Cirque Roots, Tubes

at 2nd Saturdays

Second Saturdays Downtown is going to the circus.

The monthly street fair will feature a performance by Tucson’s Cirque Roots, which has a studio in the downtown warehouse district at 17 E. Toole Ave.

The group will perform routines using rings and acrobatics between acts on the Scott Avenue Main Stage, at Scott Avenue and East Congress Street.

The main stage will be buzzing with an eclectic mix of musical acts, from jazz-influenced folk rock openers Roth D’Lux, which goes on at 6:30 p.m., to Western swing headliner Carolyn Martin, who takes the stage at 9:30.

Second Saturdays runs from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. throughout the East Congress Street downtown entertainment area. Unless noted, events are free and all are family-friendly.

Some highlights:

Magician John Coppin plies his trickery from 6 to 8 p.m. at the bus station at Congress and Sixth Avenue.

“Go Figure: On Being Human” on exhibit from 6 to 8 at The Drawing Studio, 33 S. Sixth Ave.

Stand-up comedian Craig Gass is at the Rialto, 318 E. Congress St., at 8 p.m.; $20.

Tucson rockers House Without A Sink take the stage at Buffalo Exchange, 250 E. Congress, from 6 to 7:30.

Phoenix-born, Cali-raised 1970s rockers The Tubes are at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress, at 7 p.m. for a 21-and-older show; $22 and $25.

For the complete schedule, visit

Tech N9ne returns with ‘Something Else’

Rapper Tech N9ne is bringing his “Something Else” tour to Rialto Theatre Tuesday.

The lineup includes fellow Strange Music artists Krizz Kaliko, Mayday, Prozak, Stevie Stone and Ces Cru.

Tuesday’s all-ages show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Rialto, 318 E. Congress St. Tickets are $35 in advance at or $40 on the day of the show.

Raw starting fall

with ‘Translations’

Raw Natural Born Artists, the group that nurtures, encourages and introduces us to the unsigned and untested artists in our own backyard, is hosting its first event of the fall season on Friday.

“Translations” will feature host Chezale with musical acts Abby Corcoran, Lonely Hunting, Wolfgang and Khyri Knowles.

The evening will include exhibits by 20 visual artists, most from Tucson and Southern Arizona, and area fashion, makeup and hairstyle artists showing off their talents.

Tickets are available from participating artists for $10 in advance. It’s $15 at the door. For a complete list of artists participating and more information, visit

Marc Anthony brings salsa album to AVA

Actor, singer and Latin heartthrob Marc Anthony has chosen Tucson as his one Arizona stop during the U.S. leg of his “Vivir Mi Vida” world tour.

Anthony, 44, hit the road late last month in promotion of his album, “3.0.”

The release, a collection of original salsa hits, will take him through the States, parts of South America and Australia.

“3.0” made it to No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart and is Anthony’s first original salsa album in nearly a decade.

His Tucson show at Casino del Sol’s AVA Saturday, begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $51-$151 through

The Rock has rapcore and other hard stuff

The Rock, at 136 N. Park Ave., is throwing a back-to-school bash Saturday and has invited the rapcore band Hed P.E. as its special guests.

The SoCal group will headline the concert event, with support from Animus Divine, Blacklidge, Hillbilly Bo and Stands With Fists among others.

The show starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $17 through

Ra Ra Riot gets futuristic at Rialto

In the mood for some “Beta Love?”

The Rialto Theatre will provide with Ra Ra Riot at the venue on Sunday.

The indie band lets its geek flag fly with its latest release, an album inspired by the science fiction theories and storylines of author William Gibson and futurist Ray Kurzweil.

The Rialto show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance and $19 the day of the show. 740-1000.

Also Playing:

Flamenco guitarist Ottmar Liebert takes the Rialto stage at 8 p.m. Wednesday. $23 in advance, $32 day of show.

Electronica/house music maker Morgan Page kicks on the synthesizers, also at the Rialto, at 8 p.m. next Thursday. $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the show.

The Kruger Brothers show off their acoustic chops at the Vail Theatre of the Arts, at 7 p.m. tonight. 10701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way. Tickets are $20-$25 at the door.

Cathalena E. Burch

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.