Buena Vista Social Club

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    Forty '90s Albums That Still Hold Up

    Steve Wiley is Up on the Sun's resident Record Store Geek. He shares stories of great music and wacky characters from his continuing 27 years in Valley record stores and the always zany music biz. At the end of July, I wrote about Five Reasons I Don't Write About New Music, the most important of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2013

    Smuggled Sugar Packets and the Art of Compromise

    Once again this year, Chow Bella writers are gnawing on the holidays -- in the form of stories of Christmas and food. Hope you have some Alka-Seltzer handy. Enjoy. By Ada Malcioln Martin A product of divorced parents, a crazy Jewish Panamanian dad, and a bi-polar Anglican mom of West Indian desce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend

    Two very different festivals this weekend: One, Desert Uprising, will fill Ak-Chin Pavilion with metalheads and hard rock fans for acts like Alice in Chians, Jane's Addiction, and Avenged Sevenfold. Lushfest, the other, will fill The Sail Inn with local music fans ready to see Future Loves Past perf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Aaron May, What Are You Listening To?

    Aaron May​Aaron MayThe chef owns Over Easy (additional location here), The Lodge, Mabel's on Main, Iruna and Vitamin T, as well as May's Counter in Tucson. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? The Grateful Dead channel on Sirius. The cla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    The Black Swans' Jerry DeCicca Talks Touring, Larry Jon Wilson, and Vermont

    The Black Swans Jerry DeCicca with some black swans​ When preparing for an interview with a band I Google the hell out of them beforehand. In the case of Columbus, Ohio band The Black Swans, this task was a little more difficult than normal thanks to the movie Black Swan. In fact, when trying t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 17, 2009
  • Music

    September 3, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 5, 2009

    Calexico Classy at Heritage Square Concert

    There's one word that describes the Calexico concert at Heritage Square last night: Classy. From the tastefully-appointed stage, to the home-made tamales and high-end beer (Tecate and Four Peaks products only; no Bud) to the gorgeous textures of the band's unique blend of Western and Tejano music an ... More >>

  • Music

    April 2, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 27, 2008

    Top Ten Latin Music Albums of 2008

    By Julienne GageAmericans who still think of Latin music as mariachi bands and gyrating Ricky Martins and Shakiras might want to lend a closer ear to the genre. This country's Hispanic population isn't just growing, it's growing more diverse. More and more unique musical styles are being gobbled up, ... More >>

  • Music

    June 28, 2007

    Arturo Sandoval

    Rumba Palace
    (Telarc Jazz)

  • Music

    January 18, 2007

    Various Artists

    Roots of Rumba Rock: Congo Classics 1953-1955
    (Crammed Discs)

  • Calendar

    December 14, 2006
  • Music

    June 2, 2005

    Ibrahim Ferrer

    Ay, Candela

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 18, 2003


    Fridays at Sky Lounge

  • Calendar

    May 1, 2003

    Cuba Gear

    Havana good time at SMoCA

  • Music

    June 27, 2002

    Polo Montañez

    Guajiro natural (Lideres)

  • Dining

    December 13, 2001

    Oomph ah Pwah

    A French restaurant in Gilbert? It's not just rare its medium rare.

  • Music

    February 1, 2001

    Alive and Kicking

    Despite being entombed in the recent PBS series, Gumbo shows why jazz is very much alive and well with a fine batch of new releases

  • Music

    January 4, 2001

    Cyde Two

    Influential hip-hop group the Pharcyde comes clean on its five years of silence, its pared-down lineup, and why its new record isn't its best

  • Music

    November 23, 2000

    Write or Wrong

    Our quarterly roundup of music books lets us get lost with Chet Baker, nasty with Bill Monroe and saved by Al Green, while Ted Nugent teaches us that happiness really is a warm gun

  • Music

    September 28, 2000

    Hey, Joe!

    Gumbo lines up the most wanted in jazz, blues and heritage

  • Music

    July 27, 2000

    Border Crossing

    Through its nods to tradition and embrace of innovation, Calexico emerges as a desert bloom

  • Music

    September 30, 1999

    Stone Blues

    After a lifetime backing musical legends, drummer Sam Lay has become one himself

  • Calendar

    September 2, 1999
  • Music

    August 26, 1999

    Devotion, But No Doubt

    Richard Buckner enlists the help of a talented local for an unforgettable performance

  • Film

    July 1, 1999

    Cuban Roots

    Winning Buena Vista Social Club is not for members only