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New Year's 2014 Edition

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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
Paris The Moulin Rouge, Dec. 31
Celebrity Theater
440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
Trailer Park Boys, Feb. 21
Comerica Theater
400 W. Washington St., Phoenix
Brian Regan, Dec. 31

Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix
New Years Eve At Crescent
Firehouse Gallery
1015 N. 1st St., Phoenix
Mazel Toast Presents, March 7
Grady Gammage Auditorium
1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Jan. 13 to 18
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe, Phoenix
Chasing Patterns, Jan. 4
Joe’s Grotto
13825 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
New Years Revolution, Jan. 9
Last Exit Live
717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix
Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Dec. 31
Lawn Gnome Publishing
905 N. 5th St., Phoenix
Flannel Ball and Art Show, Dec. 31
Lost Leaf
914 N. 5th St., Phoenix
Dr. Delicious, Dec. 31
Marquee Theater
730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe
Authority Zero, Dec, 31
Mesa Amphitheater
263 N. Center St., Mesa
The Avett Brother, Feb. 7
Phoenix Theatre
100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix
Mary Poppins, Dec. 4 to Jan. 4
Pub Rock Live
8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale
Nomada, Jan. 3
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix
New Year's Eve Celebration With The 44's, Dec. 31
Space 55
636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix
Resolutions! A new show for an old year, Dec. 31
Tempe Center For The Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
Mel Brooks' The Producers Studio, Dec. 31
Tempe Tavern
1810 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe
Murkocet, Jan. 17
Theater Artists Studio
4848 E Cactus Road, Scottsdale
Rapture, Blister, Burn, Jan. 16 to Feb. 1
Torch Theatre
4721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
The Jump: Harold Night, Jan. 1
The Trunk Space
1506 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix
Haydyn And CJ Welcome The New Year But Would Prefer It Just Leave, Jan. 2
US Airways Center
201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Bette Midler, May 24
Yucca Tap Room
29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe
The Love Me Nots, Dec. 31

Roosevelt Row Second Annual Flannel Ball, New Years Eve Party At Pho Cao, Resolutions: A New Show For An Old Year, New Years Eve Blowout, New Years Eve At Crescent, Stacy’s At Melrose, New Years Eve With PAO  


By Jeff Moses
Modern Times Magazine

Dec. 29, 2014 — If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

That nearly ancient lesson must have been what Lawn Gnome Publishing owner and operator Aaron Johnson was thinking when he decided to throw the second annual Roosevelt Row Flannel Ball for New Year’s Eve. Because last year’s Flannel Ball definitely wasn’t broke.

In the inaugural go-around last year, Lawn Gnome hosted local legends — including current Washington residents Hoovves — and had Wolvves playing support. This year, the entertainment will be provided by the incomparable Ozark Pappy, hip-hop upstarts Injury Reserve, garage punk youngsters Uno Sideburn, and funk punk superstars Bacchus and the Demon Sluts.

But it isn’t all about the music for the arts districts biggest New Year’s party. The organizers also went out and got some of the best visual artists in town to participate in their new and old art show. All of the artists including James B. Hunt, Phil McCarty, Tara Logsden, Casebeer, Ashley Macias, Mike Little, Buzza Wuzza, and a whole slew of other notable locals will be asked to add something to new to one of their older pieces of work.

Phoenix doesn’t really have a signature New Year’s event like other major cities, so Ro Ro is hoping that the Flannel Ball can become Phoenix’s New Year’s Eve party spot. The party is going down at the Roosevelt Growhouse, 902 N. Sixth St. The event is all ages, tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, festivities begin at 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Pho Cao, 710 E. Gilbert Rd., Tempe, is doing their best to help bolster the local music scene. They are quickly becoming a go-to hot spot for many of Phoenix’s midsize bands. The Tempe restaurant really seems to be doing their best to cultivate a regular local music following through their door. For New Year’s Eve, they are inviting so much music through the door that they need two stages to accommodate all of it. Bad Neighbors, The Rolling Black Outs, Manic Monkey’s, Carol Pacey and Andy Borunda, Pictures of Cake, Freezy Ray Vision, Sarah Summer, Steve Mak, and quite few more local musicians will be rocking out starting at 5 p.m. The show is 21 and up and free.

Resolutions: A New Show for an Old Year will be beginning at 8 p.m. at downtown performance art venue Space 55, 636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix. It will be a variety show of sorts featuring, “music, true stories, funny stories, scenes of love, lies, and longing,” according to the Facebook event page. The show will be all ages and have a $5 cover. Space 55 is known for their unique shows and this one should be no different with a wide variety of talented individuals lighting up their small stage to celebrate the upcoming year 2015.

Time Out Lounge, 3129 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, is a dirty, dingy, dark, dive bar, and a great place to catch an awesome punk show. For the big night they are throwing down with a New Year’s Eve Blowout  featuring The Industry, Rotten Youth, We Might Be Wasted, Buried In Red, Unstable Youth, No Paradigm, Nobody Special, and The Atomic Zombies.  The party starts at 8 p.m. and the first 30 people through the door get free raffle tickets. The show is 21 and up and free.

Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix, seems to be dead set on doing everything bigger in 2014 they have ever done it before. The venue cannot seem to stop selling out shows, all of their signature events have grown exponentially, including their crown jewel Los Dias De La Crescent. Their annual New Year’s party is another one of their signature events and after blocking off the parking lot with a tent in 2013, they are blocking off Second Avenue in 2014. D.J. Sean Watson, Pickster One, DJ Roya, and Funkfinger will be taking care of the music in both the ballroom and in an outdoor tent, and Crescent will be taking care of the atmosphere. Tickets are $5 for the 21 and up event and the party gets started at 8 p.m.

DJ Robert Poe AKA Tristan / Iseult is known for his red hot tunes, and his cold black heart and he is going to be providing the music for Stacy’s At Melrose, 4343 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix, New Year’s Eve Party. When Poe is on the wheels there is always something good on to dance too, and it’s usually one of those deep cuts that you haven’t heard since you got the album. The party is going to be 21 and up and free and the venue is going to be offering all sorts of door prizes and raffles. Masks and costumes are encouraged, and there will be prizes for best costume as well. The party starts at 9 p.m.

Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra basically went out and plucked all of the best musicians in town up to come together and make some super awesome dancing music. They are going to be providing the entertainment at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, along with DJ Smite, Rankin Freckleface, and KNS BigandBad. The show is 21 and up, free, and it begins at 9 p.m.

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