Five Phoenix Music News Tracks You May Have Missed
There’s so much going on in the Phoenix music scene that it can be hard to keep up with it all. Concerts are announced or postponed, bands announce new music coming up, or sometimes the news is more important, like a beloved downtown venue changing its name.
Here are some recent events we think you should know about.
Puscifer added two shows in Arizona
Puscifer, the musical project of Maynard James Keenan, has extended its Existential Reckoning tour, including two new dates in Arizona. Puscifer will perform at Linda Ronstadt Music Hall in Tucson on Thursday, October 20 and Tuesday, November 22 at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center in Prescott. Night Club, a dark electronic music duo based in Los Angeles, will open on both dates. Tickets went on sale last week; the Prescott show is sold out, but tickets start at $47 for the Tucson show. Visit the LiveNation website for tickets and additional information.
Max Cavalera releases updated autobiography
Max Cavalera, resident of Phoenix, of Sepultura and Soulfly, is out My Bloody Roots: From Sepultura to Soulfly and Beyond: The Autobiography in 2013. A lot has happened since then, which is why Cavalera (along with co-writer Joel McIver) will launch an updated version on Tuesday, July 26. The new edition, published by Jawbone Press, continues to trace Max’s career to the present day, covering the formation of his new band Go Ahead And Die as well as supergroup Killer Be Killed. It also includes a foreword by Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and a new afterword by Lamb of God lead singer Randy Blythe. The cost is $24.95. Go to the Jawbone Press website order.
Arizona’s Federal Theater has a new name
Last week, the Arizona Federal Theater, the performance venue located at 400 West Washington Street in downtown Phoenix, announced its new name: Arizona Financial Theater. The change comes because naming sponsor Arizona Federal Credit Union changed its own name earlier this year after its members voted to approve a charter change, transforming the financial institution from a chartered credit union. federal to a state charter. Since its name is now Arizona Financial Credit Union, so is its namesake theater. The Arizona Financial Theater opened in 2002, making it its fourth name in two decades. It opened as the Dodge Theater, became Comerica Theater in 2010, and then Arizona Federal Theater in 2019.
Here are the dates for Goldrush 2022
Goldrush, one of Phoenix’s premier EDM events, is back for 2022 with a new vibe and location. Goldrush: Neon Dreams will be held Friday-Sunday, October 7-9, at Phoenix Raceway, 7602 Jimmie Johnson Drive, Avondale. Produced by Relentless Beats, Universatile Music and Global Dance, the festival will “build beyond past, kitschy, wild, western incarnations of Goldrush, creating a neon utopia” with amenities such as a silent disco and roller disco. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 22 and start at $199 plus fees. Visit Goldrush website for all the details.
Phoenix is hosting a new music festival this fall
The Phoenix Metro Music Festival schedule just got a little busier. The inaugural Hearts on Fire festival, co-presented by local promoters Relentless Beats and Pskyo Steve Presents, will take place on Friday, September 23 at Phoenix Raceway, 7602 Jimmie Johnson Drive, Avondale. The All-American Rejects headline the festival, which will be an “emo-infused pool of nostalgia,” according to the press release. Supporting acts include Boys Like Girls, Mayday Parade, Set It Off and Cray. The festival is open to all ages. Tickets are now on sale. General admission is $55 plus fees, or you can purchase a four-ticket pack which is $41.25 per person plus fees. Premium table service is available, with unobstructed stage views, exclusive amenities, faster check-in, and private bottle service (all table service members must be 21 or older). See the Relentless Beats website for information and tickets.