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Unlimited Arts May 14 And Beyond: Featured Is The Premier Alternative/New Age Music And Life Festival As Well As Local Events And Happenings In The Phoenix Metro


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

May 13, 2015 — Lightning in a Bottle will celebrate its 10th year over Memorial Day weekend  — May 21 to 25 —at the San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, Calif., featuring EDM and other music, speakers, yoga, food and much more.

A creation of a group of folks called The Do Lab, who rose to notoriety by creating stages and other elements for Coachella — which they still do — LiB promotes is a festival unlike any other.

“At Lightning in a Bottle, you have a unique opportunity to stumble upon many experiences outside of the musical stages that are full of lively, participatory fun and shenanigans. The interactive areas at LIB truly allow you to lose yourself in an entire universe of play. From fully immersive environments to roving interactive stations and pop-up art car environments, be sure to take some time to stop by and drop into an entirely different world that will make your LIB experience unforgettable and uniquely yours. A few of the immersive areas you can look forward to this year are The Jive Joint, Amori’s Casino, The Courtyard by Giggle Juice, The Tea Temple, Silent Frisco, and returning for their 6th year, The Grand Artique,” according to the festival.

Scott Hansen of Tycho, will be the lead visual designer for LiB 2015.

LiB also has a  ‘free water‘ initiative that provides free water for all attendees of the festival for the duration of the festival for those with reusable containers. This year there will also be a Kidz Zone and Teen Scene Lineups. Among the top musical acts are Flume, RL Grime, SBTRKT, Odesza, Animal Collective’s Panda Bear and G Jones.

For more information, visit

May 15

Neil Diamond has fans all over the world, and his power — especially for some 80-year-old ladies — is undeniable. The Phoenix Symphony, 1 N. First St., Phoenix, is celebrating him through Super Diamond, a salute lead by lead singer “Surreal Neil.” Hits expected to be performed include “Sweet Caroline,” “Cracklin Rosie,” “Cherry Cherry,” and “I Am…I Said.” For more information, visit

It has been just about five years since Ronnie James Dio passed on, but his memory continues to inspire a trove of artists to celebrate his life and cancer research. From May 15 to 17, Los Angeles will be rife with speakers and activities to celebrate Dio, including band members from Rage Against The Machine, Guns ‘N Roses, Ozzy, and Tenacious D. For more information, visit

May 19

TWIZTED, a self-described, “hardcore hip-hop, rock, horror cinema and theatrical styling,” outfit that, “rose from the Detroit underground to seize the world by the throat with their sinister lyrics and infectious beats, and now reign supreme as a self-operated media giant
and one of the world's most popular independent hip-hop acts,” will be at the Marquee Theater, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. If they are half as good live as they claim, it should be a hell of a show. For more information, visit Lucky Man Concerts.

May 21

Lightning in a Bottle will celebrate its 10th year over Memorial Day weekend  — May 21 to 25 —at the San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, Calif., featuring EDM and other music, speakers, yoga, food and much more. For more information, visit

Florida indie band Copeland will bring their tour to the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. Copeland recently released their new album Ixora, which another publication called "the most matured, delicate and introspective album from Copeland." Since we haven't heard everything they’ve done, we’re unsure what that really means. Regardless, they sound interesting on video, so give them a shot. For more information, visit or

May 22

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, a New York band based on blues-rock, will bring their new stylings to the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. The best thing about them might be that even though they are basing their sound on stylings created more than a half-century ago, they sounded fresher than most bands on the road today. For more information, visit

The Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, will present The Little Mermaid from May 22 to June 2. The family-friendly, yet ageless and timeless tale features songs and costumes to bring those attending to the bottom of the sea without a submarine. For more information, visit

May 24

Legendary performer Bette Midler will bring her first major tour in a decade to the US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. The tour will feature material from Midler’s career and material from her new album, It’s The Girls! — a glorious tribute to girl groups through the ages. It’s The Girls! features the swinging sounds of WWII-era Andrews Sisters, to 1960s super-groups like the Supremes and the Shirelles, to 1990s hit makers TLC. For more information, visit

May 26

Saxon, the heavy metal band formed in 1976, will make and appearance at Club Red, 1308 W. University Drive., Tempe. The Band is touring in support of the re-release of their greatest hits album Heavy Metal Thunder. For more information, visit

May 29

Burton Barr Central Library's @Central Gallery, 1221 N. Central Ave., will host "Spirits of the West," a two-person exhibition featuring the work of Stu Braks and Barb Janson, from May 29 to July 3. An opening reception with the artists will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m, June 5. For more information, visit

June 1

Kopecky, the Nashville based group which has has had their music appear on a variety of hit television series and toured all over the world, will bring their modern yet retro sounds to the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. For more information, visit

June 4

The Kids In The Hall — those crazy Canadians known for making fun of chicken women, police, corporate bigwigs and nearly everything else that moves or crawls, will bring their unique comic sensibilities to Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, for a one-night event. For more information, visit Celebrity Theatre.

June 7

July Talk, a band that has been described as Tom Waits meets some other band with a blonde female singer, too, is exactly that. They have two vocalists — one that sounds like Waits and another that sounds like most blonde female singers. But they work on the lyrics and style and are worth a trip to The Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix.


COLDCOCK American Herbal Whiskey has launched the company's first “Battle of the Bands” Competition, providing unsigned bands a chance to win a year-long booking agency and record deals along with prizes from Schecter Guitars, KRANK Amplifiers, and more. Certain limits apply to entry, for instance, all band members from participating bands must be 21 years of age or older. The contest begins May 1 and runs through August 31. For more information visit

The Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., unveiled a, “One-of-a-Kind: Unique Photographic Objects from the Center for Creative Photography” on April 11. The exhibition will run until Oct. 25. This exhibition, “challenges the expectation that photographs are infinitely reproducible multiples,” and, “includes works from the entire history of the photographic medium, from the 1840s to the present day. Unique photographs in the exhibition include photographs by David Emitt Adams, Pierre Cordier, Betty Hahn, Bill Jay, Chris McCaw, Joyce Neimanas, Susan Rankaitis and Andy Warhol. For more information, visit

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