Music notes

2013-01-31T00:00:00Z Music notes Arizona Daily Star
January 31, 2013 12:00 am

'Here's your sign' comic returns to Tucson's AVA

Bill Engvall, the Blue Collar comic who has made a career with his signature punchline "Here's your sign," is heading to Casino del Sol's AVA this spring.

Engvall will play a show March 16 at the amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road. Tickets start at $40 through tickets.solcasinos.com

Engvall, who played his last Tucson show in 2011 at Desert Diamond Casino, is one of two Blue Collar Comedy veterans set to play the AVA this spring. Larry the Cable Guy will join Reno Collier for a show there April 28.

Laffs plans open-mic showcases in February

Laffs Comedy Caffe will roll out a new showcase for its devoted open-mic crowd.

Starting with "The Young & Forgetful" on Feb. 21, the comedy club at 2900 E. Broadway will invite groups of comedians to buddy up on a single bill.

Laffs talent coordinator Gary Hood said the new showcase gives comedians a chance to better promote their shows and get more stage time during open mic nights.

"We're just trying to develop talent and get people on stage," Hood said.

The Feb. 21 show will feature four comedians, including one of Laff's youngest regular open mic participants - he's 18 - and Simon, one of the oldest regulars.

On Feb. 28, former Bill Maher writer Mike Sterner will join his wife and three other comics for "Adventures in Tucson Comedy."

Doors open at 8 p.m. on open mic nights, and there is no cover charge. Details: www.laffstucson.com

Johnston tries again at Club congress

Singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston is making good on the gig he canceled at Club Congress last November.

No official reason was given for the cancellation beyond "unforeseen circumstances," but ticket holders for November's show are welcome to use them when Johnston tries again at the club this Saturday.

Hailing from Texas, Johnston has long been known for his musical storytelling, as well as for his battles with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

His music over the last few decades has inspired scores of musicians, the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain among them.

Johnston's show starts at 7 p.m. For those without tickets, it is $20 in advance and $22 at the door. Call 622-8848 for more information.

Cathalena E. Burch Gerald M. Gay

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