Musical Memories

Club Congress sign.

Jeffry Scott/Arizona Daily Star

It’s springtime, perfect chance to get a fresh start.

Or, in the case of Tucson’s superstar band Chicha Dust, to roll out a name change.

The side project of Tucson singer-songwriter Brian Lopez and über music man Gabriel Sullivan is now called XIXA and they play a gig at 8 p.m. Friday, March 11, with fellow Tucsonan Fred Huang’s band Asian Fred.

XIXA also includes Winston Watson, Geoff Hidalgo, Jason Urman and Efren Cruz Chavez and the band plays an amalgam of high-energy classical Cumbia and psychedelic rock. Tickets are $13 in advance at or $15 at the door. Sorry kids, this is a 21-and-older show.

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.