Motown on Mondays Phoenix Launches Tonight at Crescent Ballroom

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Motown Records
Stevie Wonder performs with the Funk Brothers for Motown Records.
If the sum total of your knowledge of soul, funk, and especially Motown music is limited to either Urban Outfitters' pithy vinyl selection or what you heard on the Get On Up soundtrack, you're in desperate need of enlightenment. And some of the Valley's best turntablists would love to help clue you in during the Phoenix edition of Motown on Mondays, which launches tonight at the Crescent Ballroom.

Described as a "convergence of soul music and dancing," it promises a different sort of vibe than most other DJ nights in the Valley scene, and not just because its taking place during one the slowest nights of the week.

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8 Must-See Memorial Day Weekend DJ Events in Metro Phoenix

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ultramusic.com
Lil Jon is scheduled to DJ on Friday, May 23, at Maya Day & Nightclub in Scottsdale.

If ever there were a soundtrack to Memorial Day Weekend, it'd be electronic dance music. That's because EDM will be in abundance during MDW, whether it's in the dance clubs of Scottsdale, Tempe, and Downtown Phoenix or around the pools of the nearest swanky boutique hotel.

As such, some of the Valley's more prominent dance music promoters and venues are planning some big gigs over the three-day holiday, including bringing in some famous names and living legends from the DJ world to do their thing for the dance music masses.


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The Dap-Kings to Perform Special DJ Set at Stinkweeds on Friday

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Daptone Records
The dapper musicians of the Dap-Kings.
If you're familiar with the superb discography of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, it goes without saying that the nine talented musicians backing up the golden-voiced songstress are vastly steeped in the realms of R&B, soul, and funk. Depending on whom you ask, possessing immense knowledge of various genres is one of the more important traits shared by some of the better DJs around.

And this weekend, members of the Dap-Kings will show off said expertise at Stinkweeds Record Exchange during a special DJ session on Friday, March 21.

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Legendary Hip-Hop Night Funky Cornbread Returns to Tempe on Thursday

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New Times archives
Z-Trip performing at Nita's Hideaway back in the day.
The folks behind The Blunt Club are going old school this week edition of the long-running hip-hop affair -- way old school. The turntablists inside the Yucca Tap Room will spin things all the way back to the early Aughts on Thursday, March 13, in order to recreate the vibe and swagger of bygone hip-hop event Funky Cornbread for one night only.

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