String Band Dance with The Possum Stompers!
Aug
17
7:30 PM19:30

String Band Dance with The Possum Stompers!

We are going to send summer off with a good old fashioned string band dance! 
Join THE POSSUM STOMPERS: Matt and Rebekah Rolland (Run Boy Run), Claire Zucker (@Püca), Freddy Parish and Lex Browning--this most talented cast of players has come together just for this show! 

This is a show intended for dancing so tickets will be sold in advance and lessons will be offered before music begins. 

Get discounts on your refreshments by coming DRESSED TO THE NINES! (that means skirts and bolos). 

Doors--7 PM. $10
Dance lesson by Claire Zucker at 7:30 (don't be scared! We'll keep it simple!). 
Music 8-10 with an intermission in between. 

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BRING A PARTNER! WE will find you one if you come alone!

Tickets are limited so get them quick!

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Old Pueblo Opry Presents: Women Who Resist
Aug
18
7:00 PM19:00

Old Pueblo Opry Presents: Women Who Resist

This special show starts EARLY! AT 7 PM! 5 dollars at the door. 

Come celebrate Women Who Resist featuring the music of Odetta, Buffy Saint-Marie, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, & Joan Baez

AND

the voices of Lisa O’Neill, Najima Rainey, and Jillian Bessett. 

The Old Pueblo Opry is an event that celebrates American country, folk, roots music featuring Tucson musicians. 

 

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Rainbow Reads (During Analog Hour)
Aug
19
1:00 PM13:00

Rainbow Reads (During Analog Hour)

Come be a part of this positively queer reading circle! 

On odd months, we meet for a book chat: gush about your selected book, then add more to your to-read list as others gush about theirs.

Want an assigned book instead? Join us on the even months for Rainbow Reads Book Club!

Note: While this is a queer-themed book club, readers across the gender and sexuality spectrum are welcome to attend and engage in fun, respectful dialogue.

Grab a snack or coffee beverage at Exo Roast Co and meet us on the patio in the back room!

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Coffee, Agave and Climate Change
Aug
23
7:00 PM19:00

Coffee, Agave and Climate Change

Love coffee? Mezcal? So do we! But what do we know about saving these important plants from current environmental threats?

Join guests from The University of Arizona Borderlands Restoration Network and Exo in a laid-back presentation about Climate change in Guatemala, Mexico and Southern Arizona, Observations on recent climate shifts, natural variability, and predictions for the future of coffee and mezcal will be shared. 

Our guests include U of A paleoclimatologist Dr. Kevin Anchukaitis, Borderlands Restoration Network member, Francesca Claverie and owner of Exo and bacanora enthusiast, Doug Smith. 

We will also screen Emmy award-winning filmmaker Mari Cleven’s documentary short, “An Uncertain Future: Guatemalan Coffee Farmers and a Changing Climate.”

The presentation portion of this event is FREE. A mezcal tasting will follow focused on bacanora and Northern region agave spirits. The tasting is optional and is 15 dollars. 

Presentation: 7:00 PM
Tasting: 8:00 PM

21 + and over for the tasting 

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Listening Room Show with Lisa O'Neill and Lana Rebel, Kevin Mayfield
Aug
25
8:00 PM20:00

Listening Room Show with Lisa O'Neill and Lana Rebel, Kevin Mayfield

This special listening room starts
@ 8:00 pm accompanied by Lana Rebel and Kevin Mayfield.
$5 dollars at the door.

Lisa O'Neill writes music inspired by the songs she loves--beautiful and honest and raw, the kind made for picking and singing on porches. Her originals and covers are Americana, a mix of country, folk, and blues.

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June West Record Release
Sep
13
8:00 PM20:00

June West Record Release

Let's celebrate the release of June West's first self-titled LP! Pick up your vinyl, CD or tape the night before the rest of the world since it becomes available to everyone else 9/14. Help send off the soul band--Grant Beyschau, Catfish Gallaher, and Adan Martinez-Kee--before they hit the road on a nationwide tour.

 

All ages

Tickets $8 presale $10 night of

Presale tickets can be purchased HERE

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An Evening with Kyklo
Aug
10
8:00 PM20:00

An Evening with Kyklo

This show will be FREE and music begins at 8 PM!

"Kyklo conjures the atmosphere of the old world through traditional music and song, creating the perfect background for whispers of love, solitary melancholy, political conspiring, drifting imagination, and the joyous affirmation of being alive."

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Mariachi Alma
Jul
14
8:00 PM20:00

Mariachi Alma

Mariachi Alma Tucsonense was formed in 2006. Influences for the group differ from Javier Solis, Lucha Villa, Lola Beltran, Vicente Fernandez to Bach and Mozart. The group is made up of different elements of the community ranging from Los Changuitos Feos De Tucson Alumni and local performers from the Tucson and Phoenix area. 

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Carlos Arzate
Jun
30
8:00 PM20:00

Carlos Arzate

 

This is a seated "listening room" show and tickets are sold in advance and at the door 

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Doors @ 7:00 PM. Show begins at 8:00 PM

Tucson Arizona native Carlos Arzate has established himself in the talent rich musical pool of Tucson as a well respected dynamic songwriter and performer with material inspired by the southwest border.  Referring to his style as “Sonoran Soul” listeners can expect to hear folk inspired songs performed in the vein of musical inspirations Otis Redding and Sam Cooke with the grit of Bruce Springsteen. 

With three celebrated releases under his belt, “Fly Away” (EP 2013 Funzalo Records) “Got Me Wrong” (LP 2015 Sonoran Soul) and Camaleón” (LP 2018 Sonoran Soul) Arzate is continuing the promise of folk music with his diverse musical tastes, using his music as a vehicle for social awareness and change.  Recently a video collaboration with the Arizona Justice Project for a song he wrote called “The Ballad Of Louis Taylor” garnered mentions from the Auckland Film festival and was an “Official Selection” at the Accolades International Film Festival. Arzate has shared the stage with John Doe of X, Diego’s Umbrella, and most recently Grammy award winner, Gaby Moreno and has collaborated with Tucson notables, Gabriel Sullivan and Brian Lopez (XIXA) Ryan Alfred (Sweet Ghosts, Calexico) Ryan Green & Cameron Hood, (Ryanhood) & Tucson legend Salvador Duran along with many others.  

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Thread & Vine
Jun
24
4:00 PM16:00

Thread & Vine

Have some alterations to tackle? Want to finally accomplish that sewing project you've been putting off forever? Making clothes? Need some guidance? 

Bring your machine or your project (can be embroidery, knitting, sewing by hand or machine, crocheting--ANYTHING involving needle and thread) to Exo on Sunday, June 24th. Melissa Dudley, experienced seamstress and designer, will be on hand to help troubleshoot and answer questions about stitches and glitches. A glass of wine is included in a $10 donation to Melissa for her time. This will be a monthly event on Sundays 4-7.

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Little Mazarn & Casey Golden
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

Little Mazarn & Casey Golden

Lindsey Verrill and Jeff Johnston live as Little Mazarn between the organic and ethereal. Verrill steps out with spacious otherworldly songwriting and unconventional takes on traditional Appalachian repertoire which Johnston compliments with expertly attuned musical saw and keyboard drones. Together they create a landscape that's both alien and familiar.

Featuring local artist Casey Golden, as we welcome him and his band back from a European tour. https://caseygolden.bandcamp.com/

$5 cover

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Gila Topminnow Cocktails & Bike Decorating
Jun
14
5:00 PM17:00

Gila Topminnow Cocktails & Bike Decorating

All ages welcome
Bar food and drinks available for purchase

Hang out on EXO’s patio to decorate your bike for the Gila Topminnow Returns Bike Ride (Saturday, June 16). Celebrate the return of the fish (thanks to YOUR wastewater) to the Santa Cruz River with a commemorative cocktail, created especially in the fish’s honor by Vadi Erdal and Amy Rude-Smith at EXO. 

We’ll toast to the fish at EXO and provide supplies and inspiration.

Use #GilaTopminnow to document your experiences and the topminnow, when you see one, on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). The fish won’t see it, but the people will.

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Thursday Mezcal Tasting
May
31
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Mezcal Tasting

Each Thursday we sample a different set of mezcal or agave spirits and discuss the process, origin, method and magic of agave spirits. This event is rarely complete without maps, enlivened discussions and the chance to taste some rare mezcal at an economic price. 

Every Thursday at 7:00 PM. $15 for four pours. No RSVP required. 

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Thursday Mezcal Tasting
May
24
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Mezcal Tasting

Each Thursday we sample a different set of mezcal or agave spirits and discuss the process, origin, method and magic of agave spirits. This event is rarely complete without maps, enlivened discussions and the chance to taste some rare mezcal at an economic price. 

Every Thursday at 7:00 PM. $15 for four pours. No RSVP required. 

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RF Shannon & June West
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

RF Shannon & June West

MORE ON RF SHANNON:

"A dreamy and introspective slice of Americana." - Stereogum

"'Tooth Ache' is a beguiling return, a slow-burning piece of folk-fuelled songwriting that glimmers with midnight's promise. A purring, at times almost-Dylanesque sojourn out into the desert, it's an atmospheric, haunting return." - Clash

"Shane Renfro's psych-folk project pulls classic vibes and reinvents them in a modern sound that is easier to sink your teeth into than ice cream on a summer day." - Indie Shuffle

"Fans of Damien Jurado and Calexico will find plenty to love in this tightly-woven tapestry of sonic threads. 'Black Madonna, So Divine' is without a doubt the best four minutes of your day." - The Revue

On Trickster Blues, their new full length album for Cosmic Dreamer, RF Shannon take a drastic shift from the long form, pensive desert meditations of their previous record. "The process was a drastic shift from the one we took with Jaguar Palace and I was hooked. It was a blast all of the time. We kept a quick pace due to external circumstances via random or otherwise inevitable interruptions, so we learned to take what we could get. If a take was good, it was a keeper, we didn't second guess it. In just four days we had demoed the majority of my new material and it just felt so right,'' explains Shane Renfro, the mind behind RF Shannon.

Born out of natural and self-imposed boundaries, the final product is an album that lives in the sonic space between desert blues and old school R&B. At times heavy like a jackhammer while maintaining the velvety vocal deliveries of Renfro, Trickster Blues is an album that embraces the natural indecision surrounding the songwriting process and goes with its gut decision every step of the way. By working on the principal that if the first impression of a song is good enough at the moment then it is good enough to be the final product,  Trickster Blues paints a portrait of Renfro's truth and his truth alone. "Maybe it's a terrible mistake, maybe its' better this way," comments Renfro on the writing process. "I think that's what this record will always mean to me. That's kind of the Trickster in a way. Many different facets, but the name conjures a sort of pure whimsical mischief, a dose of raw wild impulse that reminds you to laugh at whatever it is thats happening."

Demoed in four days in Marfa and recorded in two in Lockhart, Texas with the help of Jesse Woods and Will Patterson, the album is demanding in its immediacy while providing a raw and profound insight to the raw sonic & lyrical landscape Renfro & Co have crafted.

http://www.rfshannonmusic.com/

June West hails from Missoula, MT, but also calls the desert home. She likes to perform music that touches the soul, whether it be soul, R&B, folk, country, rock & roll...the ingredients of her fold. She is releasing her first self-titled LP this August.


http://www.june-west.com/music

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Arlo Hannigan, Ry Warner & Jeff Rymes
May
12
8:00 PM20:00

Arlo Hannigan, Ry Warner & Jeff Rymes

Arlo Hannigan is an award-winning Alaskan artist originally from the remote goldrush town of Nome, Alaska. He has traveled across the country bringing his unique blend of alt-country indie folk to many audiences. Hannigan’s songs have been well-received in Alaskan saloons, desert taverns, New Orleans bistros and Rocky Mountain barrooms, as well as south of the border. Hannigan will perform with a variety of accompaniment, but often performs solo. His songwriting is what ultimately shines through. Hannigan's subtle delivery manipulates lonely, evocative melodies against simple yet stirring instrumentation.

Whether it's a rowdy country hoedown, an elegant soirée or private listening room, Hannigan's music will leave a lasting impression - it is authentic, heartfelt, and distinctive. His music is steeped in the influences of his life on the Bering Sea, his travels though life, and on the road. His style has been compared to that of Leonard Cohen, Tom waits, Nick Drake, and J. J. Cale. He is based in Los Angeles.

Ry Warner, formerly of OHIOAN, weaves together finger picked instrumentals and country--all of it pouring out a little off--like a cassette left on the floor of a pick up all summer.

Jeff Rymes’ former quartet The Lonesome Strangers originated in “the roots music explosion that took place in Southern California during the ‘80s” and have been described by AllMusic as “one of California's most influential bands.” Now, 20 years since the Strangers’ last release, Rymes has returned to serious musical pursuits with his solo debut, Even If The Sun Don’t Shine, picking up where he left off with a collection of songs from the highways and byways of life's road trip.

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Sons of Rainer
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

Sons of Rainer

For the last year The Sons of Rainier, have been conjuring serenades for hobos, widows, lovers, and fry cooks. Hailing from the bright grey lands of Northwest Washington, they bring a sound that is part early country, part poetry, part doo-wop, part breakfast. Their debut album, Down In Pancake Valley (Feb 2018) has brought comparisons to Michael Hurley, Crosby Stills Nash, and has been called "..a master class in how to rightly render open-sky cowboy folk" (Jonathan Zwickel, City Arts Magazine).  

A collaboration of four NW-music veterans, Devin Champlin, Dean Johnson, Sam Gelband, and Charlie Meyer, they keep to the lo-fi, DIY end of the spectrum, crafting songs that are heavy on vocal harmony, and subtle instrumentation, paired with evocative meandering lyrics that ask big questions in the simple moments. The music rests on the foundation of Devin's songwriting, and is brought forth with warm tube amps, Dean's unpredictable, weeping guitar lines, Sam's loosely tuned but tightly played snare, Charlie's thoughtful upright bass, and a heavy helping of close three part harmony. It is 45 rpm folk music that is sweet and haunting. It's a polaroid of a stolen slow dance.

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Kyklo presents: Lust, Loss, and Love: a Variety Show
Apr
28
8:00 PM20:00

Kyklo presents: Lust, Loss, and Love: a Variety Show

APRIL 28TH
8-10 PM
8 DOLLARS AT THE DOOR OR IN ADVANCE!

A night of diverse music featuring bouzouki, saz, tambura, harp, ney, kaval, violin, flute, darbuka, bendir, accordion and button box--this variety show will display songs, musical pieces, dance, and poetry addressing the pain, pleasure, and power of love - yearning suitors, flirtatious couples, jilted lovers, bitter rivals, and ecstatic unions - from the Mediterranean, known for its passion and intensity. 

Kyklo, also known for its exploration of the music of the old world, will guide the evening through this sea of emotions, with a variety of guest performers, geographical expositions and other goings ons that will be sure to make you yearn, learn and love just a little harder than you did before.

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Slow Motion Cowboys
Apr
21
8:00 PM20:00

Slow Motion Cowboys

"Slow Motion Cowboys frontman Pete Frauenfelder employs a non-conventional cadence on the track that gives it a more conversational feel and keeps you on your toes, setting it apart from your typical country or folk songs." - The Bay Bridged

Slow Motion Cowboys has written songs to try and put down the feeling of a place changing before his eyes . As the name might suggest, the Slow Motion Cowboys push back against the money and technology disconnecting us from our communities and the creative bonds that create a feeling of place. 

The lap steel dances behind the wavering vocal melodies, the rhythm section seizing the past with its traditional country music tempos, showcasing the cohesion of musicians polished from extensive touring throughout the South West U.S.

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