Who says everything slows down in the month of December?

We found five concerts this weekend that we would love to catch.

  • Tucson country/folk singer-songwriter
  • Chris Hall
  • is releasing his debut EP on Lonesome Desert at a concert from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Club Congress. The Tucson label describes “This is Chris Hall” as a “bare-bones look” into the artist “who has an ability to tell a story that could captivate delinquents and debutantes alike.” Tucson musicians Hank Topless, Austin Counts and Tom Walbank will perform with Hall, while Hall’s Lonesome Desert label mate Sonny Santos plays a show on the Congress patio, 311 E. Congress St. Admission is free for both shows; copies of Hall’s CD will be available for $5.
  • Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman
  • Kim Wilson
  • is bringing his side project Kim Wilson’s Blues All-Stars to 191 Toole at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The vocalist and dynamic harmonica player keeps an astounding schedule, doing as many as 300 dates a year sol and with the Thunderbirds. Tickets are $15 in advance at ticketfly.com or $18 at the door, with discounts for members of KXCI or the Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation. At 191 E. Toole Ave.
  • Hermosillo-born, Arizona-raised Mexican pop singer
  • Yuridia
  • swings into Desert Diamond Casino on Friday. The singer, who placed second in “La Academia” — a popular Mexican musical talent show — become one of the highest-selling artists in her native Mexico at the age of 19 when her debut CD sold more than 1.5 million copies. She’s now 30 She goes on stage at 8 p.m.; tickets are $30 to $75 though startickets.com or at the casino, 1100 W. Pima Mine Road.
  • He’s been described as a humorist, provocateur, actor, entertainer and, even, motivational speaker. Surely all will be on display when
  • Henry Rollins
  • brings his North American Spoken Word Tour to the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., on Friday. The show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets are $27 to $36 through ticketfly.com
  • One of Ireland’s most popular musicians is teaming up with an American guitarist/fiddler for an In Concert show Saturday. Boston musician
  • Duncan Wickel
  • will back up Irish singer-songwriter
  • John Doyle
  • in a concert of traditional Irish music and Doyle’s self-penned songs. The show is at 8 p.m. at the Pima Community College Center for the Arts, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Tickets are $20 in advance, $18 for seniors and students through inconcerttucson.tix.com; it’s $3 more at the door.

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.