year career impersonating some of the biggest pop culture icons of our generation — Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Elton John, Cher, Pavarotti, Stevie Wonder and Lady Gaga among them — has been filled with lavish praise.

They will perform their popular Vegas show “Twintastic” at the Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St., at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds will benefit the Arizona Cancer Center and the Las Puertas Community School’s Program of StrengthBuilding Partners.

“We are excited to be coming home with a show that will entertain the entire family,” Anthony Edwards, the act’s producer and elder brother (by four minutes), said in a news release. “We truly hold Rincon High School close to our hearts.”

The Edwards brothers were born in Burbank, California, and moved to Tucson after elementary school. Eddie graduated from Rincon early, in 1983, followed by Anthony in 1984.

Tickets for Sunday’s shows are $29 to $69 through foxtucsontheatre.ticketforce.com

Deadline coming
up for Congress
bands battle

If you’re reading this on Thursday, you have exactly 10 days to enter Hotel Congress’s Battle of the Bands competition.

The deadline is March 15 and this is not something that you simply sign up for and you’re in: You need to have a song, something recorded — even though no one is expecting glossy studio quality — to enter. Here’s what else you need to know:

  • Band members can be any age, but no older than 21 as of April 11.
  • Upload one recorded song — any genre — to Soundcloud, Youtube, Bandcamp or Reverbnation and send the contest organizers the link. All entries will be embedded on the contest site.
  • If you enter, you commit to perform a 20-minute set if you make it to the finals on April 25. That gig’s at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St.

Organizers said 10 bands have entered as of early this week, and they are anticipating several more to come forward. For more information or to enter, visit tucsonbattle.com

Colin Hay still
a man at work

There are some songs that live on decades after they’ve slipped from our collective pop conscious.

That’s probably how Scottish-Australian import Colin Hay feels whenever he takes the stage and strums that familiar opening chord of “Overkill,” the monster hit he had with his old mates with the 1980s Australian pop band Men At Work.

Colin penned the song, which he famously said got a lukewarm reception from his bandmates. It took them a bit to warm up and when they did Men At Work took the song to No. 3 on the Billboard Top 100 charts.

But his solo career, mostly nurtured in his adopted home outside Los Angeles since the band broke up in 1985, has earned him the most critical acclaim. And it is what is bringing him back to Tucson for a show at the Rialto Theatre at 8 p.m. Monday.

Hay comes here three weeks after releasing his first solo album in four years, “Next Year People.” On his website, Hay describes the 12-song disc as an eclectic mix “of both humorous and open-hearted tones.” His wife, Cecilia Noel, backs him on vocals.

Tickets for Monday’s concert at the Rialto, 318 E. Congress St., are $23 and $37 through ticketfly.com

Also at the Rialto:

  • Pivotal English hard rockers Uriah Heep take the stage at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Powered Wig Machine opens. $26 in advance, $29 day of show.

King of parody, Weird Al Yankovich, brings tour to Tucson’s AVA

Weird Al Yankovich is in the midst of a monster career resurgence worthy of a monster international tour.

And it’s only apropos that Yankovich, the king of pop parody, dubs this grand venture the 2015 Mandatory World Tour. He’ll hit dozens of cities starting May 12 at Las Vegas’s Planet Hollywood. The tour pulls into Tucson’s AVA at Casino del Sol on Aug. 26.

Yankovic, who’s into his fourth decade of entertaining, is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history with three Grammys to his credit. His hit parodies cross all genres and have included classics like “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon,” “Yoda,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise” and “White & Nerdy.”

He released his 14th studio album, “Mandatory Fun,” last July and within eight days spun out eight videos including parodies of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (“Tacky”), Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (“Word Crimes”), Lorde’s “Royals” (“Foil”), and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” (“Handy”).

In the first week, there were more than 46 million views and Yankovic set the American record for having the most tracks from one album on Spotify’s viral top 10 at one time: four.

Richter Uzo Duo
play UA Presents
show at Congress

Classically trained guitarist Brad Richter and cellist Victor Uzur straddle the musical world inhabited by folks unafraid to take chances.

These guys are just as comfortable banging out some Zeppelin alongside Bartók, mashing up their genres like potatoes at Sunday dinner to create music that is at once whimsical and cutting edge while maintaining an enormous virtuoso personality.

If you’ve never seen them do it live in their two earlier Tucson concerts, you have three shots next weekend: at 7 p.m. next Thursday and March 13 and 14 in the intimate Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St.

The concert is part of UA Presents series and the setting is perfectly suited to hear the pair — Richter is a longtime Tucsonan and Uzur resides in Utah — perform pieces composed and arranged for cello and guitar.

This is the first time the duo, which formed in 2008, has performed in Tucson since 2011. Tickets ($20 and $40) are available through ticketmaster.com Details: uapresents.org

Also this week at Club Congress:

  • Tucson’s Katterwaul and Daycones will join LA rocker Kim & the Created in a free show at 9 p.m. Friday. It’s open to 21 and older only.
  • Tucson alt-country rockers Golden Boots opens for former Fiery Furnaces frontwoman Eleanor Friedberger at 7 p.m. Saturday. $10 in advance at hotelcongress.com, $12 at the door.
  • New York’s A Place to Bury Strangers celebrates its fourth album “Transfixiation” with a gig at 7 p.m. Monday with openers Creepoid and Sleep Like Trees. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Coming up

R Dub’s 15th Annual Slow Jams Live with Ne-Yo, Dru Hill, Amanda Perez, Jordin Sparks, Rico Love, Adina Howard and an artist billed as a “special guest” is March 15 at the Tucson Arena, 260 S. Church Ave.

Tickets start at $35 at ticketmaster.com

Cathalena E. Burch

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.