Music notes

2012-11-29T00:00:00Z Music notes Arizona Daily Star
November 29, 2012 12:00 am

George Strait tribute kicks things up Tonight at Desert Diamond club

Kevin Sterner & Strait Country brings its popular George Strait tribute show to Desert Diamond Casino's Monsoon Nightclub tonight.

Sterner, who is a vocal dead-ringer for the Texas country music superstar - as well as a decent stand-in lookswise - digs deep into Strait's catalog of nearly 60 No. 1 hits. His shows over the past two years have garnered him a big following among Tucson country music fans.

Sterner's band consists of Rich Brennion on pedal steel guitar and lead guitar; Bill Emrie on fiddle; Dennis Van Vactor on keyboards; Steve Wendling playing bass guitar; and Ralph Gilmore on drums.

Tonight's show starts at 7:30, and admission is free.

Indie act Blondfire with pacific Air at Club Congress

Indie pop brother-and-sister act Blondfire is pulling into Club Congress for a show with Pacific Air on Sunday.

Although they have second billing on the marquee, Blondfire seems to be gaining some steam behind their debut Art/Warner Bros. EP and its out-of-the-box hit single, "Where the Kids Are." The electro-pop tune is in heavy rotation on indie pop/rock stations around the country and has been praised by Rolling Stone as being "dreamy" and "propulsive."

Erica Driscoll is the voice of Blondfire, while her brother Bruce produces.

They open for another sibling act, brothers Ryan and Taylor Lawhon of Pacific Air. The California pair produce fizzy, dreamy pop tunes on their new Universal Republic Records EP "Long Live Koko," a nod to their old band name.

The show starts at 7 p.m. at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Tickets are $8 to $10 at

Popular DJ brings College Tour to Tucson; promoters offer Rides

Tiësto, one of the most sought-after electronic musicians in the world for more than a decade, is kicking off the latest leg of his Club Life College Invasion Tour in Tucson on Wednesday.

Casino del Sol's AVA will be the DJ's only stop in Arizona before he heads to shows in California, Illinois and Washington, D.C.

For that reason, the promotion companies behind the event - Big Room Group, Relentless Beats and Prime Social Group - went all out to get fans of the famed artist to the show.

You can catch a trip on a bus from the University of Arizona campus for $10.

A bus from Scottsdale and Tempe will also be available. That ride will run about $20.

Transportation costs are in addition to the $35 general admission price for the 7 p.m. performance.

Tiësto is one of very few DJs whose name is known to people who aren't familiar with electronic music, mostly due to his long list of remix collaborations with artists such as Lady Gaga, Kanye West and The Killers.

Tickets can be purchased at all Bookmans Entertainment Exchange locations, the Casino del Sol gift shop and at online.

Sufjan Stevens celebrates Holidays at Rialto Theatre

When you think of singers synonymous with the Christmas season, Detroit songwriter Sufjan Stevens doesn't necessarily come to mind.

Yet Stevens' holiday repertoire is something to be admired.

In 2006, Stevens released the five-disc set "Songs for Christmas," which featured more than 40 traditional and original yuletide melodies he had been putting together since 2001.

Earlier this month, Stevens released a compilation of 58 more Christmas songs for a set called "Silver & Gold."

The performer stops at the Rialto Monday for his Sufjan Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long show.

The evening starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 through the Rialto box office, 740-1000.

Cathalena E. Burch and Gerald M. Gay

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