Curious what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun?
Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.
You're not going to get any argument out of us: John Fogerty is the voice of Creedence Clearwater Revival. That's no slight to John "Bulldog" Tristao, the gentleman who handles vocals for Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Tristao does a great job singing the classics, but no one is going to suggest that anyone could fill Fogerty's boots.
But if Fogerty is the voice, bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, the rhythm section of both Revival and Revisited, are the heart and soul. Along with rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, they added the boogie to Fogerty's croon. Imagine the chooglin' grooves of "Run Through the Jungle" or "Fortunate Son" without that thumping backbeat. Oh, that's right, you can't.
Though post-Revival tensions have found Fogerty battling Cook and Clifford over the use of the name, the duo has won court skirmishes and kept at it, playing the hits like they'd do at Wild Horse Pass on Friday, June 29, at Ovations Live! Showroom at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler under their own CCR banner, swapping "Revival" for "Revisited."
It will be a return home of sorts for Clifford, though he's not too keen on Arizona during the summer: "I'm a snowbird, I have a house there in Scottsdale. So I spend four months a year down there . . . but we have roots there. My father was born in Flagstaff, and his father is buried in Sedona." -- Jason P. Woodbury
Friday, June 29: 2 Tone Lizard Kings @ Roxy Lounge Ska has instigated both dancing and revelry among the younger masses since its Caribbean origins in the late '50s, when artists like Prince Buster and Clement "Coxsone" Dodd recorded a mix of R&B, calypso, and traditional Jamaican folk. Its frenetic and colorful up-tempo stylings eventually begat reggae and were a hit in dancehalls of the 1960s, when rude boys (impoverished and unemployed street kids clad in black suits) were hired by promoters to disrupt competing shows. Both the genre and its fashion was eventually transplanted to the U.K. for the two-tone revival of the '80s and, later, to America for the third wave and ska-punk revival of two decades ago.
Gary Bolena, bassist of Phoenix-based ska revivalists 2 Tone Lizard Kings, says ska's energy and danciness are what keep it alive, if only as a niche genre.
"Today, it's still a lot like it was then -- people just want to dance and have a good time. Just like people like reggae, jazz, or Motown, there will always be people who dig it. It's been popular twice before in the past and, hopefully, it will be again in the future," he says. "It just gets you up and makes you dance. I've never really seen anyone who's gone to one of our shows and not had fun." -- Benjamin Leatherman
Although DJ Tranzo doesn't own a sonic screwdriver or bomb around in a TARDIS, the local mixmaster and scratch king is just as adept as Doctor Who at taking people on a trip through history.
To wit: Every weekend at Oaxaca Saturdays, his turntables become a time machine as he spins up spins up a hot ghetto mess of throwback jams, retro funk, and old school hip-hop tracks. The interior of Oaxaca Mexican Restaurant, 1516 West Van Buren Street, is filled with the swank strain of The Gap Band, Rick James, Zapp, and other hitmakers from yesteryear as Tranzo drops the needle on LPs and old 45s. In between classic cuts, he's also known to throw some cumbia, merengue, Top 40, and R&B, as well as show off his scratching skills.
When the clock strikes 12, however, Tranzo gives up the decks to special guest turntablists for a "Midnight Mixdown" of modern-day hits and club bangers. (For instance, DJ Danny Boy from the Record Breakers is scheduled to appear on Saturday, June 30.) Local painter Ray Rivas will also be in the house doing live art all evening. The timewarp starts at 10 p.m. Admission is $10. -- Benjamin Leatherman
Surprise! It's hotter than Satan's taint outside.
And it's just about to get hotter, folks. Some of the Valley's best local music talent is out to make sure of it this Saturday.
Those jerks include Black Carl, Peachcake, Dry River Yacht Club, and Snake! Snake! Snakes!, who are totally about to make Saturday's forecasted 111-degree temperatures rise with some sweet, sweet local tunes. Plus, the bodies of hundreds of sweaty, panting local music fans won't help. Luckily, Sharks and Minnows is indeed a pool party, so you'll be able to cool off. And it's sponsored by PBR, so you can take a gander at all of the oddly sculpted, thick, moist hipster chest hair your heart desires when you're not spending time at one of the event's two stages, featuring both live music and DJs.
In preview of the show, DJ Aaron F got to work on a deliciously retro-meets-new-school mix, featuring everyone from the Bee Gees to Psychemagik.
Other acts on the roster include Bogan Via, Jared Alan, Death to the Throne, Goldsmith, Don Ricardo, Hartbreaks, Charlie Meyer, Young Luke, Violet Bordeaux, and Craig Citizen. It's all put on by Faux Show and party queen Jen Deveroux, the masters behind other pool parties like Adult Swim and Star Swim. It's a 21-and-older event, so leave the kids at home. --Christian Caldwell Sunday, July 1: Release Pool Party feat. DJ Cheapshot @ Talking Stick Resort
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Talking Stick's weekend swim soirees, which take place on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon through mid-July offer plenty of ways to seek relief from the sun. Lounge around in the lengthy shadows cast upon the main pool by the resort's towering buildings. Or you can dive into its ginormous pool, which is surrounded by 11 posh cabanas (each of which is available rent for $400-$550 per day).
A nearby bar offers brews, booze, and colorful mixed drinks that are perfect for sipping while guest DJs (such as L.A. hip-hop turntablist Cheapshot, who is scheduled to appear on Sunday, July 1) work the mixers. The parties run from noon until 6 p.m. Admission is $10. --Benjamin Leatherman