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Fall Crawl recommendations

Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday, October 6, 2005
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As an added bonus, here are our recommendations for this year's Fall Crawl. Because of the abundance of stages and bands to chose from, there will be some overlap, but that is why we are here to steer you in the right direction.

AVA Stage

10 p.m. - The Deludes will rock your socks off and you probably won't even want them back. This is one of Tucson's finest pop-rock-garage bands. They can churn out a great, catchy rock tune like nobody's business. Have fun playing spot the local musicians' at their set.

11 p.m. - Billy Bacon and the Forbidden Pigs have been at it for 20 years (didn't you read the article?) and you can count on plenty more of the same (translation: great music, constant touring) in the future. If you like the blues, rockabilly, roots music, rock 'n' roll, pop and barbecue, then this is your band. If not, what are you doing at Fall Crawl?

KRQ Stage

12 a.m. - The Jons are an essential Tucson band. They're quirky and bilingual - often in the span of one song - and their stage show is something to behold. They sound sort of like Calexico, if it were a punk band.

The Mountain Stage

9 p.m. - La Cerca is Tucson's answer to Death Cab for Cutie and other moody and riveting bands from the Pacific Northwest. They can write both a ridiculously fine pop tune for the concert attendee looking to groove and a nice downbeat number for the solo concert attendee looking to wallow.

Rialto Theatre

11 p.m. - Betty LaVette is a soulful singer from, of course, Detroit. At 59, she packs all the punch necessary to grant her a diva tag, with the sultry voice to boot. As The New York Times' Jon Parales said: "Her voice holds traces of smoke and leather, broken glass and tempered steel; in songs about love and betrayal, she rasps and moans, begs and claws, slashes and snarls, with exquisite timing and freshly remembered pain." It's best to just check it out.

12 a.m. - Greyhound Soul is a band that you should have already seen. After all, they've been around since 1994 making rock music (like classic rock music). As consummate musicians, movers and shakers, this band is perfect for closing your night out in a grand fashion.

Club Congress

12:30 a.m. - The Sweat Band is Tucson's "the" band. Like The Strokes and The White Stripes, they conjure up sounds of garage rock and dirty electro-blues. Unlike the others, the male is the odd one out, as they boost a two female, one dude lineup. If you've got the juice left by this time, they'll be sure to sap it.


8 p.m. - Al Foul does not need you to see his show. He's going to play just as passionately and viciously if it's just him, his band and the bartender in the room. But, if you do want to see the finest psycho-billy around, you would be well advised to be there.

Heart Five

12:30 a.m. - Al Perry is the father figure of the Tucson music scene and we could not have it any better. Not many dads out there can wail on the guitar as well as Perry, and none can look as cool doing it. With a vast knowledge of the six-string and just about every genre it's capable of, Perry always entertains.

The District

12:30 a.m. - Tom Walbank is likely (no offense to the supremely kind Perry) the Tucson music scene's nicest guy. Plus, for someone hailing from England, Walbank plays good ol' American Delta blues remarkably authentically. With just a guitar and harmonica he can transport listeners to the crossroads. On Oct. 14, Walbank will have his record release party at Congress catapulting him into the stratosphere of local legend. So, be sure to say you saw him "when" by checking him out at the Crawl. He will also be playing from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Monkey Box.

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