Wynonna bringing The Big Noise to Fox
Country music superstar Wynonna is introducing Tucson to her new band, The Big Noise, in a show Friday at Fox Tucson Theatre.
For those fans expecting a little low-key Wy, you might want to bring your earplugs. In a YouTube interview Wynonna describes the band, formed in 2011, as two knuckleheads who play guitar really loud spurred on by her drummer husband Michael Scott "Cactus" Moser.
The band comes here six months after Moser lost his leg in a motorcycle crash. Moser made his first appearance back with The Big Noise in December.
Wynonna's concerts are a mix of soul-searching blues, honky-tonk country and blissful pop, delivered in a booming voice that demands your attention and earns your respect.
In addition to her extensive solo catalogue and hits from her mother-daughter 1980s duo The Judds, expect to get a taste of Wynonna's forthcoming eighth studio album, which is a work in progress. She plans to release it later this year.
Friday's show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. Tickets are $35-$69 through foxtucsontheatre.ticketforce.com
tom Russell stops in at Sahuarita venue
It seems like Tom Russell is playing every town but Tucson on his current swing through Arizona.
The singer-songwriter was scheduled to hit Flagstaff Wednesday. Today, he plays Phoenix. Friday, he is in Sahuarita and Saturday, he is down in Bisbee.
If you can make it to his Sahuarita show, Russell will be performing at the Javarita Coffeehouse, at The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, 17750 S. La Cañada Drive, as part of its 12th annual concert series.
Russell, a native of Los Angeles who lives in El Paso, has performed at Javarita before. He comes to the area in support of his latest album, "Mesabi" and on the heels of his soundtrack work for the Monte Hellman film "Road to Nowhere."
The show starts 7 p.m. with a $20 suggested donation.
dolan ellis to perform from 'sense of place'
Dolan Ellis, Arizona's official state balladeer since 1966, will perform songs from his latest album, "Sense of Place" at Abounding Grace Sanctuary on Saturday.
Ellis, who turns 78 in less than a month, has been a busy guy.
Besides his own solo career, he has reunited with The New Christy Minstrels and has been touring the country with the folk group.
Ellis was one of the band's founding members.
Saturday's LAVA show begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 in advance through lavamusic.org or $20 cash at the door.
Club Congress gives props to Brit Rock
Six local bands will pay homage to some of the United Kingdom's most famous rock outfits, at Club Congress' British Invasion Night, Friday.
The Electric Blankets, Silverfox, Kaia Chesney, Smallvox, Sugar Stains and Atom Heart Mother will cover major players in the Brit rock scene, including the Smiths, David Bowie, Queen, the Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd.
Prepare for a night of good music and bad English accents.
The event starts at 8 p.m. and is for the 21-and-older crowd. Admission is $5.
Fiddle Contest brings in folks from all over
About 60 musicians and 300 spectators are expected to attend the 73rd annual Tucson Fiddle Contest at San Miguel High School, 6601 S. San Fernando Road, on Saturday.
The all-day event, which is free, features fiddlers from all over the Southwest, competing in 11 categories.
The games include the "twin fiddle" category, in which two fiddlers play simultaneously and an "anything goes" category where, you guessed it, anything goes.
The competition will be in the San Miguel auditorium from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contestants pay $10 per entry.
Call 954-1383 for more information.
The xx to play sold-out Show
Dream pop has proven to be a popular genre in Southern Arizona. Evidence? The xx is set to play a sold-out show at the Rialto Theatre, Sunday.
The indie band, straight out of England, is on tour to promote its sophomore album, "Coexist."
Visit rialtotheatre.com for more information.
far east movement moving into Rialto
Far East Movement, the hip hop outfit whose reference to its high-end, private-jet lifestyle landed them at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, will perform a free show at the Rialto Theatre Monday.
The Los-Angeles based group, still riding the contrails of its first major hit "Like a G6," is coming to town to promote its latest release, "Dirty Bass," which features the Justin Bieber collaboration "Live My Life."
The group's musical talents go beyond studio releases.
Fans of Nicktoons should also be familiar with the artists for their contribution to the "Monsuno" theme, which they co-wrote with songwriter Martin Kierszenbaum and recorded for the series.
The show is sponsored by Hot 98.3 FM and starts at 8 p.m. Visit rialtotheatre.com for more information.
ticket sales starting for Dropkick Murphys
Punk-rockers Dropkick Murphys haven't played a Tucson show in a decade.
But thanks to routing, we finally get our long-awaited encore to that 2003 Rialto Theatre show. Tucson falls on the way to California's Coachella mixed-genre music festival that's spread over two weekends in April.
The Massachusetts-born Dropkick Murphys will return to the Rialto on April 12. Tickets ($27) go on sale at rialtotheatre.com on Friday. The price goes up to $30 on the day of show.
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