The Deli swings by Grand Avenue Records to visit Cocoe for the first iteration of our ‘PRIME CUTS’ series. He lays it down about growing up in Southern California, moving to Phoenix, and opening the record shop on historic Grand Ave.
The ‘PRIME CUTS’ series is our dive into Arizona’s gems — small businesses, mom & pop shops, galleries, eateries, and the people who make them special.
Electricity shook us the first time we entered The Sunroom.
Was it the motley crew of fervent devotees, cast across the backyard?
Or the attention to detail which goes into their events – from the painstaking lineup curation to tailored visual accompaniments.
Maybe it’s because there are four incredibly-imaginative dudes who live there. And going on their third year in the Tempe house, they decide week-after-week, “Fuck it – let’s do some cool shit!”
We fed off that get-it-done mantra. So much, we came to them with the idea for an article. And in true Sunroom fashion…they asked if we’d be down to throw an event. Our first event. The Open House Festival.
So we sat down. We sat down some more (every Saturday for about 6-weeks, actually). And we hashed it out. Side note – there was a whole lotta drama surrounding the need for a sun shade, which we purchased from Home Depot and never ended up using. Shoutout to the Depot’s satisfying return policy.
We wanted to accomplish a few things:
Mesh music and art in a gorgeous, organic space.
Provide a platform for lesser-known Arizona acts to play amongst bonafide talent.
Bring friends and strangers together, to start conversations. Conversations which, we hope, make Arizona more badass than it already is.
Did we hit our mark? We thought we rocked the fuck out of it…but we’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
“We honestly wanted to showcase two specific genres, and provide a space for everyone to have a good time until sunrise. No other motives, just a little fun and proper music for everyone” – Stoneypie <3
And don’t forget to stay hydrated, loves. Just don’t spill on the hardware.