Dillinger Days 2013 at Hotel Congressby Hot Off The Press (Release) on Jan. 17, 2013, under Press Releases
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The Capture of Public Enemy No.1
January 18th & 19th, 2013
Tucson, AZ (January 7, 2013) – It was January 1934 and John Dillinger was “on the lam.” Finding refuge in Tucson, the Dillinger gang stayed at the Hotel Congress until the fateful fire forced them out of their hiding place – and lead to their capture by Tucson’s police and fire departments.
The Historic Hotel Congress commemorates this rich piece of Tucson’s history and the 79th anniversary of Dillinger’s capture with the annual Dillinger Days celebration to take place on Friday, January 18th and Saturday, January 19th, 2013 on the grounds of the Hotel Congress and Maynards Market. Proceeds benefit the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation.
“We’ve always been proud of our local law enforcement for doing what no one else could – capturing a notorious criminal. This event celebrates the firefighters, police officers, and all the others that were involved in the events that lead to John Dillinger’s arrest,” said Todd Hanley, GM of Hotel Congress.
Friday, January 18
Begins at 7pm, 21+
$20/person in advance; $25/person at the door; 2 for $20 for First Responders until
The weekend kicks off with a Friday night soiree that recaptures the spirit of the 1930s. “John Dillinger” will start off the night with a quick-draw, gun slinging show on the Club Congress stage. The night will feature tastings of premium whiskies, including an award-winning local – Vickers Brothers Whisky from Flagstaff. Borderlands Brewery will also be on hand with tastes of their local made brews. A museum of 1930s memorabilia in Copper Hall plus big band tunes from Kings of Pleasure and music from Duo Vibrato add to the early century vibe. $20/person admission also includes a chili bar from Cup Café. First responders receive a 2 for 1 discount until January 11. Proceeds will go toward the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation to restore a 1923 American LaFrance Fire Engine – the very engine that responded to the Hotel Congress fire on January 23, 1934.
Dillinger Speakeasy AFTERPARTY
Friday, January 18
10pm – 2am
The night continues with free, old-but-good-time, non-rock, Depression era tunes presented by Hotel Congress and KXCI. Catherine Byrnes will be a 30’s style chanteuse, Chris Black plays gypsy music, and Jimmy Carr and The Awkward Moments perform old Appalachian party songs with vintage instruments.
Dillinger Days – Free Family Event
Saturday, January 19
Saturday’s festivities are family friendly, as always, and include lively re-enactments of Dillinger’s capture, vintage car shows, a carnival, live music, tours of the Hotel Congress and downtown walking tours and much more!
Brothers Macabre Dillinger Magic Show
Saturday, January 19
5pm and 8pm
New to the Dillinger Days line up are Nate Anderson and Kenny Stewart, with their eye-popping, amazing displays of magic, mind-reading, and fortune telling – infused with comedy to keep audiences laughing all night.
For more information about Dillinger Days, contact Hotel Congress by calling (520) 622-8848. Tickets available online at hotelcongress.com.
SATURDAY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Saturday, January 19, 2013
*“Hot Pion” will begin at 10:30am and will play on the 1/2 hour for the entire day.
10am Vaudeville Revue – Music and Comedy of the Era (Hotel Congress Plaza)
10:15 Lecture: “A Nine Ring Legal Circus: 10 Eventful Days In
Tucson” – Andy Dowdle (Copper Hall)
10:30 “Hot Pion” Pioneer Hotel Fire Documentary
11:00 Dillinger Reenactment Part One (Hotel Congress Plaza)
11:30 “Hot Pion” Pioneer Hotel Fire Documentary
11:45 Dillinger Historic Walking Tour – Andy Dowdle. Starts
immediately after reenactment on plaza
Noon Vaudeville Revue – Music and Comedy of the Era (Hotel Congress Plaza)
12:30 “Hot Pion” Pioneer Hotel Fire Documentary
1:00 Dillinger Reenactment Part Two (Hotel Congress Plaza)
1:30 “Hot Pion” Pioneer Hotel Fire Documentary
1:45 Lecture: “The 1930’s – Tucson’s Last Quiet Decade” – Ken
Scoville (Copper Hall)
2:00 Vaudeville Revue – Music and Comedy of the Era (Hotel Congress Plaza)
2:30 “Hot Pion” Pioneer Hotel Fire Documentary
3pm Dillinger Reenactment Parts One and Two (Hotel Congress Plaza)
3:30 “Hot Pion” Pioneer Hotel Fire Documentary
4:30 Day Event concludes
5 & 8 PM Brothers Macabre Turn of the Century Magic Show
Home to the historic hotel, Cup Café restaurant, famous Club Congress, and beautiful Copper Hall banquet venue, the Hotel Congress is at the center of Downtown Tucson’s history and nightlife. For more details, call (520) 622-8848 or visit http://www.hotelcongress.com.