Singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen returns to Tucson with new honor

2013-04-04T00:00:00Z Singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen returns to Tucson with new honorGerald M. Gay Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Keen returns to Tucson with new honor

Singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen has one more thing to brag about when he returns to Tucson Friday.

In 2012, the alt-country musician, 57, was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside Lyle Lovett and Townes Van Zandt.

A born-and-raised Texan, Keen has received similar honors for his talents over the years.

He has released more than 15 studio and live CDs since his 1984 debut "No Kinda Dancer," including his most recent release "Ready for Confetti."

He'll play the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $26 in advance and $29 the day of the show.

Call 740-1000 for more information.

Gerald M. Gay

Surf-Rock legend Dick Dale cruising into congress

Dick Dale, the undisputed king of California's surf-rock movement, will show off his guitar skills at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., Saturday.

Dale, 75, still tours regularly. He's also no stranger to awards.

In 2009, he was honored by the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tenn., for his life's work. In 2011, Dale was inducted into the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk Hall of Fame.

His songs have inspired countless musicians over the years, including Eddie Van Halen.

Quentin Tarantino's 1994 hit film "Pulp Fiction" wouldn't have been the same without Dale's "Misirlou" playing during its opening credits.

Dale's set at Congress starts at 7 p.m. Tickets for the 21-and-older show are $20 in advance and $23 the day of the show.

Gerald M. Gay

Folkie Arlo Guthrie to honor his father's Music at Fox

Folk singer Arlo Guthrie will celebrate his father Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday when he comes to the Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St., Sunday as part of his Here Comes the Kid Tour.

Woody was an iconic name in American folk; his Dust Bowl Ballads and songs of social injustice reflected American society during the Great Depression and beyond.

He might best be known for penning the classic, "This Land Is Your Land."

Arlo has had plenty of his own hits over the years, songs such as "City of New Orleans" and "Alice's Restaurant Massacree."

But Sunday night will be all about his dad's music.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$65 through the Fox box office, 547-3040.

Gerald M. Gay

Chicago band fuses hip-hop, blues, horns

Kids These Days, a fast-rising band from Chicago, has a gig set for Club Congress Wednesday night.

The group blends horns with hip-hop, soul and blues to create an infectious mix of beats and lyrics.

Its debut album, "Traphouse Rock," was produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.

The Kids show starts at 7 p.m. and is all ages. Admission is $10. Call 622-8848 for more info.

Gerald M. Gay

Parisian rock band Phoenix to play Casino del Sol's AVA

It's Phoenix via Paris as the French rock band with the familiar Arizona name takes the stage at the AVA, 5655 W. Valencia Road, on Tuesday.

The group is touring the country in support of its latest release "Bankrupt!," a follow-up to its Grammy-winning 2009 album, "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix."

The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25-$35 through online.

Gerald M. Gay

Other acts ...

• Arizona bluesmen Hans Olson and Stefan George playing a LAVA show at Abounding Grace Sanctuary on Saturday;

• Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers promoting its latest release, "Unida Cantina," at the Rialto Theatre Saturday.

• A Tejano Shootout with Ram Herrera at Casino del Sol's AVA Saturday.

• The theatrical metal of GWAR at the Rialto Theatre Wednesday.

• Badfish paying tribute to Sublime at The Rock Sunday.

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