10 Best Places to Enjoy Live Music in Tucson

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.



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Solar Culture


A non-profit art gallery and music venue, Solar Culture is the brainchild of artist Steven Eye and a group of compatriots. Many years experience in the art and music industries has given the group a keen appreciation and knowledge of the...  Read More



This long-running Tucson rock club opened its doors in the 1970s and was originally known as The Stumble Inn. It has seen its fair share of hard rock, metal, punk and pop acts over the years, and continues to welcome local, national and...  Read More



The AVA Amphitheater, also known as the Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheater, is one of Tucson's leading live music venues. The large live music amphitheater is located in south Tucson at the Casino del Sol Resort on the Pascua Yaqui Reservation....  Read More



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Maverick, King of Clubs


Country and Western music is extremely popular in Tucson, and this honky-tonk is a classic example of where locals meet up for conversation, drinks, and a few spins on the dance floor. The simple, country-style interior is always full of...  Read More



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Che's Lounge is located on Fourth Avenue, Tucson's hip thoroughfare strategically situated between the University of Arizona and downtown. There is a decidedly youthful atmosphere at Che's, but you'll also find plenty of old-timers sitting at...  Read More



This upbeat dance club offers a wide range of popular theme nights, with some of the best DJs in the area spinning nostalgic tracks or the best alternative music of today. Club Congress is also a popular live music venue for touring national...  Read More



This venue, located in the heart of downtown, had a fascinating past as a vaudeville theater. Now the refurbished facility is a great place to catch a touring band. Many styles of music, from blues to salsa to alternative, are represented, and...  Read More


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