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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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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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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Lonna Kelley + Howe Gelb: Further Standards
Apr
14
8:00 PM20:00

Lonna Kelley + Howe Gelb: Further Standards

An evening showcasing the grace and talent of Lonna Kelley and Howe Gelb, each performing solo and also performing together, to the tune of their latest release together 'Further Standards'.

"This new album now takes inventory by adding Lonna Kelley to several of the original tracks from “Future Standards” to ‘up’ the previous standard."

On ‘Future Standards’, Gelb duets with the equally laconic Lonna Kelley as the pair come on like a seasoned duo managed by Broadway Danny Rose in Woody Allen’s film of the same name. Gelb’s piano sinks to a pedal-depressed ambience as his cavalier vocal boasts of new love and faded times, all In the best tradition of the American Songbook that he’s pretty damn cleverly adding a new volume to.

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Mission Garden Benefit featuring Conjunto Nopal & Tradiciones
Apr
6
7:00 PM19:00

Mission Garden Benefit featuring Conjunto Nopal & Tradiciones

7:00-10:00 PM
DONATION AT THE DOOR. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO FRIENDS OF TUCSON'S BIRTHPLACE AND MISSION GARDEN.

Mission Garden is a re-creation of the Spanish Colonial walled garden that was part of Tucson’s historic San Agustin Mission. Located on its original site west of downtown Tucson at the corner of Mission Road and Mission Lane, the Garden features heirloom Sonoran Desert-adapted fruit orchards and vegetable gardens interpreting 4,000 years of agriculture in Tucson.

For the Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace establishing, completing and operating Mission Garden is the first step towards creating Tucson Origins Heritage Park.

Come learn about this fascinating project and how you can get involved! 

We will be featuring a special mezcal infusion with fruit from the garden. There will be presentations from Doug Smith, Jesus Garcia and other special guests. There will also be DANCING with traditional Latin American and Mexican music!

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Jazz Trio
Apr
5
8:00 PM20:00

Jazz Trio

Tøger Lund-bass, Naim Amor--guiar, Gil Rodriguez--drums

A jazz trio focused on the classics and economic, dynamic playing. Join us for this special night of jazz. Perfect for a date night!

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The Adobe Collective
Mar
24
8:00 PM20:00

The Adobe Collective

Adobe Collective at Exo Bar!  

This event is $5-$10 cover, all money goes to musicians.

The Adobe Collective call the Mojave Desert their home. Founded in 2011 by husband and wife Tim & Faith Chinnock at their 1937 historic adobe house just minutes from the entrance to Joshua Tree, the group includes drummer Caleb Winn, multi-instrumentalist Chris Unck, and bassist Spencer Keizer. Their surroundings reflect a kind of no-frills authenticity that is baked into their music - desert folk with flashes of country, psych folk and indie rock.

They officially dropped their self-titled debut album in 2014. Their sophomore LP, 2017’s Take Heart, Take Care, netted a high-profile nod from USA Today, who listed it as one of the ‘top 20 albums to discover the high desert sound.’ They’ve honed their live act playing at one of America’s best music venues Pappy & Harriet’s, and shared the stage with Christopher Paul Stelling(Anti), Little Wings (Woodsist), The Renderers (Ba Da Bing) and stirred up both regional press (Palm Springs Life, Coachella Valley Weekly) as well as national radio play.

While they’ve progressed at a steady clip since their inception, the group is clearly not ready to give up the expansive pace that desert life affords them. Creation is an un-rushed process for the band, who often piece songs together through stream of consciousness musings from the past and present. “I’m always pleasantly surprised by how consistently things fit together to make a cohesive story” Tim reflects. “Almost like the subconscious can see the through-line before the conscious mind realizes what Is happening.”

The band is currently at work on their third full length album recorded and engineered at band member Chris Unck’s studio High Lonesome in Joshua Tree, scheduled to release in 2018.

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Willy Vlautin with Billy Sedylmyr
Mar
20
8:00 PM20:00

Willy Vlautin with Billy Sedylmyr

$10 TICKETS CAN BE FOUND HERE

Exo is proud to present an evening of story and song with the acclaimed talents of Willy Vlautin and Billy Sedlmayr.  

Willy Vlautin was born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Vlautin started playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager and quickly became immersed in music. It was a Paul Kelly song, based on Raymond Carver’s Too Much Water So Close to Home that inspired him to start writing stories. 

Vlautin has published four novels: THE MOTEL LIFE (2007-- NYT Editor’s choice and notable book, made into a major motion picture starring Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsh, Stephen Dorff, and Kris Kristofferson), NORTHLINE (2008), LEAN ON PETE (2010-Winner of the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction, short-listed for the IMPAC award, and soon to be a major motion picture starring Steve Buscemi and Chloe Sevigny), and THE FREE (2014-Winner of the Oregon People’s Choice Award). 

His fifth novel, DON’T SKIP OUT ON ME, will be published in 2018. Available for purchase at this event!  

Vlautin founded the band Richmond Fontaine in 1994. The band has produced ten studio albums to date, plus a handful of live recordings and EPs. Driven by Vlautin’s dark, story-like songwriting, the band has achieved critical acclaim at home and across Europe, The Independent calling Willy, “The Dylan of the Dislocated.” 

For over three decades now Billy Seldmayr has been deep in the fabric of Tucson music, 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.

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The Lost Brothers (Ireland)
Mar
17
8:00 PM20:00

The Lost Brothers (Ireland)

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

We weren't even trying, and we booked an Irish band for Saint Patrick's Day!

This is no average "Irish Band", The Lost Brothers (Belfast) are a haunting, beautiful duo who bring to mind with their performances the work of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, early Everly Brothers, Leonard Cohen, and The Band.

But don't take our word for it (read below).

You won't want to miss this show. Freddy Parish will open for this special, listening room experience. Tickets will be sold in advance.

"Simon and Garfunkel reborn in the desert- the harmonies are exquisite." UNCUT **** 4/5

"The Lost Brothers have found something to truly call their own." Q**** 4/5

"A thoughtful and subtle gem". RECORD COLLECTOR **** 4/5

"A beauty" 4/5 The Sunday Business Post

"Simple, striking songwriting that ripples with maturity..." CLASH

"Halfway Towards A Healing" is as sincere and lyrical as any track by Leonard Cohen." Hot Press 2018

"The harmonies are exquisite, lending a sense of timelessness to gently understated melodies" UNCUT 8/10

"melancholy autumnal folk-lands" **** MOJO

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Gertie and Her TO Boyz
Mar
16
8:00 PM20:00

Gertie and Her TO Boyz

 

TICKETS ON SALE HERE

Exo is proud to announce a performance by one of the premiere Waila bands in Arizona. We have dreamed of such a show for a long time and are happy to announce this special performance!

Read below to find out more about Waila music and Gertie's career. Bring your dancing shoes for this one! TICKETS ON SALE HERE

“GertieNtheT0.Boyz” is one of the premiere ‘Waila’ Bands playing a mix of traditional and new Waila music. All band members are also members of the Tohono O’odham Nation which is located in Southwestern and Central Arizona. The name “Tohono O’odham”, abbreviated to “T.O.” in our name, means “Desert People”

 

The Band consists of an Accordion, Saxophone, Violin, Bass, Bajo Sexto, and Drums and Percussion. The term “Waila” translates into the word “Dance” and is the most popular social dance music on the Tohono O’odham Nation. Waila music includes several varieties of polkas, chote’s (two-steps), Cumbias, Mazurka, and also Kwalya which is a type of square dance which is danced to at festivities of all occasions

Gertrude Lopez, better known as Gertie, is the only female band leader on the Tohono O’odham Nation.

The band has performed all over the state of Arizona to include Inaugural performances for Native American Tribes. The Band was nominated in the 2010 Native American Music Awards in the Waila Category. Gertie was nominated in 2012 for the Arizona’s Governor Award as a Musician Artist. In 2013 the band won third place at the Wa:k Indian Days Battle of the Bands. Gertie also won the Best Accordion award. In 2014 Gertie was recognized for her Waila Music and received a Community Service award from Borderland Theaters.

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Jaliha--sounds from contemporary West Africa
Mar
9
8:00 PM20:00

Jaliha--sounds from contemporary West Africa

Exo is pleased to announce Jaliha: a duo blend of world contemporary music with tunes from Mandingue and Senegalese descent with Elijah and Yacouba---both members of Solidarite Sympa--a Tucson-based pan-African band with members from the Ivory Coast. 

Come appreciate the rhythms, songs and sounds from the West Coast of Africa in a low-key setting. 

A 5-10 donation will go to the musicians!

 

 

 

 

 

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Buck Meek, Twain, Karima Walker, Casey Golden
Mar
4
8:00 PM20:00

Buck Meek, Twain, Karima Walker, Casey Golden

This songwriter bonanza showcases the talent of emerging songwriters and if YOU haven't emerged in awhile to pay attention, this is the night to do so.

Follow the posts below to hear/see the artists playing that night.

We are pretty thrilled to host

Buck Meek

Twain

Karima Walker

Casey Golden

 

Show is 8:00-10:00 and will be a sit-down "listening room" show. Tickets will be sold in advance.

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Melaena Cadiz w/Marianne Dissard
Mar
3
8:00 PM20:00

Melaena Cadiz w/Marianne Dissard

$8 Cover

8-10PM

 

For more than a few years now, singer-songwriter Melaena Cadiz has been making a beautiful, dreamy brand of down-home folk that has belied her cosmopolitan NYC surroundings. Her last two albums leaned bluegrass with twangy guitars and banjo, intricate, organic percussion, and soothing strings while her voice exquisitely cleared a path through the enveloping sounds.

 

Her new album, Sunfair, is a departure, with Cadiz trying to anchor newfound stability amid many moving parts. She made an escape from NYC to California, specifically the vast, arid desert terrain of Joshua Tree. The soundscape of Sunfair mirrors that landscape. The sound is stripped, raw, sparse, and beautifully barren, hearkening to a newly unearthed inward solace. The album mostly follows the pattern of lead single “Goes Without Saying“: Rarely is Cadiz’s voice accompanied by anything other than her gorgeous finger-picked guitar and the slightest bit of reverb. She’s taken the serenity and simplicity of that environment and comfortably cloaked her voice in it.

-Collin Robinson for "Stereogum"

 

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Marianne Dissard is a singer, lyricist and filmmaker who lived in Tucson, Arizona, United States from 1994 to 2013. A central figure in Tucson's desert music community with her unique hybrid of French Chanson and Americana, she is a charismatic performer and known for the quality of her lyrics.

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Bradford Trojan Cassette Release
Mar
2
8:00 PM20:00

Bradford Trojan Cassette Release

$5-10 cover

$10 gets you the cassette album/digital download!

 

BRADFORD TROJAN

Diamond Rocket Roll. Tucson based and Inspired by rare doo-wop and oldies, Bradford Trojan has been making and playing music that feels fun and easy and is now proud to present his latest Album released by Tucson's own Baby Tooth Records "First Sunrise".

Golden BooTs:

Part rock, part country, part absurdity, and a dash of drunk, the ramshackle hydra that is Golden BooTs transforms again into their latest incarnation of new-wave pop for toe-tapping weirdos and humorous freaks.

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Thread & Vine
Feb
25
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, February 25th. 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 donation to Melissa for her time. This will be a monthly event on Sundays 4-7.

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Katie Haverly with Casey Golden
Feb
24
8:00 PM20:00

Katie Haverly with Casey Golden

Hear Katie play her entire new record Pluto in a solo performance on piano and guitar. Casey Golden to open. This release show is an intimate counter to the release 2/2 at Club Congress with the full Aviary band + special guests...


This is a listening room show and tickets will be sold in advance HERE
www.katiehaverly.com
https://caseygolden.bandcamp.com/music

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Canciones sin Fronteras: featuring Arnulfo Velázquez
Feb
23
8:00 PM20:00

Canciones sin Fronteras: featuring Arnulfo Velázquez

This night will be one for the books! An ensemble of classically trained musicians bringing their world-class talent to our intimate stage. This will be a ticketed "listening room show" and TICKETS CAN BE FOUND HERE

Canciones sin Fronteras is a musical ensemble recently created to
perform and promote the music of México and Latin America. Its
members are:


 Beatrice Velázquez -- - cello and vocals
 Liudvik Cutiño Cruz-- piano and arrangements
 Alfredo Quiahuitl Villegas -- -- percussions
 Arnulfo Velásquez -- - vocals


Each one of them bring to the ensemble a vast amount of musical and
artistic experiences along with their passion for the performing arts as
tools for education and social transformation.


Bea Velásquez is a classically trained cellist who has performed with
numerous orchestras and other ensambles in Tucson, Phoenix and
Santa Fe, NM. She is also a DJ and a composer-performer of electronic
music. Her everyday life spins around the causes of LGBTQ populations,
especially with youth.


Liudvik Cutiño is a Cuban pianist and singer with a long trajectory as a
musical director and as a performer. In his natal Holguin, Cuba, he was
the director of the vocal ensamble “Alma” for several years. In Sonora,
México, he worked as a music educator and as a performer of Sones and
other jewels of the Cuban songbook for about seven years.
Alfredo Quiahuitl Villegas, has been at drumming for 17 years in a wide
range styles from Afro Brazilian to Noise. He has had the opportunities
to direct children carrying the sound (drum and dance group for
children and you), Sol axe (community Afro Brazilian inspired adult
group) and the assistant director of Jovert steel drum samba program at
tucson high school. Quiahuitl Villegas is a firm believer of exploration
and manipulation of sounds as well as finding ways to push the
boundaries of what we perceive music to be.


Arnulfo Velásquez is a trained tenor, an experienced recitalist of Latino
American and Italian songs who worked for fifteen years as a chorister
with the Arizona Opera Company. Velásquez has performed in many stages of Tucson, as well as theaters in Sonora and México City. He is
Tucsonian by adoption since 1994. For over twenty years he has
worked as a middle school math educator in bilingual public school
settings.

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Sweethearts of the Rodeo: Arizona Women Duet Better
Feb
14
8:00 PM20:00

Sweethearts of the Rodeo: Arizona Women Duet Better

Sweethearts of The Rodeo: a band of ladies getting together and doing duets of sweet country songs together: starring Lana Rebel, Amy Rude, Lonna Kelly, Lisa O'Neill, June West, Karima Walker, Cristina Williams, Marina Cornelius, Tulip Sweet and more! The evening will support the Kelly Fryer Campaign and in general will be a celebration of the fact that the more we do together, the better we are together. Especially when it comes to VOTING! This will be a "listening room show" Donation of 5-10 will be accepted at the door. 

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Conjunto Nopal
Feb
9
8:00 PM20:00

Conjunto Nopal

 

Conjunto Nopal starring Jesus Garcia and Dena Cowan (of Mission Garden fame) serenade us in an eventing of corridos and música norteña, traditional songs from Northern Mexico. Featuring interpretive storytelling by Jesús García.

Plus it's MEZCAL FRIDAY and you can take 2 dollars off any of 47 mezcal copitas.

 

 

 

 

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Thread & Vine
Jan
28
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, January 28th. 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 donation to Melissa for her time. This will be a monthly event on Sundays 4-7.

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Jon Jost--film retrospective // Exo Bar
Jan
12
6:00 PM18:00

Jon Jost--film retrospective // Exo Bar

Exo Bar is excited to present two feature films by legendary maverick American independent filmmaker Jon Jost on January 12th from 6:00pm to 11:00pm with the filmmaker in person for a Q&A! 

Free entrance, mighty spirits and the most deliriously yummy food.

Jon Jost in his own words: 'Been making films for 50+ years. Travel a lot. Live a lot. Write. Do photography. Paint. Workaholic.'

Jost was the first recipient of the "John Casavettes Lifetime Achievement Award" at the 1991 Spirit Awards and Michael Haneke has acknowledged him as one of his influences (along with Bresson, Tarkovsky, Kiarostami and Antonioni).

Born in Chicago in 1943, of a military family, Jost grew up in Georgia, Kansas, Japan, Italy, Germany, and, Virginia. Expelled from college in 1963, he began making 16mm films. He is self-taught. In 1965 Jost was imprisoned by US Federal authorities for 2 years for refusal to cooperate with the Selective Service System. On release, he quickly became engaged in political activities, helping start the Chicago branch of what became NEWSREEL, the New Left film production and distribution group. Jost made his first feature-length film in 1974, and has since devoted to the making of a wide-ranging series of films largely focused on specifically American topics, in form ranging from essays, to essay-fictions, to avant-garde and new narrative forms.

He's made 40+ feature length works and more than thirty short films (all of which he has conceieved, written, photographed, directed and edited), several installations, along with painting and writing. Since 1996 he has worked almost exclusively in digital video.

Two of his most widely known films are All the Vermeers in New York (1990) and The Bed You Sleep In (1993). His 1977 feature, Last Chants for a Slow Dance is listed in the book 1001 Films You Must See Before You Die.

While his films were screened regularly in major festivals (a darling of the Sundance and Rotterdam festivals in the 1990's) and small ones too, they fail almost all criteria for the present day 'market economy' value system and are more or less not shown outside the festival circuit despite retrospectives at MOMA NYC, the Vienna Biennale, Harvard Film Archive, Film Arts Foundation, UCLA Film Archive.

An inveterate traveler, Jon has lived since 1962 in Chicago, San Francisco, Ben Lomond, Los Angeles, Leucadia (Ca.); Cottage Grove (OR), Kalispell, Butte (MT), Berlin, London, Lisbon, Frankfurt, Paris, Rome, New York City, Portland, and Lincoln NE, Seoul, S Korea. He presently lives on the road in the USA and Europe.

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