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Arizona Riffs, click to see the full website  Summer is Coming I’ve been to the wall, not the wall to the north like in Game of Thrones, but to that war zone to the south on the “Frontera” and I can tell ya “Summer is Coming”. Get ready a horde of Snow Birds in those slow moving Winapigos are starting to move along with the migration of vagrants and the weekly refugees from the Valley of the Sun Baked. I nearly get stuck there every week as I run the gauntlet searching for the best way to extricate myself from the belly of the beast....

Arizona Riffs, click to see the full website  Escaping the Valley of the Sun Baked I’ve been working down in “Baja Arizona” the last few weeks where temperatures and temperaments are rising and the traffic is terrible but that is nothing compared to the Valley of the Sun Baked aka Maricopa County. I can see why we have so many refugees from the ‘valley’ every weekend. It’s always such a relief to get home to my valley on the Rim. Way down in Tucson some are talking of seceding from Arizona and creating a new state called...

Jazzamagetton the Bus

Jazzamagetton the Bus Let’s jazz things up a bit in Sedona with the Inaugural Sedona JazzFest and you won’t have to drive around Sedona because they have a trolley to do that for you. All weekend the Jazz Club Crawls will take you to Tlaquepaque, Red’s, Barking Frog Grille, Sound Bites Grill, Hoppy Grape Lounge, Martini Bar, and Ken’s Creekside to see jazz acts. This is a great opportunity to bring out all that great local talent like the 3 Squares Trio with David Mills, David Correa and Cascada, the Daren Burns Trio, the Counelis/Barattini/Bonner Trio, Alex Ogburn,...

So Pinch Me

Arizona Riffs, click to see the full website  So Pinch Me It’s that time of year to think green. You might have noticed that after that rain a couple weeks ago that the weeds are alive and growing inches a day. Damn I’m gonna have to weed whack again. Its also the time to celebrate that we bit of Irish in the gene pool that many of us have by wearing green or you’ll get pinched. The best place to do this is at the Old Town Center for the Arts’ St. Patrick’s Celebration with Karl Jones & Dublin Soul. But if you can’t make...

Movie Time Shuffle

Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. Movie Time Shuffle “Sometimes I feel so uninspired” like that old Traffic song or it might be the sugar blues from all that Valentine’s Day candy I ate. Maybe I just need to see a good movie to cheer me up and TaDa along comes the 20th Annual Sedona International Film Festival and I have 176 features, documentaries, shorts including animation to chose from. Big Names include Lifetime Achievement Award to Susan Sarandon, Brad Paisley, Shirley Knight, Alison Arngrim, Stefanie Powers, Mariel...

Counting the Ways

Counting the Ways   How much do I love thee, let me count the ways. Is what most guys will be saying on the way to check out counter tomorrow. I was thinking thus as I surveyed all the ways to say I love you at the grocery store. Most of which involved something flowery attached or made of something chocolate or full of carbohydrates which all turn into sugar and collect you know where on your sweety. What is this really saying?, “ I love you, now eat this and gain 5 pounds you know where? Maybe we are counting the wrong thing. Maybe we should be counting calories instead. Huh? Who...

“Dobbiehuahuas” Two Step Boogie loo‏

  “Dobbiehuahuas” Two Step Boogie loo‏ john 1:36 AM Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. “Dobbiehuahuas” Two Step Boogie loo I’ve had this Deja Vu’ feeling all week, like something went unfinished or being let down somehow. I know! it was that the Stupid Bowl was on Ground Hog Day and instead of asking about more winter they asked who was going to win the game. What a disappointment, even if you were a Sea-hawk fan you would of expected a fight and if...

Game for Best Commercial of the Year

I used to fly all the way from Brazil to watch the stupor bowl with the old man on my way to the Tucson Gem Show. Once I landed in Miami to find it full of super bowl fanatics ” Who’s playin’” I asked to the incredulous stares, “C’mon I just got off the plane from Brazil, I can tell you who won the World Cup. The Niners! Hey my team!”  they all just shook thier heads. I feel that way this year and its not cause the Niners didn’t make it. I haven’t really followed the game since before the Niners won all those super bowls.  I still watch...

FORGET YOUR PASSWORD AND HONKY TONK

FORGET YOUR PASSWORD AND HONKY TONKIt never fails. Just as you’re finally getting comfortable with the way your computer or phone is working the password update Nazis say you MUST change or nothing will work right. Never-mind that nobody has hacked you yet which means the password is just fine, they insist that you change your password to something unrememberable and update the program. This is what happened to AzRiffs last week as I was up in Alpine looking for winter. I found winter early in the morning at 18 degrees but found my password no longer worked for...

Snow Bird Rock

Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. Snow Bird Rock Several good bands coming into the valley from out of town this weekend. Fish Out of Water will be packing the house with a high energy set blending Rock, Funk, Reggae, and Hip-Hop at the Spirit Room Saturday after playing Prescott’s renowned venue, The Raven. The Porchlights have become snowbirds visiting old friends and haunts from their new home in Colorado will be at the brewery.  Buzzworthy Phoenix area bands The Haymarket Squares, “Punk Grass for the People” rabble-rousing...

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