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Niki's Weekend Word: Star Swim, and JJCNV at Trunk Space

By Niki D’Andrea

This weekend, I checked out a new weekly event and a groovy local music show, both in downtown Phoenix.

Friday, August 8: Since pool parties have been all the rage this summer, I decided to hit up “Star Swim”, a new Friday night weekly put on by local promoter Psyko Steve. Every Friday, he’ll be hosting hot Phoenix bands on the rooftop pool patio of the Hotel San Carlos. This past Friday, DJs Jared Alan and The Skinny rocked the decks with dance beats, while local bands The Wizards of Time, Princess Ladyfriend, and Black Carl kicked out the jams. People were swimming, drinking, dancing, and mingling, and it was an awesome way to spend a Friday night. You can read more about Star Swim in my upcoming “Niki at Nite” column (August 21 issue), but in the meantime, check out Star Swim for yourself. Entertainment for the event on Friday, August 15 includes What Laura Says Thinks and Feels, Miniature Tigers, Knesset, and Montresours.

Valley indie rockers The Wizards of Time performed at Star Swim on Friday Night.

Saturday, August 9: I headed downtown again, this time to the Trunk Space to check out a local music show. The main reason I went was to talk to local avant art-punk rockers Janis Joplin Crap N Vomit (JJCNV), who were headlining a show that also included Emperors of Japan and a new jazz jam band called Now Serving Breakfast, which includes local drummer and DJ Shane Kennedy (check out columnist Steve Jansen’s story on Kennedy here ). I’ll be doing a column about JJCNV in the next few weeks, but in the meantime, here’s some eye candy in the form of a video showing the band performing “Hamsterdam” at the Trunk Space a couple years ago:

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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