Nashville newcomer will play Toby Keith's

Brett Eldredge tells a great story.

In his first nationally released single in 2010, he spins a sentimental tale of an older woman who calls him "Raymond" after her long-dead son.

The song broke into the Top 25 of Billboard's Hot County Singles, as did his third single, last year's "Don't Ya." On Aug. 6, he's set to release his debut album, which will include both songs. Hopefully, it also will include the fan favorite break-up ballad "One Mississippi."

Surely Eldredge will play all three and more cuts off the album on Wednesday, when he introduces himself to Tucson in a gig at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill, 4500 N. Oracle Road in the Tucson Mall. The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are $10 at the door or in advance online at or at the bar.

Eldredge is coming off several shows with Taylor Swift's Red Tour.

Tom Petty tribute band at del Sol lounge

With a top hat covering dirty blond hair that flows below his shoulders and his thin physique, Phoenix guitarist/singer Scott Blackwell could win a Tom Petty lookalike contest.

See for yourself tonight when Blackwell and his Phoenix band Breakdown: A Tribute to Tom Petty play a show at Casino del Sol's Paradiso Bar & Lounge.

Blackwell discovered his inner Tom Petty in 2000 when members of his Rob Zombie tribute act started teasing him about his resemblance to Petty. The band learned a few Petty tunes from his 1970s-80s heydays and played a couple of gigs. The shows were hits.

"The Tom Petty has given us the opportunity to play quite a few casinos; we play Tucson quite a bit," said Blackwell, who also has an office-equipment-repair and retail business. "We've played at casinos in Nevada. It's been fun.

"I'm having a blast. I never thought I would be doing it, but it's cool," he added."We're trying to re-create a show, and it shows in our performance that we've been together for as long as we have. We're tight and we gel."

Tonight's show starts at 8 p.m., and admission is free. The lounge is located inside the casino, 5655 W. Valencia Road.

Rockers Teen swing into Club Congress

Psychedelic rockers Teen will introduce themselves to Tucson in a show at Club Congress Wednesday.

Here's the two-minute lowdown:

• Members: Founder Kristina "Teeny" Lieberson and her sisters Lizzie (keyboards) and Katherine (drums), and bassist Jane Herships. The quartet started playing together in 2010 in their native Brooklyn.

• Sound: Flashes of 1980s-era psychedelic rock with alternative rock influences. They also dip a bit into New Wave in their intriguing soundscape.

• Critical acclaim: Time magazine called them one of the "11 Great Bands You Don't Know (But Should)"; Stereogum tapped them as its "Band to Watch"; and Rolling Stone gave them the ultimate compliment: Their track "Better" made the magazine's 50 Best Songs of 2012 list, at No. 38.

Wednesday's show starts at 8 p.m. at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Admission is $8 at the door, and it's 21 and older only. Dream Sick also is on the bill.

Catch Alt-rocking duo at Plush on Friday

Alternative folk-rock duo Water Liars was an accident waiting to happen.

What was supposed to be a one-time recording session between buddies Justin Kinkel-Schuster and Andrew Bryant in 2011 has turned into a must-see musical matchup, if reviews are to be believed.

Write your own after you see Water Liars play a gig Friday at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St. The show also features Tucson's own indie-pop/garage band The Electric Blankets. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $7, and it's 21 and older.

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Texas band Girl in a coma to rock congress

Girl in a Coma has Club Congress down on its schedule of venues to play on its latest Southwest swing.

The all-female powerhouse rock trio, driving through on its way back to San Antonio, will perform at the downtown venue Saturday.

The Girls celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2012, a decade of music that has seen the band performing with the likes of Tegan and Sara, The Pogues and Morrissey.

The Congress show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12-$14.

Puro Conjunto show at AVA for father's Day

Looking for a unique way to let your father know you love him?

Try the Puro Conjunto Father's Day concert at Casino del Sol's AVA this Saturday.

The evening will feature performances from Los Bad Boys del Valle, Boni Mauricio, Grupo Vida and a reunion appearance from Los Hermanos Farias.

The music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available at online.

Just announced

• REO Speedwagon ("Take It on the Run," "Keep on Loving You") is coming back to Tucson, this time to Desert Diamond Casino's Diamond Center. The 1970s rock band was on a bill with Styx at Casino del Sol's AVA last May.

Tickets for the Sept. 20 show at DDC (starting at $25) go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday through or the casino, 1100 W. Pima Mine Road, off Interstate 19.

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