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Underground Arts:

April 23 To May 7

Buddy Wakefield performs "Arizona Summers".

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Phoenix Metro Venues

Ak Chin Pavilion
2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix
San Francisco Fest., May 18
Celebrity Theater
440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
Gavin Degraw, April 30
Comerica Theater
400 W. Washington St., Phoenix
Brit Floyd, May 23

Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix
The Prowling Kind, April 23
Firehouse Gallery
1015 N. 1st St., Phoenix
Comedy on Fire, April 25
Grady Gammage Auditorium
1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe
Once - a New Musical, April 29
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe, Phoenix
The Boob Show, April 21 - May 1
Joe’s Grotto
13825 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
Amor CD Release, April 25
Last Exit Live
717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix
Banana Gun, May 10
Lawn Gnome Publishing
905 N. 5th St., Phoenix
Phoenix Poetry Slam, April 24
Lost Leaf
914 N. 5th St., Phoenix
Wooden Indian, April 24
Marquee Theater
730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe
Goblin, May 1
Mesa Amphitheater
263 N. Center St., Mesa
Slightly Stoopid with Cypress Hill, July 24
Phoenix Theatre
100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix
Les Miserable, April 23 - May 25
Pub Rock Live
8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale
The Silver Palms, April 23
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix
Wishbone Ash, May 2
Sail Inn
26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe
T.A.G.G., April 25
Space 55
636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix
7 Minutes in Love, April 25
Tempe Center For The Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
American Pop! Comic Books to Science Fiction Gallery Jan. 17 to June 8
Tempe Tavern
1810 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe
Glodies Monday Madness, April 28
Theater Artists Studio
4848 E Cactus Road, Scottsdale
And Miss Reardon Drinks A little, April 11 to 27
Torch Theatre
4721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Skewed News Hour, April 25
The Trunk Space
1506 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix
Burning Bungalows, April 28
US Airways Center
201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Billy Joel, June 1
Yucca Tap Room
29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe
Vagfest, May 2

The Best Shows You Don’t Know: Buddy Wakefield World Tour, The Real Coachella, Tempe Art A Gogh Gogh, Comedy on Fire, Carnival De Rivera's, Black Carl/Samuel L Cool J Vinyl Release, Wild Wild West Festival, and Miami Loco Art Festival


Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

April 23, 2014 — For one night only the incomparable performance artist Buddy Wakefield will be bringing his Riled Up and Wasted on Light World Tour through the Phoenix metro. He will be performing at the Phoenix Youth Hostel and Cultural Center 1026 N. Ninth Street, Phoenix.

Wakefield is an internationally recognized competitive slam poet world renowned for his masterful command of language. Him performing at as intimate a venue as the Youth Hostel is definitely a wonderful opportunity to witness one of the best in a very friendly and small setting.

Opening for Wakefield will be his touring companion Kaylen Kresbach playing some acoustic guitar songs. As well as new work from local poet Tamika Lamb, and a performance by the Valley’s only circus poet Joy Young.

The event is open to the public, all ages, has a $7 cover and begins at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, April 23

The Prowling Kind has been growing their reputation around Phoenix as a premier indie rock band, and with doors opening at Crescent Ballroom at  7 p.m. on a Wednesday they are certainly testing out that reputation. They aren’t looking to pack Phoenix’s best venue on a work night all on their own however as they invited Wooden Indian, Snake= Snake< Snakes_, and Madera Strand to share in the evening. The show is featuring four local headliners and with a cover of $5 there is no reason not to go, I bet they have you home in bed by 1 a.m. Music this good is definitely worth being a little tired at work.

Friday, April 25

Since its inception The Real Coachella has become a Phoenix arts scene staple event, and now after ten years they are still going strong. This year is billed as their first ever all reunion based lineup, and regardless of who plays the astounding amount of positivity that goes into a making a show like that happen makes it  worthwhile venture. This year will feature bands like The Dick Cheney Experience, Haunted Cologne, Bangarang, DJ Lovechild, and many more performers. The show is taking place at downtown Phoenix's Dressing Room, and it’s free, so don’t miss out.

There is no better way to get acquainted with the Valley of the Sun’s arts scene than by attending Tempe Art A Gogh Gogh at The Sail Inn 26 S. Farmer Ave Tempe. The show, which is coming upon its last days at Sail Inn because the venue is closing in June, has really been going all out as of late to incorporate every medium of art possible into what essentially becomes like a First Friday but enclosed in the friendly confines of the bars outdoor patio. Some of this months featured performers include bands the 2tone Lizard Kings and  Sara McCalister Trio, poets Aran “Catalyst” Kelly and Ernesto “Ernasty” Moncada, live artists Colton Brock and JJ Horner.  As well as work being shown by some of Phoenix’s premier artists. The show begins at 7 p.m. and is all ages until 9 p.m. The show has a $5 cover before 10 p.m. and $8 after.

Comedy on Fire has been alive and kicking at The Firehouse Gallery 1015 N. First St. for 13 months now, and it is time for a change. The show’s creator and host Matt Micheletti decided to shake things up a bit and change the layout of not only the venue, but the performance itself. The show used to feature a wide variety of comics all performing for the same allotted amount of time. Now Micheletti will be going out and actively looking for headliners to perform in a longer time slot. April’s headliner is going to be Ian Gilb and he will be performing along some Phoenix’s best comedians including Shell E. Bachus, Elliot Kitchens, Frank Wacker, and many others. The show begins at  9 p.m. is all ages and asks for a $5 Suggested Donation.

Saturday, April 26

Carnival De Riveras is the album release show for Tempe based rockers The Riveras. For the occasion they will be hosting a huge party at The Sail Inn 26 S. Farmer Ave., and inviting 14 of the hottest acts in town including Sister Lip, The Haymarket Squares, B.O.T.S., Field Tripp, and Future Loves Past to be a part of it. There will also be lvie artists, fire performers, and food trucks. The show kicks off at 4:30 and has a $7 cover, as well as a 21 and up age restriction. For anyone who misses Tempe Art Agogh gogh this is like a secon chance to go. For anyone who goes to T.A.G.G. it’s an opertunity to relive the glory days.

The Crescent Ballroom 308 N. Second Ave. Phoenix, is pretty happening place. It is a good spot to be scene, and an even better spot to be heard. Beginning at 8:30 p.m. it will be an even better place to be, because there are not just four great local acts on the bill. But the $12 cost of a ticket comes with a free vinyl split by the evenings headliners Black Carl and Samuel L Cool J. Filling out the bill will be Petty Things and Kelsy Breure. The event is 21 and up.

Friday April 25 - Sunday, April 27

If the Phoenix metro just isn’t the place for you this weekend then there are a few options for full weekend getaways the first of which is Wild Wild West Music Art and Sustainability Festival in Tucson at Mile Marker 154 of the Ajo Highway.The festival will feature musical performances from more than 30 of Arizona’s best bands including the Black Bottom Lighters, Banana Gun, Joanna Joy, as well as live artists, displaying artists, and sustainability exhibitions. The event is all ages and begins Friday at 12 p.m. and ends Sunday at 10 p.m.

If getting out of Phoenix isn’t enough and you feel like you need to escape the city altogether than Miami Loco Arts Festival in Miami Ariz. is where you need to head. The little town about five miles outside of Globe will be hosting its fifth annual Arts Festival and while the center of the fest is the Miami Art Works 509 Sullivan Street, the entire town including more than 30 galleries, antique shops, restaurants and more. There will be musical performances by some of Phoenix’s, Tucsons, and Globes best musicians, as well as well as live art, fire performers, poetry, and more all in the confines of a small picturesque mining town in Eastern Arizona. This event is free, all ages, and all inclusive. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. Friday and do not stop until 6 p.m. Sunday.

Monday, April 28

Los Angeles-based band, Froth — an acid-rock and 1960s influenced group of white men —  will be leaving LA for awhile. But thankfully for those looking for something to do this Monday night, they will be stopping in Phoenix as they begin a journey to a headlining tour across the country.

JooJoo Ashworth, Jeff Fribourg, Jeremy Katz and Cameron Allen are already stalwarts of the LA DIY music scene and hope to take their psychedelic sounds into the mainstream. Due to geographic location, their Phoenix stop will the first outside of California on this jaunt.

The show will begin after the sun goes down April 28 at Parliament in Tempe (address withheld since the venue is so “underground” they don’t want it published.) To seek the address, visit and ask them to tell you where it is. Maybe you’ll get lucky. For more information, visit

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