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What's The Buzz – Grant Ferguson rocks the Rhythm Room
The Arts Dept. – Summer Spectacular ArtWalk
Strike A Chord – Crescent Ballroom hosts Super Stereo
Half Notes – Soliloquies every Wednesday at Jackrabbit Lounge
Street Scene – Scottsdale buskers continue through May
Rock Poetry 101 – Great lines from unsung heroes
New Calendar News – Latest, greatest upcoming events


Grant Ferguson rocks the Rhythm RoomGrant Ferguson at the Rhythm Room

Arizona’s own phenomenal guitarist, Grant Ferguson, will headline The Rhythm Room on Wednesday, May 9. Hot on the heels of his excellent new CD, Decay & Devotion (Melodik Records), Ferguson’s fronting a new series of “White Room” concerts to celebrate great rock ‘n roll and feature the best of regional talent.

Wednesday’s opening act is the Mike Russell Band, hosting a CD release party for its latest, This Time. Excellent songwriting and top musicians make these guys worth a listen.

White Room is presented by Melodik Productions in conjunction with Southwest Arts & Music and The Rhythm Room. You can find The Rhythm Room at 1019 E. Indian School Road. Tickets are $10 and available at the door.

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Keep it cool at the Summer Spectacular ArtWalk

One of the Valley's most surprising events always draws hundreds to the “coolness” of the Scottsdale Arts District. The 23rd annual Summer Spectacular ArtWalk is sure to provide another great midsummer’s entertainment this year on Thurs., July 5 from 7 to 9 pm. This popular event is presented by the Scottsdale Gallery Association and Scottsdale Downtown and is sponsored in part by China Mist Iced Teas and Comerica Bank.

Summer Spectacular ArtWalk

ArtWalkers can “chill out” as they "ArtWalk the Line" along Main Street and Marshall Way where dozens of fine art galleries will be busy with artist demonstrations, exhibit openings, special receptions, wine tastings, live music, delicious samples from great restaurants, and more.

The Scottsdale Gallery Association’s new YEA! – Young & Emerging Artists program features live artist demonstrations to the beat of live jazz at the northwest corner of Main Street & Marshall Way near the famed “Jackknife” statue. Nearby, cuisine is often served up by top area restaurants who sell favorite items to help raise funds for YEA! and the nonprofit SGA’s Arts Education Fund. As always, there are many fantastic eateries nearby that make “ArtWalk’s Recommended Restaurants” list.

The Scottsdale Arts District can be found just west of Scottsdale Rd. along Main Street and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue. There’s plenty of nearby free parking, and easy access to local hotels or famed Scottsdale eateries. For more information about the 23rd annual celebration, visit or call 480-377-9366.

Come on out to the Summer Spectacular ArtWalk for one of the “coolest” events of the summer!


Crescent Ballroom hosts Super Stereo

Valley-based indie pop act Super Stereo has been on hiatus for the first half of 2012, after a dynamite debut year. Ready to dust off the live sound gear and get back on stage, they've got a big batch of new songs to share and are doing in style at Phoenix's premiere venue, The Crescent Ballroom, on Saturday June 9th with Snake!Snake!Snakes!, Factories, TABS and more!

Super Stereo at the Crescent BallroomUpon signing a deal with Fervor Records, the band released an introductory album titled This Is Futurepop. The label sent them to NYC to make a slick video for the single "Life Passed Me By," which was subsequently picked up by MTV networks and spent 24 weeks in the top ten on

As of today, their vid has seen nearly 117,000 hits on alone and regularly broadcasts in bars, clubs, bowling alleys, department stores and other retail spots across the USA.

Last year, tracks from Super Stereo's full length album appeared in many hit TV shows, including Bones(Fox), The Real L Word(Showtime), Rizzoli & Isles(TNT), Keeping Up With The Kardashians(E!), and multiple episodes of hipster favorite Parks & Recreation(NBC). So far in 2012, they've made it into several editions of Access Hollywood(NBC), Kourtney and Kim Take New York(E!), and The Set Up Squad(Logo).

Technically, the 5-piece electropop act emerged from their creative break a couple weeks ago when they opened for Vanessa Carlton and Chely Wright on the main stage at the Phoenix Pride Festival. But the upcoming June performance will mark the official 'relaunch' with an accessible nightclub show that they are offering to fans for a meager $5 entrance fee.

Joining them will be emerging national act Snake! Snake! Snakes!, who've been getting a steady buzz on college radio across the country and were recently mentioned by Paste Magazine as “a band to watch” from Phoenix. Also on the bill are Factories, who were handpicked by the New Times music editors as an ideal candidate to share a night with Super Stereo in a blog post earlier this week.

The Crescent Ballroom is located in the heart of downtown Phoenix at 308 N. Second Avenue and features a menu by renowned chefs Chris Bianco (Pizzeria Bianco) and Doug Robson (Gallo Blanco). The event, which is scheduled for Saturday June 9, is strictly 21+. Doors open at 7:30 and tickets are available online for $5.

Soliloquies every Wednesday at Jackrabbit Lounge
Soliloquies at Jackrabbit Lounge

Many of the Valley’s most intriguing up & coming singer-songwriters will be featured as part of “Soliloquies®,” created to showcase great original work being composed by standout songwriters on the Phoenix scene. Scottsdale’s Jackrabbit Lounge is the place every Wednesday night from 8 to 10pm. And there’s no cover charge!

Led by the Valley’s most infectious folk-rocker, Jeordie (daughter of famed ’60s music icon Melanie, of “Brand New Key” fame), each week’s Soliloquies provides tempting tastes of great new music being composed right here in our own little underrated corner of the music world. Jeordie kicks off each Soliloquies evening with some great tunes of her own (including cuts from her new CD Mixology), and then hosts several other guest artists.

Also featured Weds., May 2 will be Justin James, the indie recording artist from the Caribbean who is currently touring the U.S. with his excellent new CD A Beautiful Life, and playing May 9 is the bluesy Nina Curri.

Jackrabbit Lounge is located at 4280 N. Drinkwater Blvd., a block north of Indian School in Scottsdale.

More info: Soliloquies


Come the morning
I'll be far from here
slowly rising
in another sphere

Old world
goodbye 'cause I'll be
home in the sky
in the morning bye bye

Stars are crying
over my old house
but I'm still breathing
happy above the clouds

home at last
because all of the bad times are past.

– Cat Stevens, "Home in the Sky," from Buddha and the Chocolate Box (A&M)


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Every Wednesday

Soliloquies live at the Jackrabbit Lounge
4280 N. Drinkwater Blvd
8pm, FREE

Every Thursday

Scottsdale ArtWalk is every week, 7-9pm, FREE

Wednesday, May 9

Grant Ferguson & The Mike Russell Band                       
7pm at The Rhythm Room

Saturday, June 9

Super Stereo at the Crescent Ballroom           
With Snake!Snake!Snakes!, Factories & TABS
7:30pm, Tickets $5 at the door, or in advance

Thursday, July 5

Summer Spectacular ArtWalk, FREE                       
23rd Annual!
Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association
Throughout Scottsdale Arts District

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