Last Exit Live presents
The Haymarket Squares, Here Come Cowboys
The Hashknife Outfit, The SunPunchers
717 S. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85004
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
The Haymarket Squares
Blending acoustic instruments, fast tempos, rich harmonies and rabble-rousing lyrics, The Haymarket Squares have been bringing punkgrass to audiences since 2009. “They’re smart. They’re funny. They’re raging against the machine in four-part harmony,” says the Arizona Republic of the group’s incisive lyrics and boundless live energy.
That same range of styles and emotions characterizes The Haymarket Squares’ new album, “Light It Up,” due for release in February 2016. It’s a 12-song summation of the band’s musical influences and lyrical concerns, with tasty dollops of polka, gospel and Latin percussion mixed into the group’s signature punkgrass sound.
Having played more than 500 shows in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, the 5-piece band will support their new album with a busy regional touring schedule, highlighted by a main stage performance at Arizona’s largest music gathering, the McDowell Mountain Music Festival (headlined by Beck and the Avett Brothers). And as winners the 2015 Pickin’ in the Pines band competition, The Haymarket Squares will play that festival’s main stage in the fall of 2016.
In 2015, The Haymarket Squares were nominated as Best Local Band by the Phoenix New Times, who called them “Phoenix’s original protest band”, and “one of the most distinctly talented groups in town.” And in 2010, less than two years after their humble Craigslist beginnings, The Haymarket Squares won the year-long “Train Tracks” band competition in Phoenix, beating out 50 other local acts.
The Haymarket Squares have provided direct support for such national acts as The Meat Puppets, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Greensky Bluegrass, MarchFourth!, Young Dubliners, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Old Man Markley, The Brothers Comatose, The Dustbowl Revival and others.
Here Come Cowboys
When the eclectic minds, open hearts, and adventurous spirits of songwriters Bobby Bennett and Steph Griffin came together, Here Come Cowboys was born.
In 2010, Steph and Bobby took a leap, packed up their guitars and headed out of Ohio, giving a nod to fond memories and downhome people who helped mold them into who they are today. Goodbye Big Ohio. Hello Prescott, Arizona!
There is magic in the desert, and soul in the mountains. In Prescott, both exist in perfect harmony, allowing a community of creative people to breath life into the beauty that surrounds this town. For the last three years, Steph and Bobby have been creating new music and a new life in Prescott – the birthplace of Here Come Cowboys and now, their proud hometown.
Together, these two voices join to sing a sweet dialogue of tight harmonies that carry each melody, and satisfy each listening heart. A music teacher by day and a mountain-biking songwriter by night, Stephanie Griffin finds inspiration from the country singing of Loretta Lynn and Emmylou Harris. She found her own Gram when she found Bobby Bennett. Complete with a truck, dusty boots, and a pure country style, Bobby and his J-100 can pump out country tunes like it’s nobody’s business. Together, side-by-side, Steph and Bobby are Here Come Cowboys.
From a full band to a duo, HCC comes in many flavors. Most often now, they play as a tasty trio with upright bassist Zac Mendenhall who brings a boot-stomping beat and a powerful stage presence to every show. You can see the band perform in Prescott at venues such as the Raven, Coyote Joes, Celtic Crossings, and Granite Mountain Brewing Company. When journeying over the mountain, HCC plays in Jerome at the Spirit Room and in Cottonwood at various venues such as Rendezvous. HCC has toured in Colorado several times establishing a name for themselves in Fort Collins, Grand Lake, and Denver. Hopefully soon… Here Come Cowboys will be coming to a town near you!
This is Americana music - reawakened and handcrafted with stories, memories, dreams, and a lil’ sparkle and twang.
Here comes country music.
Here Come Cowboys.
The Hashknife Outfit
Home made biscuits and gravy for your ears
The SunPunchers are a true acoustic band with a unique outlaw cabaret sound featuring Henri Benard (Dry River Yacht Club, decker) on drums, Jeff Schnuck (The Shammys) on mandolin, and Betsy Ganz on acoustic guitar and lead vocals. The band is currently in the process of recording and mixing their first EP (which also features Jon Rauhouse of Neko Case) at 513 Analog Studios. Keep an eye out for this up and coming act.
$5.00 - $7.00
Tickets Available at the Door