Local band bridges genres
Get your groove on with Granola Funk Express on Friday, July 16, at the Old Brickhouse, 1 East Jackson. By blending hip-hop, rock, reggae and punk with original lyrics, the nine-member ensemble offers something for almost every musical persuasion. "The show is very eclectic," says William "Nature" Sharp, one of GFE's vocalists. He adds that most of the band members were once street performers just scraping by, but since teaming up in 1997, they've been able to make a living doing what they love -- without selling out. "Everybody in the band just tries to create good music," he says. The show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets are $7 at the door. --C. Murphy Hebert
Kaz Bar uncorks Xmas in July
Jingle bells rock the Kaz Bar in Scottsdale during its third annual "Christmas in July" charity drive. The tree is trimmed and the stockings are hung through July 31 at Kaz Bar, a.k.a. Kazimierz World Wine Bar, 7137 East Stetson, as the staff accepts donations on behalf of the Arizona chapters of the American Red Cross, U.S. Marine Toys for Tots and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Marianne Markogianis, the restaurant's marketing director and self-proclaimed "queen of buzz and schmooze" calls the event "just a little wacky fun [and an] escape from the mind-numbing heat typical of Arizona in July."
Stop in for a mug of Christmas cheer and make a donation, and automatically get entered into a prize drawing to take place at the end of the month. Check out www.kazbar.net for more info. --C. Murphy Hebert