Southern rockers the Marshall Tucker Band - Marcus Henderson, left, Rick Willis, Stuart Swanlund, Doug Gray, Barry Bordin and Pat Ellwood - play Fox Tucson Theatre Tuesday.


Summer 2012 unofficially starts this weekend with a few not-to-be-missed shows in the coming week.

On Monday, California singer-songwriter Greg Laswell pulls into Club Congress.

Laswell, formerly of the San Diego band Shillglen, is best known for his songs that have landed in Hollywood's lap, including "Sweet Dreams," which was used in the series "Parenthood"; "Take a Bow" from "Friends With Benefits"; and "What a Day," which was used on several shows, including "CSI: Miami," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Numb3rs."

His show starts at 7 p.m. at Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Tickets are $13 in advance at at and $15 at the door or online at

On Tuesday, seminal Southern rockers the Marshall Tucker Band play Fox Tucson Theatre.

The band, which helped establish the Southern rock genre in the early 1970s, has a couple of founding members still on board, including vocalist Doug Gray. The band infuses its music with rock, R&B, country, jazz and gospel.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Fox, 17 W. Congress St. Tickets are $18 to $42 through

Next Thursday, the Rialto Theatre is hosting the mild-mannered indie sextet Of Monsters and Men with Yellow Ostrich. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Rialto, 318 E. Congress St.

Of Monsters and Men went from quiet, Iceland folkie pop band to popular touring act in the span of a year on the merits of its debut single "Little Talks." The song, first played in the United States on Philadelphia's Radio 104.5, was a big hit back home and a radio darling here.

Tickets are $22 in advance at, $24 the day of the show. Reserved balcony seats are $29.

Cathalena E. Burch