September 30, 2008
Rialto voted Best Indoor Venue of Tucson
The Rialto Theatre has been voted "Best Indoor Venue" in the 2008 Best of Tucson issue of the Tucson Weekly. It's quite an apt description of our establishment--we sort of feel that way too. Here's to many more years of providing Tucson music lovers a place to worship.
September 20, 2008
Just Announced: CHRIS CORNELL live at The Fox Theatre - 10/21
We're excited to announce a new Rialto Presents event at our neighbor to the west on Congress:
Chris Cornell will be performing Live at The Fox Tucson Theatre on Tuesday, October 21.
Originally finding success as the singer/frontman of Seattle's Soundgarden, Chris Cornell also forged a successful solo career after the band's 1997 demise. In 2000, he found himself in the mix of the remaining members of Rage Against the Machine, releasing two platinum albums under Audioslave. After Audioslave expired, Cornell put out his second solo album, "Carry On", a rich and compelling venture that should soon be followed by "Scream."
Tickets will go on sale Saturday, September 27 at 10am. See Rialto's website or www.foxtucsontheatre.org for more info and ticket purchase methods.
September 18, 2008
Federico Aubele added to Michael Franti & Spearhead - 9/28
Argentine singer-songwriter Federico Aubele has been added as support to Michael Franti & Spearhead, appearing at Rialto on Sunday, September 28.
Aubele fits the bill oh-so-nicely, bringing his synthesis of various North and South American musical stylings to Franti's reggae-tinged hip rock. A little dub/reggae, a little ambient, a little flamenco/bolero, and his floating, soothing vocals will send your hips swinging and your dates twirling.
Buy your tickets now online, or visit Rialto's box office and Bookmans Bookstore.
September 8, 2008
10/18 - Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band ON SALE NOW
Known for his musical contribution of Bright Eyes, Conor Oberst travels to Tucson on October 18th with his Mystic Valley Band, in support of his solo effort recorded in Mexico earlier this year.
Via Ground Control:
"A special band was assembled for the recording, known amongst themselves and to friends as The Mystic Valley Band. It was there at Valle Místico that Conor and the band lived and worked for that time in near perfect harmony, often unaware of the hour or the day. The result is his first solo album in thirteen years, following Water (1993), Here's To Special Treatment (1994) and Soundtrack To My Movie (1995). In that time he has recorded and preformed in many bands and musical projects including Commander Venus, Park Ave., Desaparecidos, and most notably Bright Eyes, his main musical vehicle for the past decade."
General Admission tickets are $23 and on sale now.
September 3, 2008
A New Sound System Rocks The House!
The Rialto Theatre is pleased to announce the installation of its brand new, state of the art sound system, just in time for our amazing Fall Season of outstanding artists.
After three years and more than 350 concerts with our old system -- which we thought sounded pretty darn good -- we've taken the leap to a top-notch JBL Vertec Line Array for our main speakers (all sixteen of them!), which includes high quality, computer-controlled amplifiers from industry leaders Crown, dbx and Harmon Professional. In short: This sound system rocks! From the subtlest acoustic music to the hardest rocking metal and everything inbetween, the Rialto's new system is designed to provide the best quality sound you're likely to hear anywhere.
Other system components have been upgraded, including digital consoles from Yamaha, excellent microphones, and a plethora of geeky professional audio gear, like high end power distribution equipment and top of the line cables, all designed to ensure that the music from the artists on the Rialto's historic stage sounds as pure and clear to the ears of our audience as it possibly can. It's a commitment to quality that is at the heart of the Rialto's mission to serve the music-loving community at the highest level.
With the assistance of renowned acoustic consultant Sam Berkow of SIA Acoustics of New York City, we've made acoustic modifications to refine the way the Theatre's auditorium responds to amplified music. It's a long way from the opening days of the Rialto Theatre in August 1920 when itinerant vaudevillians roamed the stage and silent movies were accompanied by a piano. The result, we hope, is a better listening experience no matter what kind of concert you're attending here in the 21st Century.
This nearly $300,000 upgrade investment is evidence of the not-for-profit Rialto Theatre's commitment to the continual improvement of the Rialto concert-going experience. We hope your ears will hear the difference. Enjoy!