Sundown Showdown, Darkness Dear Boy, The Shizz, Crotch Rockitt, and More
Rumspringer is scheduled to perform at Saturday's Shizz CD release party at Trunk Space.
If you've been smart enough to squirrel away your simoleons lately, you probably have enough green in the bank account to afford trip to the Elvis Costello or Muse concerts later tonight. If so, consider yourself smart and enjoy said performances.
If not, however, then fear not, as our usual rundown of dirt-cheap distractions offers a slew of cheap and chic thrills available around the Valley over the next 72 hours.
Lucha Libre Internacional Gladiadores Unidos (Friday):
If you missed out on my feature story a couple of weeks back, chances are you're not aware of the Valley's passion for lucha libre (for you monolingual gringos out there, it's Spanish for "free fighting"). The energetic Mexican-born wrestling style is practiced by three separate promotions, but the most colorful and action-packed of which is presented every Friday by Gladiadores Unidos. A cadre of kooky and colorful masked luchadores (including Black Nacell, Payaso Asesino, and El Diablo) engage in battle during chaotic tag-team matches all evening for an energetic crowd of more the 250 fans. Don't worry if you don't speak a lick of Español, as it's pretty easy to figure out what's going on. 7 p.m., $5. (261 North 17th Street, 480-399-9996)
Darkness Dear Boy CD Release Party at Club Mardi Gras (Friday):
Darkness Dear Boy play Bro Rock. What's Bro Rock? To paraphrase Justice Potter Stewart's words about hardcore pornography, "bro rock is hard to define, but I know it when I hear it." What exactly constitutes Bro Rock is indeed tough to pin down, because Bro Rock encompasses many genres, spanning everything from the funky rap rock of 311 and Red Hot Chili Peppers, the modern rock of Breaking Benjamin, the punk/reggae-stylings of Sublime and the jam-band leanings of Dave Matthews Band. Those are all bands cited on Darkness Dear Boy's MySpace page, for the record. Darkness Dear Boy stray a little from the Bro Rock pack by listing Motorhead and John Fogerty as well, but in general, the dudes crank out tunes that would fit in perfectly over the radio waves of every "Alternative station" since the early nineties. Songs like "Get Off Me" that recall Valley stalwarts Authority Zero, with wah-wah guitars, syncopated drums and oh-so funky bass, or "Today" that sounds like Offspring at their radio dominating peak. Even if one despises the band's sound, it's tough not to be impressed by their mass-market crossover appeal, uniting the various strains of Bro Rockers Valley wide. 8 p.m., $6. (8040 East McDowell Road, Scottsdale, 480-970-5707) -- Jason P. Woodbury
Sundown Showdown 2 at Yucca Tap Room (Friday-Saturday):
Local music showcases are practically the Yucca Tap's bread and butter. Two weeks ago, the Tempe venue was jam-packed with alt-country/Americana fans for the annual Valley Fever Quarantine show (which boasted more than two dozen acts), and just last year it also was the site of the successful When In AZ concert series. So how does this weekend's Sundown Showdown differ from the rest? Simple. The two-night event features a number of out-of-state underground bands, as well as a slew of locals. Night one features SoCal's Cat Party, Yuma's The Wongs, Tucson's Lenguas Largas, and San Diego's The Stalins of Sound, in addition to the PHX's Becky Lee and Drunkfoot. The following evening offers Louisiana's Return of the Rat, Cali's The KABBs, and New Mexico's Far Corners, as well as in-towners Earthmen and Strangers and Gospel Claws. 8 p.m., free. (29 West Southern Avenue, Tempe, 480-967-4777)
Storytelling Festival's Spring Concert at SMCC (Friday):
Everyone has a story: the dude asking for change tells us about his failed Motown group, the lady waiting in line speaks of a promising sports career cut short by an injury, and the limo driver in the dive bar fondly recounts touring the country as a child soprano. We expect to be similarly enthralled during the South Mountain Storytelling Festival's Spring Concert. The South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute is one of the few in the nation dedicated to exploring the art of spinning yarns. For this shindig, they'll present Boston-born Antonio Sacre, who headlines tonight with his performance of "Looking for Papito." Sacre's storytelling magic has taken him across the world for stand-alone performances and festival appearances. 7 p.m., free. (7050 South 24th Street) -- Jose Gonzalez
Crotch Rockitt at TBA (Friday):
The promoters of this new weekly dance night are being rather cagey about publicizing its location, directing folks to their Facebook page instead of giving up the actual address. Normally, I'd probably go tell 'em to suck eggs at this point rather than play such games. But since Crotch Rockitt sounds like its gonna be fairly groovy time (including two different DJs, each blasting their own distinctive sounds), I'm willing to give them a pass. Room one offers rock, mod, indie, and vintage tracks, while the second space features electro, dance rock, explicit disco, and X-rated pop. 9 p.m., $5.
Bike Week Warm-Up at Hideaway Grill (Friday):
"Arizona Bike Week doesn't officially start until Wednesday but the pre-rally begins at the Hideaway with Bike Week Warm-Up. Bikers can grab grub, relax at the bar, and then take a ride with Bradshaw to the annual Hacienda Harley Davidson Kick Start Party. The rest of the week sports tattoo and pin-up girl contests, shop tours, meet-and-greets with custom creators, and concerts by Jackyl and The Marshall Tucker Band." 5:30 p.m., free. (6746 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek)
The Shizz's CD Release Party at Trunk Space (Saturday):
Gormandizers of local sounds will also undoubtedly be making there way over to the Trunk Space, where Valley music collective The Shizz will be feting the release of its latest comp AM or PM... I Don't Know. Three stages worth of live music will ensue (including one over at the adjacent Sweets and Beats) with the lineup including the likes of such faves as Rumspringer, Sweetbleeders, Destoroyah, Cagematch, and Let's Go To Fucking Hawaii. Emperors of Japan is also involved, which means Martin Cizmar's "Black-Emperor-Says Theory" is in full effect. Note: While admission is listed as $10, organizer Tony Poer says he'll let patron is for "$9.99," thus permitting inclusion in this week's list. 6 p.m. (1506 Grand Avenue, 602-256-6006)
Arizona Asian Festival at Heritage Square (Saturday):
The Far East used to be known as a place of great wisdom, mystery, and beauty. Now, Asia's only in the news when Angelina Jolie adopts a kid, Toyotas start driving themselves, or China gives the finger to Google for not censoring searches. Sigh. Forget that news and experience the exotic beauty of the Far East at the annual Arizona Asian Festival. The event features ethnic food and craft vendors, Indian Mehndi body art, and Japanese taiko drum performances. Live out your Karate Kid fantasies with instruction from masters of taekwondo and tai chi. If you've got little ones who think that My Neighbor Totoro and Chinese takeout are the extent of Asian culture, send them over to the Children's Wonderland for a boot camp on crafting Indonesian dolls and Kirigami paper cuttings. 10 a.m., free. (115 North Sixth Street) -- Wynter Holden
Tempe Guitar Show at CE Distribution (Saturday):
Need a new effects pedal for your six string, son? How about some new strings or possibly a whole new guitar itself? More than a dozen different Valley vendors (including Atomic Guitar Works, The Bass Place, and Krank Amps) will serve up their axe supplies to local musicians in the parking lot of an industrial park in Tempe. Live performances and demonstrations are also planned. 9 a.m., free (6221 South Maple Avenue, Tempe)
Shared Fabric Movement Project at Civic Space Park (Sunday):
"There are some folks who instantly bust a move as soon as a jam comes on. Then, there are those who hug the wall in public but get their hip-shaking Beyonce on in the privacy of their living rooms. Both types are welcomed and encouraged to show up to the Shared Fabric Movement Project, an ongoing collaboration focused on exploring the commonalities amongst individual experiences through movement. Telling an elaborate story doesn't always need words, and great performers don't always have to be Broadway-bound. So, the Project seeks a wide swath of folks from all backgrounds who can bring comfortable clothes and shoes to move around in and maybe even release their inner Twyla Tharp." 5 p.m., free. (424 North Central Avenue) -- Jose Gonzalez
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