Local Phoenix Music Scene
The history of the Phoenix music scene has included Alice Cooper, Stevie Nicks, The Tubes, Marty Robbins, Tanya Tucker, Michelle Branch, Dierks Bentley, Jordin Sparks, Jessi Colter, Mister Mister Meat Puppets and Phunk Junkeez. Cooper got his start in 60s Phoenix cover bands and ushered in a new mix of glam and shock to rock and roll that influenced later theatrical acts like Kiss.
The Phoenix music scene has not produced that many big names in music, but the combination of other Arizona scenes has generated some interesting history. Bands from Tempe such as Gin Blossoms have also been favorites of the Phoenix scene as have Mesa artists Young MC and Jimmy Eat World.
Phoenix Music Acts
Authority Zero * Bards of Mythville * Bella Lune * Boys and Frogs * Connor Shaw * dctanner * Geoffrey Paris * Green Lemon * Haymarket Squares * Intellect * Jordin Sparks * Laurie Laurson * Liquid Stranger * Love Me Nots * Love Suppine * Lyrical Trilogy * Michael Jon Hartman * Plutonium Nyborg * Psychostick * Raquel Aurilia * Rhythm Dragons * Sans Moi * Satchwood * Sunstorm One * Tercer Cielo * Timothy Don * Whitney Steele *
Phoenix will begin hosting a major concert festival starting in October 2017, called The Lost Lake Festival at Steele Indian School Park. It will feature both national and local acts on multiple stages over a three-day weekend. The event is organized by Superfly, which presents Outside Lands in San Francisco, which attracts over 40,000 people. This year's event is expected to have 40 acts on the bill.
Local musicians and fans are remembering photographer Tony Ziemba, who died at the age of 60 on February 27, 2017. Several artists played at his bedside during his battle with cancer. Ziemba was originally from Hudson, New York and worked as a photographer for British music magazine Dark Star. He attended several Grateful Dead shows during the 1970s and went on to become a Wall Street data architect. His website showcasing his photography is CapturedLive.us.
Phoenix is the home of many big events that showcase music, such as the Arizona State Fair, the coffee gallery Trunk Space, The Crescent Ballroom and The Lost Leaf. Each of these venues have hosted many performances, especially The Lost Leaf, where over 2,000 shows have been held since its launch in 2007. For blues and Motown lovers Char's Has the Blues is popular venue with nightly live music.
AZ Central is a website that provides information about nightlife in the Phoenix metropolitan area, mixing national and local news. The nightlife section covers local clubs, which include Maya, W, Smashboxx and El Hefe. The site covers Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe and more. It's a great website for learning about local restaurants and things to do around town.
Phoenix New Times is one of the most authoritative websites that keeps up to date with the Phoenix music scene. The site includes a concert calendar, music blog and music newsletter. Some of the local acts that have been featured on the website include The Freaks of Nature, Brian "Head" Welch, Markus Schulz and Alice Cooper.
Shows are scattered around the city as there is no central location where the local scene is based. The downtown area needs more venues for local artists if the city is to be noted for its regional talent.