May 02--Australian pop star To Play Rialto in June
Australian teen heartthrob Cody Simpson is bringing his North America headlining tour to Rialto Theatre on June 13.
The stop comes in the first two weeks of the pop singer-guitarist's tour, which kicks off May 30 in Florida and ends in Denver on July 27.
Simpson has been on the lips and in the hearts of tweens and teens since he was discovered on YouTube in 2009 covering songs by Justin Timberlake, the Jackson 5 and his own songs. Call him the Justin Bieber of the Outback, with a career trajectory not quite as aggressive but heading in that direction.
In the four years since, Simpson, now 16, has been a regular on Disney and Radio Disney and has won a number of Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.
Tickets for his Rialto show are $39.50 and are on sale now at the box office, 318 E. Congress St., or online at www.rialtotheatre.com
Ozomatli to play for cinco de mayo
Ozomatli's infectious rhythms and grooves will once again fill the streets of Tucson as the Los Angeles funk band plays downtown for Cinco de Mayo this Sunday.
The seven-piece outfit is slated to perform in the parking lot next to the Sapphire Lounge nightclub, 61 E. Congress St., as part of the club's "Cinco de Ozo" celebration.
Ozomatli has been a regular visitor to town over the last decade, with a repertoire reaching back to its 1998 self-titled debut.
The event runs from 4 to 10 p.m.
Tickets are $23 in advance through segmusicfest.eventbrite.com online.
Rialto rock provided by father john misty
Father John Misty, the alter ego of former Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman, has a gig scheduled for the Rialto Theatre Friday.
Tillman, 31, released seven albums under his name before taking on his Misty persona with the recording, "Fear Fun," on Sub Pop Records in 2012.
The new album received mostly positive reviews from critics.
The BBC said it took "giant steps to underline (Misty's) credentials, with a broader ambition, vocal reach and emotional gravitas."
Misty's Rialto show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 the day of the show. Call 740-1000 for more information.
Sister Duo plays world fusion at solar culture
Leah and Chloe Smith, the sister duo known as Rising Appalachia, will perform a world fusion set Saturday at Solar Culture.
The Smiths use a variety of instruments, including tablas, kalimbas, djembes and their own voices to create a mix of original material and unique interpretations of American classics.
Their latest release, "Filthy Dirty South" includes spirited covers of "I'll Fly Away" and "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" set to New Orleans-style trumpets and beatbox percussion.
Rising Appalachia takes the stage at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10.
Blackstreet brings new jack swing to town
Teddy Riley and Blackstreet, the undisputed architects and pioneers of the New Jack Swing R&B movement of the early 1990s, will perform Sunday at the Rialto Theatre, in what the venue is billing as a Cinco de Mayo celebration.
The group's signature songs, such as "No Diggity" from 1994 and "Don't Leave Me" from the 1996 album, "Another Level," can still be heard on radio stations today.
The show begins at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $9.83 through the Rialto box office, 740-1000.
Yo La Tengo comes to Rialto on Monday
Yo La Tengo, the indie rock trio hailing from Hoboken, N.J., is bringing material from its 13th album, "Fade" to the Rialto Theatre on Monday.
The group went in a different direction on its latest release, choosing Chicago-based John McEntire to produce over longtime collaborator Roger Moutenot.
Moutenot had worked on every album since Tengo's 1993 release, "Painful."
The Rialto show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 the day of the show. 740-1000.
fashion-forward banhart at congress
Add fashion model to Devendra Banhart's list of attributes and talents.
The musician, who performs at Club Congress Tuesday, was featured in an ad campaign last fall for The Kooples, a European fashion label, where he was shot canoodling with his fiancee, photographer Ana Kras.
The lack of a catwalk at Congress shouldn't take away from Banhart's musical talents, which will be on full display as the Houston-born singer performs tracks from his latest album, "Mala."
The music starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20-$24 through Hotel Congress, 622-8848.
Latino Comedy tour set for Laffs
Some of Arizona's most talented Latino comedians will be at Laff's Comedy Caffe, 2900 E. Broadway, Sunday for the venue's Cinco de Mayo LOL Latino Comedy Tour.
Standup comics, Pauly Casillas, Joey Giron, Henry J and Humberto Roman will represent both Tucson and Phoenix.
The show starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. Call 323-8669 for more information.
Cathalena E. Burch Gerald M. Gay
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