Peyroux keeps it blue at the rialto Saturday
Singer Madeleine Peyroux returns to the Rialto Theatre Saturday with an album inspired by Ray Charles and his "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music."
Producer Larry Klein looked to the 1962 Charles release, a selection of covers interpreted by the R&B pianist, as a jumping-off point for the Peyroux project, dubbed "The Blue Room."
Peyroux puts her own jazzy takes on several "Modern Sounds" songs, as well as other selections such as Randy Newman's "Guilty" and John Hartford's "Gentle on My Mind."
The Rialto show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $29-$40 through the Rialto box office, 740-1000.
Last stand at Laffs for local comedian
Laffs Comedy Caffé will say goodbye to one of its own on Sunday as local comedian Jericho Davidson performs his last show in Tucson.
Davidson is heading to New York City in an attempt to break into the big time.
His Sunday set will be part of a larger "Sick & Twisted Comedy Carnival," featuring Arizona stand-ups Gary Hood, Jonathan Gregory, Joey G, DC Parsons and Pauly Casillas.
The funny begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. Visit laffstucson.com for more information.
Triple bill of latin rock at Casino del sol's ava
Casino del Sol has a Latin rock triple threat in store this Sunday at the AVA.
The bill includes Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys and singer/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo.
Out of the three, only Escovedo has a recent studio album to promote - his latest release, "Big Station" came out in 2012 and features songs created in collaboration with Chuck Prophet and producer Tony Visconti.
Los Lobos celebrated the 20th anniversary of "Kiko" in 2012 and will probably be pushing the live and remastered and reissued versions of the release. Los Lonely Boys haven't had anything new since 2011's "Rockpango."
The concert should still sell well. All three artists have large Tucson followings.
The performance starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20-$65 through tickets.solcasinos.com
Blues rock to take over fox tucson theatre
The Fox Theatre hopes to tap Tucson's sense of nostalgia once again this Sunday with a Rock 'n' Blues Fest featuring Ten Years After, the Edgar Winter Band, Canned Heat, Rick Derringer and Pat Travers.
The concert comes on the heels of the Happy Together Tour, which brought out members of Three Dog Night, the Turtles, Paul Revere & the Raiders and other popular bands of the 1960s.
As far as lineups go, Rock 'n' Blues keeps it solid.
Most of the bands on the bill had hits throughout the 1960s and '70s. Canned Heat had "Going Up the Country." Edgar Winter had "Free Ride." Rick Derringer and his band the McCoys made themselves a household name in 1965 with the No. 1 Billboard hit song "Hang On Sloopy."
The Fox show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $29-$82 through the Fox box office, 547-3040.
Son of a beatle at congress Monday
James McCartney, son of Beatles member and former Tucsonan Paul McCartney, has a gig scheduled for Club Congress on Monday.
James is touring with his first full-length solo album under his belt. "Me" came out in May and McCartney is hitting 47 American cities across the country to promote it.
The Congress show starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 through the box office, 622-8848.
Chris Isaak at the Fox goes 'beyond the sun'
"Wicked Game" player Chris Isaak is bringing the golden years of Sun Records to the Fox Theatre Wednesday.
Isaak released "Beyond the Sun" in 2011. The album is a collection of covers from the early days of Sun Records.
In a video on his website, Isaak said the album's content was inspired by his parents' record collection that he listened to as a kid.
The project was recorded in Sun Studio in Memphis and features songs made famous by Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison.
Isaak takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $34-$98 through the Fox box office, 547-3040.
• Whitesnake and Night Ranger are playing the KLPX Birthday Bash Tuesday at Casino del Sol's AVA. tickets.solcasinos.com
• Oxford, England's Foals are playing tracks from their latest release, "Holy Fire," Wednesday at the Rialto. 740-1000.
• Mother Falcon, an orchestral band from Austin, Texas, will play Saturday at Solar Culture.
• The AmoSphere, AmoChip Dabney's band, will perform at 8:30 p.m. at Chicago Bar Friday. It will be the final Tucson appearance of drummer James Hunt. Hunt has inoperable pancreatic cancer and is moving to Michigan to be with family. 748-8169.
Gerald M. Gay