New Wave band the B-52s, joined by the Go-Go's, plays at Casino del Sol's AVA tonight. Trivia tidbit: The B-52s got its name from the outrageous beehive hairdo that resembles the nose cone of the B-52 aircraft.


West coast hip-hop rides high at Casino Del Sol's AVA

If West Coast hip-hop is your thing, head to the AVA Friday to catch performances from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Tha Dogg Pound, Mack 10, DJ Quik, Warren G, Baby Bash and E-40.

Each act has laid its claim to popular music. Bone Thugs had "Tha Crossroads." Baby Bash had "Suga Suga." Warren G. became a national name in 1994 when he collaborated with the late Nate Dogg to record the song "Regulate."

The show starts at 7 p.m. at Casino del Sol's AVA, 5655 W. Valencia Road. Tickets are $35-$85 through

Golden oldies so happy together at fox theatre

A hodgepodge of oldies but goodies are coming through the Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St., Friday for what is being called the Happy Together tour.

The lineup includes Flo & Eddie from The Turtles, Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Mark Lindsay from Paul Revere and the Raiders and Gary Lewis & the Playboys.

The artists will perform individual sets of classic rock over the course of 2 1/2 hours.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $43-$77 through the Fox, 547-3040.

Rodrigo y gabriela come back to rialto theatre

You're just as likely to hear the modern guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela on the silver screen these days as you are on the radio.

Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero have lent their talents to several scores for major motion pictures over the last couple of years, including "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and the animated film, "Puss in Boots."

That's in addition to a full touring schedule, a performance for President Obama in 2010 and recording an album in Havana, Cuba with the 13-piece orchestra, C.U.B.A.

The album, dubbed "Area 52," was released in 2012 and features cameos from sitarist Anoushka Shankar and heavy metal drummer John Tempesta.

Rodrigo y Gabriela will bring material from the release to the Rialto Wednesday. The show begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $36 through the Rialto box office, 740-1000.

Stand-up comic Johnson to play Rialto

Anjelah Johnson, the Oakland Raiders cheerleader-turned-MADtv castmember, returns to Tucson Saturday, on the eve of her televised special, "Anjelah Johnson: The Homecoming Show" in which the comedienne performs a set in her hometown of San Jose, Calif.

The show will air July 20 on Nuvo TV.

Johnson's most popular character on MADtv was Bon Qui Qui, the fast food employee who served up super-sized helpings of attitude with her meals.

Johnson's show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $32.50 through the Rialto box office, 740-1000.

Iconic New Wave bands to rock casino del sol

The B-52s, the iconic New Wave band that produced hits such as "Love Shack" and "Rock Lobster" will perform at Casino del Sol's AVA tonight.

The group will be joined by fellow New Wave rockers the Go-Go's.

The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25-$75 through

Just announced

Talk about waiting a long time to reschedule a canceled show.

Platinum-selling Latin heartthrob Marc Anthony will finally make up a lost Tucson date when he swings into Casino del Sol's AVA on Sept. 14.

He was expected to play the AVA back in July 2004 as part of his "Nada Personal" tour. He announced in May 2004 that he was pushing the tour back to November of that year because of production delays in releasing two albums that summer.

When the missed dates were rescheduled, we were no where on the list. And we haven't made it onto his itinerary since, although he's stopped in Phoenix several times in the past nine years.

Tickets are $51 to $151 through or at the AVA box office, 5655 W. Valencia Road.

Join John Coinman on the Mountain Saturday

Tucson singer-songwriter John Coinman headlines Music on the Mountain Saturday.

Coinman has played the mountaintop festival in the past and is a regular at Tucson folk and acoustic concerts. He also tours in Kevin Costner's band.

Coinman goes on stage at 12:30 p.m. Saturday under the big tent in Summerhaven, 12901 N. Sabino Canyon Parkway. Admission is free. Details:

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