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The Best Shows You Don’t Know: Red House Summer Fest, Yarnball Storytelling, Red White And Bruised, Good Movie… Great Book Club, Field Trip At Crescent


Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

June 25, 2014 — I can be man enough to admit when the featured event on the calendar is one I helped organize, and this is one of those events. The Red House Pub Summer Fest on June 27 was a collaborative effort between the venue Brandon Decker’s decker. Presents, and my current promotion Mazel Toast Presents. But that does not mean that it is not the best event going in the Valley this weekend.

The show is taking place at The Red House Pub 1028 W. Grand Ave. Phoenix, and will feature some of the hottest music in town. The acts are Dry River Yacht Club, The Haymarket Squares, Wolvves, Bacchus and the Demon Sluts, Field Tripp, Cori Rios of The Hourglass Cats, Jeff Gonzalez, and decker.

Not only are the some of Phoenix;s best bands but also some of Phoenix’s most talented front people including Garnet of DRYC, Aydin Immortal of Wolvves, Decker, Ricky Smash, Dan Tripp, and Cori Rios. This is just a local music fans paradise.

As if the music wasn’t enough we also went out and NXOEED for live art and Sheri Amourr and Heather Edgar for fire performances. The is a guaranteed and all ages. The show is $5 before 7 p.m.  and $10 after. Doors at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, June 25

Lawn Gnome Publishing 905 N. Fifth St. has done a great job circulating events and never letting anything get stale. One of their staple events has been Yarnball Storytelling, a themed storytelling open mic hosted by comedian Dan Hull. This weeks edition kicking off at 8 p.m. will have the theme of Almost Famous where participants will talk about moments that brought them to the precipice of stardom without jumping all the way in. The event is all ages and free though donations for the venue or book purchases are more than welcome.

Thursday, June 26

Stage: The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World is at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 Third Street, Phoenix, 8 to 10 p.m. The event is a special summer production of Black Poet Ventures under the direction of Mike Traylor. The play is the second from Suzan-Lori Parks, who received the Pulitzer Prize in 2002. The production will also take place at the same time and venue on June 29. For more information visit

Saturday, June 28

The Firehouse Gallery, 1015 N. 1 St., Phoenix, monthly variety show Firestage is always a hoot, and in the spirit of the July 4 holiday they will be throwing a special Red White and Bruised variety show to show off that patriotic spirit. There will be singing dancing, fire performance, live painting, spoken word poetry and much more. The show is all ages, and they are looking for a $10 cover though there will be discounts for firestage performers and people in red white and blue. The show begins at 9 p.m.

Tuesday, July 1

Lawn Gnome Publishing 905 N. Fifth Street for the win once more with their Good Movie… Great Book Club event this month featuring Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson.  The group is all ages and free and chapters will be assigned each week to discuss the following week before the group watches the movie at the last Tuesday of the month.

Wednesday, July 2

The Valley’s premier music venue The Crescent Ballroom 308 N. Second St. has been playing host to way more local music as of late, and in continuing that trend they will be welcoming Field Tripp in for a headlining set beginning at 8:30 p.m. Dan Tripp is a friend and I know he is super excited to be headlining the venue, and joining him will be Fairy Bones, Mancat, and Lawnchair. The event is 21 and up  and has a $5 cover so it is only worth going too if you like great music, at a fair price, with really nice people playing said great music. Yeah, don’t miss this one.

Friday, July 4

Artlink First Fridays, a self-guided art tour of galleries, art spaces, and studios is the first Friday of each month throughout central Phoenix, 6 to 10 p.m. For more information visit or telephone 602-256-7539.

Saturday, July 5

Author Scott W. Allen presents the twentieth anniversary of his biography of the influential hippie-folk musical group Grateful Dead, Aces Back to Back at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, 7 p.m. For more information visit

Tuesday, July 8

Anti-Art School, a costumed, themed drawing workshop every second Tuesday of the month at Lost Leaf., 914 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix, 8 to 11 p.m. For more information visit

Phoenix Metro Venues

Ak Chin Pavilion
2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix
Kiss, July 9
Celebrity Theater
440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
Ted Nugent, July 8
Comerica Theater
400 W. Washington St., Phoenix
Austin Mahone, July 29

Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix
Field Tripp , July 2
Firehouse Gallery
1015 N. 1st St., Phoenix
Red White and Bruised, June 28
Grady Gammage Auditorium
1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe
Jersey Boys, July 22 to Aug 3
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe, Phoenix
Peter Pan, June 13 to 29
Joe’s Grotto
13825 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
Kottonmouth Kings, Aug. 26
Last Exit Live
717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix
Jason Devore, June 21
Lawn Gnome Publishing
905 N. 5th St., Phoenix
Yarnball Storytelling, July 1
Lost Leaf
914 N. 5th St., Phoenix
Djectrification, July 4
Marquee Theater
730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe
Atmosphere, Sept. 1
Mesa Amphitheater
263 N. Center St., Mesa
Cypress Hill, July 24
Phoenix Theatre
100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix
Nothing At This Time
Pub Rock Live
8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale
The Crookes, June 28
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix
Sugar Rayford w/ The Rhythm Room All-Stars, June 28
Sail Inn
26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe
Closing Festival, June 27 to 29
Space 55
636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix
7 Minutes in Heaven, June 27
Tempe Center For The Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Dads of Comedy, June 28
Tempe Tavern
1810 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe
Red, White, & Creepy 4TH of July Bash
Theater Artists Studio
4848 E Cactus Road, Scottsdale
Hart to Heart, June 9 to 30
Torch Theatre
4721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Skewed News Hour, June 27
The Trunk Space
1506 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix
For Kids Only Art Show, June 29
US Airways Center
201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Paul McCartney, Aug. 12
Yucca Tap Room
29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe
Valley Fever, July 6

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