Tucson vinyl DJs Carl Hanni & Steven Ramshur present The Suffering Jukebox
Dec
12
8:00 PM20:00

Tucson vinyl DJs Carl Hanni & Steven Ramshur present The Suffering Jukebox

Tucson vinyl DJs Carl Hanni & Steven Ramshur present The Suffering Jukebox, a semi-regular, genre-hopping mix of eclectic styles and artists. 
Expect to hear: classic honky tonk and country, blues, rock & roll, indie rock, norteña, mariachi, cumbia, Afrobeat, some jazz and whatever else sounds good at the moment. 
8-11 pm, free.

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Listening room show with Jerry David DeCicca, Adam Ostrar & Casey Golden
Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

Listening room show with Jerry David DeCicca, Adam Ostrar & Casey Golden

About Jerry David DeCicca:


Jerry David DeCicca's last album, Time the Teacher, was named Americana Album of the Month (March, 2018) by Uncut magazine and called "a remarkable feat of empathy" by The Fader. His next album, Burning Daylight, is being released on September 28th by Austin label, Super Secret (publicity by Riot Act Media, radio by Tiger Bomb Promo). DeCicca's albums have been featured in Aquarium Drunkard, Magnet, Mojo and Brooklyn Vegan and included collaborators like Will Oldham, Kelley Deal, and Spooner Oldham. He is also the producer of albums by Larry Jon Wilson (Drag City), Will Beeley (Tompkins Square), Ed Askew (Tin Angel) and the Numero Group. His previous band, The Black Swans, recorded 5 albums, toured for over 10 years, and was recognized in Pitchfork, Tiny Mix Tapes, American Songwriter, and many more. 

About Adam Ostrar:

Adam Ostrar recorded 4 albums with his band, Manishevitz (JagJaguar) before heading out as a solo artist. His latest record, Brawls in the Briar (featuring members of Califone, Hamilton Leithauser, Boxhead Ensemble) on Super Secret Records, has earthy rustic qualities reminiscent of John Fahey, Tim Buckley, with some of the mystical English folk of Bert Jansch and Robbie Basho. He's known to cover Eno and touches on Moles/Richard Davies melodies.

About Casey Golden:

Casey Golden takes its cues from 1960s experimental-pop maestros like Brian Wilson, Gal Costa, and Nick Drake, filtering the artist's words through a radiant prism of sun-specked rock & roll and tasteful Tropicalia flourishes (it shouldn't be surprising to learn that Brazilian studio legend Rogerio Duprat is one of Golden's primary production touchstones). Of course, the instrumental wizardry might be beside the point if not for Golden's voice - a haunting falsetto that sticks to the heart and gives the music a rare, heart-breaking vulnerability. 
5 bucks at the door.

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Thread & Vine
Dec
16
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, August 26th. 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 and expertise. 

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A night of Tucson Salvage  Five Arizona artists storytell across four mediums: poetry, song, prose and film.
Dec
29
7:00 PM19:00

A night of Tucson Salvage Five Arizona artists storytell across four mediums: poetry, song, prose and film.

A night of Tucson Salvage

Five Arizona artists storytell across four mediums: poetry, song, prose and film.

In celebration of Brian Jabas Smith’s new book, Tucson Salvage: Tales and Recollections from La Frontera, join poet Maggie Golston, fabled singer/songwriter Billy Sedlmayr with the lovely Kaia Lacy, and filmmaker Maggie Smith, who will share their work alongside Brian Smith’s reading. Q&A and book signing to follow. 

Brian Smith is an award-winning journalist, first as a staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times and then as an editor at Detroit’s Metro Times. Before writing full time, Smith was a songwriter who fronted rock & roll bands Beat Angels and, before that, GAD. At one point he overcame heavy crystal meth and alcohol addictions. He now lives back in Tucson and his debut collection of short stories, Spent Saints (Ridgeway Press), have been made into short films, available soon. His latest book, a collection of essays and columns, Tucson Salvage: Tales and Recollections from La Frontera, is out on London-based publisher Eyewear Press. 

Billy Seldmayr has been deep in the fabric of Tucson music for over three decades, from his early days as an underage musician playing dusty bars long since gone with punk rock pioneers The Pedestrians, then playing with Giant Sandworms, laying down the blueprint for Tucson music. This evening he is joined by the talented Kaia Lacy.

7 pm
$5 to benefit Youth on Their Own. Get tickets HERE
NO ONE TURNED AWAY AT DOOR FOR LACK OF $.

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Norteño, chiltepins and Jaguars: a celebration of the Northern Borderlands
Dec
8
7:00 PM19:00

Norteño, chiltepins and Jaguars: a celebration of the Northern Borderlands

Near Sahuaripa, Sonora, in the foothills of the Sierra Madre, the 55,000-acre Northern Jaguar Reserve is home to the northernmost population of jaguars. Since 2003, the Northern Jaguar Project (NJP) has been working with local communities to help protect the jaguar and its wild habitats. NJP has engaged a host of ranchers and cowboys, students and other community members to help protect the jaguar-- cultural icon and the only big cat in the Americas.

On this special evening, NJP will give a presentation about the jaguar and other wild inhabitants of the Reserve. The presentation will also explore how NJP works with local communities -- from ranchers to local students -- to help protect the northernmost population of jaguars in the Americas.

Just in time for the holidays, we will be offering wild chiltepins, hand-picked from the wild lands of the Northern Jaguar Reserve in Sonora, Mexico. Proceeds from sales will go directly back to the communities in Sahuaripa, Sonora, home of the Northern Jaguar Reserve. Other hand-made crafts from Sonora will also be available for purchase.

The Northern Jaguar part will be 7-8pm.Music 8-10pm.

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An Evening with Kyklo
Dec
7
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."

No Cover

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Hey Neighbor Happy Hour at Exo Bar-Arts Edition
Dec
5
5:30 PM17:30

Hey Neighbor Happy Hour at Exo Bar-Arts Edition

Hey Neighbor Happy Hour is a new, regular mixer at Exo Bar (companion to Exo Roast Co, the coffee shop). It's an event series featuring hopeful stories of community building and placemaking from downtown Tucson's neighborhoods.
This time - Arts Edition:the inside story of downtown Tucson murals...Once blank walls and alleyways, now vibrant murals. Join us for our first Arts edition and hear Michael Schwartz of the Tucson Arts Brigade and Camila Martins-Bekat of Tucson Electric Power tell the inside story of how a collaborative art project turned underappreciated spaces into larger than life reflections of our community's richness and diversity.

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Khalid  El Boujami
Dec
1
8:00 PM20:00

Khalid El Boujami

KHALID EL BOUJAMI 

music from Morocco and the maghreb with 3 Moroccan musicians: Mahdi zouhri, khalid Assari and khalid El Boujami. With influences from all around the Mediterranean Basin subsaharian africa and Latin America. Khalid will be joined by some special guests from Kyklo, Entre Peruanos, Infinite Mercies and more!

5 dollars at the door

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Exo Roast Co. presents: Little Leafs & Coffee Beans! LETS ROAST
Dec
1
10:30 AM10:30

Exo Roast Co. presents: Little Leafs & Coffee Beans! LETS ROAST

Mom and dad sip on yummy coffee from the amazing Exo Roast Co. Little Leafs join in the play with singing and dancing and jam along with Mr. Nature and friends! :) Meet me on the patio! 

Remember, Mr. Nature’s Music Garden is always collecting non perishable food for our Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona! Bring a can to any jam and Thank you!!

PeaceLove

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Oliver the Crow with Matt and Rebekah Rolland- a Bluegrass show
Nov
24
8:00 PM20:00

Oliver the Crow with Matt and Rebekah Rolland- a Bluegrass show

Oliver the Crow


"...an inspired collaboration." -NPR Music


Nashville-based duo, Oliver the Crow, navigates effortlessly between the gravitas of chamber composition, the longing of folk music, the near dreamlike quality of atmospheric sound art, and above all, pop music’s candy-sweet escape. Featuring rich fiddle-cello interplay and lush harmonies, No Depression dubbed their debut record "a highly impressive album that strays beyond the borders of roots music to create a fine hybrid of roots and classical." 


Matt and Rebekah Rolland


"...a slice of folk perfection." -Americana UK


Brought together as young musicians by Arizona bluegrass and fiddle festivals, Matt and Rebekah have since garnered national recognition as performers, songwriters, and founders of the Americana band, Run Boy Run. The duo just released an album of original tunes completed in partnership with the National Parks Service for its Centennial Year. 

$8 in advance. Purchase tickets HERE

$10 day of

Doors 7pm

Show 8pm

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Exo Bar New Offerings GRAND Opening party
Nov
20
5:00 PM17:00

Exo Bar New Offerings GRAND Opening party

We've been waiting a long time to expand our hours and offerings and now the day has come! Join us for the reveal of our new FULL FOOD MENU at night courtesy of Timothy Johnson (of Curly Wolf Kombucha fame). 

Also NEW WINTER cocktail line-up courtesy of Vadi Erdal, who is also leaving Tucson, so this night is a grand farewell to a very good friend and force of nature in our bar. 

Join us! Line up for fun includes:

RUM 101 tasting 6:00
Mezcal tasting at 7:00
NEW Food menu available 5-10 PM
NEW winter cocktails all night by Vadi Erdal
DJQ spins records 8-10
Breaking of our agave piñata at last call!

We invite all fans, friends and family of Exo to celebrate this final expansion with us!

*21 and over please

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Thread & Vine
Nov
18
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, August 26th. 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 and expertise. 

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A Hawk and A Hacksaw
Nov
15
8:00 PM20:00

A Hawk and A Hacksaw

A Hawk and A Hacksaw's latest album, Forest Bathing, was released last April. They've been touring nearly nonstop since then, including 2 and a half months in Europe. Forest Bathing, or Shinrin-yoku, is a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere." It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.

"Taking in the forest atmosphere" became the inspiration for A Hawk and A Hacksaw's newest album. Their forest bath of choice is the Valle De Oro National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. The new album features ten original compositions by Heather Trost and Jeremy Barnes. The opening track "Alexandria" features Barnes' on the Persian Santur, an ancient hammer struck dulcimer, and Trost's string and woodwind melodies. The composition evokes the long trader's route between what is now Bulgaria and the wealthy cities of Istanbul and Alexandria. The subtext of the song says: "The Merchant from Koprivshtitsa travels down to Alexandria to sell textiles. On the way back, he dreams of the music he heard there."

The band has always had a bird's eye view of this part the world- looking for the connections between places and even eras...a belief in the power of music to reach across borders and unite. If one were to listen to Forest Bathing with no knowledge of who the musicians were or where they came from, a variety of results certainly wouldn't include two American musicians from Albuquerque, New Mexico. But it's important to the band that you know where they are from.

A Hawk and A Hacksaw is based on the idea of collecting music and inspiration through travel. They are not of a place, but their music evokes places along a route. This is not an urban music. It's rural; songs of the woods and roads where there are no sidewalks or street lamps to light your way. "A Broken Road lined with Poplar Trees" describes just this- the dirt from the summer sun, a melody from home on my tongue. The song "Babayaga" by Trost, is a tribute to the archetypal crone Babayaga, who sticks out her cane just as a child runs by... And "The Washing Bear" is a classic brass romp, connecting Serbian brass with it's Southern brothers in Albania and Turkey...

While the bulk of the music heard on this record is played by Barnes and Trost, they do have some incredible guest performances, namely the clarinet virtouso Cüneyt Sepetçi, from Istanbul, Hungarian cimbalom master Unger Balász, and closer to home, Chicago trumpeter Sam Johnson, Deerhoof's John Dieterich and Noah Martinez, of the band Lone Piñon.


Forest Bathing" took a long time to record... and it's genesis was spurred along by travels in Bulgaria, Albania, Turkey, Greece and Romania. The band will be back on the road in 2018 to support the album and hope to visit a forest near you.

Opening set by Naim Amor

$5 /$7 at the door

Get advance tickets HERE

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Hey Neighbor Happy Hour with Debi Chess Mabie of Dunbar Pavillion
Nov
14
5:30 PM17:30

Hey Neighbor Happy Hour with Debi Chess Mabie of Dunbar Pavillion

Hey Neighbor Happy Hour is a recurring event series featuring hopeful stories of community building and placemaking from downtown Tucson's neighborhoods. Join your neighbors to mix, mingle and hear a short presentation from a guest speaker.

This month we present: Debi Chess Mabie of the Dunbar Pavillion in Dunbar Spring Neighborhood in a discussion about how recognition and historic preservation of a space can transform both an organization and the neighborhood in which it resides.

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Listening Room Show with Leigh Lesho
Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

Listening Room Show with Leigh Lesho

Akasha is the title of Leigh Lesho’s sophomore album released 10/10/18. She is the writer and producer of the project with support from many stellar Tucson artists, including Oscar Fuentes, Thoger Lund (Giant Sand), Lauren Wilson, Heather Hardy, Joe Novelli, Gabriel Sullivan (XIXA), Brian Lopez (XIXA), and others.

Akasha is a concept album and is the Sanskrit word for the element of space/ether. A concept album is like a storybook, with each song being like a chapter of the story. Each of the songs that make up the album hold a larger purpose or meaning collectively than they do individually. The concept is large and involved but the words, the feel, the sound, and all the pieces of this project achieve a sense of divine simplicity, that feels destined to find its home in the Americana community. 

The overall message in the story of Akasha is one that hopes to inspire consideration and regard for the voice and the ability to verbally communicate as a sacred gift. Most people are granted the ability to speak, so it’s usually taken for granted. Speech is a powerful form of energy and both are very important topics for Leigh because she has been a devoted yoga student and teacher for much of her life, and her nine-year-old son Rylan has autism with his biggest challenge being speech. The process of recording and performing music serves as an outlet for Leigh and her life’s work while simultaneously serving as an example and mode of therapy for Rylan as he continues to find his voice in this “crazy, corrupt kingdom” we call Earth. 

7pm Doors
8pm Show

$8 cover

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Division MEN and Oliver Ray
Nov
9
8:00 PM20:00

Division MEN and Oliver Ray

Division MEN


This Texas bred, Husband / Wife, Acoustic Duo originally formed in Berlin, Germany in 2008. They are now based in Austin, TX. The band is made up of founder J. Spencer Portillo (vocals / acoustic guitar) and Caroline Rippy Portillo (vocals / bass guitar).


The Division Men's name was derived from the idea of artists collaborating from all over the world despite their locations. Originally formed in Berlin in 2008, the duo wrote and recorded and eventually returned to Texas.


Caroline was born in San Antonio, Texas. From 2007 until 2012, she played bass guitar for Tito & Tarantula. J. Spencer Portillo was born in Los Angeles, California but was raised in El Paso, Texas. His El Paso roots offer a huge influence on the lyrics which frequently present atmospheric portraits of love, life and death in a border town.


The Division Men are actively touring and promoting their latest album "Niños Del Sol " which was recorded at their in-home studio in Austin, Texas. The Division Men have a distinctive sound that has been described as dark, romantic, ethereal, and haunting. The album features Rafael Gayol (Leonard Cohen), Steven Hufsteter (The Quick | Tito and Tarantula | Del Shannon), Jay Reynolds (Asleep at the Wheel), Javier Escovedo (The Zeros | True Believers) , Mitch Hertz (Bloody Kids), Raiye Rippy and Jake Garcia (The Black Angels).


With a set featuring local musician/artist Oliver Ray!


Doors at 7pm

Show at 8pm


$8 at the door

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Buck Meek and Sun Riah
Nov
7
8:00 PM20:00

Buck Meek and Sun Riah

Sun Riah
Sun Riah is the stage name of Oklahoma transplant and experimental harpist/songwriter M. Bailey Stephenson's project. Her third album Sitting With Sounds and Listening for Ghosts was released in July 2017.

Named one of Paste Magazine’s “five harpists who nail experimental pop music,” she sings and drums into her harp and layers melodies into a dreamy tapestry of sound. Her voice wanders a broad swath between Julianna Barwick and Kate Bush and her music is not entirely unlike her freak-folk predecessors Joanna Newsom and Coco Rosie. 

Buck Meek (of Big Thief)
Buck Meek’s songs are for the lost dogs of honest mechanics, good guys and girls born into a life of crime, runaways, snow spirits, the ghosts of Central Park, unsung diving-board stars, the affection shared through gambling, and so on. Bred in Texas, more bread in New York City, Meek spins outlaw ballads and quotidian fairy tales into a yarn.

Pitchfork writes, "On his self-titled solo debut, however, Meek delivers limber, springy songs that prioritize his songwriting and a more laid-back approach to the guitar. Before Big Thief got off the ground, he and Lenker worked together on sparse, guitar-driven tunes that they released under their own names. Meek’s new material hews closer to those proto-Big Thief songs—they share the same loose-limbed affability and a gentle spirit that evades frailty."

Doors at 7pm
Show at 8pm

$7 at the door


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