What's on Tap for Tonight's First Friday: What Laura, Train Tracks, and More

Did you miss out on the last First Friday?

Don't be ashamed if you did, since January's edition of the monthly art walk extravaganza fell on New Years Day, which meant a lot of folks stayed at home dealing with a hangover rather than perusing pulchritudinous paintings and photographs. As a result of this scheduling snafu (not to mention some rather chilly weather), the streets of Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue were much emptier than usual.

That won't be the case at tonight's First Friday, as we're expecting downtown Phoenix galleries and venues to be packed to the rafters.

Since Lilia "Arty Girl" Menconi already briefed y'all for the onslaught of art that will be present, here's a look at some of the musical acts, bands, and DJs who will be plying their trade for your enjoyment.


Afida's Hair Culture
116 East Roosevelt Street

DJ Tony Culture will be spinning reggae, dancehall, and old-school music starting at 8 p.m. Call 602-258-4992.

Art Institute Concert Stage
Roosevelt & 7th streets

A triumvirate of PHX rock and pop bands perform at this street-side stage. Buskin Cuffs is first, followed by Captain Squeegee, and Westcott Avenue, 7 p.m.

901 North Fifth Street

Djentrification hits the turntables. 7 p.m. Call 602-237-5446.

Historic Heritage Square
113 North Sixth Street

The Shizz continues its First Friday music series, with this month's edition featuring The Whisperlights, Former Friends of Young Americans, and Emperors of Japan. 6 p.m.

821 North Third Street

Radio Phoenix presents its monthly local showcase with performances by Tugboat, Race You There, What Laura Says, and others. 7 p.m.

Just Breathe
828 North Second Street

Flautist Sherry Finzer performs at this downtown "wellness sanctuary." 7 p.m. Call 602-256-1400.

Kitchen Sink Studios
828 North 3rd Street

Folk-acoustic artist Zella Day will be featured. 7 p.m. Call 602-258-3150.

905 North Fourth Street

The DJ combo of Rhythmtank and DJ Proppa Villain will be in the mix. 8 p.m. Call 602-254-6424.

Revolver Records
918 North Second Street

Outside the store you'll find the musicians of Earthmen and Strangers, Pigeon Religion, and Cultura Libertaria doing their thing. 7 p.m. Call 602-795-4980.

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
100 West Roosevelt Street

The Grammy-winning Phoenix Chorale offers a free rehearsal session that's open to the public. 6:30 p.m. Call 602-254-7126.

UM Gallery
909 North Fifth Street

The DJs of Universatile Music will be on the wheels of steel on the porch while new art hangs in the gallery. 6 p.m.


The Chocolate Factory
1105 Grand Avenue

Garage rockers Scorpion vs. Tarantula perform, and DJ Notah spins up some vintage vinyl. 9 p.m. Call 602-920-7560.

Paisley Violin
1030 Grand Avenue

Jazz trio Crooning Avant Garde and indie folkster Anjonette will entertain and the shop and spaces of Paisley Town will also be open for business. 5 p.m. Call 602-254-7843.

1113 Grand Avenue

Indie rock artists Boys and Frogs, Eric Kasper, and others are scheduled to appear. 7 p.m. Call 602-252-7449.

Phoenix Fall Space
1023 Grand Avenue

This gallery located in the La Melgosa will host alt-rock on its outdoor patio. 6 p.m.

Renee's Grand Avenue Tavern
2448 Grand Avenue

The bar's weekly Club Night takes place with DJ T spinning at 5 p.m., followed by DJ Johnny Lowrider 8:30 p.m. Call 602-252-2770.

Shop Devious Beauty Lounge & Boutique
1229 Grand Avenue

Live music from local artists is planned. 6 p.m. Call 602-330-5794.


Bar Smith
130 East Washington Street

Electro, funk, and hip-hop music will be spun up by the DJs of Fuse Fridays. 9 p.m., $5 before midnight. Call 602-229-1265.

108 East Pierce Street

Reggae band Rasta Farmers offers some irie sounds during First Friday. 7 p.m. Call 602-267-1266.

Capitol Sports Lounge
1801 West Van Buren Street

Old-school artist JS3 presents his weekly session. Call 602-254-5110.

Hob Nob's Coffee House
149 West McDowell Road

Partake in the folk rock of Ono Grindz while enjoying Hob Nob's selection of coffee, teas, and other high-octane beverages. 7 p.m. Call 602-253-9220.

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave.

The Train Tracks' quarterfinals will take place, featuring Blaine Long with Brad Dilli, J. Longo, and The Haymarket Squares. The World Famous Rani "g" will also spin, with live accompaniment from trumpet player Shea Marshall. 6 p.m.

4343 North Seventh Avenue

Jared Alan fauxShow will present plenty of hipster dance action at fausShow Friday Nights. 9 p.m. $7 cover. Call 602-264-1700

Seamus McCaffrey's
18 West Monroe Street

After peeping paintings and pics all evening, stop by this downtown pub for a pint of Guinness and an earful of the Irish music from The Waters. 9 p.m. Call 602-253-6081.

The Turf
705 North 1st Street

Irish-rock band Galway Bridge will perform at the pub. 9 p.m. Call 602-296-5043.

Two Hippies
802 East Indian School Road

Hard rock act Hellas Mounds stops by for a First Friday show (and maybe a burger or two). 6 p.m. Call 602-265-3525.

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