If you haven’t swung by our calendar lately, or even worse, live under a pile of rocks, we here at AZ KAOS would like to let you know that the next three weeks in Arizona are jam packed with punk festivals and a lot of the legendary old guys coming through with shows. We hope you’ve saved those pennies because the avid show goer could easily drop rent catching all the good bands playing soon.
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2017 Phx Ska Punk Bowling
Oct. 13/14/15 (Tempe)
For the folks that couldn’t make it to Vegas over the summer, we have the annual Phx Ska Punk Bowling Fest. Taking place over three days this weekend, you’ll get two days of bands in Tempe at The Yucca Tap Room and Double Nickles and the last for bowling at Tempe Village Lanes with your hangover and best punk buds. Tickets are cheap and come with a swag bag if you get them ahead of time (re: NOW) but still pretty reasonable at the door.
Bands include The Generators, The Untouchables, The Antagonizers, Apathy Cycle, Los Lerpes, Skull Drug, Bowcat, Falcon A!, Reason Unknown, Rundown Roomates, C:28, We Might Be Wasted, Anti-Vision, Molotov Cockroach, Alex Squared, Jack The Cat, and more! There will even be an all ages stage for those not quite able to get into The Yucca. Check here for more info and updates.
7th Annual Havasu Zombie Pub Crawl
Oct. 13 (Lake Havasu)
If you’re stuck in Northern AZ on a Friday the 13th, why not get dressed up like a zombie and drink until you become a real zombie? If you end up crawling over to McKee’s before or after a selfie storm, you can catch a few really fucking good bands like Tv Tragedy, Apathy Cycle, Guilty By Association, and Circles in The Sky. As long as no one bites an ear off, you should be able to still hear them from the dumpster.
Sidewalk Surfer 40th Anniversary and Vintage Skateboard Swap Meet
Oct. 14 (Scottsdale)
Arizona’s first and oldest skate shop is celebrating its 40th birthday with bands, tacos, booze, skateboards, and likely tons of other cool shit! Kevin Daly, Fat Gray Cat, and Faded Things will be providing the punk you desire while poking at the tables of stuff with your free hand. This is all happening from 9am-4pm so you don’t have to miss any of the other events around town and if you haven’t died from the night before, it’s an excellent way to support not only a solid local business, but also your local skaters and maybe pick up a sweet deck.
Rude 66 Car and Music Festival
Oct. 14 (Kingman)
3 stages of bands such as Tiki Bandits, Rebel Set, Surfside IV, Franks and Deans, TV Tragedy, and tons more. You’ll have the usual fancy pants cars, pin up bombshells, pre-parties, after parties, vendors, vintage wares, kids activities, and pretty much everything you could want of a desert festival. There really is just far too much happening here to fully list, so click on the red link for more info.
Lords of Acid/ Combichrist/ Christian Death/ En Esch/ Wiccid
Oct. 14 (Mesa)
Fucked if this isn’t the most hellacious line up (made from the tears of Robert Smith). Every elder goth in the state will come crawling out of their coffins for this show. It’s basically half of the deathrock/ industrial/ goth hall of fame here. Club Red claims it to be all ages, but you probably don’t want to have your kids hanging around while getting a five star at the bar. Just a thought.
Oct. 17 (Scottsdale) & Oct. 18 (Tucson)
I don’t know about you, but when asked where the best punk bands come from, Canada is the obvious choice. They’re such nice folks, in fact, that they’re sending us their finest and most polite band, The Dayglo Abortions, who have been cranking out family-friendly hits for almost 40 years! Both Scottsdale and Tucson will have the honors of hosting the legends with a cadre of rad locals for each show, respectively. Since their kidneys aren’t getting any younger, this may be the best time to catch them live.
Oct. 19 (Bisbee)
After 40 years of touring, The Vibrators have announced that this will be their final US tour. You can read more about the ONLY and LAST Arizona show here.
The English Beat
Oct. 20 (Phoenix) & Oct. 21 (Tucson)
*Note that the Tucson show is about half the ticket price if you’re broke or hate large crowds.
Punk In Drublic Fest
Oct. 21 (Phoenix)
Fat Mike had a NOFX beer made and is making a festival out of it with his closest friends. The line up is basically a condensed Warped Tour with less skating and kids around as shown in the flyer plus Less Than Jake, Bad Cop/ Bad Cop, FoL, & Skull Drug.
PHX Zine Fest 2017
Oct. 22 (Phoenix)
Zines have become all the rage here in Phoenix, so why not support some locals and pick up some stacks of hand-bound publications complete with the blood, sweat, and tears of your neighbors?
There will be scads of zines, comics, books, merch, and many folks to chat with about nerdy things and the revolution without a screen getting in the way. You can read all about everyone involved at the PHX Zine Fest website.
666th Annual Punk Rock Halloween Bash
Oct. 27/ 28 (Tempe)
As is tradition in every city, a bunch of local bands get together to “dress as” and cover their favorite classic, and in some cases dead, punk rock heroes. It’s always a blast and someone always plays as The Misfits for some reason. Our own rendition of this phenomenon is brought to you by the always awesome Seizure Salad who is rolling out the dead bodies…. er, red carpet for all you hoodlums out there.
Over two days, you’ll find many familiar faces playing as some bands you grew up listening to, a pretty rad costume contest to win some rad prizes, some games ‘n shit, drink specials, and an opportunity to buy the limited edition event-only shirt that will make you the envy of all you meet. Oh, and it’s fucking free. Both days. Fucking free.
Oct. 28 (Phoenix)
The Legendary Sphincter has been around since 1982 and is still doing their own 35 years later. One thing is for sure, they’re the darkest of dark from a traditionally sunny place and a high SPF only goes so far. Believe it or not, vampires have traditionally been a relatively small group in Phoenix, so when these creatures of the night appeared, they joined up with the punks and weirdos to culminate the mysterious yet meticulously precise sound that is now and eternally a genre of its own. Uniquely Sphincter, if you will. Anyway, the witching hour is upon us and they’ll be joining forces with TOAD, The Brand, and Kill Command for their own Halloween celebrations.
There are even more shows and events to go check out, let alone try to make decisions about. If there isn’t something here that tickles your fancy, one of the many others may. We update the calendar a few times a week, so feel to check back for all the weird and wonderful things happening. Also stop by the AZ KAOS Facebook page if you want new show notifications on your feed or want to know when we go through the list of spooky events also coming up soon.