Funky Cornbread Anniversary Party @ Yucca Tap Room

The folks behind long-running hip-hop affair The Blunt Club are going old school this week — way old school. The turntables inside the Yucca Tap Room, 29 West Southern Avenue in Tempe, will spin things all the way back to the early Aughts on Thursday, March 13, in order to re-create the vibe and swagger of bygone hip-hop event Funky Cornbread for one night only. Launched in 2000 at the old Nita's Hideaway by the venerable Z-Trip, the onetime weekly was one of the more memorable joints in local nightlife lore and featured the iconic local mixmaster performing alongside his turntablist associates Tricky T and Tige Fresh, as well as such notable guests as the legendary DJ Shadow. As Z-Trip told New Times back in those days, the event offered a mélange of jazz, funk, and "crowd-rockin' shit," as well as loads of hip-hop coming from the decks. "You're gonna get your kinda dance-y, real fun shit, but you're also gonna get your deep, soulful shit, and you're gonna get your underground shit in the mix, too," he stated. In other words, it was the shit. Tricky T and Tige will attempt to invoke the spirit and the sounds of the night in honor of Funky Cornbread's 14th anniversary. And though Z-Trip isn't scheduled to appear, his comrades will carry on in his honor. Kristofer Klark (a.k.a. Creed Chameleon) will debut his new project, CNR Boy, and both Dumperfoo and Zeroh will offer live art. The party starts at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Call 480-967-4777.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.