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Spafford is scheduled to perform on Sunday, December 30, and Monday, December 31, at The Van Buren.
Spafford is scheduled to perform on Sunday, December 30, and Monday, December 31, at The Van Buren. Courtesy of Big Hassle

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click to enlarge Raise a toast with Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers this weekend. - CASSANDRA TOMEI
Raise a toast with Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers this weekend.
Cassandra Tomei
Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers
Saturday, December 29
The Van Buren


Say what you will about Roger Clyne's talents (which are substantial), when it comes to instigating a party, the native Arizonan is skilled. The stories surrounding the raucous Refreshments shows he was a part of back during the Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy days have been trumped by the kind of off-the-hook wingdings he hosts as frontman for the Peacemakers. The tequila-soaked "Circus Mexicus" beach blast held in Puerto Peñasco draws thousands of Peaceheads every year, for instance. Suffice it to say, RCPM's pre-New Year's Eve celebration at The Van Buren is likely to be just as action-packed. After Tucson’s Orkesta Mendoza performs, Clyne and company will launch into their typically high-energy set featuring “Mekong,” “Nada,” and (of course) “Banditos.” Heck, you might ever hear the theme song for King of the Hill, which RCPM wrote and performed back in the ‘90s. Benjamin Leatherman

Cash’d Out
Sunday, December 30
The Rhythm Room


Touring tribute bands have an especially tough row to hoe: If other places are anything like Phoenix, there’s already one on every third stage in town, it seems like. But San Diego’s Cash’d Out has made it work for more than a decade, combining a repertoire that spans more than 150 songs and the authentic booming baritone of frontman Douglas Benson, whose Man in Black is quite a bit better than merely passable.


Cash’d Out was the first tribute act to be endorsed by Johnny's official website; and has likewise impressed members of the Man in Black’s extended family, like ex-Tennessee Three drummer W.S. Holland, who has sat in with them, and Cash’s former manager Lou Robin, who has called their show “like going back in time.” Drawing heavily from Cash’s Sun years and the Live at San Quentin and Live at Folsom Prison albums, Cash’d Out will amble into the Rhythm Room this weekend. Chris Gray

click to enlarge Spafford is scheduled to perform on Sunday, December 30, and Monday, December 31, at The Van Buren. - COURTESY OF BIG HASSLE
Spafford is scheduled to perform on Sunday, December 30, and Monday, December 31, at The Van Buren.
Courtesy of Big Hassle
Spafford
Sunday, December 30, and Monday, December 31
The Van Buren


Local jam-rock act Spafford have become staples of the festival circuit, complete with a community of “Spaff-nerds,” a moniker coined by die-hards who keep coming back for the group’s improvisational, electro-funk style. “It’s been a steady grind,” says keyboardist Red Johnson. “We’ve been chipping away at a common goal for many years. It’s an exciting thing, but I can’t really say it has been a huge surprise. It’s something that we all have worked really hard for, and watching it come to fruition right before our eyes is a huge deal.” Bassist Jordan Fairless adds, “At this point, we’re still in awe of how far we’ve come.”

The quartet is saying goodbye to 2018 the best way they know how: a two-night get-down at The Van Buren to bring in the New Year. Performances will take on Sunday, December 30, and Monday, December 31. General admission is $22 to $27 and VIP packages (which include tickets to both shows, a meet-and-greet and photo op with the band, the chance to attend a soundcheck listening party, signed merch, and other perks) are $149. Jason Keil


click to enlarge Morgan Page - COURTESY OF CIRCLE TALENT AGENCY
Morgan Page
Courtesy of Circle Talent Agency
Decadence Arizona 2018
Sunday, December 30, and Monday, December 31
Rawhide Event Center in Chandler


Electronic dance music will be blasting from sound systems at any number of New Year’s Eve celebrations over the next several days, including down in Chandler at Rawhide Event Center during this year’s edition of Decadence Arizona. The two-day event, which is both an EDM festival and New Year’s Eve party all in one, will feature more than three dozen DJs and producers performing, including many famous names in the mix. Chief among them is Skrillex, who will headline the first night of Decadence Arizona 2018 on Sunday, December 30. Artists such as Above & Beyond, Morgan Page, Porter Robinson, Drezo, Dr. Fresch, Fransis Derelle, GG Magree, Rezz, Skism, Trampa, Solardo, and Valentino Khan are also scheduled to perform on Sunday. Gates open at 3 p.m. Tickets are $119 to $129 per day for general admission, and $179 and up for VIP. Benjamin Leatherman
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