If you don’t want to fight for a spot at First Friday but still feel like seeing amazing art and hear local music, well I’ve got one place for you. SuTRA Midtown Yoga is hosting a night full of beautiful photography by Shawn Anderson and acoustic sets by local artists.
If you haven’t heard of Shawn Anderson’s music blog, Electric Mustache, you need to open another tab and start discovering what you’ve been missing. His blog will open your eyes to mind-blowing music, open and trustworthy CD reviews and local and national band updates.
After Anderson started Electric Mustache, he started his website, Electric Shots, displaying his photography that makes you feel as if you were there the night of the show. He captures musicians at their purest on stage.
His photography will be displayed on the gallery walls on Friday and will stay up all month long.
On Friday, watch as his photos come to life, as Bears of Manitou and Matt Harris, who have been subjects of Anderson’s lens, also take the stage.
Bears of Manitou have quickly sprouted up in the Phoenix music scene. They opened up for Rocky Votolato in March and everyone was in awe that the duo were playing their first show and nailing it.
Gabe Williams, Laney Coletti and Brian Champ make up Bears of Manitou. They are a folk-indie group that has Williams on guitar, piano or ukulele; Coletti changing up her instruments every other song, from bongos to cello to maracas; and Champ on drums as the newest addition to the group.
Harris and Sorry Charlie will grace the stage with their soft, rich sound, adding to the soundtrack of the night.
Join everyone on First Friday at SuTRA Midtown Yoga, where they will supply the essentials: art, music and completely free (and delicious!) sangria.
SuTRA Midtown Yoga is located at 2317 N. 7th St. in Coronado — 602.253.9525
Sunday is Father’s Day, and surely many of you still haven’t chosen a present. Why not skip the inanimate object this year and take Dad out this Third Friday? With the handy-dandy light rail, getting from galleries to eats and drinks to Third Friday events is a breeze.
Whether Dad likes to party or take a quiet stroll through the city, Third Friday provides great opportunity for art viewing at your own pace, with live music and Phoenix’s nightlife just steps away.
Is Dad a fan of summer concerts? Have him prepped for a those blistering-hot amphitheater shows this summer by making a stop at Civic Space Park (light rail at Central Station) to see Dead West Radio rock the stage. The show starts at 7 p.m., and it’s free! Add to the experience by picking up a snack and a latte at Fair Trade Café in the park and perusing this month’s art show inside the A.E. England Building, attached to the park stage.
If rock isn’t Dad’s thing, Charlie Brand of Brooklyn-via-Phoenix band Miniature Tigers is making a rare stripped-down solo appearance (also free!) at the Heard Museum’s (light rail at Encanto Station) monthly NU event. Brand will be playing quieter versions of his band’s songs, most of which were conceived in a bedroom in Phoenix. Plus, he’s always good for some humorous (if slightly bizarre) between-song banter. The performance begins at 8 p.m., and the entire event (filled with art, museum exhibits, food and a lecture) runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Perhaps Dad would enjoy a quieter gallery setting. Modified Arts‘ (light rail at Roosevelt Station) newly renovated space looks brilliant at night, and the “Reality Reimagined” show debuts on Third Friday. The show, filled with international talent on a variety of mediums, promises “contemporary vision, sometimes irreverent, sometimes frank, and always compelling.” The gallery is open from 6 to 9 p.m.
A great way to wind down the night is with Eddie J. at The Duce (a short walk south of the Central/Washington or 1st Ave/Jefferson light rail stations). Eddie’s keytar stylings are unlike any other in Phoenix, and his baritone register can make any cover song a must-hear. Eddie jams at the Duce bar every Friday until 11 p.m., providing enough time for a perfect nightcap: An Old Fashioned or a Basil Gimlet handcrafted at the Duce’s vintage Chicago bar.
Yes, after months of planning, scouring the Internet for those elusive X-Men first editions and prepping costumes, it’s Phoenix Comicon time.
If you have been around the Phoenix Convention Center this week, you’ve probably noticed a wookie or two walking around. Maybe you saw Wolverine or Spawn. I did.
I’ve never attended a Comicon before, but I imagine it to be like it is on TV or in the teen movies — four days of adventure, nerdy Internet meetups and geeked-out picture-happy blog posts, followed by costumed after-parties in every hotel room in the Downtown area. If my assessment is wrong, I don’t want to be right.
This is the mecca, people. Stan Lee is going to be there. Todd MacFarlane is crawling out of his Ahwatukee cave to see the light. James Marsden, who was on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Smallville, apparently also plays music, and he’ll be jamming Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency. It’s legit, dudes.
The schedule is below. Light rail and parking will be packed all day Saturday with Comicon, the 1070 rally and the Suns game all in the vicinity. Plan ahead!
If You Go: Phoenix Comicon
Friday, May 28
Registration: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Exhibitor Hall: Noon-8 p.m.
Programming at Convention Center: Noon-11:30 p.m.
Programming at Hyatt Regency: 6 p.m.-2 a.m.
Saturday, May 29
Registration: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Exhibitor Hall: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Programming at Convention Center: 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Programming at Hyatt Regency: 6 p.m-2 a.m.
Sunday, May 30
Registration: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Exhibitor Hall: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Programming at Convention Center: 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.
The Phoenix Convention Center is located right off the 3rd Street light rail stations. The Hyatt Regency is located at 122 N. 2nd St. in Copper Square.
Quietly and steadily, The Heard Museum‘s Native+You Third Friday celebrations have been picking up steam for more than a year, offering a unique mix of music, art, food and the Heard’s trademark Native American cultural focus.
Tonight’s event features an hour-and-a-half (7:30-9 p.m.) set from Valley darlings Dry River Yacht Club, a band that seems to play every night of the week, whether it be in the dingy confines of an East Valley bar or the open-air crispness of the Heard courtyard. Sure, they’ll be playing stripped-down, acoustic versions of familiar songs — this is, after all, known as a pretty chill event.
As well, the Berlin Gallery, Heard’s take on contemporary, striking art, shows off its creature comforts this month (literally) with “Coyotes and Other Artful Creatures,” on display tonight from 6-8 p.m.
And, to top it off, a 2009 Sundance selection, Barking Water, makes its Phoenix premiere at the event at 7 p.m. The Heard Museum Café will offer good nosh until 8 p.m. The event runs from 5:30-9 p.m.
The Heard Museum is located at 2301 N. Central Ave. (light rail station at Central/Encanto) in Midtown — 602.252.8848
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Let’s face it, Phoenix does not have the most amazing music scene in the universe, and with that we get crappy music venues… although out of the few we have to choose from, the Rhythm Room might be my favorite.
Even though it’s kinda small, they have everything you could ask for in a music venue… great sound system, decent bathrooms — yeah I said it, really cool bartenders and really great drink specials. I actually just saw a Tweet that called their specials “infamous.” Either way, this place is the jam, literally.
- It’s hot as balls inside.
- The door girl has the personality of a napkin and is extremely unfriendly.
- You can’t take your drinks out to the closed off patio and unless it’s some zoning law or whatever, that’s pretty lame.
Aside from that, I’m a fan! Now if only we could get more bands to stop out here.
The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Rd. in Midtown — 602.265.4842
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