March Radness At The Rialto Dials 1-900-MIX-A-LOT
March 6, 2014
by James J. Jefferies
It is March in Tucson. Arizona basketball fever is boiling over on our collective Sonoran kettle with the team seemingly poised for NCAA tournament greatness, the weather forecast calls for T-shirts daily, and the Downtown music scene is its usual explosive self, with great upcoming shows from Neko Case, Foster The People, and Ozomatli. It’s a hell of a time to be a concert-goer in this neck of the woods.
Sometimes, you want something a little different in the springtime when your attention begins to wander from the daily grind. Something uncomplicated and rowdy, yet satisfying on an almost primal, guttural level. Fortunately for you, The Rialto has your back. Way back. Packin’ much back.
So much back, in fact, that they’ve got the Clown Prince of Back, aka Sir-Mix-A-Lot, in town for the Tucson Weekly Presents: March Radness superjam at said venue this Saturday night! For those not in the know, Sir-Mix-A-Lot (born Anthony Ray) penned the infamous 1992 chart-topper Baby Got Back, which finished second in sales that year only to Whitney Houston’s mega-cover of I Will Always Love You (which is literally the second-best selling single of ALL TIME).
The track generated a ton of controversy back in the day, given that it had lyrics that could either be read as relentlessly sexist objectification, or as a bold strike against rail-thin conventionally Eurocentric body images. (OMG, Becky, look at her butt…) It’s probably a healthy, red-bean-and-rice eating helping of both. Of course, the video itself wasn’t subtle in the least, featuring our Emerald City knight in trademark fur coat-and-dookie-rope armor astride a very tall rubber backside as dancers in gold hot pants frolicked around him.
Seattle’s finest cup of booty-shakin’ odes to FloJo will be rippin’ the mic and fronting an electic line-up of incredibly fun bands from across America, including Pinback (San Diego), Murs (Los Angeles), Yacht (Portland), IAMSU!, Nite Jewel (Los Angeles), Painted Palms (Lafayette, LA), PigPen Theater Co (NYC), Casket Girls (Savannah, GA), Stargazer Lily, and possibly more to be added!
The Rialto Theatre is at 318 E. Congress St., right at 4th Avenue and Congress, and the doors open at 6pm, with the show beginning a half-hour later. The ticket price for all this sonic majesty is a mere $15! For more info, check out the March Radness event webpage here.