Pittsburgh’s Rusted Root
at the Rialto on Wednesday

What do you call a band that is essentially an alternative to the alternative?

While you ponder that riddle a bit, we’ll give you a heavy-handed hint: Rusted Root is playing a gig at the Rialto Theatre Wednesday.

The Pittsburgh-born-and-raised jam band fuses roots rock, world and acoustic with deep percussive exclamations colored with African, Latin American and Native American influences to create a sound and experience that is equal parts garage-band chic and new- world cool.

Rusted Root fills the stage like a rock band, with big and bold blasts. But  it is equally enthusiastic and electrifying when it tamps down the amps for its biggest hit, “Send Me On My Way.”

Rusted Root shares the stage with Goodnight, Texas and Spirit Familia. Wednesday’s show begins at 8 p.m. at the Rialto, 318 E. Congress St. Tickets are $24 in advance at rialtotheatre.com or $26 at the door.

Country singer Young headlines Desert Diamond

Tickets go on sale Nov. 1 for country singer Chris Young’s Jan. 18 show at Desert Diamond Casino’s Diamond Entertainment Center.

The sultry baritone (“The Man I Want to Be,” “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),” “I Can Take it From Here,” “Aw Naw”) must love Tucson in the fall. He played his last show here, also at Desert Diamond, in October 2011.

Tickets start at $25 and go on sale Nov. 1 through the new ticketing outlet startickets.com  and at the casino’s Rewards Center, 1100 W. Pima Mine Road.

And speaking of country...

David Nail is getting ahead of the publicity machine on his forthcoming third studio album.

“I’m A Fire” won’t come out until next year, but Nail already is on the road to promote it, including a stop Wednesday at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill in  Tucson Mall.

The disc’s first single, “Whatever She’s Got,” is in the Top 25 this week at country radio .

Nashville newcomers Brothers Osborne open the show at 8 p.m.; Nail is expected to go on at 9:30.

Tickets are $15 in advance at Toby Keith’s, 4500 N. Oracle Road in  Tucson Mall, or online at countrybartucson.com; or $20 at the door.

Coming soon to Toby Keith’s: Veteran country singer James Wesley on Nov. 15. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

But wait, there’s more...

Vince Gill, arguably one of country music’s finest male vocalists and songwriters, will headline Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation’s signature fundraising event on Nov. 3.

Tickets for the Chasing Rainbows Gala are $75 and $200 through the Fox, foxtucsontheatre.com, or at the box office, 17 W. Congress St.

Rialto hosting legends
in 2 concerts this week

The Rialto Theatre scores a coup this week — a pair of legends within days will stand on the historic theater’s downtown stage.

First up is iconic bluesman Buddy Guy,  one of the genre’s most imitated guitarists whose impeccable chops merged the soulfulness of blues with the fire of early rock ’n’ roll. He’s been at it since the late 1950s, but Guy doesn’t seem to have slowed down a lick. Guy plays an all-ages show with The Record Company at 8 p.m. Friday at the Rialto, 318 E. Congress St. Tickets are $41 to $63 at the door or online at ticketfly.com

Hardcore hip-hop/rap pioneer KRS-One — aka Lawrence Krisna Parker  — shares the stage with Big Meridox, Jivin Scientist  on Tuesday. The show starts at 8 and tickets are $19 in advance, $21 at the door.

Parker has been a leader in the hardcore hip-hop movement since joining forces as a third of the trio Boogie Down Productions, which became increasingly political , including being the driving force behind the Stop the Violence Movement to address  violence in black communities.

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.