Phoenix residents can show their support of local businesses—and hobnob with local bands—during two special events slated this month to promote a “local” focus.

First up is The Phoenix Independents Bowl, set for 12 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at independently owned Let It Roll Bowl, 8925 N. 12th St. Dozens of teams comprised of Phoenix’s best independent bands, independent businesses, and independent-minded citizens will compete in a bowling tournament featuring live musical performances.

The tournament will feature teams of four comprised of members of local bands, music venues, local businesses and local fans competing for fame and glory. Each team will bowl no less than two games before advancing to a play-off bracket to find a winner. Cost is $20 per bowler and includes shoe rental and bowling. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The proceeds of the event will benefit Local First Arizona. “We love the vibe at Indie Bowl. Not only is it fun, but it’s a great coming-together of what Arizona should be proud of—our community of talented musicians, unique business owners, and the people that support them,” says Helene Tack of Local First Arizona.

The Phoenix Independents Bowl is brought to you by Psyko Steve Presents and Local First Arizona. Visit for more information and registration.

In recognition of National Independents Week, Local First Arizona will honor locally owned and independent businesses across the state from June 29 through July 6.

The nationwide Independents Week campaign, coordinated by the American Independent Business Alliance and known as “Indie Week,” takes place during the week of Independence Day with the purpose of enlightening consumers to the importance of supporting local businesses.

Golden Ticket 2011“Independence Day is a time for us to reflect on what makes our state and country great,” says Kimber Lanning, director of Local First Arizona. “Arizona’s independent business community is the backbone of our local economy and the driving force behind what makes us proud to call Arizona home. Independents Week is our way of drawing attention to the important role independent businesses play in our daily lives.”

This year’s Independents Week will feature the return of the Golden Coupon, featuring a 20-percent off savings from hundreds of locally owned establishments including auto repairs, home furnishing stores, boutiques, florists, restaurants, yoga studios, nurseries, and more.

There also will be an online contest with great prizes, fun events with local businesses across the state, a pub crawl, and more.

For more information and to download a copy of the Golden Ticket, visit


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