TucsonSentinel.com launch party
Celebrate Sentinel launch at Press Box Bash
March 26 show features Howe Gelb performing Johnny Cash's 'Live at San Quentin'
Celebrate the launch of Tucson's nonprofit independent news site — TucsonSentinel.com — at the Press Box Bash on Friday night.
The Press Box Bash will include some of Tucson's finest musicians. Howe Gelb, of Giant Sand fame, will cover songs from Johnny Cash's "Live at San Quentin" album in a special performance.
Others appearing include hot new punk band Cadillac Steakhouse, Tom Walbank and the Ambassadors, Bajo Turbato, and Jazz Telephone.
A mere $7 at the door gets you a night of amazing music. Come out and show your support for the quality reporting on TucsonSentinel.com. From jazz on the patio as the sun goes down to a rousing last call from Cadillac Steakhouse, the Press Box Bash will showcase Tucson's diverse music scene.
Press Box Bash lineup
Howe Gelb is, simply, Tucson's greatest songwriter. His years with Giant Sand, Blacky Ranchette and as a solo act will inform this unique performance. Howe will assume the stance of the Man in Black, playing songs from Johnny Cash's seminal Live at San Quentin album. Working as part of a three-piece band with Thoger Lund on bass and Tasha Sabatino on drums, Gelb's take on this famous occasion promises to be as thoughtful and memorable as the rest of his work.
Cadillac Steakhouse is the best new punk band to emerge in Tucson in a decade or more. Fronted by the outrageous and tough singer Nikki Rosing, the band recalls the best of both No Wave postpunk and 90s riot grrl snarl. Cadillac Steakhouse plays in-your-face punk you can't help but dance to.
Tom Walbank is a an authentic blues legend. Never mind that he was born in Devonshire, England; Walbank plays harmonica like Sonny Terry and can sing like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf combined. He was recently inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame, and was a finalist at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Jazz Telephone, led by Jeff Grubic ("Mr. Tidypaws"), are a classy throwback jazz outfit with a modern quirk here and there. Tidypaws' saxophone work is the standout, both technically and artistically. Listen for echoes of past jazz greats as this tight jazz combo works their magic.
Bajo Turbato play Sonoran gypsy music, a genre of their own invention. Bajo sexto player Gabriel Sullivan, who doubles on a kick drum, and violinist Chris Black play party music for the smart set, combining authentic Romanian gypsy songs with a mariachi flavor, and a dash of noise to enliven the mix.