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Club Congress, 311 E. Congress Street, Tucson

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311 E. Congress Street
Tucson, AZ United States

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August 2016

Steve Forbert, KXCI Presents!

August 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Steve Forbert Sunday, August 28th 7:00PM (Doors at 7pm, $18-20, 21+) As a young man from Meridian, Mississippi, Steve Forbert traveled to New York City and played guitar for spare change in Grand Central Station. He vaulted to international prominence with a folk-rock hit, “Romeo’s Tune,” during a time when rootsy rock was fading out and the Ramones, Talking Heads and other New Wave and punk acts were moving in to the public consciousness. Still, critics raved about Steve’s poetic…

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September 2016

HOCO Fest Kickoff Party Thursday, September 1st

September 1 @ 7:00 pm - 1:00 am

This year, HOCO begins with a massive dance party: bringing together the best electronic and alternative club music Tucson has to offer. OPTIMIST CLUB: ZACKEY FORCE FUNK 10:00 PM At the helm of it all we have Zackey Force Funk—Tucson-raised LA-based Singer, Songwriter, Producer, and Multi-Instrumentalist DJ—taking over Optimist Club, Club Congress’s long-running Weekly Alternative Club Night. Though he has an acknowledged dept to ’80s funk fixtures like Prince and Egyptian Lover, Zackey has worked in all strains of electronic music and hip hop. This is…

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HOCO Fest Day 2 – Giant Sand, Gabriel Sullivan, El Tambo – DJ DirtyVerbs, Buyepongo, Quitapenas

September 2 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

HOCO Fest Day 2 features acts that are quintessentially, undeniably Tucson. In the club we have Giant Sand—the brainchild of Howe Gelb, the undisputed grandparent of Alt-Country /Desert Rock—as well as Gabe Sullivan, one of the Old Pueblo’s most ambitious and prolific talents, and a former protégé of Howe’s, to boot! Outside on the Plaza, Friday Night Resident DJ Logan DirtyVerbs curates another excellent El Tambó—rated consistently as the best dance party by the Tucson Weekly—featuring the talents of Quitpenas, Buyepongo, and Vox Urbana. The great…

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HOCO VINYL Saturday, September 3rd 10:00AM (DOORS AT 10AM, FREE, ALL AGES)

September 3 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

HOCO VINYL HOCO VINYL is a Record Fair of epic proportions. Taking over both the lobby and the club all morning and afternoon, popular local vendors like Bookmans, Zia Records, Wooden Tooth, Old Paint, and PDQ will peddle their wares alongside local hobbyists and collectors. To set the tone, some of our finest selectors and crate diggers will be DJing for you while you peruse the crates and perhaps enjoy one of our award-winning Bloody Mary’s…

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HOCO Fest Day 3 – The Dusty Chaps, John Coinman, & Lando Chill and friends

September 3 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

HOCO Fest Day 3 The Dusty Chaps & Lando Chill (Doors 6pm, Plaza $15/Club FREE, 21+) HOCO Fest Day 3 was specifically tailored to showcase the best of Tucson musical past and future with two great—if not completely different—showcases. On the plaza, we have The Dusty Chaps, a seminal honky tonk country swing band based in Tucson, Arizona in the 1970s & early 80s. Maybe only Linda Ronstadt eclipses the Dusty Chaps as far as enduring popularity in the Old…

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HOCO Fest Day 4 – CLUB STAGE with Sergio Mendoza, Brian Lopez, Camilo Lara, Y La Bamba

September 4 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Sunday, September 4th 6:00PM (Doors 6pm, $5, 21+) On HOCO Fest’s 4th and final day, Sergio Mendoza and Camilo Lara host the Club stage with support from Brian Lopez and Y La Bamba. In addition, join us for an evening of free entertainment and BBQing on the plaza presented by Creative Tucson featuring the talents of The Pangs, Jon Rauhouse, and more! CLUB STAGE – $5 SERGIO MENDOZA It’s safe to say that most of us haven’t heard the term “Indie Mambo”…

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HOCO Fest Day 4 – Plaza Stage – A Musical Remembrance to Michael Ronstadt, Jon Rauhouse and more

September 4 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

 A Musical Remembrance to Michael Ronstadt, Jon Rauhouse, The Pangs, & more (Doors 6pm, FREE , 21+) HOCOFEST DAY 4 – Plaza Stage The free plaza stage hosts a gamut of Arizona musical flavors (and don’t forget legendary Cup BBQ)! We kick off the stage by honoring one of Tucson’s most well regarded musicians: Michael Ronstadt, who passed away on August 7th. The stellar Jon Rauhouse, Marianne Dissard, and The Pangs round out the bill. A MUSICAL REMEMBRANCE TO MICHAEL RONSTADT…

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Matt the Electrician

September 6 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Despite the name, Matt the Electrician is no longer an electrician, focusing instead on a music career that has spanned the course of two decades, a dozen records, and literally thousands of shows. It’s folk music for a modern age, rooted in lyrics that focus on the realities and challenges of the 21st century as opposed to, say, the old-school thrill of hopping trains. With his newest project, Matt gets by with a little help from his friends. Throughout 2015…

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Trevor Hall

September 9 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

As an eleven year old, playing harmonica beside his father in South Carolina, music quickly became Trevor’s most intimate companion, guide and creative outlet. In his elementary years, he began to write his own songs and perform them locally. At sixteen he recorded his first record, and the following year he left South Carolina to study classical guitar at Idyllwild Arts Academy, an international boarding school east of Los Angeles. There, Trevor was introduced to yoga and certain spiritual practices…

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Crystal Radio Release with Parker Smith (Doors at 7pm, $5, 21+)

September 10 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Crystal Radio, featuring Amelia Poe and Daniel Martin Diaz, sounds like a haunted western about ghosts and dreams, Ennio Morricone meets David Lynch. What began as a summer road trip in 2013 to the beautiful Arizona western towns of Jerome and Prescott, became the beginning of a three-year journey, a genesis of creativity, and the framework for the invention of Amelia’s Crystal Theremin by DMD. The project is inspired by the mysticism of the West and Amelia’s ghost from 16th Century France, Elisabeth of Valois. There…

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$13 - $15

El Ten Eleven & Mylets

September 14 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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El Ten Eleven – El Ten Eleven gained notoriety through film & TV, featuring their music in various commercials from the likes of Lexus, to the MTV awards – Licensing partnerships with Gary Hustwit’s award-winning design documentary trilogy, Helvetica, Objectified and Urbanized – Toured with artists such as Bonobo, with touring support coming from Baths, Peter Hook & The Light, Globes, and Races. They have performed at festivals such as Fun Fun Fun Fest, North Coast Music Festival and more.…

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El Ten Eleven with Mylets (Doors at 8pm, $13/15, 16+)

September 14 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

El Ten Eleven – El Ten Eleven gained notoriety through film & TV, featuring their music in various commercials from the likes of Lexus, to the MTV awards – Licensing partnerships with Gary Hustwit’s award-winning design documentary trilogy, Helvetica, Objectified and Urbanized – Toured with artists such as Bonobo, with touring support coming from Baths, Peter Hook & The Light, Globes, and Races. They have performed at festivals such as Fun Fun Fun Fest, North Coast Music Festival and more.…

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Jared & the Mill with Edison and Drew Cooper (Doors at 6:30pm, $10/$12, 16+)

September 15 @ 6:30 am - 11:00 pm

JARED & THE MILL Howdy, We are Jared & The Mill. All of us were born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and we still call it home today. When we first got started in the summer of 2011 we just wanted to play some music with our best buds, have a few shows, and have a good time. Jared and Michael had been buddies and playing music together since they were kids, and after they met up with another childhood…

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September 21 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Club Congress is stoked to welcome back the legendary band just a year after they kicked off the start of their “Hold It In” tour right here in Tucson, AZ! If you happened to miss that show, consider yourself lucky, because you have yet another chance to see King Buzzo & Co. in action! For those who don’t know: The Melvins have been a band for over 25 years… The Melvins have four members. King Buzzo… Longest surviving and only…

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$10 - $12

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas w/ Tancred

September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas have arrived at last with their long awaited Instant Records debut, SECRET EVIL. The album sees the Detroit-based band serving up a brilliantly polyglot sonic stew – equal parts rockabilly and surf pop, cabaret jazz and funky reggae, Latin psych and Gypsy punk – all cooked up on the hot Motor City pavement and seasoned by that distinctly Detroit combination of blasted R&B, showband theatrics, and limitless rock ‘n’ soul…

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Erika Wennerstrom (of Heartless Bastards) (Doors at 8pm, $12-$15, 21+)

September 28 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Erika Wennerstrom never really considered performing as Erika Wennerstrom, despite being the heart of Heartless Bastards, the only member of the Austin-based indie rock band of which she remains the lone original member. “Half the time, people can’t even spell my first name right,” she joked.“Or pronounce my last name — they say ‘storm.’And I also like the idea of a group vibe — a team. But I’m really inspired right now and I want to keep going. If [my…

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Rocky Votolato

September 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

“…a brilliant creative revitalization” – Billboard.com “Hospital Handshakes is a bona fide indie-rock masterpiece” – Alternative Press Seattle’s Rocky Votolato has been relentlessly on tour over the last two decades, as a compelling Singer Songwriter, or with his former cult-punkband Waxwing. Ten years after his critically acclaimed album “Makers” and its evergreen “White Daisy Passing”, Votolato is still connecting with and captivating audiences all over the world, and is releasing a new EP in 2016 called “Sawdust and Shavings”. A…

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October 2016

Margaret Glaspy (Doors at 8pm, $12-15, 21+)

October 5 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

“Emotions and Math” is not simply the name of Margaret Glaspy’s new debut album. That expression drills right to the heart of the New York singer-songwriter’s proper introduction, a mission statement both artistic and personal. On its surface, the title track talks about being a touring musician and figuring out how to see your partner, looking at the calendar and calculating how you’re going to spend time together. But “Emotions and Math,” which ATO Records will release on June 17,…

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Avi Buffalo with Jess Matsen (Doors at 8pm, FREE, 21+)

October 6 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A band started as the recording project of Avi Buffalo aka Avi Zahner-Isenberg, who built around his songs a full electric band to play live shows. The rest, is HISTORY.

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No Mas Muertas Benefit Concert with Gabriel Sullivan and more! (Doors at 7pm, $5 Donation, 21+)

October 7 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 pm

GABRIEL SULLIVAN Gabriel Sullivan’s latest solo album, JVPITER, finds Sullivan stripping away the horns and percussion of his last project, Taraf de Tucson, to bring the focus on the songs themselves. JVPITER was written over the course of a year in Tucson, Arizona. Through the help of Kickstarter Sullivan was able to fly himself and bassist Thøger T. Lund to the Northwest coast of Denmark to spend one week recording in a secluded farmhouse with the Danish portion of Giant…

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Robyn Hitchcock with Emma Swift (Doors at 7pm, $10/$12, 21+)

October 8 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 pm

Robyn Hitchcock We are beyond excited to welcome long-time Tucson and Club Congress amigo Robyn Hitchcock back to the stage! He is one of England’s most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers and we couldn’t be happier to have him back! A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician’s musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock’s father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration). Since founding the art-rock band…

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Plaza Concert Series – Ian Moore with Gerald Collier (Doors At 7:30PM, FREE, 21+)

October 14 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Join us on the plaza for the Hotel Congress free, fall concert series bringing you great music from world renowned artists. Tonight we are happy to bring back the talented songwriter guitarist, Ian Moore, with special guest and recent Seattle transplant, Gerald Collier. Best of all, it’s free! IAN MOORE Encouraged by his parents, Ian Moore took up the violin at age six, moving to guitar nine years later. The Austin-based blues-rocker’s early influences included the Beatles, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, and Sly…

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Mr. Gnome with Mute Swan ($10/$12, 21+)

October 14 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

MR. GNOME Forging beauty out of chaos with their explosive fusing of widescreen concepts and surreal psychedelia since their inception, singer/guitarist Nicole Barille, and drummer/pianist Sam Meister return with the duo hitting an undeniably new energetic peak. Layered vocals, searing guitars, and driving rhythms transport the listener into another world — or, quite literally into The Heart of a Dark Star or the “belly of the beast” as they say — which comes in and out of focus but never loses its cinematic eye. In…

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Hinds (Doors at 7pm, $15-$17, 16+)

October 19 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

We are so excited to welcome Hinds, an energetic garage pop outfit from Madrid, Spain, to the Club Congress stage! Formed in 2011 as a two-piece, the always fun and lovable group now consists of Carlotta Cosials (vocals, guitar), Ana Perrote (vocals, guitar), Ade Martin (bass) and Amber Grimbergen (drums). The band was originally named Deers, but they were forced to change it at the end of 2014, due to the threat of legal action from a similarly named band. In 2015,…

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Kishi Bashi

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Kishi Bashi is the pseudonym for violin virtuoso K Ishibashi. Having recorded, toured, and collaborated with diverse artists such as Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and of Montreal, Kishi Bashi released his first full-length album "151a" via Joyful Noise. Receiving high praise from Spin, Huffington Post, Stereogum, Paste, and many others - Kishi Bashi was also named NPR's "Best New Artist Of The Year" in 2012.

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November 2016

Car Seat Headrest with Naked Giants (Doors at 7pm, $12/$15, 16+)

November 9 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Car Seat HeadRest Crafting moody and introspective lo-fi pop tunes that are melodic but structurally ambitious at once, Car Seat Headrest is the moniker used by musician and songwriter Will Toledo. Toledo grew up in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he learned about music theory while playing in the student symphonic band in junior high and high school. Toledo majored in English in college, but he was fascinated with music, embracing an eclectic variety of artists from Radiohead, Modest Mouse, and R.E.M.…

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DARLINGSIDE (Doors At 7PM, $10-$12, 21+)

November 13 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 pm

“Pesticide is used to kill pests. Fratricide is when you kill your brother,” explains Darlingside’s Dave Senft. “A former teacher of ours used to say ‘kill your darlings,’ which is to say, if you fall in love with something you’ve written you should cross it out. We like that idea and we thought a good name for it might be ‘darlingcide’, but we changed the ‘c’ to an ‘s’ because we’re not super into death.” The naming of the band…

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THE RECORD COMPANY (Doors At 7PM, $13-$15, 16+)

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Record Company write and play raw, sincere rock’n roll. Inspired by the rough honesty of their heroes—bluesmen like John Lee Hooker, early punk bands like The Stooges, and rock greats like The Rolling Stones—their sound incorporates slide guitar, distorted bass, a garage-sale Ludwig drum kit and the heartland-hued voice of Chris Vos, who grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm.

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December 2016

The Handsome Family (Doors At 8pm, $12-$15, 21+)

December 13 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

RENNIE SPARKS DISAPPEARED one afternoon while waiting for a flight at O’Hare. A middle-aged businessman, McDonald’s bag in one hand, rolling-bag dragged by the other— walked up to Rennie and, without pause, turned and sat down on her lap. A second later his french fries and rolling bag were on the floor and he was sputtering apologies, insisting he’d seen an empty chair. Rennie often has trouble with automatic faucets ignoring her waving hands but this unexpected airport invisibility was…

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