After surviving three moves, numerous lineup changes with DJs, and plenty of other trials and tribulation, the Valley's venerated hip-hop weekly The Blunt Club is still going strong after eight years of existence.
Pickster, Dumperfoo, and rest of the crew will be celebrating the Blunt Club's birthday number eight tonight at its newest home at Yucca Tap Room with a few special guests and plenty of phat beats. Its one of 10 different low-cost/no-cost events going on this weekend, the rest of which you can learn more about after the jump.
Blunt Club's 8th Anniversary at Yucca Tap Room (Thursday):
Turntablist titan Radar and DJ M2 from Power 98.3 will be special guests at this birthday edition of the Blunt Club, which will also feature a performance by Pickster One's Crusher Sound System. I've also got a gut feeling that a few unannounced guests will also be popping on by this "super special celebration" to get in a spin session, 9 p.m., free. (29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, 480-967-4777)
Ultimate Hawaiian Luau Party at Jackrabbit Lounge (Thursday):
Although Arizona is a far cry from being a seaside paradise (well, until California finally falls into the ocean), Scottsdale clubgoers can get a taste of the tropics during this special edition of Jackrabbit's Thursdays BABY! Thursdays night. A combination of "men in flowered shirts and women in grass skirts" will be in attendance and DJ Aaron Taylor will drop a mix of summer music. Patrons can also get $2 Tropical Twister shots and free lei's will be handed out. But gentlemen, please resist the urge to ask any ladies that most cliché of questions: "C'mon you wanna lei me?" 8 p.m.; $5 for guys, free for girls. (4280 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, 602-790-1892)
Benefit Show at Rusty Spoke (Friday):
"Whether you're a gonzo gravy dog, a chain gang grunt, or a bone-shaking basket case, the Rusty Spoke, a volunteer organization dedicated to bicycle advocacy in Phoenix, invites velocipedes of all types to shed their skidlids and slide out of their saddles for a one-night party pit-stop..." (Click here to read more...) 6 p.m., $5 suggested donation. (1301 Grand Ave.) -- Laura Hahnefeld
Rocky Horror Prom at Desert Storm Elite (Saturday):
Call us crazy, but didn't prom season end a few weeks ago? Even if it that's the case, that's not stopping neither the artists and musicians of The Shizz nor the frenetic freakazoids of AZ Rocky from reliving their awkward high school days in high style. The later group will be doing the "Time Warp" all night long while dressed in the kind of weird and wild duds that would make Frank N. Furter proud ("the freakier the better" states the Facebook page for the event). A "Zombie Makeup Booth," a crowning of the prom king and queen, and plenty of "foolishness and fun" are planned for the party. Dammit Janet, sounds like fun. 8 p.m., $5. (8455 N. 90th St., Scottsdale)
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Shizz Prom at Ice House Tavern (Saturday):
"The Shizz Prom is back with a whole new theme, "Hollywood Red Carpet." The night will surely feature flawless and hot local "A-listers" lit up by the probing paparazzi. An election for Prom King and Queen will commence with dance music by spinning wunderkind DJ mig50..." (Click here to read more) 8 p.m., $5-$10. (3855 E. Thomas Rd., 602-244-1179) -- Leslie Barton
Chico Chism Memorial Birthday Celebration at Rhythm Room (Saturday):
The late Chico Chism was arguably one of the most adored figures in the Arizona blues scene. Wiley and witty, the onetime drummer for Howlin' Wolf (who sadly passed away in 2007) was as renowned for his charm as he was for his skin-beating skills. Everyone loved Chico, which is why many friends and colleagues are gathering on what would've been birthday No. 83to celebrate both the man and his music. Chism's former backing band The Flamekeepers will perform along with Bill Tarsha and the Rocket 88s, Harmonica Mark, Nina Curri, George Bowman, Walkin' Cane Mark, Dave Riley, and Rhythm Room owner Bob Corritore. 7 p.m., $7. (1019 E. Indian School Rd.)
Flathead CD Release Show at Yucca Tap Room (Saturday):
"Were these Tempe-based punkabilly legends simply whisked off the planet in 2005? Visit their flatheadaz.com website and you find nothing but dead links to six-year-old newspaper stories and a heartfelt plea from the band to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. (Coldly, they overlook that tragic business in Chicago with Mrs. O'Leary's cow.) Flathead's MySpace page isn't much less zombie-like. Tellingly, there's a mention of a "much anticipated third album" slated for early '06 that never, in fact, came out." (Click here to read more...) 9 p.m., free. (29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, 480-967-4777) -- Craig Outhier
The Big Event Carryover Pool Party at Hotel Theodore (Saturday):
As I pointed out in this week's edition of Needle Exchange, The Big Event at Firebird International Raceway tomorrow night will cost anywhere from 35 to 65 smackers to attend. And while said admission is completely worth it -- especially given the number of A-List turntablists scheduled to appear -- not everyone's gonna be able to pony up the cash. The solution? Hang out at this reasonably priced swimming pool soiree at the former Mondrian. A number of DJs from the Big Event will be spinning, including Sandra Collins, Lujan, Turner & Heit, Michael James, and others. 11 a.m., $7. (7353 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale, 480-308-1100)