Phoenix New Times Presents



Wed, March 29, 2017

7:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

March means college basketball, filling out your brackets, and cheering on your teams. This year, we thought we’d get in on the fun with Phoenix Music Madness, where we asked readers to vote for the best local band in the Valley.

Sixteen local bands clashed head-to-head, ending with the Phoenix Phinal Phour. These four bands will battle it out at a free concert at Rebel Lounge on Wednesday, March 29.

Join us for a complimentary night featuring some of our favorite local bands:
Bear Ghost
The Stakes
Coobee Coo

The first 300 people to RSVP on Ticketfly and check-in at the door will receive a drink ticket good for a complimentary New Belgium Dayblazer.

Make sure to look for the Jack Daniel's crew at the show - they'll be giving away plenty of Jack Daniel's swag and just might buy you and your friends a round!

Presented by Phoenix New Times:

Phoenix Music Madness, where you can vote for the best local band in the Valley.

Sixteen local bands clash head-to-head, and the band with the most votes progresses to the next round until we get to the Phoenix Phinal Phour.

Vote in the poll below for your favorite band in each matchup. Vote early and vote often! Start an office pool!
In the last couple years, Bear Ghost have emerged as one of the top bands to catch live in the Valley. Since they released their debut EP, Your Parents Are Only Marginally Disappointed in Your Musical Taste! in 2014, they have been blowing minds at venues all over town. I only caught up to them last year, but it appears I was just in time to catch some of the most entertaining live shows around locally. An electrifying set that includes not only their originals, but also covers of classic Queen and a handful of Disney songs (that’s right, Disney songs). These shows sold me on Bear Ghost, while making their new full-length Blasterpiece one of my most anticipated albums of the year.

Bear Ghost is Ryan Abel on guitar and vocals, Andrew Heath on bass and vocals, Myke ButtonZ on drums and Thomas Knight on guitar, keyboard and vocals. Together they have created one of the most unusual indie rock sounds around, not just in Arizona—anywhere. They combine elements of prog rock, indie rock, a little bit of punk, a touch of hip hop, some electronica and mash it all together to produce a consistent sound that is wholly their own. They make music that is decidedly fun. It’s fun to listen to and fun to watch. This energy goes a long way. When they put on a show, they actually put on a show.
The Stakes have brought soul to Arizona's hip-hop scene. Their eclectic sound takes root in the precedent of live hip-hop set by The Roots, Kendrick Lamar, and Robert Glasper while building on the social consciousness of backpack rap. With a blend all their own of influences spanning jazz, funk and R&B, The Stakes provide an infectious groove sure to keep your head nodding and feet moving as it resonates through your body and soul. The Stakes have shared the stage with The Internet and Biz Markie and performed at the Viva Phoenix and Apache Lake music festivals.

"The Stakes could write songs about calculus and people would dance to it. Live and on record, the band has a powerful chemistry, creating a potent combination of rap, jazz, funk, and pop touches that sounds totally modern while also harkening back to the golden age of Native Tongues-style hip-hop.

One of the reasons the band is able to expertly weave together so many disparate styles is because of their different backgrounds. While many of The Stakes knew each other before the band came together like Voltron, they couldn’t be more different as individuals. There’s a drummer with no formal training, two rappers, and band members with formal jazz training. Which means their differences are staggering in terms of technique, musical approach, and experience level. But that’s what makes them such a versatile and flexible musical outfit. They can move seamlessly through various genres and switch up their style because they aren’t all drinking from the same well.

After releasing a tight six-song album in 2015, The Stakes are set to release a new album on May 26 at the Rebel Lounge."

- Phoenix New Times
CooBee Coo is a duo based out of Studio at the Farm in Gilbert, AZ
Jerusafunk is Phoenix’s first and only Klezploitation band! Conceived in 2010 by Chris Del Favero (guitar) and Jessie Demaree (clarinet), the ten-piece ensemble seamlessly blends traditional Klezmer with American Funk and other world music genres such as Jazz, Salsa, Mambo, Samba, Bossa Nova, Cumbia, and Afrobeat. Phoenix New Times says, “Jerusafunk is not only one of the most original bands in town, it's one of the most fun.” Jerusafunk’s will be releasing their new self-produced album, The Hierophant, June 2017 with a national tour to follow. They have been working on collaborations with local artists such as The Stakes, and are filming a new music video for their gender-bending blues mambo Jeckyl’s Heckle. Jerusafunk has also assumed the role of music directors and pit band for a live musical presentation of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth called The Goblin King’s City which will make its debut Comicon weekend in Phoenix. Since 2015, Jerusafunk has played events such as The Musical Instrument Museum Festival, Phoenix Comicon, Firefly Music Festival, and the Scottsdale Arts Festival. Jerusafunk has toured the Southwest and plays regularly at Crescent Ballroom, Valley bar and Orpheum Theater Flagstaff with bands such as Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Sunn Trio, The Lique, and Qais Essar.
Venue Information:
The Rebel Lounge
2303 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85016