Wednesday, January 10
We ain’t gonna lie. It's been two years since David Bowie shuffled loose the mortal coil and headed for that great gig in the sky, and we’re still a bit saddened by his passing.
If you’re feeling about the same, we recommend gathering with fellow fans of the rock and pop icon at the Crescent Ballroom on Wednesday, January 10, for David Bowie Nite.
The self-described “Starman Disco” will pay tribute to Bowie, his music, and his legacy two days shy of what would’ve been his 71st birthday. According to organizers, the event will offer a celebratory atmosphere. “We will not mourn on this evening, we will celebrate the beautiful gift that this celestial being has left us with and dance along to every note of it until close,” they state.
Bowie fans can put on their red shoes and dance the blues to tunes and tracks spun up by local DJs Xam Renn, Rey Rey, and A Claire Slattery. His music videos and various films will also play on screens throughout the venue and a photo booth will feature a life-size cutout of Bowie that will be auctioned off at the end of the evening. The Starman lands at 9 p.m. Admission is $5. Benjamin Leatherman
Thursday, January 11
The Lost Leaf
While downtown Phoenix continues to carve out a unique identity as a bustling urban center, one little bar has stood quietly amid the shadows of a shifting skyline. There are hotspots with more panache that — deservedly or otherwise — draw more buzz, but ever so unflinchingly The Lost Leaf has stayed true to its modest roots.
A fine purveyor of burgeoning local talent, the art bar has provided Valley artists with nightly proving grounds since 2006. But even the most welcoming of crowds need to know they can let their hair down from time to time, which is why every second Thursday of the month The Lost Leaf throws one helluva dance party. Featuring DJ KNS Bigandbad, Thump Daze is
Thursday, January 11
Club Red in Mesa
Anyone who saw Dances With Wolves probably recognizes that “tatanka” is the Lakota word for "bison." The like-named Denver-based band adopted that imagery for the cover art for many of its albums, including 2013’s Cloudless Thunder and last year’s Love is Medicine.
You might expect a band that named itself after the largest animal to roam the plains since the Pleistocene era to play doom rock, but instead, Tatanka has created an alloy of dub, hip-hop, EDM, and improvisational rock.
The act's 2010 EP, Sounds in Technicolor, lived up to its name with languid drifts of imaginatively crafted melodies nudged along by pulses of drum and bass. The mixture of the purely electronic and the organic is seamless, comparable to the work of the similarly minded STS9. Tom Murphy