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Friday, January 4: Valley Fever Downtown Edition @ Crescent Ballroom

"On the blue side of evening / When the darkness takes control / You start looking for a reason / To take your lonesome down the road."

These forlorn lyrics, cribbed from honkytonk hitmaker Steve Earle's 1986 ditty "Down the Road," might have been rolling through the heads of DJs Johnny Volume and Dana Armstrong when they decided to amble on to downtown Phoenix and bring their popular outlaw country Valley Fever night to Crescent Ballroom, 308 North Second Avenue, on Friday, January 4, for a special appearance.

The one-off event, which has been dubbed "Valley Fever Downtown Edition", promises to be even more of a hellacious hootenanny as its regular Sunday night shift at the Yucca Tap Room because it will feature triple the amount of local roots, Americana, and y'allternative acts, including the likes of the Tony Martinez Band, Hashknife Outfit, Mario Moreno and the Ramblers, and Grave Danger frontman Kevin Daly's side project Chicken and Waffles. As always, Volume and Armstrong will spin vintage country and Western tunes on vinyl. Cowboy hats are optional. Tears start falling into beers at 8 p.m-- Benjamin Leatherman

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