Thursday, April 6th
Today’s facebook feed was a stream of pleasant surprises from local musicians in the form of new music videos.
Young One Era
Honorable mention to the young Tucsonan who has since flown the coop and relocated to LA.
The 3 night dance music and art festival lineup can be found here
LTJ Bukem, Giraffage, Emancipator, Mochipet, and Phuture Primative are among the headliners with world famous artists Alex Grey and Sam Flores painting live. Each night will also have a corresponding after party and silent disco. Tickets available here.
The Avett Brothers combine bluegrass, country,punk, pop melodies, folk, rock and roll, indie rock, honky tonk, and ragtime to produce a novel sound described by the San Francisco Chronicle as having the “heavy sadness of Townes Van Zandt, the light pop concision ofBuddy Holly, the tuneful jangle of the Beatles, the raw energy of the Ramones.”
Closing out this last summer, musician and bartender Steve Romo and the newly dubbed Flycatcher (the club formerly known as PLUSH), put together an idea for a “Late Night” style variety show hosted by Mr. Romo himself. The name of the show “Romo Tonight Live”. The idea was actually something Romo had been kicking around since childhood. It was just a matter of destiny. Its launch played to a packed house and has continued to grow in popularity. With local community artist and business owner interviews, a live house band, as well as musical guests, the show does not disappoint. Romo’s upbeat persona, anecdotal storytelling and interaction with his audience keeps the tone light and fun. The comedy shoots from the hip, is off the cuff and most definitely not for kids. Drinking is encouraged. Banter between stage and crowd is had. Born of Tucson and about Tucson, Romo’s love for his city has created an interesting addition to the nightlife here and he’s just getting started.
Runt & Phen (James Owens and Ryan Truncoso respectively) are members of an interstate, on the grind, Hip-Hop collective known as the Jivin Scientists. For the video – Abigail, JS made a late night dash across the state line to New Mexico. They met up with their artistic partner and video director Concept Flux (Phillip Torres et Crew) for a 48hr, multiple location, little to no sleep shoot. Runt’s narrative about Abigail, tells a story about a pretty yet sad neighbor girl. She has him at the crossroads of crush and concern, and he’s hesitant to make a move out of equal parts shyness and respectfulness of her self imposed cage. Phen’s production sees layered vocals over an 8 bar guitar sample and a steady ebb and flow of percussive builds that Torres, in turn brings vividly to life. Now on their third collaboration together, Jivin Scientists & Concept Flux have found a lovely kind of synergy that hopefully keeps bearing fruit. And with Runt & Phen already putting the finishing touches on a new album for 2015, that seems very likely.