Rialto hosts evening of electronica

When you think of electronica music - aka urban house dance music - you usually picture a guy at a turntable manipulating discs and mixing and matching beats with plenty of thump.

So now close your eyes and picture the same sonic result coming from a five-piece band, playing real instruments, live, right before your eyes.

Welcome to electronic from the self-proclaimed electronically inclined jazz-funk outfit Lotus. It's been around since 1999, first as strictly a jam band, then more of a dance-electronica band. Members call it "jamtronica," and Tucson will experience it live tonight when the band plays the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. and the lineup includes VibeSquaD. Tickets are $20 at the door. Details: rialtotheatre.com or 740-1000.

Also this week at the Rialto, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason goes unplugged for a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday. $32 and $35 for reserved seats.

Congress free show reunites old friends

The new project from the folks behind Mr. Free and The Satellite Freakout, featuring members of that band, will headline a free show at Club Congress Friday night.

The band, S*** Ton, heads a lineup that includes fellow Tucson bands Dream Sick and Ex-Cowboy. Friday's show starts at 9 p.m. on the Club Congress patio, 311 E. Congress St. Admission is free. Details: hotelcongress.com or call 622-8848.

Inside the club Friday night, electronica will be bumping the house for Rage on Congress, featuring six DJs (DJ-K Spacely, Abstrackt, Murlin, Rubbrduckk, Lagswitch and Fern) playing house, dubstep, hip-hop and electro beginning at 9 p.m. This is an 18-and-older show and admission is $10 at the door.

• Latin Funk Project plays a free patio show at 7 p.m. Saturday. It's a 21-and-old event.

Cathalena E. Burch

Cathalena E. Burch