Tucson Sounds: 'I hate “the ‘Gram' – a neighborhood music love story

Your pleasant neighborhood music scribbler is about to come back out of writing retirement. However first, she needs to have a phrase with the native music scene’s supervisor.

You see, again within the pre-pandemic period, compiling a listing of weekly must-see gigs was a cumbersome, however affordable chore. It wasn’t my favourite a part of writing, however as a labor of like it was definitely worth the work.

Primarily, the weekly grind would include hopping round to the principle net pages and Fb pages for essentially the most steadily inhabited music venues on the town, replying “” when a band would submit an occasion on mentioned book-of-face, snapping footage of flyers round city if one thing appeared prefer it had missed being posted anyplace, after which meandering briefly over to Instagram, testing just a few stray home present collectives and youthful bands who solely ever shared something there.

Flash ahead to the current, the place not solely does virtually all native occasion posting occur on “the ‘Gram” within the type of old-school present flyers, nevertheless it usually solely occurs within the type of reels or tales, which do not exist past a 24-hour or so window. And venues appear to have given up posting virtually totally, leaving most promotion as much as the bands, whom you form of must already learn about to ever see posting on Instagram within the first place.

Thus, virtually the one method one can discover out about upcoming exhibits anymore is to verify Instagram about 20 instances a day, know the place the venues are (as one cannot hyperlink in a flyer) and pray that the set time, and so forth. did not get minimize off or missed when the flyer was posted.

“Okay, Boomer,” you are in all probability saying, “that is the place issues are taking place nowadays, so adapt or die.”

To which yours actually would reply that I’m a card-carrying member of Gen X and I keep in mind after we actually solely had Xeroxed, wheat-pasted present flyers to be taught these things. It isn’t that I am not able to going again to that aesthetic. It is simply that, for a brief, blissful, interval of current historical past, we had a method of constructing this complete course of 12 instances simpler. After which we deserted it for causes that elude me.

And, maybe extra importantly, I’m attempting with all my may to as soon as once more be the weekly reply to the ever-present collective query “does anyone know who’s taking part in this weekend?

So, this week, I current to you a really temporary listing of exhibits which can be taking place this weekend and past. With some luck and perseverance, subsequent week I am going to have an extended listing to share. If you recognize about stuff, you possibly can even assist me do it.

Thanks to some good people who do preserve monitor (hat tip to Mr. Bob Colby particularly) for serving to to maintain me within the loop despite all of it. Keep tuned subsequent week for extra music information, album evaluations, previews and native listings. And, in different information, get off my garden.


Your once-and-future-local-music-scribe, JJP

Verify your native listings…

Every week this columnist goals to compile a selection collection of reside gigs in and round Tucson with the assistance of fine venue and band occasion bulletins and different sources.

Should you’ve bought a gig developing and you would like your occasion listed on this area (or in case your native band has a serious announcement or a brand new launch) drop me a line at [email protected].

Friday, Nov 10

  • Just like the Bug, Gutter City, Sarah Meadmaker – 7 pm at Subspace (101 W. sixth St)

Saturday, Nov 11

  • Unhappy Reptilian, Decided Luddites, Dave Roads and extra – 2 pm at Mountain First Porch Fest (Mitchell Park neighborhood, close to Mountain and First Ave)
  • Mudhoney – 7 pm Membership Congress
  • Large Metropolis Sleep , Alex and the Moondaze – 10 pm Che’s Lounge (350 N. 4th Avenue)

Sunday, Nov 12

  • Supercrush, Dogbreth Sonya Blade, Worlds Clyde – 7 pm Arches (College Blvd & Foremost St )

Coming Quickly…

Friday, Nov 17

  • Habitation Speakeasy Presents: The Gem Present w/ Blunt Objects – 6 pm Habitation Realty (641 N. tenth Ave)
  • Hearts and Guitars Profit at Saint Charles: Weekend Lovers, Rollingdusk, Tonight’s Sunshine, Daddy Banjo – 6:30 pm Membership Congress (311 E. Congress St)