2. Beat Swap Meet, Monarch Theatre, Phoenix
Hip-hop heads have always romanticized the magic of vinyl, which formed the beats of yesteryear, and informs the innovators of today. As part of that culture is the beat swap, a long-practiced tradition of trade, where DJs and MCs peeped each other's best finds in hopes of finding their next killer break.
In Phoenix, that tradition continues with the semi-regular Beat Swap Meet, of late held at downtown Phoenix's Monarch Theatre, and sponsored by the national record hub Discogs. Though trades and sales are the name of the game, each edition features half-hour sets throughout the six-hour event from such legends as Arizona music historian Johnny D, ensuring that the beat really never stops.