Music Award Nominees

New Times 1998 Music Showcase


1. Fred Green
The King Kong of Valley funk-rockers, this trio scorches through one herb-friendly treatise after another, making the Chili Peppers and their ilk seem positively insipid by comparison. The 1997 sophomore CD Groover confirmed that the band's poly-rhythmic mastery extends into the studio.

2. Bionic Jive
Incorporating all the high-tech weapons in the postmodern arsenal, Bionic Jive aims for a transcendent caterwaul, a kind of cosmic slop. Formed by Mind's Eye producer Larry Elyea, this band mixes heavy funk riffing with splashes of sampled sound bites, and the distinctive soulfulness of singer-rapper Derrick Burrows. It is, as its debut CD proclaims, a six-million-dollar band.

3. Honeybucket
This band took its name from a Seattle Port-a-Potty company, but its acid-laced head jams are not quite as raunchy as the name would suggest. A powerful blend of funk and rock, Honeybucket offers a sense of groove that's utterly current and always crazed.

4. Polliwog
Nothing if not ambitious, this band spent $20,000 on its debut CD, More Soul Than a Rabbit Factory, and it's established a huge, intensely loyal fan base for its dense grooves, driving horns and the sultry vocalizing of Tiffany Sullivan.

5. Yoko Love
Three Mesa kids with a ton of attitude and nearly as much virtuosity, this band rampages through hormonal anthems that mine the common turf between George Clinton, Jimi Hendrix and the corner pimp. This trio's name was inspired by a band member's girlfriend who insisted on showing up at rehearsals. Its 1997 Epiphany Records debut CD Who's Your Daddy? captured its snotty madness, and "I Hate My Girlfriend" proved that the protest song is not dead.

Club DJs:

1. Z-Trip
Internationally recognized for the masterful way he drags other idioms into the hip-hop realm, Z-Trip is the Zen master of the turntable, and the cornerstone of the eclectic Bombshelter DJ crew. He was recently lauded by URB magazine as one of the "100 Most Exciting Artists, Ideas, and Styles Emerging From the Urban Underground."

2. DJ Emile
Brash, cocky and uncompromising, Emile has also established himself as one of the most talented and eclectic DJs on the local scene. The trippy, ambient alchemist on the Bombshelter crew, he helped bring electronica to Nita's Hideaway with the Thursday-night "Mission Control" shows.

3. Radar
Part of the much-acclaimed Bombshelter DJs, Radar shares his friend Z-Trip's passion for hip-hop, and they've combined for some spectacular displays of vinyl acrobatics.

4. Pete Salaz
Salaz put together Red Monkey club nights along with ex-partner Eddie Amador, and he continues to keep the Red Monkey dream alive. Salaz is a loyal disciple of house, and he spreads the word whenever he gets the chance.

5. DJ Essential
A stubborn proponent of rare groove and acid jazz, and a lover of old R&B and funk, Essential recently made some noise at The Hip Joint, a Thursday club night at Scottsdale's Voodoo Bar and Grill, until patrons started asking him to spin tunes from Grease. Ravers know him better for his alter ego, as a devoted drum 'n' bass turntable guru.

Venues and Talents

Balboa cafe
4:00p - 5:00p Bionic Jive
5:20p - 6:20p Exit 56
6:40p - 7:40p Grant Man and Island Beat
8:00p - 9:00p Lookout for Hope

Bash on ash
4:00p - 5:00p The Pan-American Band
5:20p - 6:20p Polliwog
6:40p - 7:40p Keltic Cowboys
8:00p - 9:00p Seven Storey Mountain

4:00p - 5:00p Phonoroyale
5:20p - 6:20p Mariachi Colonial
6:40p - 7:40p Blues Ratio
8:00p - 9:00p Sistah Blue

Club 411
4:00p - 5:00p Z-Trip
5:00p - 6:00p DJ Emile
6:00p - 7:00p Radar
7:00p - 8:00p Pete Salaz
8:00p - 9:00p DJ Essential

fat tuesday
4:00p - 5:00p Underground Empire
5:20p - 6:20p Henry "Mojo" Thompson
6:40p - 7:40p Bldg 5
8:00p - 9:00p Warsaw

4:00p - 5:00p Gemini Lounge
5:20p - 6:20p Nihil
6:40p - 7:40p Cousins of the Wize
8:00p - 9:00p The Sport Model

hayden Square
4:00p - 5:00p The Revenants
5:20p - 6:20p Barrio Latino
6:40p - 7:40p Fred Green
8:00p - 9:00p Kongo Shock
9:30p The Pistoleros

4:00p - 5:00p Vic Masters
5:20p - 6:20p The Cartwheels
6:40p - 7:40p Hillbilly Devilspeak
8:00p - 9:00p Freudian Slip

Mill Cue club
4:00p - 5:00p Left of Center
5:20p - 6:20p Nuance Jazz Ensemble
6:40p - 7:40p Big Pete Pearson
8:00p - 9:00p Honeybucket

The Owl's nest
4:00p - 5:00p Jerome
5:20p - 6:20p The Jennys
6:40p - 7:40p Big Nick and the Gila Monsters
8:00p - 9:00p The Ramblers

4:00p - 5:00p Windigo
5:20p - 6:20p Mad At 'Em
6:40p - 7:40p Les Payne Product
8:00p - 9:00p Straight Up

Valley art (inside)
4:00p - 5:00p Hans Olson
5:20p - 6:20p Know Qwestion
6:40p - 7:40p BLESSBETHYNAME
8:00p - 9:00p Yoko Love

Valley art (outside)
4:00p - 5:00p Victims in Ecstacy
5:20p - 6:20p Zebbhi Niyah
6:40p - 7:40p Reuben's Accomplice
8:00p - 9:00p Zig Zag Black

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