ARIZONA AMERICANA SHOWCASE

ARIZONA AMERICANA SHOWCASE

AMERICAN LONGSPURS, SOME DARK HOLLOW, HUCKLEBERRY, WHEELWRIGHT (Jared of Jared and the Mill), LOST IN THE SUN, DJ SHANE KENNEDY

Fri, April 28, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Crescent Ballroom presents an evening of the finest Americana & Roots music that PHX has to offer! DJ Shane Kennedy's MONDO TWANG all night between live acts!

Kick your boots up and grab a cold one!

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AMERICAN LONGSPURS
AMERICAN LONGSPURS
Hailing from the American southwest, American Longspurs deliver their brand of country rock from the sweltering streets of Phoenix, Arizona. Formed by childhood friends and lifelong musical partners Zachary Zimmerman and Drew Switzer, American Longspurs evoke the sounds of yesterday's outlaw country legends Waylon Jennings and Johnny Paycheck while drawing comparisons to today's Americana superstars such as Drive-By Truckers and Ryan Bingham. With Chester Carmer, Nick Pawlowski and John Churchill rounding out the band in 2014 the Longspurs hit the stage hard including an appearance at the Country Thunder music festival alongside Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Easton Corbin and more. The year was highlighted, however, by the release of their sophomore EP Palo Santo. "While many artists seem to pay lip service to respecting classic country music, that’s not always evident in their sound. Fortunately, that’s not the case with American Longspurs. Frequently plain-spoken, sometimes poetic, Palo Santo provides a soundtrack for wanderers" (Carolyn Dixon, Goodnight Hestia). Proving there is indeed no rest for the wicked, American Longspurs kicked off 2015 with the release of their latest single Whiskey Feelin' which is available now on all major online music stores and streaming applications. The boys are currently hard at work writing and recording new material for a follow-up release expected out late 2015.
SOME DARK HOLLOW
SOME DARK HOLLOW
Blending sounds from old school country, Americana, indie, bluegrass, and more, taking songwriting to a unique level where we put no boundaries or particular label on what we create. Letting the love for music and friendship fuel our passion.
HUCKLEBERRY
HUCKLEBERRY
Huckleberry is an americana band based in Tempe, Arizona. Since forming in 2011, the six-piece band have played throughout the valley and released their debut album Fine Highway January 2013.

Huckleberry mixes alt country twang, ragtime swing, jazz, Hawaiian and rock to form a sound that you can dance to, drink to, clean your room to, make out to, whatever butters your biscuit.

Often compared to the likes of Wilco, Harry Nilsson and The Flying Burrito Brothers, Huckleberry blends the new with the old to create unique desert narratives and barroom ballads.

They are going out on a west coast tour this summer and are currently writing new material for a follow up album to be recorded in the fall of 2013.
LOST IN THE SUN
LOST IN THE SUN
The idea of “Lost in the Sun” had been a conversation discussed many times by Anthony and Kelly. Anthony and Kelly had grown up together because their fathers were best friends since high school. They spent many summers together in Up North Wisconsin, and shared a great friendship and love for music. The only thing that stood in the way was that Anthony resided in Arizona and Kelly in Wisconsin.

In 2004, Kelly booked Anthony’s band Stereotyperider to play at her college, UW-Stout. It was then that Anthony introduced Kelly to Kevin (guitar player of Stereotyperider); the two grew close from their initial meeting, which led into Kelly moving to Arizona for the summer to live with Anthony and Kevin.

That summer, “Lost in the Sun” was born. (Lost in the Sun was a name that Kelly’s brother, Jim had suggested while making designs for the band and the name stuck.) The newly formed group recorded five songs that summer before Kelly’s departure back to Wisconsin.

Shortly after, Kevin left Arizona and joined Kelly in the blistery winter of Wisconsin. Thus, another chapter of Lost in the Sun began… From 2005 to 2007, Kevin and Kelly would write songs in Wisconsin and send whatever songs or ideas they had to Anthony, so he could work on them in Arizona. The three would get together twice a year, practice a few times, and perform in Arizona and in Solon Springs, Wisconsin.

In 2007, Anthony and his father, Frank, formed Frank and Beak Records. It was then that they decided it was time for Lost in the Sun to record their first full-length album. The three got together with their good friend and drummer, Dave Aiona King in the spring of 2007 and released the album “Head on Home”.

After the recording, Kevin and Kelly returned home to Wisconsin. Every so often Anthony, Kevin and Kelly would get together and play shows in and around phoenix, at Kevin and Kelly’s local bar Henrys, Kelly’s sisters’ wedding and always at their favorite Solon Springs, WI bar, The Foamy Top.

From 2007-2009, the song writing process remained the same, Kelly and Kevin writing from their basement apartment in Wisconsin and again would send them to Anthony, where he could write parts in Arizona.

In late December of 2009, after too much distance and way too much snow, Kevin and Kelly decided to move back to Arizona to give Lost in the Sun a try with Anthony.

From there, the three started to slowly play out and began writing new material in the same room, rather than miles apart. In October of 2010, after a Lost in the Sun show, long time friend and musician, Chad Martin had approached the band about adding a drummer to the mix. (The three had always been looking for a drummer but hadn’t found the right fit.)

After a few practices with Chad, the three were relieved for finding a great fit and welcomed Chad into the band. Lost in the Sun, hit the ground running and performed around town and practiced weekly. A new sound for Lost in the Sun emerged, more a rock band and less of an acoustic folk band that was more evident in the early years. This new sound was one that the foursome was happy to meet.

In the fall of 2010, one year after the band formed, the foursome began to talk about recording their second full-length album. After much discussion, Chad approached his good friend, Bryan Sandell of Operation Records about recording the bands album. Bryan was currently in the process of recording another artist, but welcomed the idea.

In late fall of 2010, Lost in the Sun started recording their new album, “So Close, Too Far” which will be released this spring on Operation Records.
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