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Rock and roll lives: Az bands play 'Revival' present at Congress

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Three Arizona bands will take the Resort Congress Plaza stage for an evening of rock and roll for the Summer time Rock Revival present on Saturday night time.

Jacob Acosta of the blues-rock band Mason organized the occasion with the objective to place a highlight on native Arizona rock bands. Other than Mason, rock duo Birds and Arrows and Phoenix-based band Daphne and the Glitches might be taking part in.

“I really like performing. I have been doing it for 17 years. I really like the sensation of being up there on the stage and feeling like I’ve actually related with someone else,” Acosta mentioned. “Music is only a very constructive factor. I believe Bob Marley as soon as mentioned, ‘When it hits you, you’re feeling no ache.’ It is therapeutic. It is connecting.”

Acosta had been approached by David Slutes, leisure director at Resort Congress, following the discharge social gathering of Mason’s album “My Sort of Hassle” in 2022. He mentioned Slutes instructed him they wished Mason to return to the Congress stage and requested him to create an thought for an occasion.

“I began occupied with it and I do know there’s lots of nice performers right here in Tucson, so my thought for the Summer time Rock Revival was to place a highlight on the locals,” Acosta mentioned.

He determined to increase the invitation to Birds and Arrows due to their “wonderful, cinematic” model they usually “turned him to” Daphne and the Glitches, whose model is all about “funk and glam and pageantry.”

Birds and Arrows is the title of the rock duo and married couple, Andrea and Pete Connolly, guitar and drums respectively. They started taking part in round 12 years of age and finally, their paths crossed in North Carolina. They started taking part in collectively and made their strategy to Tucson after a tour. They moved right here in 2016.

“The rock scene right here in Tucson is so wild and free,” Andrea Connolly mentioned. “In the meantime, in North Carolina, music was a bit extra conventional.”

“We might reinvent ourselves right here in Tucson,” Pete Connolly mentioned.

Their model has modified from being extra folksy to a extra rock-oriented sound. Their influences embody The White Stripes, Bjork and Led Zeppelin amongst others.

“Our model is extra vocal-oriented,” Pete Connolly mentioned.

“Persons are so shocked once they see it is simply the 2 of us as a result of it sounds so large,” Andrea Connolly mentioned.

The band is releasing a brand new single titled “The Chemical Tide” in July. The couple is happy to play on June 24 as a result of it’s the first sizzling summer season night time of the 12 months and “there’s one thing particular about summer season nights in Tucson.”

Other than the music, Acosta had the thought to herald native photographers and artists who attend their exhibits frequently and have them show their work. They’re going to even have Matt Brown, a Phoenix-based reside painter, on the occasion.

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