By JAMIE VERWYS
It is going to be a hot one this summer. Chances are we all began preparing for the heat wave months ago but now let’s just let the sweat flow. Hit the dance floor with these must-see local bands:
10. The Electric Blankets
These guys are a favorite group of drinking buddies downtown. With a, “this one’s on us” vibe, their catchy surf-and-pop infused rock gets locals bouncing like their bare feet have hit hot desert pavement.
9. Acorn Bcorn
The two sisters of Acorn Bcorn play a guitar, and bass, and alternate on the percussion. They make it look easy but achieving sound so rich but minimal involves some real musicality.
8. Mission Creeps
With their unique goth blend of ghoulish surf rock, rockabilly, punk and new wave, this three-piece band leaves every audience haunted.
7. The Swigs
Want to revisit the ‘70s, when rock stars ruled the world? The Swigs summon the raw power of classic rock to the stage every time.
6. The Resonars
It makes sense that the retro-inspired psychedelic rock of The Resonars has remained popular with locals since the late ‘90s. The group captures a hint of mysticism in their blend of pop harmonies.
5. Lenguas Largas
Desert dudes came together and created a dreamy expanse of intricate lo-fi. They take fuzzy garage rock and deliver it with a quirky, punk sensibility.
4. Tom Walbank
One charming man armed with a guitar, harmonica and blues voice is Tucson’s own Muddy Waters incarnate. Walbank is a link to music’s past, covering some of the most respected blues artists with ease.
3. Al Perry
Renowned guitarist and vocalist Al Perry has left an eclectic mark on Tucson’s music scene since he first arrived in the late ‘70s. The veteran musician delivers a variety of genres with a distinct identity.
2. Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta
One of the country’s most impressive Latin music groups now calls our city home and weaves our cultural history into its sizzling dance numbers. Multi-talented musician Sergio Mendoza leads an up to 19-member band in a contemporary evolution of mambo, cumbia, mariachi and rock. Whatever the genre, La Orkesta always provides vibrant energy.
This group is one of our bragging rights. They have reached wide success with an indie conjuring of Americana, folk, country and Latin music.