Five Must-See Shows This Weekend
If there's ever been a weekend you don't have to scramble for musical options, this is it. You've got a quadruple threat: Country Thunder in Florence, McDowell Mountain Music Fest in Phoenix, Way Out West Fest in Tucson, and that big party in Indio called Coachella. But are you not feeling the festival vibe? We've hand-picked five non-festival shows you can hit up instead.
Suzanne Vega is scheduled to perform Friday, April 13, at the Musical Instrument Museum
Remember the '90s, when all you had to do to sell records was pen an a capella pop song about sitting in Upper West Side diner, waiting for a cup of coffee?
Who knew New York singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega, she of the smash hits "Tom's Diner" and "Luka" (that child abuse pop ditty later covered by Evan Dando), would become an unlikely trip-hop superstar, inspiring Tupac and Weird 'Al' Yankovic to imitate her brilliant blend of folk eclecticism and dance industrialism? --Chandler Levack
Way back when Dim Mak was putting out Miracle Chosuke records, Steve Aoki, Franki Chan and Jason Stewart took the slo-mo Tuesday nights at Cinespace on Hollywood Blvd., added Red Stripe and an increasingly random and intense succession of celebrity presences, and created a legacy--if not a legend. Forever known as Them Jeans, Stewart developed into an electronic producer of growing note and an extremely well-traveled DJ, as well as something of an amateur-trending-toward-pro foodie who apparently hopes to one day open a sandwich shop. New track "Voodoo" (with Annie Lunoe) is sneaking up the Beatport charts, though, so perhaps the po' boys will have to wait. -- Chris Ziegler
Dan Pochoda, the legal director for the Arizona chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, has spent the last 45 years fighting for the rights of the underrepresented both inside and outside the court room. It's a feat that deserves to be feted, which is what Pochoda's colleagues in the Arizona ACLU plan to do on Saturday, April 14, when they will honor him at the Rhythm Room. Pochoda's lengthy accomplishments and 70th birthday will be celebrated during the fundraiser. Local blues/R&B group Repeat Offenders will provide the grooves all night long as attendees celebrate, dance the evening away, and help ensure that Arizona has a strong ACLU. --Benjamin Leatherman
105 W. Main St., Mesa, AZ