The Phoenix Area Alternative Music Shows


Good Monday morning to yeah!  I certainly hope you’ve managed to dodge the raindrops…or maybe you threw on your boots and went puddle splashing!  But if you didn’t dance in the rain, maybe you’d prefer dancing to the fantastic array of bands heading through town this week.

First up, on Thursday, January 31st, Roger Cline & the Peacemakers will open for Dyers Bentley at The Bird’s Nest.  6 pm.  Yes, it’s that time of year.  The golfers and their fans are taking over, descending upon TPC Scottsdale, and will be in for a treat with the entertainment this year.  And did you know the Phoenix Open is free to law enforcement officers, firefighters, and military personnel?  The Bird’s Nest is always great fun, so head on out!

Then on Friday night, February 1st, O.A.R. will take their turn rocking’ The Bird’s Nest.  6 pm.  They are another great live band, so if you’re already at the tournament, you won’t want to miss this show!

Not in the mood for that large size crowd?  Over in old town Scottsdale, Reactions with guests Radio Drive-By, The Secrets We Keep, Eclipses for Eyes, Jasper Drive and Pull the Anchors play the Martini Ranch.   Stay even later at the Ranch and catch Warsaw Poland Bros with the 2Tone Lizard Kings shaking’ the night away Martini Ranch.  Their show begins.  Ski at its finest!

But if you’re looking for an intimate show and were lucky enough to score tickets to the sold-out show, Augustan (Acoustic) with Lauren Sera will be over at The Crescent Ballroom.  Having seen Augustan years back when they played out at Ashley Home Pavilion, I’d say your ticket holders are in for a great night as well!

Saturday night, February 2nd, support your local music scene by checking out Mergence, IAMWE, The Shakers, Sara Robinson & The Midnight Special, The Wiley One, Palms, and Jared & The Mill at the TMI SXSW Showcase in Tempe at the Sail Inn.

This is another show in the series of fundraiser nights to send these talented local artists to the SXSW Showcase in Austin, TX.  They can’t do it alone and need your help, so go enjoy a night of great music for a good cause!

Of course, if you are more in a ska/reggae/punk mood, head to Scottsdale and see Mike Pinto with guests The Hourglass Cats and Mob VS Ballot Box playing at Martini Ranch.  The Hourglass Cats never disappoint and are worth the price of admission alone!

Of course, there are always more additions to the calendar throughout the week, so keep updated by watching my Facebook page for more information or checking back here to see the calendar.  Enjoy your week and remember to support your local music scene!

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