Top 5 Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend

Categories: This Weekend

Lymbyc Systym is scheduled to perform on Saturday, January 4.
The post-holiday hangover is in full effect and it's more than a little funky. We're still finishing off the last of our Christmas leftover, trashing the remainder of the decorations and festive miscellanies, and trying to get our brainpans back into a normal schedule after all these mid-week holidays and three-day work weeks.

We could use a couple of days off to readjust and hit the reset button before fully launching into the grind of 2014. And maybe check out a couple of great shows while we're at it. Like maybe any of the five (well, technically six) gigs happening this weekend in Metro Phoenix, including the return of the prodigal sons of Lymbyc Systym and a chance to rock 'n' roll all night.


Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns - Rhythm Room - Friday, January 3

Maintaining a band for two decades is no simple task, but in 2011, Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns crossed the threshold into big 2-0 territory--an especially impressive feat since the group currently includes eight people. Originating in Phoenix as a trio named Cold Shot Blues Band, the outfit specialize in a big, buoyant, bold fusion of funk, soul and blues that practically radiates good-natured sweatiness, even on the distance of a record. Cold Shott--whose official bio sells the band as "[a] gimmick-free pro performance with 'old-school' authenticity"--demonstrated exactly just how energetic they can get with the 2011's Soulutions.

That studio album contains the authoritative "Stop," the cheeky "Diggin' On James Brown" (a sincere ode to a musician who had an enormous impact on CS&THH's aesthetic), the extended pick-up line that is "Vehicle," and the psychedelic-rock-dyed "That's What Love Will Make You Do." The band's hooks and utter commitment to their form make their material especially invigorating. All this said, they are also astute enough to know when to pull back on the grins and gloss, such as when they covered the Sam Cooke classic "A Change Is Gonna Come" for 2003's If You Got The Blues... and focused on capturing the original's wistful melancholy first and foremost. -- Reyan Ali

Location Info

Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Rips Ales & Cocktails

3045 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Ovations Live! Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, AZ

Category: General

Rhythm Room

1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

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