First Fridays in December are something of a big deal. Although the mercury will likely dip into the 40-degree range, we're expecting a horde of culture vultures will be traipsing about Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue in order to make the scene and scope out potential Christmas gifts.
Thing is, the hottest party is gonna be happening a few miles away at Cityscape. A slew of local band will be performing at the real estate development's First Friday affair, including Broken Poets, Buskin Cuffs, and Factories (formerly known as Underwater Getdown). The main attraction of the night will arguably Mr. Meeble, as the experimental electro-rock trio will be presenting their first performance in more than a year.
There's plenty of other activity taking place both at the Cityscape party and during nine other event's we've selected for this week's edition of 10 Things. To get the full rundown, however, y'all will have to hit the link below.
Reckless Kelly at Rhythm Room (Thursday):
"Not quite the Dropkick Murphy-style fiddle jockeys their name vaguely depicts, Reckless Kelly has been making twangy alt-country roots-rock since they formed in Bend, Oregon, in the mid-'90s..." (read more) 7 p.m., $10-$13. (1019 E. Indian School Rd.) -- Craig Outhier
The Hump at Revolver Lounge (Thursday):
Throwback jams reign supreme at this old-school hip-hop night at the stylishly swank Old Town spot. DJs Lindsey and Myles will be spinning up plenty of New Jack Swing, as well as hip-hop hits from 1988 until 1998 every Thursday. 9 p.m., $8. (7416 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale)
First Friday at Cityscape (Friday):
Besides the aforementioned bands, DJs Jared Alan, Epidemic, and Hartbreaks will be performing al fresco at the outdoor event. Art displays, a beer garden, and a raffle for an iPad will also happen. Plus we hear there's gonna be an after-hours party going on at Bar Smith. 6 p.m., free. (1 E. Washington St.)
Fayuca at Martini Ranch (Friday):
Local punk band Fayuca is currently working on a new album, so you'll be able to catch some of the group's new tunes at this show, where they'll be supported by fellow local group The Wiley One..." (read more) 8 p.m., $5. (7295 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale) -- Nicki Escudero
Phoenix Chorale at Trinity Cathedral (Friday):
The Grammy-winning vocal ensemble will present a free rehersal open to the public during the monthly First Friday artwalk, 6:30 p.m. (100 W. Roosevelt St.)
First Friday Night Live at The Firehouse (Friday):
"Brave the cold -- and the throngs of junior high kids -- by heading out to First Friday Night Live at the Firehouse tomorrow night. Local folk-punk band Andrew Jackson Jihad will play between showcases by an assortment of talented locals..." (read more) 1015 N. 1st St.) -- Nicki Escudero
Common Wall Media Christmas Party at Hard Rock Café (Saturday):
"This isn't your typical Christmas party. Instead of the old standard Christmas carols, you'll get popular local bands playing their brands of indie music. What Laura Says, Gospel Claws, Dead Wildlife and Snake! Snake! Snakes!, will celebrate what Common Wall Media founder and owner Chuckie Duff calls a great year for all the bands..." (read more) 8 p.m., $5. (201 E. Washington St.) -- Nicki Escudero
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Reggae Sundays at Avalon (Sunday):
The force is strong with DJ Dark Vader's weekly irie extravaganza, where he and special guests spin dancehall, soca, and the titular Jamaican-born genre. Low-cost alcohol options include $2.50 you-call-its for ladies and $3 Heineken and Red Stripe until 11 p.m. Dress to impress rules apply. 9 p.m., $5. (7707 E. McDowell Rd. Scottsdale)
Sin Sundays at Diverti Bar & Grill (Sunday):
"Maybe you've always wanted to perform but would prefer to get your feet wet in a judgment-free zone? Well, then, maybe Sin Sundays is for you. There's no set format for the new open mike night at Diverti Bar and Grill in Tempe, meaning anyone who is interested in rapping, singing, breakdancing or even performing stand-up is allowed to give it a go..." (read more) 7 p.m., free. (4 E. University Dr., Tempe) -- Nicki Escudero
ASU Desert Gold Chorale at ASU Polytechnic (Sunday):
A variety of holiday favorites will be feature during the group's "Deck the Halls" concert at the campus' Black Box Theater located at the Applied Arts Pavilion. 2:30 p.m., free. (7291 E. Sonoran Arroyo Mall, Mesa)