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Arizona Hip-Hop Festival Will

Put Rap on The Map In PHX

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Phoenix Metro Venues

Ak Chin Pavilion
2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix
5 Seconds of Summer, Nov. 13
Arizona Broadway Theater
7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria
The Producers Oct. 4 to 28
Celebrity Theater
440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
Wanda Sykes, Oct. 17
Comerica Theater
400 W. Washington St., Phoenix
Arctic Monkey’s, Oct. 25

Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix
OK GO, Oct. 24
Firehouse Gallery
1015 N. 1st St., Phoenix
Firestage, Oct. 17
Grady Gammage Auditorium
1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe
Pippen, Dec. 2 to 7
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe, Phoenix
Vanya and Sonia and Mash Spike, Oct. 9 to 26
Joe’s Grotto
13825 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
Demi Hughes, Oct. 9
Last Exit Live
717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix
Small Leaks Sink Ships, Nov. 15
Lawn Gnome Publishing
905 N. 5th St., Phoenix
Yarnball Storytelling, Oct. 22
Lost Leaf
914 N. 5th St., Phoenix
Freaks of Nature, Oct. 18
Marquee Theater
730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe
Mastadon, Oct. 18
Mesa Amphitheater
263 N. Center St., Mesa
Circa Survive, Nov. 30
Phoenix Theatre
100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix
Shear Madness, Oct. 29 to Nov. 23
Pub Rock Live
8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale
Devil You Know, Oct. 22
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix
Guitar Shorty, Oct. 24
Space 55
636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix
Mr. Burns A Pos-Electric Play, Oct. 3 to 25
Tempe Center For The Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
Art After Work, Nov. 12
Tempe Tavern
1810 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe
Bob Domestics Halloween Jam, Oct. 31
Theater Artists Studio
4848 E Cactus Road, Scottsdale
Speed The Plow, Oct. 17
Torch Theatre
4721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Skewed News Hour, Oct. 17
The Trunk Space
1506 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix
10 Years of Fathers Day, Oct. 30
US Airways Center
201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Black Keys, Nov. 10
Yucca Tap Room
29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe
Venomous Pinks, Oct. 17

Underground Arts Oct. 15 to 30: Arizona Hip Hop Festival, Blasts and Tripps Rock Show, Japhy’s Descent CD Release, Nightmare On 5th Street, 10 Years Of Fathers Day, Weirdo Party At Lost Leaf, Boss Frog At Crescent Ballroom And More


By Jeff Moses
Modern Times Magazine

Oct. 15, 2014 — Phoenix is not really thought of as much of a hip-hop city. Very few quality hip-hop acts tour through, and very few of the biggest bands on the local music scene are of the hip hop genre. But that just makes the thirst for quality rap in this city almost as great as the thirst for water in this desert metropolis.

The Arizona Hip Hop Festival is going to be trying to quench some of Ariz. insatiable thirst for rap on Oct. 18. Beginning at 2 p.m. when they wrangle in more than 30 of this state’s top rappers including The Insects, The Stakes, MC Optimal, and many more for a historic event. It is going to be one of the biggest gatherings of hip hop culture in Arizona history.

The all ages festival will be running at Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, until midnight. Tickets to this 10-hour, hip-hop extravaganza are a cool $15 if purchased directly from any artist, or $20 at the box office.

Thursday, Oct. 16

New York City’s The Drums have released first record in three years and the band, including original members Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham will be at Pub Rock, 800 E. Roosevelt, Scottsdale for an 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $13 to $15. For more information, visit

The Drums

The Lost Leaf, 914 N. Fifth St., Phoenix, is a great place to catch a show. It’s small, it’s clean, the beers are as cheap as $2, and the nifty specialty ones can run you a pretty penny. The bar is also entirely owned and operated by local artists and musicians. It really is just a neat place to catch a show. Kicking off at 9 p.m., Action Jets, and Field Tripp will be gracing the little bar in the repurposed house, to rock out proper, and it ought to be a good time. As always the how is free and 21 and up.

Friday, Oct. 17

Japhy’s Descent has been working on their upcoming album Christopher Robin for quite some time now and they are finally ready to show it to the world. The rockin’ Tempe-based four piece is going to be releasing their newest creation in fine form with a block party on Sixth Street and Mill Avenue hosted by Casa Sunba, 15 E. Sixth Street, Tempe. Stepping in to help Japhy’s Descent celebrate will be Dead Hot Workshop, Sister Lip, The Woodworks, Sasquanaut, Huckleberry, and The Rolling Blackouts. The show begins at  6 p.m. and there will be live music going on two stages all the way until 2 a.m. The event is 21 and up and tickets are $10 and all entrants will get a copy of the album.

The Yucca Tap Room, 29 W. Southern Ave., is a really great place to catch a punk show and The Venomous Pinks obviously know that because they booked their E.P. release for Exes & Whoas. The Pinks are one of the most exciting bands on the Phoenix punk scene and they are rolling out quite an exciting lineup featuring Scorpion Vs. Tarantula, Grave Danger, Des and the Cendants, Swapmeat, and The Brimstone Way. The show is 21 and up and kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Entry is free.

The Palms Theatre, 5247 E. Brown Rd. Mesa, will present Forever Plaid beginning Oct. 17 and running through Nov. 22. The play is an musical-comedy and an homage to the 1950s. The story is centered around a quartet of aspiring young performers who are tragically, and inconveniently struck down in a bus collision before their first big gig. For more information, visit

Beginning at 8 p.m. The Firehouse Gallery, 1015 N. First St., and one of their flagship shows Firestage will celebrate six years under the satanic and drunken hostmanship of Ernesto “Ernasty” Moncada. The show is all ages and a $5 suggested donation is being asked at the door. Firestage is known for being off the wall and unpredictable, and a night of celebration there is no doubt that Ernasty is going to bring the ruckus.

The Lost Leaf, 914 N. Fifth St., Phoenix, is going to be having a little kick off party for their annual Halloween showcase, Nightmare on Fifth St. beginning at 9 p.m. The showing is free, 21 and up and will feature the work of Lost Leaf employees Phil McCarty, Tato Caraveo, Tyson Krank, and many other local artists who will be putting their scariest foot forward.

Saturday, Oct. 18

For a decade, Fathers Day has been easily the most offensive band in Phoenix. Over the course of their career they have done nothing positive, except for perhaps neglecting their kids so that none of their awful traits rub off on them. Not a single member of this band could possibly be described as a decent human being, they are sort of like The Eagles in that way, except Fathers Day has talent. Douglas Patton and the rest of his cohorts will be celebrating 10 Years of Fathers Day at the Trunk Space, 1506 N.W. Grand Ave., beginning at 7 p.m. Doug and the boys are keeping the lineup a secret, but they have promised at least seven acts, cover is $5 and the show is all ages.

Queerlesque is “bringing the sexy back to queer,” as their Facebook event page puts it. The all Queer 21 and up burlesque show will be kicking off at 8 p.m. and will feature performances by Kitty Victorian, Angel Glamar, Peter Envy, and will be hosted by Nashlee Affect. TIckets are only $5 at the door.

For the past few months there has been a strange gathering going on at The Lost Leaf, 914 N. Fifth St., an odd outing, even a Weirdo Party. That tradition is going to continue with some of the best rock ‘n’ roll bands Phoenix has to offer when Snake! Snake! Snakes!, and The Love Me Nots, join the kings of the weirdos The Freaks of Nature for the evening. The show is 21 and up and free and it starts off with Snake! Snake! Snakes! at 10 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 19

For the first time ever the big bad Boss Frog is going to be headlining downtown’s premier venue for live music Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. Boss Frog is a supremely talented talented five piece that mixes elements of funk, blues, soul, and a hint of rock ‘n’ roll to create a sound that is very unique to them. Add in the erratic behavior of saxophone player Ricky Smash, and the awesome dance moves of Jack the lead singer. The show is 21 and up, begins at 8:30 p.m., and tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door.

Friday, Oct. 24

The Arizona Jazz Festival, which will be held at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix, will bring R&B, soul and contemporary jazz artists Oct. 24 to 26 to the desert. Organizers said earlier this week that Heads of State scrapped their tour dates but vocal trio Boyz II Men, R&B crooner Jaheim, soul-jazz saxman Boney James and newly added soprano saxophonist Dee Lucas will be attending. For more information, visit

Sunday, Oct. 26

The Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, will live broadcast London’s National Theatre’s Production of A Streetcar Named Desire at 2 p.m. This adaptation of the Tennessee Williams classic stars Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster as Stanley and Vanessa Kirby as Stella. Tickets are $15 for museum members and $18 for non-members. For more information, visit

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