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Paint Phoenix 5th Street Block Party Is the Gem of Art Detour

The first Paint Phoenix In 2014 was a pretty killer event where artists gathered in downtown for three days to quite literally paint the town. But in their second go round they have decided to add in a day long block party, so artists and appreciators alike can congregate to paint the town red.

The Paint Phoenix 5th Street Block Party might be the single best event attached to the upcoming Art Detour weekend, (and full disclosure, I'm planning two of them). The organizers of the block party, which includes downtown business owners, artists, musicians, and the like really went above and beyond to showcase as much Phoenix arts culture in one day as possible.

The musical lineup is a who's who of local headliners, featuring Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Drunken Immortals, Wooden Indian, and Pro Teens as well as Flagstaff-based Dragons. There will also be DJ performances by Just Chris, El Goonie, and Mic Cause of Drunken Immortals.

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Unfortunately PAO will be going without the accompaniment of their tremendous lead singer Camille Sledge. But while she is away from the band on maternity leave there is no doubt the rest of the band is going to have Fifth Street swinging. Even without a lead vocalist, they still possess one of the most powerful horn sections in town.

Drunken Immortals are a stalwart local hip-hop crew as ingrained in the culture of 5th Street as the conspire collective. Even though some of the band hails from Tempe, Mic Cause is still at Jobot Coffee so much they ought to make him a stool. Drunken Immortals is always the first name I think of when I think quality local hip-hop, even before I think of Willie Northpole.

This is a homecoming of sorts for the psychedelics folks in Wooden Indian. They've already played a homecoming show at The Crescent Ballroom, but this will be their first time playing on Fifth Street since Ross Andrews and Wally Boudway returned from their European jetsetting with Califone.

Wooden Indian are another band with deep roots in the arts district and on 5th Street, I'm sure if Eric Dahl of the Lost Leaf had give each member one beer for every time they've played the leaf he'd go out of business.

Of all the bands on the lineup, Pro Teens have been together the shortest amount of time, but they're just so darn cute that they couldn't be ignored. They make dreamy surf-rock, and it's pretty fun to dance to. Featuring former members of St. Ranger and Wolvves and current members of Boss Frog and Jerusafunk, these guys make a pretty interesting sound.

Dragons are swooping in from the frigid north to bring a heavy dose of positivity to the Phoenix Paint 5th Street Block Party. They describe their music as "melody-focused will-power pop."

That's not all however; that's the main stage acts. Lawn Gnome Publishing will also be hosting free music in their backyard featuring Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold, Cheri Cheri, The Paper Hats, and headliner Jared Paul.

But this event is about so much more than just the musical lineup. I hate to use the "c" word, but this event is closer to representing a community than just about any other event in recents years. There's something for everyone.

There will be local food, a beer garden for those of age, the Pravus Pop Up Gallery, a skateboard demo by Apache Skateboards, art vendors out the wazoo, and a lowrider car show by the Otra Vida Car Club. Read about the mural painting event at Paint PHX here.

The Paint Phoenix 5th Street Block Party takes place at 2 p.m. on Fifth Street between Roosevelt and Garfield on Saturday, March 7.

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