Florence area to get Coachella-like festival
Florence's Canyon Moon Ranch, home to the annual Country Thunder Festival every April, will host Liquid Sol, a Coachella-like multigenre music festival in September.
Harry Luge, the Queen Creek indie country artist whose family owns the property, said he can't release any details because the festival organizers are finalizing the lineup. But Liquid Sol will debut Sept. 19-21 on Canyon Moon Ranch's sprawling festival grounds, which can accommodate camping for hundreds.
Luge's family operates a year-round entertainment facility at the ranch called Moonshine Willy's. It includes rodeo arenas, a full-service restaurant, RV facilities and a 55,000-square-foot pavilion.
"It's a destination location, but it's a very unique place," said Luge, whose band performs at weekend dinner shows at Moonshine Willy's. To learn more, see moonshinewillys.com
Burlesque roadshow pulls into Tucson
If risque sideshow acts float your boat, take a peek at The Pretty Things Peepshow at the Surly Wench Pub on Friday.
The national touring act specializes in blending burlesque with the bizarre in a show that includes sword swallowing, glass walking, hula hoops and a back-up band called The Peepin Toms.
Its members have been featured on "The Colbert Report," "Oddities" and "Celebrity Apprentice."
The Tucson show is for those 21 and older and starts at 10 p.m. at the pub, 424 N. Fourth Ave.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Call 882-0009 for more information.
Johnny Rawls is back at rhythm & Roots
A longstanding name in blues and soul returns to Tucson Saturday for a show at Plaza Palomino.
Born in Mississippi, Johnny Rawls got his start in his late teens backing R&B artists such as Z.Z. Hill and Joe Tex.
Now 61, Rawls is a draw all on his own.
His solo albums, including his latest 2012 release "Soul Survivor," are regular contenders at the Blues Music Awards, held annually in Memphis, Tenn.
Saturday's show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $18 in advance through rhythmandroots.org or $20 at the door.
Tucson's Best take over the rialto
The Tucson Rock Alliance has some local ska and reggae bands on tap this evening for a show to promote the city's top talent.
The concert, to be held at the Rialto Theatre, will feature seven acts, including Bangarang, Something like Seduction and Laches.
The show starts at 6 p.m. and tickets are $10 through the Rialto box office, 740-1000.
Also at the Rialto: the jam band Leftover Salmon, which will play the venue on Sunday. Visit rialtotheatre.com for more info.
Del SOl's Ava bringing in French alt-rockers
French alternative rockers Phoenix will spend part of their American spring break at Casino del Sol's AVA, 5655 W. Valencia Road.
The band is here April 9. Tickets are $25 and $35 with a limit of four per person at tickets.solcasinos.com online. Although you can order them now, you cannot pick them up until after 3 p.m. on the day of the show, according to the AVA's website.
• British operatic boy band Il Divo also is headed to the AVA for a show May 17. Tickets are $40 to $150.
Il Divo was formed in the early 2000s by pop music/reality-talent TV impressario Simon Cowell. The quartet made its North American debut in 2006 as openers for Barbra Streisand.
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