Trio of concerts for our kind of weekend in Tucson | The music

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Tucson’s live music scene this weekend features slingshots ranging from heavy metal to cool jazzy world music to country/southern rock.

In other words, our kind of weekend.

Start early with the four-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and world musician Angelique Kidjo to Rialto Theater318 E. Congress St., Thursday, April 7. Kidjo, who has recorded 13 albums in a career that just marked its 40th year, mixes everything from tropical beats and jazz to Latin spice, pop and R&B.

She takes the Rialto stage at 8 p.m. in a show co-presented by Rialto and Arizona Arts Live. Tickets cost between $40 and $77 ticketmaster.com

On Friday, April 8, a pair of local country singers – Drew Cooper from Tucson and Shane Britt from the hot country rock band Safford Cole Trains – will open for Oregon country rock band Eli Howard & the Greater Good at Club Congress. The 10-year-old group is traveling the country to promote their debut album ‘End of the Line’.

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The tour was in Mesa and New River late last year and makes two stops on this leg — at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., at 8 p.m. Friday; and back at the Roadrunner Saloon in New River on Saturday, April 9. Admission to the Congressional 21+ Show is $10 up to hotelcongress.com.





Kick-off of the weekend on Thursday April 7 with Angélique Kidjo at the Rialto Theater.


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End your weekend in style, and by bang we mean jaw-dropping rock, with Megadeth and Lamb of God at the Tucson Arena, 260 S. Church Ave., on Sunday, April 10.

The duo is called “The Metal Tour of the Year,” and it’s fitting, especially when you add in guest artists Trivium from Orlando, Florida, and Swedish heavy metal band In Flames.

The show starts at 6 p.m. on Sunday, and tickets cost between $27 and $97 ticketmaster.com.

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at [email protected] On Twitter @Starburch

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