14 Bands, 2 Days, 1 Rockin’ Show

Daniel Prickett on drums at a previous Rhapsody concert at the Roadrunner. Photos by Nadine Shaalan

Think of it as Coachella in New River, with 14 bands over two days. OK, maybe a little more innocent and you might not know the bands by name, and most of the band members are kids… but that shouldn’t stop the music-loving hoards from descending on the Roadrunner Restaurant and Saloon for this high-energy outdoor rock show.

Ashley Rodgers sang lead vocals at a previous Rhapsody concert at the Roadrunner.

Each of the bands has been rehearsing for 11 weeks at Rhapsody School of Music in Anthem. Some have been together for previous performances at bars and coffee shops around North Phoenix, others are recently formed.

“The program teaches young musicians to play together in groups while encouraging artistic expression and skills like communication and teamwork,” said band leader Jonathan Nilsen.


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Mostly, the kids just rock. Songs will span the generations, from classic rock’s heyday to tunes you might’ve heard yesterday on the radio.

Rhapsody Band Concert

6–9 p.m. (or maybe 10 p.m.)
Monday, April 3 & Tuesday, April 4
Roadrunner Restaurant and Saloon
47801 N. Black Canyon Hwy. [Map]
Price: Free (food and drink for sale)
Info: 623-465-7060, www.rhapsodyschoolofmusic.com,

Partial Playlist

  • “We are the Champions” by Queen
  • “Paint it, Black” by the Rolling Stones
  • “Let Her Go” by Passenger
  • “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5
  • “My Same” by Adele
  • “We Belong” by Pat Benatar
  • “Don’t Let Me Down” by the Beatles
  • “The Greatest” by Sia
  • “Them Shoes” by Patrick Sweany
  • “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath
  • “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic
  • “Upside Down” by Jack Johnson
  • “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay
  • “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” by Poison
Marius Britt (right) played lead guitar at a previous Rhapsody concert, with band program leader Jonathan Nilsen on bass.

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Robert Roy Britt
NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels. .

Robert Roy Britt

NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels. .

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