The Valley’s music scene has gone topsy-turvy for many of the previous yr due to the pandemic, and the hits carry on coming. A number of upcoming live shows have been canceled and rescheduled attributable to points associated to COVID-19 and annual occasions like this yr’s Arizona Bach Pageant are going down nearly. Right here’s a roundup masking information gadgets and different updates from across the native scene.
Mega Ran’s Memoir Launched
As we reported last month, native rapper and geek icon Raheem Jarbo (a.ok.a. Mega Ran) has been engaged on an autobiography titled Dream Grasp: A Memoir, which chronicles his rise to fame, in addition to “some key moments in my life and the way music and video video games have influenced them.” The 234-page e-book dropped final week and has already gotten rave evaluations on Amazon. It’s obtainable for buy online and in any respect native Zia Information shops. Jarbo acknowledged on Fb that he’s already bought out of his private provide. (And whilst you wait in your copy, take a look at our 2018 cover story on Jarbo’s life story.)
Arizona Bach Pageant Goes Digital
Arizona Bach Pageant, the native classical/chamber music sequence that’s celebrated the works of the famed composer each January and February since 2010, will remodel into an online-only occasion in 2021 for apparent causes. Per the festival’s website, this yr’s occasion will include three livestreamed live shows on YouTube, every that includes a chat by pageant director Craig Westendorf beforehand and a “meet the artist” session over Zoom.
It begins on Sunday, February 21, with a efficiency by Aaron David Miller, adopted by a live performance by Luteduo on Sunday, February 28. The pageant will then wrap up on Sunday, March 7, with the “Arias with Violin and Organ” live performance. Festival passes are $60, which incorporates entry to all three live shows, or $100 for the live shows and the post-show Zoom periods. Extra information could be discovered on the pageant web site.
Metalcore band We Got here As Romans
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We Got here As Romans March Gig Rescheduled
Live performance promoter Stephen Chilton (a.ok.a. Psyko Steve) has rescheduled a spring efficiency by metalcore band We Got here As Romans at The Pressroom after the Arizona Division of Well being Companies closed the venue attributable to violations of COVID-19 security protocols. The present, which was initially scheduled for March 1, will now happen someday within the fall, based on Chilton. A brand new venue hasn’t been decided but. All tickets bought for the unique date might be honored.
Marquee Theatre’s Dine-In Live shows Rescheduled … Once more
The continued surge in COVID-19 instances in Arizona has precipitated promoter Luckyman Live shows to as soon as once more reschedule its “dine-in” live performance sequence at Tempe’s Marquee Theatre for the spring and summer season. In a recent post to Facebook, the promoter introduced new dates for 5 of the reveals, which had been initially set to happen late final yr and can function patrons seated at tables within the venue’s primary room.
The live performance by comedy metallic act Metal Panther is shifting to April 1, adopted by Led Zeppelin tribute act No Quarter on April 3, and Van Halen tribute Atomic Punks on April 10. Iron Maidens, the all-female band who pay homage to the legendary metallic band, will now carry out on June 11, and a gig by former Queensrÿche singer Geoff Tate is occurring on October 4. In the event you’ve received tickets for any of the unique dates, Luckyman says they’re going to all be honored.
Members of indie rock band Ratboys.
A number of Upcoming Phoenix Live shows Canceled
Not each upcoming native present might be shifting to a brand new date on the calendar, although, as quite a lot of Valley gigs scheduled for the spring have been canceled outright by their respective promoters.
Different just lately introduced live performance cancellations embrace LP and the Vinyl at Chandler Heart for the Arts on April 2, Stephen Malkmus at Crescent Ballroom on April 17, and Symphony X at Mesa’s Membership Crimson on June 7. Refunds for all of those occasions can be found by way of your level of buy.
Alwun Home’s Erotic Poetry & Music Festivus Introduced
Famend native arts and tradition venue Alwun House goes ahead with one in all its most memorable efficiency occasions of the yr, albeit with a number of security measures. The “Erotic Poetry & Music Festivus,” which options a mixture of sights, sounds, and theatrics of the grownup selection, will happen on Saturday, February, 20, within the Alwun Home’s open-air yard house. Native artists scheduled to carry out embrace upright bassist Patrick Hershey, comic Matt Micheletti, and Phoenix poet laureate Rosemarie Dombrowski.
The occasion could have a decreased capability and seating at tables, which might be appropriately spaced and obtainable on a first-come, first-served foundation. Viewers members are additionally required to stay sitting except they’re sporting a masks or visiting the Alwun Home’s gallery or restrooms. Doorways open at 7 p.m. and the present begins at eight p.m. Tickets are $25 per seat. Extra particulars could be found here.
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