With a large college student population and a hip downtown scene, it's no surprise that Tucson has plenty of great live music venues.
Our top honor goes to The Rialto, a downtown institution that hosts popular national touring acts. The historic theater is both charming and cool, bringing together music lovers from all walks of life. The parade of colorful murals on the side of the Rialto's wall, plus an always-changing marquee of eclectic acts, makes this one of the coolest venues in the entire state.
Across the street from The Rialto is another local institution: Club Congress. The dance and live music venue is part of the historic Hotel Congress. The club hosts local and touring acts, as well as DJ theme nights.
For a sophisticated yet super-relaxed night of dancing under the stars, head downtown to the charming La Cocina restaurant and bar, which hosts a regular live music calendar.
If you're looking for big names in music, head just south of Tucson to the AVA Amphitheater at the Casino del Sol Resort. The large outdoor amphitheater regularly hosts the biggest names in music.