You can almost feel the coastal breezes when Hapa performs. The Hawaiian group plays a crossbreed of traditional Pan-Polynesian, folk-rock and pop.


Hawaiian, Samoan, Maori musicians to play rialto

Musical acts with roots from across the Pacific have back-to-back gigs at the Rialto Theatre this week.

On Sunday, the Hawaiian band HAPA will perform, with a show that will feature dance, slack key guitar and traditional native chanting.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $30-$35 through the Rialto box office, 740-1000.

The venue will follow on Monday with reggae performances from J Boog and Katchafire.

J Boog was born and raised in Southern California, but has Samoan roots.

Katchafire is an all-Maori group that performs its own brand of roots reggae, developed in the city of Hamilton, New Zealand.

That show kicks off at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20 in advance and $22 the day of the show.

Blues rock keyboardist Mclagan at congress

British rock and blues musician Ian McLagan has a long history as a sideman for high profile bands such as The Rolling Stones and Faces.

He also has put in his time as a session musician, performing with artists ranging from Chuck Berry and Joe Cocker to Bruce Springsteen and John Mayer.

McLagan has a performance slated for Club Congress Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the show. 622-8848.

Also Playing

• Powerdove performing experimental pop at Solar Culture Friday. 884-0874.

• Rancid possibly playing punk tracks from its long-delayed, still unreleased album at the Rialto Theatre, Tuesday. 740-1000.

• A set from Chicago rock band California Wives at Plush Wednesday. 798-1298.

• Metalcore band Adestria performing tonight at The Rock as part of its national Hot-N-Ready Tour. 629-9211.

• The Pangs with Hairsprayfireandgirls, Kid Puto and Big Meridox at Plush Saturday.

Just announced

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday for the return of comedian Kathy Griffin to Tucson.

Griffin, host of A&E's reality show "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," will dish on A-list celebs and poke fun at her audience from Desert Diamond Casino's Diamond Entertainment Center on Sept. 28. It's the first time she's played the casino since she started making regular Tucson appearances nearly a decade back.

This will be her first Tucson concert since selling out Tucson Music Hall in February 2012.

Tickets start at $35 at This is an 18-and-older show.

Cathalena E. Burch