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October 31, 2013


Oct. 31--Uptown vibe

in new downtown club

Downtown Tucson is getting a high-end Las Vegas-style nightclub that will spin sizzling electronic dance music, have restroom attendants and bottle service.

"We want to really provide excellent customer service," said owner Jason Turetzky. "This is better than anything Tucson has."

H20 Discotec, 61 E. Congress St., is equipped with a state-of-the-art sound and light systems to create an upscale ambience that its owners say is absent in Tucson.

The club is open to the public but also will have memberships that offer special perks from VIP parking to table preferences. The club is open open tonight for VIPs and prospective members. Annual memberships run from $500 to $1,000 a year, Turetzky said.

"We are trying to give Las Vegas a run for its money," said Turetzky, who with his partners owns H2O and its sister club, Zenrock, at 121 E. Congress St.

H2O takes up the bottom half of the former Sapphire Lounge, which recently closed, and includes a quarter-million-dollar lighting system featuring hyliter accent lights. The club also will have C02 cannons, bar tops with swirling water, an LED pixel sky and a Martin sound system.

The club will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Oakenfold performs

at Rialto Theatre

One of the forefathers of modern trance music has a gig scheduled for Tucson this weekend.

Paul Oakenfold, a DJ whose career harks back to the late 1970s, will perform at the Rialto Theatre on Friday.

Oakenfold was born in London, and split his early career between England and New York City.

His skills as a DJ, as well as behind the scenes, have resulted in years of collaborations and stage sharing with the likes of Bjork, Nelly Furtado and Madonna.

He recently created songs for Cher's new album, "Closer to the Truth."

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $26 in advance and $35 day of show.

Rev. Peyton band

to play Hotel Congress

The Rev. Peyton and His Big Damn Band will play Hotel Congress Saturday with his latest album, "Between the Ditches," in tow.

The touring band plays a mix of roots music styles and is known for its energetic stage shows.

Tracks from "Between the Ditches," released in 2012, were featured on the Chicago-based Showtime drama series, "Shameless."

The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door; 622-8848.

Puente Jr. has gig

at Fox Tucson Theatre

Fans of the late, great Tito Puente and his Latin percussion will get the next best thing when his son, Tito Puente Jr., plays the Fox Tucson Theatre Tuesday.

Junior is performing the venue with the Pacific Mambo Orchestra, an elite group of players from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Expect to hear a mix of original works and traditional hits Tuesday night.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $29-$72 through the Fox box office, 547-3040.

Duo back from hiatus with new music

Ryanhood has been pretty quiet the past couple years while the pair regrouped and recouped.

In an open letter on Oct. 22 to their fans, the duo -- Ryan David Green and Cameron Hood -- detailed a three-year slide that included falling $10,000 in debt on a recording project and losing another $6,000 from the 2009 stadium show with Jay-Z after they over-ordered merchandise for the concert.

"We'd beefed up our merchandise for what we thought would be an audience of 17,000" but only a few hundred showed up because the gates were opened late, the duo told fans.

Add to that several large-scale disappointments, including multiple rejections from national management groups and missing out on a shot to appear on "The Ellen Show" with Ellen DeGeneres, and you can understand why Green and Hood needed a break.

But somewhere in their despair the pair managed to write a new record. And on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the Boston-born duo's debut album "Sad and Happiness," Ryanhood has found its second wind. The duo just released its newest album, "Start Somewhere," and are returning to the Rialto Theatre stage for a headlining gig at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $14 in advance at or the box office, 318 E. Congress St., or $16 at the door. Details: 740-1000.

Country singer

White coming to Rock

It's not often that you see a country singer's name blazing the marquee at The Rock, but at 7 p.m. Saturday, Grammy-winning country singer Bryan White will do just that.

White comes to Tucson not long after returning to music following a 10-year break. During his absence, he married and started a family with his actress wife, Erika Page. The couple has two children and White is active in his community.

White quit music 10 years into his career, which included a pair of platinum-selling albums and two Grammy Awards.

Most artists would call that a day and move on; White just needed time to recharge and reconsider, which he has said in interviews he accomplished with his 2009 album "Dustbowl Dreams," his eighth studio album.

Admission to Saturday's show is $20 at the door. 136 N. Park Ave. Details:

Also this week ...

-- Hip-hop artist and Andy Milonakis cohort Riff Raff Tuesday at the Rialto.

-- Beatmaker Gramatik at the Rialto on Wednesday.

-- "Harlem Shake" DJ Baauer at the Rialto next Thursday.

-- The 1975, a fresh-faced band out of Manchester, England, at Club Congress Monday.

-- Modern metal band Elisium is at Plush on Saturday.


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