Diving right into the new year with a stacked lineup of fantastic shows. I’ve had some previews of what’s in store for 2017 and at least the music will be completely amazing. There were a ton of late year record releases last week and only one to speak of so far this year. That will change quickly. Also, it’s one of those weeks where a whole bunch of great things are slammed into Friday night, while merely sprinkled about the rest of the weekend. It’s a new year and the same old you, but you could check out more local live music this year and find out all the funky fauna and flora in your backyard.
When & Where: Wednesday, January 4th, 7:30pm at Valley Bar
Reasons to Attend: Emby Alexander is always amazing, I’ve caught some recent Sydney Sprague shows and been quite impressed, plus I can get behind anyone that calls their band The Murder Police.
Other Details: EMBY ALEXANDER + EMILY DAVIS AND THE MURDER POLICE + SYDNEY SPRAGUE at Valley Bar
When & Where: Wednesday, January 4th, 8pm at The Rebel Lounge
Reasons to Attend: Luau has been putting on some great live sets and they’re about to release their debut EP. Sun System, Broken Girls From Affluent Backgrounds and The Blank Waves will be joining them. This is going to be pretty epic for a Wednesday.
Other Details: No other details at this time.
When & Where: Wednesday, January 4th, 7pm at Crescent Ballroom
Reasons to Attend: I am all about Celebration Guns and Holy Fawn on this show, but I also checked out Televangelist last week and this evening is going to be smoking hot. This is a weekend show being thrown at you in the middle of the week. Thursday morning will have your coffee ready.
Other Details: TELEVANGELIST wsg/
Vox Vocis + Celebration Guns + HOLY FAWN + Forming Stories
Wednesday, January 4 // Crescent Ballroom
Doors at 7pm // 21+
When & Where: Thursday, January 5th, 7:30pm at The Trunk Space
Reasons to Attend: I absolutely love all the shows going on at the new Trunk Space and I’m thankful it continues and I hope it always will in some way, somewhere in town. That said this night is crazy good. Check the details below for a night of fantastic hip hop.
Other Details: A night of killer local hip hop
When & Where: Thursday, January 5th, 8pm at Crescent Ballroom
Reasons to Attend: Jules Demetrius was a gift artist and this evening is a celebration of his life as well as a fundraiser for his family and cancer research. This is going to be an emotional evening, but a rewarding one with The Stakes, Discombobulator, House of Stairs and Dr. Delicious. Let’s do something beautiful Thursday night at Crescent Ballroom.
Other Details: A TRIBUTE TO JULES DEMETRIUS at Crescent Ballroom
JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE A BRILLIANT MEMBER OF OUR COMMUNITY, A TERRIFIC FATHER AND FRIEND… JULES DEMETRIUS! LIVE PERFORMANCES MIXED WITH BLUNT CLUB DJS WILL SET THE VIBE. LIVE ART AND POETRY READINGS ALL ENDING IN A CREATIVE CYPHER TO REMEMBER SWEET JULES!
PROCEEDS WILL GO TO HELP JULES’ FAMILY AS WELL AS CANCER RESEARCH!
When & Where: Thursday, January 5th, 9pm at The Lost Leaf
Reasons to Attend: I can only account for Manifest Sound and i.am.hologram here, and that’s enough to get me there. If you are unaware i.am.hologram pretty much broke the local record for how many records anyone has ever put out in a year. He’s already working on new shit. You should see him. Also, Manifest Sound is usually some trippy shit.
Other Details: Band Details below…
I Am Hologram
When & Where: Friday, January 6th, 5pm at The Rogue Bar
Reasons to Attend: The Man. The Myth. The Legend. Manny actually survived another year. As is his custom he’s throwing a huge party with some of his favorite bands. The lineup is amazing as always. There will be food. There will be cake. Manny will be a wreck by the end of it and sing “Caring is Creepy” perfectly. It’s always a good time.
Other Details: This party starts at five bitches!!! And it will only be decided by the authorities when it will end.
$6 and 21+: Champagne, Birthday Cake, Lagunitas, Food, Drink
5-8pm Jerry Ford and Friends
08:00 Ancient Egypt
09:35 The Bittersweet Way
10:25 Terra Fractal
11:15 Twin Ponies
12:05 Field Tripp
01:00 Citrus Clouds
When & Where: Friday, January 6th, 7pm at The Trunk Space
Reasons to Attend: I just listened to The Expos new record. Literally while I typed up the details for the show. It’s 18 “songs” that clock in at a total of six minutes. It’s typical brilliant, guided by Guided By Voices, indie pop vignettes. Closet Goth will be releasing a record as well this evening. Diners will be kicking of their tour of the South, and Doomed To Bloom are just completely cool. This is a perfect show.
Other Details: The Expos made a record and this is the official release show for it! 8″ single sided records will be available!
Closet Goth will be releasing a record and this is the dance party for said record!
Doomed To Bloom
Music @ 8
When & Where: Friday, January 6th, 8pm at Pho Cao
Reasons to Attend: Marc Norman’s doing a lot of weird things Friday night and this is one of them. Here he’s helping Jeff and Keith celebrate their birthdays and help out with a cancer benefit. This has all the makings of an actual shindig or possibly a hootenanny. This will be great fun at a great place.
Other Details: Come celebrate Jeff and Keith’s Bday and raise money for F**k Cancer live music by Marc Norman, The Bellwethers, Mill’s End and The Hardways.
When & Where: Friday, January 6th, 8pm at Shady Park
Reasons to Attend: This is a hell of a debut show for the start of Shady Park Fridays in 2017. Foresteater is sensational live, El West is one of my favorites, I need to check out Electric Mud and Headstrum is a new up and coming band that will blow your mind. Brilliant lineup.
Other Details: Band details below…
EL WEST: https://soundcloud.com/elwestmusic
ELECTRIC MUD: https://soundcloud.com/electric-mud-official
When & Where: Friday, January 6th, 9pm at Last Exit Live
Reasons to Attend: I have no idea what this is about other than the details below. Everything is pretty great here and the opening acts are stellar.
Other Details: Back from the ashes of Circus Mexicus comes The Strolling Bones! A Rolling Stones tribute band featuring the All Star lineup of Arizona musicians P.H. Naffa from The Peacemakers, Josh Kennedy from The Black Moods, and Marc Norman, Thomas Laufenberg, & Scott Andrews from Ghetto Cowgirl.
With opening sets from Analog Outlaws and Jim Dalton of RCPM.
21+ Show / Doors at 8pm
When & Where: Saturday, January 7th, 7pm at Pub Rock
Reasons to Attend: This should be a kick ass high energy night. Period. Divided Minds have been kicking ass, as has Westbrook. I need to check out Safe So Simple and this is the debut show for Trust Your Gut, so I’ll be keeping an ear out for them since they keep great company.
Other Details: Divided Minds, Westbrook, Safe So Simple, Trust Your Gut at Pub Rock
When & Where: Saturday, January 7th, 9pm at The Rebel Lounge
Reasons to Attend: If you want your Emo acoustic style then The Rebel Lounge is the place to be Saturday night. This looks as though it’s going to be a killer night from some of the best musicians in town. Check out the details below.
Other Details: EMO NIGHT PHX ::
WITH SPECIAL ACOUSTIC
DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL VS JIMMY EAT WORLD
SING ALONG SET
The Breaking Pattern
Shepherds & Sailors
With Guest DJs:
DJ JOMANCE (OF ICEBERGS AND THE IVY)
DJ A CLOUD FOR CLIMBING
DJ LAURA NEVERSOMETIMES
When & Where: Sunday, January 8th, 6pm at The Rhythm Room
Reasons to Attend: The flyer explains it all and I’m guessing this is going to be a country tinged, rockabilly, badass time from start to finish. This will also probably require a lot of whiskey for maximum enjoyment.
Other Details: All the information I have is in the above flyer.
When & Where: Sunday, January 8th, 8pm at The Rebel Lounge
Reasons to Attend: Once upon a time Former Friends of Young Americans was one of my favorite local bands. Then they moved to Kentucky. I still follow any music they release. This is a rare return show and I would highly recommend you check it out.
Other Details: Band links below…
Former Friends of Young Americans
When & Where: Sunday, January 8th, 8pm at The Rogue Bar
Reasons to Attend: So this is going to be completely amazing and on a Sunday night to boot! The action starts early and runs late and you may want to think about what illness you’ll call in with on Monday. The lineup speaks for itself, Brandi is one of the coolest proponents of local music in town and this is just going to be a great time all in all. I can’t imagine being anywhere else.
Other Details: Celebrating with the best people on Earth, Brandi’s 3 Year Anniversary with KWSS 93.9 FM and of course the life and music of David Bowie and his Birthday as well!!!!
Manic Monkeys, Andy Warpigs, Painting Fences, Ruca, Hostile Work Environment, IAMHOLOGRAM, Ray Reeves, Pride Through Strife, and The Wiley Ones