My best friend since childhood is currently visiting me for a week. A mother of four, a farmer, a vegetarian, a surfer who loves horses and Corona. We met the first day of 7th grade when we were both 11 years old. While our lives took strikingly different paths, we still have the same junior high forever bonded relationship that we’ve always had. I took her out this week to a show at Crescent Ballroom to check out Palms and the Madera Strand. On our way to the bar she said to me “you know, Anna, this is my second time going to party at a bar.” My jaw hit the floor. I hadn’t realized but it made complete sense. While I’ve been playing music, going to bars on the regular, just doing my normal thing, she’s been living on a farm in a small California town gardening and learning how to make the best pesto. We couldn’t have taken a more different path. Now that we’re here and adults, I realize that we don’t change. The experiences alter us in ways but at the core of it, we still act like we’re 11 years old. Except this time, we can’t get grounded for smoking weed at the beach or drinking Dad’s beer. A prost to old friends and new music.
Wednesday 3.27- Cover the Crescent featuring the Surrounding Mountains, Tierra del Fuego and Jamie Wulford @ Crescent Ballroom
Every month Crescent Ballroom hosts an evening of covers. Generally speaking (not always!), cover bands are where musicians go when there is nothing left to do but try and make a bit of money. Its one of those things that the general public love but as musicians, we cringe at the thought of playing “Love Shack” to a crowd of middle aged white people in Tommy Bahama shirts while letting loose at the company outing. This is not that kind of show. This is a cover show we can be proud of. Featuring members of Yellow Minute, Ladylike, Snow Songs and Wooden Indian, super group the Surrounding Mountains will be performing songs from the Fleetwood Mac album, Tusk. Joining them will be Tierra del Fuego performing the Pogues and Jamie Wulford will cover Superdrag. I feel pretty confident that you won’t be subjected to a dude with a sad ponytail doing his best Skynrd. BONUS: All proceeds from this show go to charity.
Friday 3.29- ArizonaTunes.com Party featuring Dry River Yacht Club, Spirit Cave, Avery and more! @ Pub Rock Live
The next best thing to playing and listening to music is talking about it with like minds. Here in Phoenix, we take a great pride in the growing scene and the best way to protect that is to network with people who want exactly what you want in some form or another. In the past, Echo Cloud has hosted several local musician industry meetings that have proven to be a success. Hosted by ArizonaTunes.com, this meeting is not only a meeting but also a show. Whether you are a local musician, record store employee, super fan, blogger, photographer, label owner, studio monster or whatever part you play or want to play in the local music industry, this is an event to not be missed. The invite says casual dress is fine but cocktail attire is preferred but I say, wear a potato sack if you’d like. People who don’t take themselves too seriously are always more interesting.
Sunday 3.31- Stellacutta Album Release with Former Friends of Young Americans, Steff Koeppen & the Articles and The Hill In Mind @ Crescent Ballroom
When recording an album, the goal is to put out something you personally love and are proud of but the hope is that other people will appreciate and love your work as well. Sometimes bands go into a studio and write and record an album at the same time. Other times, the songs are prepared and there may be an overabundance enough to make a double album. While its not unseen that it can take several years to complete an album, it can take that long for an artist to put out something they deem worthy. For Stellacutta, that time frame was three years. The self titled debut album was released in January but sometimes it takes patience to plan the proper and most fitting celebration. They’ll be celebrating their release on this day with FFOYA, Steff Koeppen & the Articles and The Hill In Mind.
That’s it for this week! Looking for more shows? Be sure to check out the Echo Cloud Calendar for all you local music needs. Until next week….
Wednesday 3.27- The Tah Tahs, The Pubes, What’s Left and The Bellwethers @ The Rogue Bar
Friday 3.29- TAAGG featuring Vial of Sound, Peachcake, Zero Zero and A Life of Science @ The Sail Inn
Saturday 3.30- Songbird Saturday Concert Series featuring Where Are All the Buffalo?, Talisha and the Golden Touch, Dylan Pratt and Tobie Milford @ Songbird Coffee and Tea House