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Phoenix Metro Venues

Ak Chin Pavilion
2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix
Alan Jackson with Jon Pardi, Feb. 28
Arizona Broadway Theater
7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria
White Christmas, Nov. 7 to Dec. 13
Celebrity Theater
440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
Joe Rogan, Dec. 12
Comerica Theater
400 W. Washington St., Phoenix
Yo Gabba Gabba, Nov. 26

Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix
One More TIme, Dec. 26
Firehouse Gallery
1015 N. 1st St., Phoenix
First Friday Night Live, Dec. 5
Grady Gammage Auditorium
1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe
Pippen, Dec. 2 to 7
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe, Phoenix
Two Old Broads Do Santa, Dec. 2
Joe’s Grotto
13825 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
Band Open Mic, Nov. 26
Last Exit Live
717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix
Pre-Thanksgiving Party, Nov. 26
Lawn Gnome Publishing
905 N. 5th St., Phoenix
Flannel Ball and Art Show, Dec.31
Lost Leaf
914 N. 5th St., Phoenix
Desert Beat, Nov. 29
Marquee Theater
730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe
Spoon, Dec. 15
Mesa Amphitheater
263 N. Center St., Mesa
Circa Survive, Nov. 30
Phoenix Theatre
100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix
Shear Madness, Oct. 29 to Nov. 23
Pub Rock Live
8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale
The Ataris, Dec. 13
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix
Supersuckers, Dec. 4
Space 55
636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix
A Bloody Mary Christmas Dec. 4 to Dec. 21
Tempe Center For The Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
Walk in Wednesday Open Mic, Dec. 3
Tempe Tavern
1810 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe
Glodies Monday Night Madness, Dec. 1
Theater Artists Studio
4848 E Cactus Road, Scottsdale
On Golden Pond, Nov. 28 to Dec. 13
Torch Theatre
4721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Flash Jam, Nov. 28
The Trunk Space
1506 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix
Lures, Nov. 26
US Airways Center
201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Bette Midler, May 24
Yucca Tap Room
29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe
Blunt Cub, Nov. 27

Underground Arts Nov. 26 to Dec.10:  St. Mary’s Food Bank Benefit, Pre Thanksgiving Party At Last Exit, Futurists Pre Thanksgiving Day Massive, Bluntsgiving, Manic Monkeys E.P. Release, And More


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Nov. 26, 2014 — For anyone who has been living under a rock up until right now, the verdict in the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri came down on Nov. 24. The police officer who pulled the trigger, Darren Wilson, will not be charged by the state of Missouri. Reactions to the news have varied throughout the country. There have been riots, marches, walkouts, press conferences, and all manner of tactics have been used to protest what many see as an egregious oversight by the justice system.

Of course that has nothing to do with the music and arts scene in Phoenix ... or does it?

Apparently, one of the events coming up this weekend — 101 The Feed’s Launch Party, Nov. 29, at 8 p.m. at Tempe Tavern, 1810 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe — has found itself embroiled in controversy because of the event. More information on the 21 and up — and free — event can be found at

It all started when General Manager of 101 The Feed, Jason P. Harris, posted his feelings on Facebook and some in the Phoenix Metro’s music and arts community — including Modern Times Magazine’s Music/Arts Editor Jeff Moses — took offense to his comments.

Some supported his comments and others, like Orangabang, Ray Reeves and others called for a boycott of the internet radio station. Regardless, some seem to have pulled out of the launch party because of Harris’ comments, with the event page referring to things “changing.” Scheduled to perform were April Anne, Shaky Logic, Reckless Logic, Soft Deadlines, Saints of Van Buren and Thunderbird. A special appearance was promised by Hot Rock Supa Joint.
Who knows what will happen now, though.

Regardless, it should be an interesting time at the Tempe Tavern Saturday night.

Wednesday, Nov. 26

The St. Mary’s Food Bank Benefit is definitely one of the best bills in town if you are a fan of the rock ‘n’ roll. In the season of giving thanks four of Phoenix’s best rock bands decided to give a little back and rock on this pre feast rock fest. Japhy’s Descent, Dead Hot Workshop, Tramps & Thieves, and Pistoleros will all be taking the stage at Crescent Ballroom 308 N. Second Ave, Phoenix to help feed the hungry. The show is 21 and up and kicks off at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door.

Last Exit Live 717 S. Central Ave. will be hosting what is sure to be the most well packed Pre - Thanksgiving Party of 2014. The medium sized venue that just got their liquor license will bring one of the Valley’s biggest drawing bands in Black Carl , as well as Party Gardens coming in from Los Angeles, local favorites Coobie Coo, and DJ Smite. Tickets for the 21 and up event are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. The show begins at  8 p.m.

Dancing is an art form whether it is choreographed or just somebody out on the dance floor moving their body. There will be a whole lot of this particular art form happening at Bar Smith 130 E. Washington St. Phoenix during the Futurists Pre Thanksgiving Day Massive. Some of the Valley’s most talented DJ’s including Issa, Tristan, Pablo G, Self Destrukt and way more will be playing a wide variety of dance worthy tunes all evening on two separate stages. There will also be “brutalist” visuals on the roof provided by Gestalt Theory. The entire evening is free and 21 and up, making it one of the best ways to get down on the day before Thanksgiving.

Lures will be taking off from Seattle and  spending one engagement of their six week DIY tour visiting the Grand Avenue Arts District and stopping off at The Trunk Space 1506 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix. They will be playing their “surf doom, dream pop” alongside locals Pro Teens, and Numb Bats. The show is all ages, and has a $6 cover. The show will open with Pro Teens at 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 27

It may be Thanksgiving but it is still a Thursday so The Blunt Club must go on. Uncle Dumps is cooking up a great hip-hop feast at The Yucca Tap Room 29 W. Southern Ave. Bluntsgiving will feature performances by three of the Blunt Clubs resident DJ’s Pickster One, Tricky T, and Fact 135 as well as live hip-hop by RoQ’y TyRaid, and a headlining slot by DJ Roli Rho, a original member of the 5th Platoon. The show is 21 and up and free.

Friday, Nov. 28

Comedy on Fire is taking place at The Firehouse Gallery  1015 N. First St Phoenix on Black Friday. So when the stores close and the shopping done for the day what better way to kick back than with some of the best comedians in the Phoenix metro under the stars at one of the best rooms for comedy in town. The show begins at 8 p.m. and with regular host Matt Micheletti out of town for the holiday’s FFNL cast member Ben Jamming will take up the master of ceremonies duties. The show will feature local comics including Durrell Johnson, Angela Merkin Haines, James James and many more opening for headliners Gordon McKay and Matt Storrs. The show is all ages and the door asks for a $5 suggested donation.

Saturday, Nov. 29

The Rogue Bar 423 N. Scottsdale Rd. has really been seeing a big upturn in the quality shows coming through their doors. Next up they will be hosting the Manic Monkey’s E.P. Release Show kicking off at 6:30 p.m. Everyone through the door will receive a copy of the CD and the show will also feature performances by The Woodworks, Japhy’s Descent, Nomada, Day Before Plastics, Paige the Village Idiot, and way more. Cover is $5 for the 21 and up event.

If Scottsdale is not an option for the evening but downtown Phoenix is Desert Beats will be headlining a free, 21 and up show at The Lost Leaf 914 N. Fifth St. Phoenix. Playing along with them will be a splendidly talented lineup that includes Wolvves, Bittersweet Way, The Echo Bombs, and Paperfoxes. The show begins at 9 p.m.

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