Psyko Steve Presents
RENEGADE STRINGBAND, THE HAYMARKET SQUARES
ONWARD, ETC., HERE COME COWBOYS
717 S. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85004
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Renegade Stringband plays Northwest Bluegrass music. The band formed in Portland, Oregon during the summer of 2010, uniting around their love of traditional music, hard-stomping acoustic songs, and bluesy vocal harmonies. When they aren't playing original numbers or interpreting the work of legends like Woody Guthrie or Ella Fitzgerald, the band covers everyone from Tom Waits to the Black Keys.
THE HAYMARKET SQUARES
PUNKGRASS FOR THE PEOPLE
Armed with tight vocal harmonies, bluegrass instruments and a heaping dose of righteous anger, The Haymarket Squares are Arizona's premier punkgrass trio.
Although they've been together for less than 2 years, Mark, Marc and John have played more than 100 shows in Arizona and the western U.S. They've developed a loyal following among punks, anarchists, hippies, activists and other thinking folks who appreciate rabble-rousing lyrics wrapped in a catchy melody.
Known for long sets and short songs, a typical Haymarket Squares show features ecstatic dancing, blindingly fast mandolin, and broad smiles. Who knew changing the world (or at least singing about it) could be so much fun?
Onward, etc. is a musical project put together by Rosco Wuestewald. Leaving the midwest at an early age, he started a journey traveling around the world which has developed into a project known as Onward, etc. The project connects musicians located throughout the country, enabling each tour and show be completely unique based on the different band members and the location of the stage. As with anything alive with electricity, permanent members have been picked up along the way. Wuestewald met violin player, KC Olsen, on an excursion in Hawaii in 2009. KC joined Rosco for a gig that evolved Onward, etc. into an unfaltering duo. Their live performances proved to be captivating as Wuestewald's voice carried out his heart wrenching lyrics accompanied by his punk rock roots and Olsen's stage jumping antics. The pair found themselves in the state of Washington and in the company of percussionist, Tom Pearson in 2011. Pearson's ability to match style with soul awakening sound of Onward, etc. earned him a permanent position and retired Wuestewald's suitcase percussion. The Onward, etc. project has been successful as the trio has acquired components and companions in Alaska, the Dakotas, Montana, Minnesota, New York City, Los Angeles, Oregon, and Hawaii. They have played with a dream-come-true list of bands featuring: Larry and His Flask, Skinny Lister, Lucero, Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, The Goddamn Gallows, Reverend Horton Heat, and many more. They have been a part of Coachella and played Vans Warped Tour, SE Alaskan State Fair, and venues both intimate and rowdy throughout the U.S. This caught the eye of DC Jam Records who signed them in 2013. Onward, etc. lives by their name as they forge onward making a new album with DC Jam Records and Derek Obrien, gearing them up for another U.S. tour.
"it is hard to grasp how a body in constant motion can be a unifying force. These guys are an example of such a force. Spinning through the world, half musicians, half tornadoes, they carry with them a uniquely contagious will to live. Not in the sense of staying alive - far from it - but rather in living each day fearlessly, creatively, spontaneously and generously. I was fortunate enough to spend two weeks on the road with them this year, and continue to find inspiration in their music."
HERE COME COWBOYS
Here comes country music - 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.
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