Arizona Daily Star

It’s not always the case, but it’s oddly comforting to see Fall Club Crawl on the menu this weekend.

The U.S. economy is roaring down I-10 bound for hell faster than AC/DC’s Bon Scott. We’re in the middle of a throat-squeezing election that will determine the future of our country. And if you try to escape any of it, your debit card will be bled dry at the gas station.

So, everyone, let’s give it up for Fall Club Crawl!

It may not be the greatest music festival ever: You may get cold beer spilled down your shirt from some dude with a barbed-wire tattoo, but darned if it shouldn’t help us forget our problems for a few hours.

Essentially every local band you’ve ever heard of will be on the lineup Saturday, plus a handful of out-of-town acts and a Chicago-based 30-piece marching band, Mucca Pazza, that performs punk originals and covers.

Mucca Pazza, which has performed at Lollapalooza and on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” originally started out as an anti-war marching band around 2003 and is led by composer and band leader Mark Messing, according to the Chicago Reader.

The group eventually renamed itself, started doing regular performances around Chicago and has a reputation for interactivity in concert.

Mucca Pazza performs “everything from Gainesbourg to Le Tigre,” says a press release, and will lead a procession on East Congress Street into the Rialto Theatre for its midnight set.

The Rialto is just one of many stages in the Downtown and North Fourth Avenue area that will host live music from early evening until just before last call Saturday night.

Here’s the schedule, subject to change. While we haven’t seen every act on the bill, the asterisk denotes artists we recommend.

If you go

• What: Fall Club Crawl, presented by Tucson Weekly.

• Where: Various locations Downtown and on North Fourth Avenue.

• When: Saturday night.

• Cost: $8 wristband good for