Arts & Culture
Want to taste ancient suds? CityScape‘s first-ever Oktoberfest, set for Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23, brings a taste of the Old World, featuring Weihenstephan Brewery, the oldest brewery in Bavaria, founded in 768. That’s right, they’ve been brewing beer for 1,242 years, so they must know a thing or two about it. The festival will also welcome other breweries from around Germany to Downtown Phoenix.
Phoenix Sister Cities is responsible for creating what is sure to be an annual celebration, and the group has some solid recommendations to try:
- Spaten Oktoberfest Beer. Spaten Oktoberfest Beer, created in 1872, is the world’s first Oktoberfest beer, brewed for the greatest folk festival in the world. Every year, over and over again, countless Oktoberfest visitors share their enthusiasm for this beer. Spaten Oktoberfest Beer is amber in color. This medium-bodied beer has achieved its impeccable taste by balancing the roasted malt flavor with the perfect amount of hops. Having a rich-textured palate with an underlying sweetness true to tradition makes it an annual favorite among Germans.
- Erdinger Oktoberfest Beer. “Like all ERDINGER beers, Erdinger Oktoberfest-Weizen is also refermented in the bottle and keg — similar to the champagne method,” said Erdinger’s Brewmaster Peter Liebert. “Very few breweries still stick to this traditional, complex and expensive brewing method. It is this bottle and keg fermentation that gives Erdinger its unparalleled quality and freshness. And to protect this freshness Erdinger is never pasteurized. Festival goers can now enjoy exactly the same Erdinger Oktoberfest-Weizen as Europeans have been enjoying for decades.
- Bitburger Premium Pils. Brewers of one of Germany’s finest beers for almost 200 years, Bitburger brewery is a large German brewery founded in 1817 and ranks number three among Germany’s bestselling breweries. Bitburger Brewing Group adheres to the German Purity Law. Originally passed in 1516, this law stipulates that you can only use water, yeast, barley, hops and hop products. The company slogan is, “Bitte ein Bit.” This is literally, “Please, a Bit,” or “a Bit, please.” In the 1970s, a second slogan was introduced, “Abends Bit, morgens fit” (“Bit in the evening, fit in the morning”), implying that the consumption wouldn’t lead to a hangover.
Attending is easy. Just print out the ticket below, and we’ll see you at CityScape for Oktoberfest!Oktoberfest Ticket (688)
It’s that time again: First Friday time. Need to map out how you’re going to plan your evening? Here is a nice list of events for you.
The Trunk Space will have a little art and little musica to finish off the night. At 6 p.m., stop in to see Stephen Steinbrink and Nick Shebley’s artwork decorate the ol’ Space, but once 9:00 rolls around, that’s when the party starts. So Cow, Big Vinny & The Cattle Thieves, Andy Nutrition and the Sherms are all set to take the stage.
So Cow is a band all the way from Ireland with a very traditional kooky and indie “Trunk Space” sound. It makes you want to bob your head and get your hair all messy while dancing around. The cost is only $5, so it won’t break the bank.
If you’re looking for something a little on the mellow side but still something you don’t see every day, The Rhythm Room is where you need to be. There will be a harmonica showcase with six different artists. The show (21+), part of a three-day festival, is sold out, but is accepting names for a standby list.
The Lost Leaf, right in the center of the Roosevelt Row hullabaloo, is a little closer if you don’t want to search for a parking spot at a different venue. The bar’s First Friday lineup (21+, free) features Snow Songs, Fatigo, Vanessa Atalanta and Golden Boy.
Snow Songs is a three-piece local band with a soft, sweet vocalist with a dreamy, low-key sound. The guitar is subdued but gives the songs a stronger noise.
Fatigo is a band with a trick or two up their sleeves. With more than 10 members, their songs go from fast with mixed vocals to slow, melodic intermissions and then back to fast — expect the unexpected. Fatigo is equal parts Latin, punk, pop, Sublime-esque good times and a taste of Gogol Bordello style all mixed together in a bowl, creating quite the musical roux.
Vanessa Atalanta is not a solo artist, but a two-piece indie band that has a killer singer with amazing vocals and a smooth guitar to back it up.
So, if it’s fast, slow, indie, odd, dancy or whatever, First Friday is packed with tunes to cure that long week you had.
The Trunk Space is located at 1506 Grand Ave. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Rd. in Midtown. The Lost Leaf is located at 914 N. 5th St. in Evans Churchill (light rail at Roosevelt Station). Civic Space Park is located at 424 N. Central Ave. at ASU Downtown campus (light rail at Central Station).
“The old is new again” is the tagline of the 2010 Grand Avenue Festival, but don’t expect the same attendee experience at the second incarnation of this now annual festival. Sure, there will be the requisite funkiness of our diagonal westside highway — the examples of adaptive reuse, the fiercely local live music, the hole-in-the-wall shops, the vast array of artwork — but Grand is a year older and a year wiser, and will host a pretty slick shindig planned for Saturday, September 25. Since there is so much to see and experience throughout the entire day, activities are broken up by category for easy browsing.
PaisleyTown (at 11th Ave. behind the Paisley Violin Café)
10 a.m. to noon: Frequent Kings
Noon to 2 p.m.: Smoot Mahooty
2 to 3 p.m.: J. Miller
3 to 5 p.m.: James Cowden
5 to 7 p.m.: Plague Party
7 to 9 p.m.: Dead River Review
9 to 11 p.m.: Severe Ted
Paisley Violin Café (at 11th Ave.)
10 to 10: Jazz all day
Gallery Marsiglia (at 10th Ave.)
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Folk all day
Tilt Gallery (10th Ave. & Fillmore St.)
Noon: Rob Arpino
Phoenix Fall Space (at Taylor St.)
4 p.m.: Azul
7 p.m.: Douglas Littlefield
Bandstand at Oasis on Grand (15th Ave. & Roosevelt St.)
6 to 10 p.m.: CRISIS, Mark Nowichi, Janelle Sheppard
Deus Ex Machina (at Taylor St.)
7 p.m.: The Bliss Kickers
The Trunk Space (15th Ave. & Roosevelt St.)
8 p.m. ($7): Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Michelle Blades, Otouto, Rough Tough Dynamite
Bragg’s Pie Factory, Jordre Studio, The Lodge, The Chocolate Factory, Deux Ex Machina, Palm Reader Pottery, Phoenix Fall Space, Serendipity, Urban Floral Art, Hugo’s Art, Lazy Lab Art Studio, Barry Sparkman Studio, Icaro Studio, Moderncat Studio, Studio 8, Chris Caufield Studio, R. Booker Studio, Sentrock Arts and Studio of Melinda Bergman will all be open during the festival. Consult the map below for locations.
Grand is full of examples of historic buildings that have been converted for modern usage. This year’s ReDapt tours examines buildings centered around the three-way intersection of Grand, Roosevelt Street and 15th Avenue, including the Rodriguez Boxing Gym, the Gonzalez Heating and Cooling building, La Luz Del Mundo Church and the “Grandevelt” complex, home to Bikini Lounge, Kooky Krafts Shop, Sweets & Beats and the Trunk Space. The tours will also stop at the future home of Oasis on Grand, the upcoming reincarnation of the old Oasis Motel. Tours are $10 and are scheduled for 8, 9 and 10 a.m. starting at Rodriguez Boxing Gym. Tickets are available on grandavephoenix.com.
The bizarre fashion shows were the talk of last year’s festival, and this year there is a full day of alternative fashion exhibitions that may just top last year’s craziness.
Devious Indie Fashion Experience & Fashion in Motion at ShopDevious.com, 2 to 6 p.m.
ShopDevious.com pairs its collection of wigs and accessories with locally designed creations and makeup artists with a live, rotating fashion show that starts at 2 p.m. Stick around for live comedy and poetry and a shopping expo all afternoon.
Urban. Unique. It’s All About U. at Soul Invictus, 5 p.m.
Handcrafted jewelry and accessories in a variety of styles paired with Gallery Marsiglia’s off-the-wall style.
Untrashed Recycled Rubbish Fashion Show at Bragg’s Pie Factory, 5 p.m.
Wearable fashions made from repurposed and recycled trash displayed alongside the Trashy Art Show, also inside the main gallery in the Bragg’s Pie Factory building.
Local Boutiques Fashion Show at Bragg’s Pie Factory, 7 p.m.
The latest looks from Phoenicia Association, Butter Toast Boutique, Blueberry Deluxe and Dragonfly Boutique with tracks from DJ Kris the Fist.
Local Designers Fashion Show at Bragg’s Pie Factory, 9 p.m.
Stop in to see original fashions in a standing-room-only capacity. Wicked Wear, Arte Puro, Wiskc, MLE Jean and Sticker Club Girl will be shown to the music of DJ Jared Allen.
You’re bound to get hungry (or thirsty). There are plenty of good spots around Lower Grand.
Asadero Torro (17th Ave. at McDowell Rd.), 10 a.m. to midnight
Azteca Bakery (7th Ave. at Fillmore.), 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bikini Lounge (Grand at Roosevelt St. and 15th. Ave.), noon to 2 a.m.
Capitol Sports Bar (18th Ave. at Van Buren St.), 10 a.m. to 3 a.m.
El Mana (15th Ave. at McDowell Rd.), 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
El Norteño (7th Ave. at Roosevelt St.), 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Golden Moon (14th Ave. at Van Buren St.), 4 to 8 p.m.
La Canasta Capitolio (17th Ave. at Van Buren St.), 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mel’s Diner (Grand at 17th Ave.), 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Oaxaca Restaurant and Cantina (15th Ave. and Van Buren St.), 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Paisley Violin Café (Grand at 11th Ave.), 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Sapna Café (Grand at McKinley St.), 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Valley Pizza (13th Ave. at Roosevelt St.), 11 to 11
Getting to Grand
The Lower Grand area encompasses Grand Avenue from Van Buren Street and 7th Avenue northwest to I-10. Parking is available along Grand and its various neighborhood side streets. For those light railing, the south side of the festival is approximately seven blocks west of Central Station, and the north end of the festival is approximately 15 blocks west of Roosevelt Station. Attendees are encouraged to walk, light rail or bike to the festival, if possible. If you are curious about transit along Grand Avenue, be sure to stop in to Motley Design from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to learn about the proposed Grand Avenue Rail Project.
Do you need a cultural fix but can’t wait until First Friday next week? The Trunk Space can provide you with some entertainment this Friday.
Yes, you read that correctly: A record about our infamous sheriff. Each band wrote a song about Sheriff Joe for the record, which will be on sale that night.
The 7″ was put on eBay and proceeds were given to No More Deaths, a coalition that works to end the suffering and death of migrants. Still not intrigued in going? Hear about the lineup.
Andrew Jackson Jihad is a Phoenix-based band that has made quite the name for themselves beyond our state.
Members Sean Bonnette and Ben Gallaty have made a genre of their own with their folk-punk sound that seems to have gotten bigger since the band’s inception in 2004. They have released more than 15 CDs, EPs and splits. They’ve been featured as “one of the bands to look out for” in Alternative Press and have definitely lived up to that standard. When you hear Andrew Jackson Jihad’s lyrics, it isn’t surprising that they are appearing on an Arpaio-themed record.
Treasure Mammal is a one-man band with a crazy, funky-techno sound that meshes with the hijinks of Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show. Abe Gil’s stage outfits are as crazy as his music, with unicorn costumes and a wide range of unitards.
Father’s Day is a four-piece punk/thrash band that doesn’t take themselves too seriously. Douglas Patton, Frank Brando, Juan P. Mendoza and Andy Denver, like Andrew Jackson Jihad, have made a name for themselves by playing at the Trunk Space.
Not only will the music be something you’ve never heard before, but the show will also be something you’ve (probably) never seen before, with folk-punk, crazy techno and thrash all playing under one roof.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and is a whopping $5. The Trunk Space is located at 1506 Grand Ave.
“WE ARE PARAMORE!” Hayley Williams yelled at last night’s Honda Civic Tour stop at the Dodge Theatre. Like any of the audience needed a reminder.
The Honda Civic Tour, featuring Paramore, Tegan and Sara, New Found Glory and Kadawatha is soon coming to an end after a summer of crisscrossing the nation, but the mood was hardly tiresome in the nearly packed house.
Filling up the lobby of the Dodge were hundreds of people getting ‘Paramore’ stenciled on parts of their bodies or buying merch that came with a special red Paramore bag or a free download of Sainthood, Tegan and Sara’s most recent album.
Inside the venue was a nearly sold-out crowd anxiously waiting for the night’s biggest stars. Girls and women, tweens to middle age, filled the seats along with parents and boyfriends dragged to the show, children and some hip old people.
There was a screen covering the stage wall showing the “Honda Civic Tour: Paramore TV” with videos of the band along with music videos by Death Cab for Cutie, Led Zeppelin and TI. In an interactive twist, the crowd could text whatever they wanted onto the screen for everyone to read what was on their mind about the show.
At around 8 p.m., Tegan and Sara stepped on the stage to Animal Collective’s “My Girls.” With guitars armed and ready to play, Tegan and Sara played a 14-song set list, including “Walking with a Ghost,” “Back in Your Head,” and “Nineteen.”
Before playing “On Directing,” Tegan exclaimed that someday the song will be on the show So You Think You Can Dance.
“There’s something you for sure won’t be seeing on there: These two fools,” Tegan said as she pointed to her sister and herself.
The 10-year road veterans put on a show Phoenix has been waiting for too long. They were dancing what they call “the Canadian shuffle,” which consists of moving side to side (looking a little awkward), and having fun on stage, as well as joking with the crowd.
Tegan announced that the two sisters will be turning 30 in three days, but Sara looks as if she’s 12. Sara replied saying it’s all because of her Justin Bieber haircut.
“We going to get so rich with Justin Bieber in this band,” Tegan said. The two definitely showed that age is just a number.
Once the lights came up after Tegan and Sara, everyone was on edge, anticipating when Paramore would appear on stage. Twenty-five painful minutes later, a drape fell on the stage and screams began. If you were there, you would have felt that you were about to witness a Justin Bieber concert.
The band was slowly revealed and the crowd went even crazier when they jumped right into “Ignorance.” Williams was a ball of fire with her fire engine red hair, orange microphone and yellow shirt. She ran all over the stage, dancing, head banging and getting everyone in their seats to stand up.
Paramore was fun, energetic and explosive, and songs were sung by the crowd nearly louder than Williams. During the fourth song, Williams stopped singing and went to the edge of the stage, moving her finger side-to-side, anger in her face. Once the band was done playing, she explained to the crowd that there were people fighting in the pit.
“You’re at a Paramore show, not a Terror show,” Williams announced. “You look stupid fighting here.”
She proceeded to tell security to kick them out. Once the trash was taken out, the show went on.
They played a 16-song set list, including a cover of Loretta Lynn’s “You Ain’t Woman Enough to Take my Man” and an acoustic set with “Where the Lines Overlap” and “Misguided Ghosts.”
They exited the stage with the slow hit, “The Only Exception” and left the crowd begging for more. After a couple minutes, the band came back to play two last songs.
During their last song, “Misery Business,” Williams invited three kids on stage from the pit to sing and dance with her. She showed it doesn’t matter how big you are, you can still make someone’s night with a small gestures.