March concerts in the Valley of the Sun. The good year of live music rolls on.

Hello everybody,

The end of March ended well with two great shows in the last week. The first day of the month of March will be a great start, so let’s get down to it boppers!

March 1 – The Appleseed Cast at the Rhythm Room. I had the pleasure of seeing these guys last year at the same venue supporting the release of Sagarmatha. The Appleseed Cast always puts on a good show, whether playing tracks from early in their career when they were considered by some to be an emo band to the mystical, ethereal, epic music they tend to create today. The band will be playing their third and fourth albums Low Level Owl 1&2 in their entirety during this show. This could be a mind-blowing experience.

March 4 – Mike Watt and the Missingmen at the Rhythm Room. Mike Watt put The Missingmen together back in 2006 to help him with his third punk rock opera. A real one, not the sell-out type that Green Day creates. I digress. Anyway, Watt returns to Phoenix and folks, this is an artist you absolutely have to see live! Watt has long been one of the best bassists around, going back to his days in the legendary Minutemen and my favorite band he was in, fIREHOSE. A true indie-rock warrior, please go out and support him.

March 5-7 – The 2nd International Pop Overthrow at Hollywood Alley. Tons of locals bands over three days at one of coolest venues in town, with a great game room to boot! Each day has at least eight bands on the bill, and each day is only a $10 cover. Bands that I particularly enjoy that will be playing include Kings of Last Call on Friday, Robot Tank on Saturday, and Domo and Colorstore on Sunday.

March 12 – Source Victoria, Kinch, Colorstore and Seashell Radio at Yucca Tap Room. This will be my first chance to see either Kinch or Seashell Radio. I really enjoyed Colorstore when I saw them open for We Were Promised Jetpacks, so looking forward to seeing them live again. Source Victoria? You all know how much I like this band. They have been busy recording their new disc, yet still find time to play out. Pretty impressive when you consider the band is an avocation for these guys.

March 20 – Limbeck at Hard Rock Cafe. How did I miss this show when I first posted this? Limbeck has not been playing a lot of live shows lately, so music fans here in Phoenix need to feel pretty fortunate that we get a full-band live performance! If you like very cool roots rock Americana-style, then you need to come to this show. If you like Source Victoria (and you should), you just may recognize the bass player onstage during the show. Opening the concert will be Civilia, The Other 49 and Saddles.

March 26 – J.F.A. and The Father Figures at Skrappy’s in Tucson. This will be worth the road trip folks. The Father Figures progression as a great post-punk band has been a joy to watch. Everyone should know that Jody Foster’s Army is the greatest skate-punk band of all-time. You cannot go wrong with this bill. My understanding is this show will end pretty early in the evening, so get there early or be bummed.

March 28 – Sir Paul McCartney at Jobing.com Arena. Yes my friends, the legend comes to town at the end of the month. Tickets go on sale at 10:00am Monday March 1, and this show will sell out. Guaranteed. I saw Paul McCartney headline Coachella last year and was thoroughly blown away. The concert was my #5 pick for Best Concerts of 2009. I am still pinching myself, I got to see one of the Beatles play!

As always, please let me know if I forgot anything. I will post the April edition early during the last week of March, because there are some unbelievable shows next month.

Cheers!
Frank

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