First Friday Will Host
First Artwalk of 2015
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
The Kind and I, Jan, 9 to Feb. 15
440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
Willie Nelson & Family, Jan. 4
400 W. Washington St., Phoenix
Jerry Seinfeld, March 6
308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix
Feast of the Seven Herbs, Jan. 7
1015 N. 1st St., Phoenix
Hurly Burly Vaudeville Medicine Show, March 8
Grady Gammage Auditorium
1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Jan. 13 to 18
222 E. Monroe, Phoenix
Chasing Patterns, Jan. 4
13825 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
GHOST 211, Jan. 3
Last Exit Live
717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix
Foster Family Band, Jan. 2
Lawn Gnome Publishing
905 N. 5th St., Phoenix
First Friday Artwalk, Jan. 2
914 N. 5th St., Phoenix
Jiggle, Jan. 5
730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe
G-EAZY, Jan. 3
263 N. Center St., Mesa
The Avett Brother, Feb. 7
100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix
Marry Poppins, Nov. 19 to Jan. 4
Pub Rock Live
8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale
Nomada, Jan. 3
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix
The Sugar Thieves, Jan. 3
636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix
S&M Comedy Presents…, Jan. 9
Tempe Center For The Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
Finally Friday: AJ Odneal, Jan. 2
1810 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe
Murkocet, Jan. 17
Theater Artists Studio
4848 E Cactus Road, Scottsdale
Rapture, Blister, Burn, Jan. 16 to Feb. 1
4721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Sickest F***ing Stories I Ever Heard, Jan. 2
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
Disney on Ice Presents Let's Celebrate!, Jan. 7 to 11
Yucca Tap Room
29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe
Black Thoughts, Jan. 2
Modern Times Magazine
Dec. 31, 2014 — Well, it is the first Underground Arts Calendar of 2015, so why not kick it off with downtown Phoenix’s own monthly celebration of the beginning of the month First Friday, Jan. 2. This month like all others will feature the largest art walk in the country featuring artists from the around the Phoenix metro presenting their wares whether it be painting, sculpture, music, or whatever else the wide world of art has to offer.
Roosevelt Street between Central Avenue and 10th Street will be lined with vendors, and all of the galleries, boutiques, and businesses will be humming. Grand Avenue between Van Buren and Roosevelt, which is just a few miles west, will also be hopping: There will also be bands, DJ’s dancers and performers lining the streets for most of the evening beginning at 6 p.m.
Some specific events that are happening around First Friday are local live band hip hop crew The Stakes playing at The Lost Leaf Bar and Gallery, 914 N. Fifth St., Phoenix. The show will be 21 and up and free. Music starts at 8 p.m.
Violent Vickie, Terminal 11, The Doyenne, and Seir will be performing at Funny World, 1217 E. Madison St., Phoenix, also beginning at 8 p.m. The show is all ages, and has a $5 suggested donation.
At 9:30 p.m. Haxan, A Doomed Disco-Tech, will be kicking off at Club Palazzo, 710 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. The dance party is 21 and up until 2 a.m. and then 18 and up for the after hours. Cover is $8.
First Friday Night Live, Phoenix’s premier First Friday sketch comedy troupe, will be performing at The Firehouse Gallery, 1015 N. First St., Phoenix, beginning at 11 p.m. The show will be hosted by Joy Young and the musical guest is Andy Warpigs.
Saturday, Jan. 3
The Rogue Bar, 423 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, is one of the first names that comes to most people’s minds when it comes to where to find local music, due in large part to owner Manny Tripodis, who has made a commitment to treat the musicians in Phoenix right. His birthday party will be going down at The Rogue starting at 4 p.m. and will be free until 8 p.m. when the cover goes up to $2. The lineup will feature a ton of Phoenix-based talent including Field Tripp, Treasurefruit, Anthony Fama, Cassidy Alisa, Upper Stratta, and Cockbeak and the Mobile Rape Unit among many other acts.
Folk-punk has quite a big following here in the southwest and The Trunk Space, 1506 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix, has been a big proprietor of folk-punk shows over the years. Beginning at 6 p.m. the quirky little downtown venue and coffee shop will be hosting a Folk-Punk Fest featuring Marissa Sendejas of Days ‘N Daze, Chatterbox and the Latter Day Satanists, Ludlow Massacre, Andy Warpigs, Out Past Curfew, Better Dead, and The North Remembers. The show is all ages, and has a $5 cover.
Nomada has been playing with the same lineup for four years, but they have yet to release any music yet, so now they are finally going to remedy that. They will be releasing their new E.P. Reaccion Cosmica at Pub Rock Live, 8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale, and the party starts at 7:30 p.m. Joining Nomada will be an all-star lineup of the local punk scene including inept Hero, Bear Ghost, Vida, Ethan 103, and Pride Through Strife. The show is all ages and has a $5 for people 21 and up $7 for people under 21 and $10 with a free copy of the E.P.
Cactus Jack’s Ahwatukee Tavern, 4747 E. Elliot Rd., Phoenix, has in many ways become the new Sail Inn, and beginning at 8 p.m. they will hosting a show worthy of the old Tempe Dive. decker. Japhy’s Descent, and The Everyday Players will be bringing the tunes for this free 21 and up show.
Nerd Night - Simpsons Trivia 2015 will be going down at Bragg’s Factory Diner, 1301 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. The game is free and all ages. There will be prizes for the winners as well. It’s wise to show up early as Braggs is small and will fill up quickly.
Wednesday Jan. 7
Sidepony Express Music Festival is one of the most well liked and well spoken about musical events in Arizona. Beginning at 7 p.m. they will be hosting the Feast of the Seven Herbs a traditional Japanese New Year’s celebration at Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. Celebrating the feast will be Treasurefruit, Strange Lots Surf, Some Magical Animal, and Cassidy Alisa. The show is 21 and up and has a $5 cover in advance or $7 at the door.
Looks like Tempe-based punks Red Tank! are going to be hitting the road for tour, but before they go they are having one last hurrah on their home turf. They will be joined by Bachhus and the Demon Sluts, Draa, Captain Samurai, and Grandma Death, as well as visuals by Verci. The show is all ages, and they are asking for a $5 suggested donation. Showtime is 7 p,m. and it’s a house show so find a friend and find them!
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