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Best Of Beef 2017 & Return of the Night of the Living Fest

Every community worth its salt has its cynics and its devil's advocates. You know the type. Lou Reed verbally eviscerating rock critic Lester Bangs. Han Solo asserting that hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster. The folks in the back at Henry Rollins spoken-word gigs shouting "Play some Black Flag!"

One of the most notable such virtual court jesters in the Tucson music scene is Mark Beef, local punk scene elder statesman, former manager of Downtown's late, lamented District Tavern, and alumni of an assortment of local bands ranging from Junkie Vomit to Lenguas Largas. 

In punk rock and local music circles, Beef is known as a champion and sometime chronicler of the local DIY scene and something of a standup guy. The kind of guy who might make fun of your hipster muttonchops but will also help you promote your band, diversify your record collection or chase down the guy who stole your wallet.

When Beef is not playing music, listening to music or watching live bands, though, he can commonly be found in the ether, making often witty but invariably sarcastic commentary on the state of the local hive mind on social media. One such thread a couple of years back involved a rant about the state of local "best of" designations and ended in a challenge. Beef responded with a list of things, people and bands he loves about Tucson and the annual "Best of Beef Awards" were born.

This column is deeply honored to bring this fine annual tradition from the shadowy corridors of local social media to the masses at long last. Read on for an interview with Mark Beef and the unveiling of The Best Of Beef 2017! 

You are known in certain circles as a notorious curmudgeon and in smaller ones as a total sweetheart. Who's the "real" Mark Beef? Do we even deserve an answer?

Mark Beef: Like every human on the planet I am all these things and more. Sometimes I have crappy days, sometimes I have good days. Sometimes the attitudes and behaviors of others influence how I react to them

What bands/artists currently playing in Tucson are brilliant and not getting enough love or recognition — in your totally biased opinion? 

MB: Matt Rendon, Alex Perez, John Polle, Jimmy Teyechea, Isaac Reyes, Obie Serious, Travis Spillers, and Ricky Shimo are the names you should be paying attention to. There are younger kids doing stuff but they seem to kill their bands after 6 months it seems and I'm old and no longer paying attention. Also the Besmirchers are the only punk band left in Tucson.

What bands in Tucson do you most dearly miss?

MB: I miss dead friends but I'm over band reunions.

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What would it really take to build a decent DIY punk scene again in Tucson? Or is it right here under our noses?

MB: Kids caring about music and creating their own thing for the joy of creating. Other than that it's dead and should stay dead.

 Who are some of your favorite high-quality human beings in Tucson?

MB: Matt Rendon, Noel Chester, Valerie Mariscal, Paula, Leo Schwamm, Neil Kight, the Rogers sisters, Joe Quarnberg, KP, Cliff Taylor, Andrew Brown, Dick Solomon, Don II, Berniece, Jibo Barrow, Lenny Mental, Rebecca Wrecker, Erin and Stacy G. I listed a bunch  and probably forgot somebody because I'm getting old.

Tell me something I'm totally wrong about and why in 140 characters or less.

MB: You're wrong about anybody caring about what I have to say.

Ok. This is the real reason we're all here. Who are the lucky winners of "Best Of Beef 2017?

MB: Best Torta, Beans, and Lengua: Birria Guadalajara

Best Chinese Dish That Will Make You Feel Like You're On Drugs: Dan Dan noodles at Sky Dragon

Best Tattoo Studio: Istari

Best New Venue That Could Be the Greatest Place To See Bands: House of Bards

Thanks, Beef! 

It just so happens that a couple of Mark Beef's "names you should pay attention to" have gigs this week. Whispering Wires (led by John Polle) and Free Machines (featuring Jimmy Teyechea) are both playing Night Of The Living Fest on Saturday, while Lenguas Largas (minus Mr. Beef) will be playing Flycatcher on Sunday night.

Free Machines plays the indoor stage at 7:30 p.m. Night of the Living Fest at 191 E. Toole, with Whispering Wires taking over the outdoor stage around 7:50 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Lenguas Largas plays Flycacther at 8 p.m. on Sunday at 340 E. 6th St. in Downtown Tucson. Free.

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Return of the NOLF!

Speaking of Night Of The Living Fest...it's time once again for the annual benefit/mini music festival in support of Tucson's All Souls Procession every year. Like years past, this year's NOLF features a fantastic mix of local and national acts, all on a single night at a single Downtown venue.

This year's bill includes many of the best bands in Tucson, past and present including Bob Log III, The Exbats, Free Machines, Whispering Wires, and Acorn Bcorn. The touring bands are pretty stellar too, including appearances by Phoenix bands Nanami Ozone and JJCNV, a hometown visit by Tucson Expats Foxx Bodies, and the second NOLF appearance of CA band The Sloths.

For more info and the show schedule, check the event's webpage at nightofthelivingfest.com. More info about this year's All Souls Procession can be found at allsouls.org. Meanwhile, check out the all-star lineup here.

Night Of The Living Fest takes place from 4 p.m. Saturday till 2 a.m. Sunday at 191 E Toole in Downtown Tucson. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

NOLF 5 Full Lineup

  • Mr. Free and the Satellite Freakout
  • Bob Log III
  • Kevin Dowling
  • JL6
  • Nanami Ozone
  • Foxx Bodies
  • Exbats
  • Tight Fright
  • Whispering Wires
  • Same Sex Mary
  • Galactic Federation Of Love
  • Ashton and the Terrible
  • Golden Boots
  • Ice Rod
  • Arianna Maya Gil
  • Tweak Bird
  • The Sloths
  • Free Machines
  • Acorn Bcorn

Check your local listings

 Friday, November 4

  • Jerkagram, Weekend Lovers - 10 p.m. at Bar Passe, 415 N 4th Ave (Downtown)
  • Dreamcast w. Hormone, Street Blues Family, Ripdee - 8 p.m. at Club Congress, 311 E Congress St (Downtown)
  • Altrice vs. Roche - 9 p.m. at Flycatcher, 340 E 6th St (Downtown)
  • Mortimer, Untied Snakes & Vinyl Wizard - 9 p.m. at Saint Charles Tavern, 1632 S 4th Ave (S of Downtown)
  • Bee Rex - 9 p.m. at House Of Bards, 4915 E Speedway (Central)
  • Gaza Strip, Fire by Rank, Youth & Canvas, Bryan Thomas Parker - 8 p.m. The Loudhouse, 915 W Prince (North)

Saturday, November 5

  • Night Of The Living Fest - 4 p.m. till 2 a.m. at 191 E Toole (Downtown)
  • Miss Olivia and the Interlopers - 7 p.m. Club Congress (Downtown)
  • Saint Augustine - 9 p.m. at Saint Charles Tavern (S Of Downtown)
  • The Minds w/ The Roilers - 8 p.m. The Loudhouse (North)
  • Diamondbaxx Shake - 9 p.m. at House Of Bards(Central)

Sunday, November 6

  •  Lenguas Largas, Kal Marks, Twin Ponies, Noyes - 8 p.m. at Flycatcher (Downtown)
  • All Souls w/ Santa Pachita - 7 p.m. at La Cocina, 201 N Court (Downtown)

Tuesday, November 7

  • Secondhand Serenade - 6:30 p.m. at 191 E Toole (Downtown)
  • Diane Van Deurzen and Lisa Otey - 7 p.m. at Royal Sun, 1003 N Stone (North of Downtown)
  • Hovvdy, Casey Golden, Girl Garden - 8 p.m. at Club Congress (Downtown)   

Wednesday, November 8

  • Gryffin w/ Autograf and Ayokay - 7 p.m. at 191 E Toole (Downtown)
  • Good Country Junk 0 7 p.m. at Royal Sun (N of Downtown)
  • She Persisted - 7:30 p.m. at Flycatcher (Downtown)
  • Southwest Songwriter Showcase - 9 p.m. at Club Congress (Downtown)

Thursday, November 9

  • Chynna Rogers, Sui Blue, Positive Satan - 7 p.m. at Club Congress (Downtown)
  • Live Rhythm Roulette - 10 p.m. at Flycatcher (Downtown)
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