But then you'd miss all the live bands at the Art Institutes concert stage or the gravity-defying b-boys and breakdancers who are usually found at the intersection of Fifth and Garfield streets. (Not to mention the wacko performance artists walking the streets and sidewalks of Roosevelt Row, the poi-spinning dancers at the Firehouse, or the myriad other artistic and musical adventures that usually accompany the monthly artwalk).
Because we don't want you to miss out, here's our compilation of the five best "can't miss" musical gigs happening tonight.
Details: 6 p.m., at Civic Space Park
Who Else is Playing: Dearspeak
Why You Should See It: The two newest members of these colorful quirk-pop favorites will make their debut as Stefan Pruett and his merry band of mischievous musicians offer artwalk patrons a round trip to "Planet Awesome."
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2. Sticker Phiends III
Details: 6 p.m., at Studio 8
Who's Playing: DJs Xian1, Jes, and Oneson
Why You Should See It: In addition to the aforementioned DJs mixing and scratching up a storm all evening, close to 30 different urban/street artists (including Disposable Hero, Mad One, Robots Will Kill, TooFly, and many more) showing off their recent works in the medium of adhesive art. Interactive displays, video screenings, giveaways, and other fun will also be on tap.
3. Black Cactus Records Showcase
Details: 6 p.m., at the Dressing Room
Who's Playing: Former Friends of Young Americans, Tremulants, Lisa Savidge, What Laura Says, and others.
Why You Should See It: One of the coolest new First Friday music venues to emerge over the past year is this squat brick building located next to MonOrchid. Run by the members of Wooden Indian, it typically gets packed with artwalk attendees watching some of the best bands in the local scene. This month is no exception, as Black Cactus Records (home of The Necronauts and The Premier) is bringing together a slew of its artists for an evening of music. Come early to avoid the crowds.
4. The Shizz Presents First Fridays Music in the Park
Details: 6 p.m., at Heritage Square
Who's Playing: Man About A Dog, Soft Drink, and Josh Watts
Why You Should See It: Three different acts, three different sounds. Country rocker atts shares the bill with the Americana-meets-garage rock artists of MAAD and the infectious pop practioners of Soft Drink (full disclosure: our own Jason P. Woodbury is a member).
5. William Leadpistol
Details: 7 p.m., at Bend-a-Light Neon Studio
Why You Should See It: The Valley's music scene is populated with more country punk/y'allternative acts right now than we can count, and one of the more promising bands is this trio offering a combo of rockabilly swagger, western twang, and dirty punk hooks.