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For the 29th year, it’s A Rock & Roll Christmas with Andy Olson. Join Radio Free Phoenix for a 30 hour slice of the deepest and wildest Christmas Rock & Roll in existence!


Expect to hear music from:

Jackson Browne  – U2 – Adam Sandler – Greg Lake – The Who – Pretenders – Dan Hicks – Sting – Jimi Hendrix – Smithereens – They Might Be Giants – George Thorogood – Cheech & Chong – John Mellencamp – Old 97’s – Fountains of Wayne –  Big Star – Ramones – George Harrison – Dave Edmunds – Billy Squire – All Time Low – Graham Parker –  Heart – Payolas – Cheap Trick – Crash Test Dummies – XTC – John Lennon – Waitresses –  Jethro Tull – REM – Ringo Starr – Kinks – DB’s – Paul McCartney – Bruce Springsteen – NRBQ – T Rex – Adrian Belew – Weird Al Yankovic – Squirrel Nut Zippers – Max Headroom – Ramones – Bob Rivers – Shawn Phillips – Rufus Wainwright – Slade – Elton Duck –  Leon Redbone – Tom Waits – Peter Murphy – Alice Cooper – Bobby Lloyd & The Skeletons – Mojo Nixon – Doug & The Slugs – Bruce Cockburn – Smoking Popes – Talking Meds – Andrew Gold – Keb’ Mo – Riders In The Sky – The Band – Aimee Mann & Michael Penn – Loudon Wainwright III – Smithereens – Andrew Gold – Oasis – Fab Four – The Killers – Blondie – Joan Jett – Big Star – Max Headroom – Freddy Cannon – Sex Pistols – Donovan – Shins – The Kennedys – Keith Richards – Billy Squire – Guster – Slade – The Bodeans – Payolas – Roy Wood & Wizzard – Graham Parker – Dave Matthews – Flaming Lips – Jorma Kaukonen – Blink 182 – Smashing Pumpkins  – Darts – El Vez – Jan & Dean – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – The Rooks – Jigsaw Seen – The Reducers – Cavedogs – Nick Lowe – Bobby “Boris ” Pickett  – The Geisels and much more!


This show first aired in 1988 on Phoenix radio on KSLX and also KDKB and KZON (the Zone) and then back to KSLX and now on Radio Free Phoenix! Join Us at 6pm Christmas Eve through Christmas night at 12 midnight (AZ-Mountain Time).





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North Phoenix

Get fully engulfed in the holiday spirit with Arizona’s largest holiday drive-thru light show, Illumination Symphony of Light at I17 and Jomax. Using the most advanced lighting technology in the world enables them to have the ability to be customized to sixteen million different shades of color per bulb.

The approximately 25-minute spectacular drive through Illumination will showcase beloved holiday icons and culminate at the Holiday Boulevard, a winter playland that includes an impressive walk-thru ornament, giant snowman, Santa’s village, post office to write letters to our troops, five children’s bounce-houses, interactive light attractions, a variety of delicious food
trucks, selfie-stations and other merry memory-making experiences.

Admission to the attraction is just $29.50++ per car
and access to the festive Holiday Boulevard is included with each admission.

The attraction will run nightly beginning at 6 p.m. from November 15, 2017 through January 14, 2018, and a portion of each admission will benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Illumination also plans to provide additional fundraising opportunities to several non-profit and school

Purchase advance tickets at or at the gate at a cost of $32.00++ per car.

Downtown Phoenix:

Head to the kitschy antiques district on 7th Ave between Indian School and Camelback Rd to check out Sweet Salvage, a monthly themed market.

Sweet Salvage is excited to announce November’s show, “Comfort and Joy.” Their designers will bring you over the top, incredible and whimsical holiday displays! The vintage and antique home décor boutique and warehouse holds monthly events every third Thursday-Sunday with a fresh new theme and merchandise displayed brilliantly by talented designers.

Market dates will be November 16th- 19th, 2017 at 10AM, bringing you a 4-day shopping experience to the valley!

Flowers for Food
Get your home in holiday shape with fall florals from my favorite local flowershop! Arizona Flower Market in partnership with local family owned flower farm Arango Green Growers is raising food donations for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. They will be giving away 10,000 stems of sunflowers in exchange for collecting 10,000 food items by Thanksgiving. As an effort to pay it forward any customer who donates food will receive up to two free bunches of beautiful California grown sunflowers. Each person donating five non-perishable food items will receive a five-stem bunch of sunflowers, compliments of Arizona Flower Market.

The event starts Wednesday November 15th, and runs through 6 pm Wednesday, November 22nd 2017

Mon-Fri 7:00am-6:00pm
Sat 7am-3pm
Sun 7am-12pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day
2050 S 16th Street, Suite 105 Phoenix, AZ 85034

November 17

Downtown Phoenix:

Not even Prohibition can stop the fun at DeSoto Central Market’s Speakeasy Night! The Roaring 20’s are alive again from 7pm to midnight with a live big band, a 20’s style dance lesson and FREE dancing all night! NO COVER so grab some giggle water with special vintage drink menu at the bar! The party never stops at Speakeasy Night at DeSoto Central Market!

Check out the NEW late night menu available at the DeSoto Central Market.Parking is available on the south side of the building or just south east in the lot behind the church.

915 N Central Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85004

November 18

West Valley:

Rugged Maniac powered by Men’s Health obstacle course race

This is their second Phoenix event of the year. Phoenix is the only city they visit twice per year! Entrance fee is $100 and you get to bring unlimited spectators to cheer you through the 25 + obstacles and help motivate you to the finish line! Additionally, you receive a tee, medal, photos and a stein of beer!

Picture this:  You arrive at Camelback Ranch on November 18th with a carload of your most adventurous friends.  As you step out you notice the people around you admiring your group’s coordinated “Avengers-in-bathing-suits” costumes and your on-point Hulk-green body paint. In the festival, people are already riding the mechanical bull and playing beach volleyball (Rugged Maniac is definitely more than just a mud run), but you’re more interested in the stein-hoisting contest on the main stage.  You make a note to sign up for that and the pie-eating contest after you run.   You see obstacles in the distance – mud-covered people jumping over fire, bouncing on trampolines, rocketing down a huge water slide – and your surging excitement confirms what you already knew: Today is going to be awesome!

Downtown Phoenix:

Hance Park will become a cheesy, pizza paradise from 11a.m.-5p.m. for approximately 3,500 attendees who will have access to approximately 15 pizza vendors, dessert food trucks, related food vendors, and a full, park-filled festival with lawn games, live bands, and a kid’s craft zone. Pizza makers will serve $2-$4 slices, full pies, and everything in between. Some of this year’s participants include: Saffron JAK, La Piazza Al Forno PHX, Dough Broughs Fireside, Into The Fire, Nicastro, Flying Saucer, Kono Pizza, Dough Mama, Smoothie Run, The Spot, Freak Brothers, andRoad Runnning Pizza from Tucson. Many of these vendors are private caterers with wood-fired ovens, so the Phoenix Pizza Festival is the best way to try them before booking them. Craft beer stations will be operated by Mother Bunch Brewing, O.H.S.O., Wren House, and THAT Brewery. Wine will also be available.
The Phoenix Pizza Festival has again partnered with Downtown Phoenix Inc. as a charity beneficiary. This community development group promotes the revitalization of downtown by supporting events and local businesses.

According to David Tyda, the last 2 years, the event has sold out, meaning no tickets were available at the gate. He anticipates it happening again, so they encourage everyone to go online and purchase their tickets to avoid having their pizza dreams shattered!

East Valley:

The 9th Annual Phoenix Reptile Expo is Arizona’s finest reptile expo about education, conservation and responsible pet keeping.. This exciting Expo hosts a variety of quality reptiles, books, products, services and anything reptile related for purchase. The expo is great for amateurs and hobbyists alike. From beginners to breeders and conservationists, the expo has anything and everything reptile enthusiasts ever dreamed.

Tickets can be purchased at the door the day of the show.
Adults ages 17+ $12 each
children ages 6-16 $5
children ages 5 and under are free with paid adult admission
Parking is free.
Saturday 10am-5pm,
Sunday 11am-5pm
$2 off adult admission coupon can be printed from their website or show your smartphone

November 19

Downtown Phoenix

A free, family-friendly 100% non-profit event located at SW VegFest celebrates health, environment, and animal welfare with a focus on food, retail, entertainment, education and inspiration from the SW region. Be sure to arrive hungry! There will be over 30 of my favorite local vegan friendly restaurants!

All profits from SW VegFest 2017 will go to Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization.
Breakout Sessions for festival attendees with topics including:
Raising vegan kids in a non-vegan world
Being an effective advocate
Vegans of color
Just Start Here
Why Vegan?
What about Protein?

Steele Indian School Park



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We have just started the Radio Free Phoenix 2017 Radiothon – our fundraiser to keep RFP alive and on the air.  We went on-air August 18th, 2004 and this year, 2017 our expenses have skyrocketed. The major expense was and is the royalty rates we pay to play the music. This has increased over 500% in the last 2 years. We need your help – please donated to RFP and help us keep bringing this great music RFP to you!

Please Donate HERE


* Radio Free Phoenix present great music from the entire era of Rock N Roll with musical knowledgeable DJ’s along with many great specialty features and shows like Banned Rock Roll with Andy Olson, Dan’s Garage with Dan Frank, What You Need To Know with Michael Thomas Jr,  The Grateful Deep Hour with David Gans, Zappa Universe with Tom Tuerff , Acoustic Cafe with Rob Reinhart,  Every Little Thing with Ken Michaels, The Pirate Years with Paul Peters, 80’s Kickback w Liz Boyle and many more.

* Our entire staff works on a volunteer basis, but as we are commercial free we do ask that our listeners help to cover the essentials such as server fees, music fees, office rent, etc. Our only source of income is through CD & T-Shirt sales on-site and listener donations.

* You can donate on a one time basis or with a 6 month subscription plan (such as $20, $40, $60,  $80 or $100 per month for six months). Every dollar raised goes to pay our basic operating expenses.


You can can also send your donations to Radio Free Phoenix  591 S. Fourth St Globe, AZ 85501

Help preserve one of the last GREAT underground rock radio stations in the country!

Join Radio Free Phoenix for a Music & Interview Special with Andy Robinson. Andy was a member of some great bands including Elton Duck, Invisible Zoo, Different World, The Andy Robinson Band and the Questionaires. He will be in the Phoenix area for a show at Fiddler’s Dream, Friday night, November 10th. Join RPF’s Andy Olson and Andy Robinson for a great mix of talk and music from many of Andy’s bands and also new music from his latest CD “AndyLand” available HERE

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Listen to the interview

Check out the new limited edition Radio Free Phoenix Mug! These mugs were presented to RFP staffers several years ago during Christmas, and are now available to our listeners for the first time!


This 11 ounce mug has a great psychedelic design that wraps around the cup – as created by artist, Amy Reynolds, and will add a spark of color to a black and white day!


Even Ian Hunter has one!


Pick up an RFP Mug HERE

(100% of all sales go to support Radio Free Phoenix)

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Roller Derby Championship

Date: Saturday, August 5th
Time: 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Peoria Sportsplex, 16083 N 75th Ave, Peoria, AZ

Details: This event is organized by Desert Dolls Roller Derby, Arizona’s premiere all girl roller derby league. Come out and watch the 2 teams take thee track and vie for a spot in the championship game. You don’t want to miss a minute of this fast-paced roller derby action.
Cost: $15 at the door. Kids 12 & under get in for FREE!!









Metallica – World Wired Tour

Date: Friday, August 4th
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale, AZ

Details: The World Wired Tour is a current concert tour by American heavy metal band Metallica in support of their tenth studio album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, which was released on November 18, 2016. It is also their first worldwide tour after the World Magnetic Tour six years ago.


Chevelle in Concert

Date: Tuesday, August 1st
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Marquee Theater, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe AZ

Details: Chevelle is on a U.S. headlining tour that started in spring and ends this summer. This veteran band, is an American alternative metal band formed in 1995 hailing from the Chicago suburb of Grayslake, Illinois. Chevelle’s latest album, “The North Corridor” was released last July. It is said to have a more “heavy” sound similar to the 2002, ‘Wonder What’s Next’ album.

















Phoenix Sun’s Dancers Auditions Finals

Date: Friday, August 4th
Time: Doors Open at 5:30 pm, Show starts at 7:00 pm
Location: Marquee Theater, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe AZ

Details: This is the Final auditions events to end a weeklong process that begin on July 29th. It is expected that about 28 dancers will make it to the finals, however only 16-18 dancers will be chosen. Fans attending will have the chance to vote using their smartphone. There will also be a panel of judges. The results will be announced on this night of Finals and after fans can be the first to get autographs from the new dancers. Fans who attend the final audition that night will be able to vote using their smartphone. And there will be a panel of judges. Meyer expects about 26 to 28 dancers to make it to those final auditions. But only 16 to 18 dancers will be chosen. The results will be announced that night, and attendees can be the first to get dancer autographs this season.
What is life like as a Sun’s Dancer? Their schedule includes practice twice a week for about six to eight hours. Dancers are at the venue for the team’s two games a week and attend for about seven hours. Working this schedule around work and school can be challenging but for these dancers, it is also very rewarding.


Full Moon Kayak Tour

Date: Saturday, August 5th
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Pleasant Harbor Marina 40202 N 87th Ave Peoria (A ¼ mile walk/shuttle from the public parking lot. Call 602-625-7776 for shuttle information.)

Details: Kayaks are illuminated and then depart from the marina paddling into the sunset towards Honeymoon Cove. Expect about 40 minutes of paddling while enjoying the sunset making your way to a shoreline to enjoy a campfire at the waters edge. About 30 minutes will be spent at the shoreline before heading back to the marina under the light of the full moon. Fell free to bring marshmallows, the guides will provide the sticks. Once back at the marina hang around for live music and a meal at Dillons Bayou Restaurant (separate cost for dinner).
All levels are welcome. You will need to bring a head lamp or flashlight in order to participate. Must be at least 18 years of age. Reservations are required. Arrive 30 minutes prior to departure.
Cost: Single Kayak $50, Tandem Kayak $75

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” Just So She Knows’ available where all digital music is available for purchase.







We spoke with ( Twelve Ballet formerly known as The Glider Pilots) whom together, are bringing a vibrant series of lyrically melodic music comprised of alternative and blues inspired sounds. We spoke with the Queensland, Australian, based-band about their inspirations, creative process and their debut single under their new name available where all music is streamed and available for digital and hard copy through band camp and iTunes.

The Brother-Sister duo creating some exciting new tunes (previously known as Glider Pilots Photo Courtesy of The Brother-Sister duo creating some exciting new tunes (previously known as Glider Pilots
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Formerly known as the Glider Pilots, (Check out our May Interview) Twelve Ballet‘s music has been making positive waves in the field of the independent spectrum of music earning features on numerous indie playlists such as March and May 2017’s edition of BIRP!  Listen to the full interview here to here about the story behind their debut single with their new name, “Just So She Knows” and more here!:





Listen to Twelve Ballet’s full single, ‘Just so She Knows’ here and Follow Twelve Ballet’s journey on social media at their handles!


AZ FIVE FINDSBy Arianna Taylor


Arianna Taylor

My name is Arianna and every week I am going to be your resource for events happening around Arizona as well as cool places that you just have to visit.   Each week you can look forward to events ranging from sports, music, arts to family friendly fun.  I will feature events and places across the entire state of Arizona in order to keep you exploring all that this great state has to offer.  Stay tuned each week as I strive to keep you Arizona Informed!

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Hard Rock Cafe – Battle of The Bands – WINNER SHOWCASE

Date: Friday, July 28, 2017
Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Hard Rock Cafe 3 South 2nd Street, Suite 117, Phoenix, AZ 85004

The band LANE CHANGE was the winner of the Hard Rock Cafe’s Rising Start Battle of the Bands. This event is their Winner Showcase 2 hour performance. There is expected to be lots of big surprises in addition to special guests, a Q & A opportunity and photo and memorabilia signing.

The band will also bring in a film crew to capture their rocking performance for their soon to be released DVD, “LIVE at the Hard Rock!” Come out and support the band and be a part of LANE CHANGE’s history.

(18 and Over event due to the video production, however there will be a performance for all ages the following night)


CityScape’s Urban H2Oasis

Date: Saturday, July 29, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: CityScape Phoenix 1 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

This event is brought to you by CityScape Phoenix. Central Ave and Patriot Park will be transformed into a water park. There will be water slides, the splash pad and plenty of shade. Remember, we are Arizonians so don’t forget the sunscreen and water socks.



National Dance Day Dance Party

Date: Saturday, July 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Halle Heart Children’s Museum 2929 48th St. Tempe, AZ

This event is being brought to you by EDM Body Fitness. In celebration of National Dance Day bring your entire family to this event and get on the dance-floor. Features include: Dance games, family teams and MORE! There will also be a balloon drop finale.

This event is FREE with general admission to the museum. (Children 3 and younger are free)



Date: Friday, July 28, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Arizona Science Center 600 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Listen to your favorite music – Pink Floyd, Metallica, Nirvana and more – while being dazzled by the multicolored laser light show on the Dome. Enhance your experience and come early – beer, cocktails, snacks and other refreshments will be available from our concession stand 45 minutes prior to the first show. There will be an audio visual laser show as well as a high energy laser show.


artists meet and greet


Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: FilmBar 815 N 2nd, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Each Artist Meet & Greet takes place on the last Tuesday of the month with rotating venues and is free to attend. This month the meet and greet is at the award-winning FilmBar Phoenix, and will feature stories of failure from artists and arts entrepreneurs. These unique artist gatherings are opportunities for local artists and creatives from all backgrounds and mediums to share their stories and ideas, strengthening the voice of our collectively creative community. Food and refreshment is available!