Check Out Your First Friday Music Options in Downtown Phoenix

Hear The Hourglass Cats on the patio at Luckys Indoor Outdoor.
Hear The Hourglass Cats on the patio at Luckys Indoor Outdoor. Luckys Indoor Outdoor

Never fear if gallery hopping all night isn’t your First Friday vibe. There’s plenty of music happening in downtown Phoenix on September 3, whether your tastes lean towards hip-hop or ‘80s house music. Here’s a sampling to help you get started, and a friendly reminder to check mask requirements before you go.

Live Music

Crescent Ballroom

James McMurtry is performing at 7:30 p.m. at Crescent Ballroom, where proof of vaccination is required. General admission seating is $22 (before fees). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. At 9 p.m. The Groove Theory hosted by Zeedub + Lord Kash will do a free performance on the patio. Both events are ages 21 and up.

Last Exit Live

Roots reggae musician E.N Young will be performing at Last Exit Live. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the age 21 and up event. Online tickets are $12.50.

Luckys Indoor Outdoor

Hear The Hourglass Cats perform live on the patio from 7 to 10 p.m. as part of First Friday Jams at Lucky Indoor Outdoor.

The Van Buren

Playboy Manbaby takes to The Van Buren stage at 8 p.m. The evening also features Together Pangea, Okilly Dokilly, and Mega Ran. Tickets are $25 for the age 13 and up event.

click to enlarge Look for Joseph "DJ Dimension" Mercado at Grand Ave Records. - JOSEPH MERCADO
Look for Joseph "DJ Dimension" Mercado at Grand Ave Records.
Joseph Mercado

Vinyl Sets

Copper Blues

DJ Jen Jones is bringing the vinyl love to Copper Blues, where her set kicks off at 9 p.m. Expect a mix of hip-hop pop infused with electronic dance music.

Grand Ave Records

Joseph “DJ Dimension” Mercado will be playing a vinyl set with ‘80s and ‘90s house music classics at Grand Ave Records from 6 to 10 p.m. He’s also be sharing his anthology that’s been remixed into a comic book. The event is free.

Valley Bar

DJ Mygodcomplex will be spinning a vinyl set filled with hip-hop, funk, soul, and neo soul at 6 p.m. at Valley Bar, where the First Friday lineup also includes Most Necessary: A 2015+ Hip Hop Party at 10 p.m. Both events are free.
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