Top 4 (Mostly) Vinyl DJ Nights in Metro Phoenix
Benjamin Leatherman DJ Johnny Volume, one of the resident DJs for Valley Fever at the Yucca Tap Room
In the Valley, there is clearly no shortage of places for nightly booty-shaking to a myriad of local DJs. From Scottsdale's glam clubs bumping EDM to Phoenix's dives roaring punk and garage. If you think you don't dance, there's a night playing a tune that's sure to prove you wrong.
Yes, these days, all it takes to be a "DJ" it seems are a canny sense of pop and a deep enough iTunes library. But amongst all the tech convenience, metro Phoenix has maintained a solid crop of folks holding it down the old-fashioned way -- two turntables and a microphone ("Where It's At" if you will...sorry). Beat matchers, selectors, whatever you want to call them, the DJs on this list stick to wax, and cull from genres as diverse as country, hip-hop, electro, funk, world, blues, and whatever else they can get their hands on from years of crate-digging.
Without further ado, we present our five favorite (mostly) vinyl DJ nights.
4. Valley Fever, Yucca Tap Room, Tempe
In 2006, veteran Phoenix DJs Dana and Johnny Volume were longing for some solid country. George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard -- what old-timers would call "real" country, the outlaw stuff: rough around the edges, and finding more in common with the attitude of punk than the country found on radio stations today. Coming up empty-handed, the two decided to start something of their own.
For the past eight years, every Sunday has brought true, roots country to Tempe's Yucca Tap Room. Dana and Johnny Volume remain the residents, but over the years the duo has brought in numerous guests on the decks, along with dozens of live bands ranging from locals Flathead and Hashknife Outfit, to rising nationals like Possessed by Paul James. Expanding occasionally to such venues as Crescent Ballroom and Rips Ales & Cocktails, Valley Fever has always maintained its presence at Tempe's fabled Yucca. Through the magic of vinyl, Valley Fever is preserving the spirit of Arizona's outlaw western past.