Arizona Republic's Idiotic "Best Local Band" Contest: Handicapping the 2010 Version

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Meet Chuck E. Baby... He might just be the best local musician in Phoenix. According the Arizona Republic, at least.
Longtime PHXmusic.com readers may remember the scandal surrounding the "Best Local Band" category in last year's Arizona Republic readers' choice poll.

First, the paper put together a terrible list (Asses of Evil?), then it allowed Isle of Essence to dominate the competition, so much so that the band declared themselves winners after amassing a seemingly insurmountable lead on the last day.

Isle of Essence did not win, though. Why? That's never come to light. Though the IOE guys were boisterous up until something went down with Republic editors, the band refused to talk to me about the situation after they were apparently disqualified. I tried really, really hard to get them to talk. I even dangled the prospect of a 1,200-word feature on the band, advancing a charity show they cared deeply about, and they passed. Does that mean they're definitely low-down, cheating dogs who did something awful? You be the judge.

This year's version of Arizona's Worst Imitation of The Phoenix New Times' Definitive Best Of Phoenix Issue (we're the original, we're the best, it's really no competition) promises a little less intrigue than last year. Still, there are a few interesting names on the list, including several bands you've definitely never heard of.

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Andrew Jackson Jihad, Phoenix
Basics: Awesomely confrontational folk-punks. Last album, 2009's Can't Maintain, was truly masterful.
Predicted finish: Disqualified after some granny in Gilbert calls the ombudsman to complain about lyrics like, "We didn't come here to rock, we only came to disappoint you, 'cuz deep down in your cunt, that's exactly what you wanted us to do."

Authority Zero, Mesa
Basics: Well-established, workmanlike skate-punk band that made some waves with its debut record in 2002. The success of "Over Seasons" got the band an automatic bid in this category for at least the next 37 years.
Predicted finish: Middle of the pack.

Chuck E. Baby & the All-Stars, Phoenix
Basics: This one I had to look up. Turns out Chuck E. is a an alum of the "Best Party Band for Corporate Events and Weddings Category." Their site's Press/News section features an article from our own Thomas Bond, which appears to be from his days as music editor at ye olde East Valley Tribune. That would make it at least five years old. Chances are some senior manager at the Rep saw Chuck E. at his niece's wedding and suggested the people in his department, not knowing how ridiculous this made the entire contest look to outsiders. "They're really, really good, wait 'til you hear that sax," he said. "Man, these guys are great, they remind me of the time I saw Zeppelin in '78!"
Predicted finish: Ugh. Anything above last is a slap in the face to Arizona music.

EastonAshe, Cave Creek
Basics: This is another one I had to look up. I can't prove this, but I strongly suspect these ultra-polished lite rockers (they seriously make Toad the Wet Sprocket look like Kill 'Em All era Metallica) double as a worship band at some non-dom church in their native Cave Creek. They asked their congregation to nominate them, and will ask them to keep voting.
Predicted finish: Hard to say... this is the sort of band very prone to ballot box stuffing in my experience.


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trac
trac

The NEW TIMES used to be a relevant weekly entertainment and political periodical... Now it's just a titty bar advertisement mechanism. WTF happened to this award winning magazine? It has become the "STAR" of the valley.....SO SAD THAT THEY CAN'T GET REAL WRITERS WITH SUBSTANCE ( not substance abuse) ANYMORE....

AllstarMusic
AllstarMusic

MARTIN-HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE BAND CHUCK E. BABY AND THE ALLSTARS? IT IS OBVIOUS THAT YOU HAVE NOT. OPEN YOUR MIND AND YOUR EARS. CHUCK E. BABY AND THE ALLSTARS HAVE BEEN NOMINATED AGAIN FOR "BEST LOCAL BAND" ! Their original music has been featured on MTV's Real World AND CHUCK E. BABY HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR THE 1ST TIME AS "BEST LOCAL PERFORMER". THESE ARE "AZ CENTRAL READERS CHOICE AWARDS". THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC, ONE OF THE NATIONS LEADING NEWSPAPERS. MADE THE FINALIST IN BOTH CATAGORIES! CHUCK E. BABY AND THE ALLSTARS RECENTLY PERFORMED AS THE HEADLINER FOR PHOENIX FABULOUS 4TH, IN FRONT OF 35,000 + PEOPLE.

This FUN and versatile band has been entertaining folks in Arizona forever.They have worked the local clubs, festivals, Arizona State Fair and concert scene since 1983.

Featuring: CHUCK E. BABY- Bandleader, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and 1st RATE ENTERTAINER. He is famous for engaging the audience into having fun.

CHUCK E. BABY handles the Lead Vocals, Guitar, Piano/Keyboards, and Harmonica, and sometimes, even the drums! He also performs a weekly musical comedy show around the Valley. Chuck E. Baby surrounds himself with many fantastic musicians from the valley who cover all the other instruments, and who are eager to play with this very talented bandleader—hence the name “ALLSTARS”.

Chuck E. Baby’s CD of original tunes, entitled “NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS”, is featured on several seasons of the MTV show: "The Real World". The band plays a wide variety of fun COVER music from ALL eras...From Santana to Sinatra; Aerosmith to Louis Armstrong; Beatles, Jimmy Buffett to Jimmy Hendrix, Eagles, CCR, Matchbox 20... Rock, Motown, Blues, Swing, ….the list goes on and on. Audiences are amazed at the variety of music that Chuck E. Baby can perform.

Chuck E. Baby has opened the show or shared the big stage with many headliners over the years: Chuck Berry, Cheap Trick, Dave Mason, Wall of Voodoo, Delbert Mc Clinton, Flock of Seagulls, The Fixx, Jerry Riopelle, The Gin Blossoms, and many, many others.

With his fun brand of music and entertainment, Chuck E. Baby has made an actual living playing music in the Valley for over 25 years. You can find his band playing at a variety of night spots EVERY week...

In addition to The Nightclub work, the band has an impressive list of Corporate Clients, and very successful Charity Events, including a continuing effort to raise money for the Friends of The Arizona Cancer Center. Their list of Happy Clients, along with their busy Performance Calendar can be viewed on the web at www.chuckebaby.com.

Booking information is available at the website,

Mrbaby
Mrbaby

CHUCK E. BABY TO PLAY BCS PRE-GAME CONCERT WITH 30 SECONDS TO MARS !!! Chuck E. Baby and the All-stars will be performing for the BCS National College Football Championship Pre-Game Concert and Tailgate Party to be held at University of Phoenix Stadium, on Monday, January 10th.

The Official Tailgate party and concert will feature 30 SECONDS TO MARS as the headline act. Chuck E. Baby and the Allstars will perform about an hour as the opener for the Official Party. Tickets are available for the concert and party at the usual ticket outlets.

Mrbaby
Mrbaby

LATEST PRESS RELEASE:

CHUCK E. BABY AND THE ALL-STARS HAVE BEEN NOMINATED AGAIN FOR AZ CENTRAL .COM "BEST OF ARIZONA~ 2011" .Az Central .com is the online source for The Arizona Republic, the largest and most influential newspaper in the state. Voting is underway on 2011's Readers' Choice awards for Best Of.

HERE'S THE CURRENT BIO>

RECENT HIGH PROFILE GIGS>

* 3 PIECE (TOSTITO'S FIESTA BOWL NYEVE BLOCK PARTY- HAYDEN SQUARE- DOWNTOWN TEMPE)

* 4 PIECE (OFFICIAL TAILGATE PARTY--FIESTA BOWL NEW YEARS DAY-- FEATURED PERFORMER AND ALSO OFFICIAL BCS CHAMPIONSHIP ESPN PREGAME PARTY JAN 10TH- 2011WE OPENED FOR 30 SECONDS TO MARS; BOTH OF THESE SHOWS WERE AT U OF PHX STADIUM, GLENDALE- OVER 25,000+ IN ATTENDANCE FOR BOTH GIGS!)

* 5PIECE WITH SAX AT THIS YEARS PF CHANG'S PHOENIX ROCK-N-ROLL MARATHON FINISH LINE FESTIVAL, ASU SUN ANGEL STADIUM, TEMPE) MAINSTAGE WITH VERTICLE HORIZON

* RECENTLY AT THE WIGWAM RESORT AS AN 8 PIECE BAND FOR AN EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE FUNCTION.

* 5PIECE AT THIS YEAR'S "CHOCOLATE AFFAIRE" FESTIVAL IN GLENADALE AS THE FEATURED PER FORMERS.Chuck E. Baby & The All-Stars BAND BIO…Phoenix based fun variety party band.

BIO: CHUCK E. BABY and the ALLSTARS! This FUN and versatile band has been entertaining folks in Arizona for many years! They have worked the local club, festival, Arizona State Fair, and concert scene since 1983.

Featuring: CHUCK E. BABY- Bandleader, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and DYNAMIC 1st RATE ENTERTAINER. He is famous for engaging the audience into having fun.

CHUCK E. BABY handles the Lead Vocals, Guitar, Piano/Keyboards, and Harmonica, and sometimes, even the drums! He also performs a weekly musical comedy show around the Valley. Chuck E. Baby surrounds himself with many fantastic musicians from the valley who cover all the other instruments, and who are eager to play with this very talented bandleader—hence the name “ALL-STARS”.

Chuck E. Baby’s CD of original tunes, entitled “NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS”, is featured on several seasons of the MTV show: "The Real World". The band covers a wide variety of fun music from ALL eras...From Santana to Sinatra; Aerosmith to Louis Armstrong; Beatles, Jimmy Buffett to Jimmy Hendrix, Eagles, CCR, Matchbox 20... Rock, Motown, Blues, Swing, ….the list goes on and on. Audiences are amazed at the variety of music that Chuck E. Baby can perform.

Chuck E. Baby has opened the show or shared the big stage with many headliners over the years: Foreigner, Chuck Berry, Cheap Trick, Dave Mason, Wall of Voodoo, Delbert Mc Clinton, Flock of Seagulls, REO Speedwagon, The Fixx, Jerry Riopelle, The Gin Blossoms, 30 Seconds to Mars, Vertical Horizon, and many, many others.

CHUCK E. BABY AND THE ALL-STARS HAVE BEEN NOMINATED AGAIN FOR AZ CENTRAL .COM "BEST OF ARIZONA~ 2011" .Az Central .com is the online source for The Arizona Republic, the largest and most influential newspaper in the state. Voting is underway on 2011's Readers' Choice awards for Best Of.

With his fun brand of music and entertainment, Chuck E. Baby has made an actual living playing music in the Valley for over 25 years. You can find his band playing at a variety of night spots EVERY week...In addition to The Nightclub work, the band has an impressive list of Corporate Clients, and very successful Charity Events. Their list of Happy Clients, along with their busy Performance Calendar can be viewed on the web at www.chuckebaby.com

Booking information is available at the website, or by calling CHUCK E. BABY directly at 480-262-1873

toni
toni

The NEW TIMES used to be a relevant weekly entertainment and political periodical... Now it's just a titty bar advertisement mechanism. WTF happened to this award winning magazine?

AllstarMusic
AllstarMusic

FOLLOW-UP. CHUCK E. BABY AND THE ALLSTARS  once again made the finalists ( 4 years in a row ) for Reader's Choice "Best of Arizona" for 2011.Az Central .com is the online source for The Arizona Republic, the largest and most influential newspaper in the state.

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