Phoenix Independents Bowl to Return in June

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Maria Vassett
A scene from the Phoenix Independents Bowl in 2010.
Musicians of Phoenix, start limbering up your wrists and get practicing. Not at bettering your strumming or drumming abilities, but rather your skills at tossing strikes and spares. That's because the Phoenix Independents Bowl is back after a three-year absence.

Local concert promoter "Psyko" Steve Chilton announced earlier this week that the charity bowling tournament -- which has featured a number of Valley musicians and bands participating along with folks from local independently owned bars, venues, and businesses -- will return in June.

A collaboration between Chilton and Local First Arizona, the event was staged annually from 2008 until 2010 before going on an extended hiatus in 2011 due to other responsibilities the concert promoter (who works for Stateside Present in addition to putting on his own shows) had at the time. Namely, helping to open the Crescent Ballroom.

"It's funny, I never intended it to disappear, but when the fourth one would've been was right around the time we were opening Crescent and everything was kind of hectic and it was sort of like one project too many to think about," Chilton says. "And now it made more sense to do it again, since its something I've wanted to do."

The afternoon-long tournament (which is geared toward "independent minded citizens") will take place on Sunday, June 22, and feature teams of four people each hitting up the lanes at the locally owned Let It Roll Bowl in North Phoenix for trophies and bragging rights.

As we mentioned, a chunk of the participants involved at past editions of the event have been local musicians and artists (including such current and former acts as Treasure MammaL, Kinch, What Laura Says, and The Surfside IV), as well as teams from the Rogue Bar, Stinkweeds, and Flying Blanket Studios.

Maria Vassett
Abe Gill of Treasure, bowls at the Phoenix Independents Bowl in 2010.

DJs like Anthony "Hartbreaks" Hart and local bands will also perform at Let It Roll during the tournament.

However, Chilton says, the Independents Bowl is by no means a strictly musician-oriented event as groups like Arizona Roller Derby and even Desert Living Today have fronted teams. (Full disclosure: New Times has also participated in 2008 and 2009.)

"The goal is bringing lots of bands and venues and people together that might not know each to`her, but anyone can participate," he says. "Most of the promotion is geared towards bands and musicians but it's not exclusively that at all."

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I would not go to this place if my life depended on it.  Great philanthropic thing but horrible neighborhood.  We just had a murder here.

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