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2014-02-20T00:00:00Z Music briefsCathalena E. Burch and Gerald M. Gay Arizona Daily Star
Comedian returns for show at Fox Tucson Theatre

Want to know what’s on comedian Paula Poundstone’s mind as she returns to Tucson for a show at the Fox Tucson Theatre on Saturday?

Here’s a glimpse from her recent social media postings:

  • Twitter ( — “My son has a Science project the sole purpose for which is to see how much the student can get their mother to buy for a science project.” “My son just had a rugby game. I cheered a lot, but I had no idea what they were doing.” “CNN’s headline says some rich investment banker says people who pay more taxes should get more votes. I got news for you, CNN: They do.”
  • Facebook ( “If you could go to jail for a few years for money laundering, dropping the phone in the toilet must get you life.” “Awkward moment at State Dinner when Obama asks French President Hollande, ‘How do you guys do that French kissing thing?’ ” “On Feb. 22 I’ll be at the Fox Theater in Tucson, Ariz. I’d say I’d be the foxy lady there, but it’s just too gross. Even as a joke.”

About that concert on Saturday, it starts at 8 p.m. at the Fox, 17 W. Congress St. Tickets are $29.50 to $49.50 at

Slow Jams concert moves to new venue

R Dub’s Slow Jams Live concert returns to Tucson Friday with a new venue and a living Legend onboard.

For the first time, the popular gathering of classic and contemporary R&B musicians will hold court at Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd, on the University of Arizona campus.

The event has traditionally been held at the Tucson Arena.

It will be headlined by pianist and megastar John Legend, who is performing in Tucson before embarking on his four-month “All of Me Tour” in March.

The tour is in promotion of his 2013 release, “Love in the Future.”

Legend will be joined by Next, Mario and SoMo.

The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 to $130 through online.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. making Tucson debut

Detroit indie pop-dance duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. — yes, two Jr.s and no affiliation to the NASCAR racer to whom they tip their hat and who counts himself among their fans — roar into Club Congress Tuesday for their Tucson debut.

Here’s a primer:

  • Members: Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott.
  • History in 30 words or less: They started recording original songs in Zott’s basement outside Detroit for fun. A buzz around their first two EPs propelled them to take their project out of the basement.
  • They are signed to Warner Bros. Records.
  • The name: The pair told that the name was a way to describe their “crazy new project that had no limitations. People have no idea how we are going to sound, and so it gives them a reason to actually take some time to listen to the music.”

The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door or at

Also this week at Congress, 311 E. Congress St.:

  • Tucson’s tropical dance party with El Tambó: ¡Cumbia & Dub, Vox Urbana and Dub Society at 9 p.m. Friday. $5 at the door. 
  • Sun Bones and Black Jackalope Ensemble with Secret Highway Secrets at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Free.
New show for Shimabukuro fans

Fans of ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro can expect an entirely new stage show when the musician plays the Rialto Theatre tonight.

Shimabukuro has a “Live in Boulder” DVD to promote, but no new album this visit, so he is making up for it with a fresh setup.

The Hawaiian-born performer promised new lighting, different styles of ukuleles and a few new songs, in an interview with Caliente earlier this month.

Tonight’s show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $32 through the Rialto box office, 740-1000.

Also performing …

  • Electronic music master
  • 12th Planet
  • at Rialto Theatre Friday, with LA hip-hop artist
  • J-Boog
  • at the same venue Tuesday.
  • Comedian
  • Lewis Black
  • at the Tucson Music Hall next Thursday. Read the interview in next week’s Caliente.
Marsland plays
at Plush on Friday

Los Angeles musician Adam Marsland has a set scheduled for Plush on Friday.

Marsland’s initial claim to fame was his time in the early 1990s with the power pop band Cockeyed Ghost.

He has since become a go-to musician for Los Angeles session work, touring and recording with members of Earth, Wind & Fire, Three Dog Night and the Beach Boys, among others.

He comes to Tucson with his latest self-recorded solo album, “The Owl and the Full Moon.”

Marsland will be bookended by Tucson acts the Modeens and Al Perry.

The show starts at 9 p.m. Visit for more information.

Cathalena E. Burch and

Gerald M. Gay

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