Thu, December 27, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Valley Bar

Phoenix, AZ

$5 Advance / $8 Day Of Show

This event is 21 and over

Forging a new modern 80's vibe...
Music is the beautiful combination of structure and artistic expression. Singer songwriter Ben Anderson writes and performs with balance as his mantra. Anderson’s gift for strong melody, harmony, and lyrical content is consistent, even if his sound ventures into other styles of music. His bluesy, soulful voice caresses you, but the music behind the caress delivers a satisfying jolt.

Ben has released two EPs Roosevelt Row and Where the Lights Go? They are available at or

He performs around the Phoenix area, seen haunting the local popular music venues and clubs. Ben’s follow up EP is set to be out early 2017. Stay tuned!
Emerging from Phoenix, AZ, the indie rock band, New Chums, released their EP "See It For Myself" on October 6th, 2017 and it's bright, sunny California vibe is making waves in the music scene. Likened to bands like The Strokes, Neon Trees, and Jimmy Eat World, the Chums really know how to bring big guitars, catchy choruses, and sparkle to every beat. The foursome includes:
Vocals/Guitar-Seth Boyack: A California native who not only fronts the band with energy and style, Seth's the man behind the melodies that you won't be able to get out of your head for days.
Drums-Ben Hedlund: Straight outta Boston with plenty of talent and previous recording/touring experience, Ben provides the heartbeat to the music-the kind that'll leave you wanting more... and more.
Lead Guitar-Matt Lloyd: Recently coming off tour as a hired guitarist from Nashville, Matt's expertise and his creative/catchy hooks (played to perfection every time) add a new bite and excitement to the overall sound.
Bass-Cassandra Clark: A girl from Michigan who can really play bass, Cassandra rocks a solid foundation of the low end and provides that steady rhythm and vibe you can't help but dance to.

With national placement campaigns that have landed them on SiriusXM's AltNation's Advanced Placement, the National Hockey League, Journeys Shoes and much more, you can expect the Chums to ride the wave of success by hitting the road in the US and abroad.

‘New Chums are doing what they’ve always done best: hook-heavy power pop.’ –Mitch Hillman, Java Magazine, October 2017

‘Starting a song with a stutter is always a win for a power-pop record. Having the band hold off until the singer’s finished stuttering could get you bonus points. And that’s exactly how this record starts. “G-g-g-goin’ downtown,” with the band crashing in on the fourth “g.” Brilliant.’ –Ed Masley, AZ Central, September 14th, 2017.

‘The See It For Myself EP, which came out earlier this month, is as energetic as it is expansive. It drives relentless riffs over fast-paced drums and anthemic melodies, encapsulating the forever summer the band found by making Arizona home base.’-Ashley Harris, Phoenix New Times, October 25th, 2017
Lead singer / songwriter Jedidiah Foster turned 40 at the end of 2016. The Fall of 2017 marked the 20th anniversary of the very first show he ever played under the name The Bittersweet Way. He’s feeling those years, and his first new material since 2015’s “Songs We Want To Sing” reflects it.

“Presents” is the name of the latest album by The Bittersweet Way. The title of this 8 song collection can be read as multiples of something you might find under a Christmas tree, or as something being presented to you by the band. Either one is correct.

The album is a return to a heavier, rock and roll sound for the band. This includes the lyrical content of the songs - focusing on a much more personal point of view on themes of love, loss, and mortality.

The album is also the first release to feature the new lineup of the band - now featuring Ehren Stonner (Treasurefruit, Quixote), Jess Pruitt (Doctor Bones, Some Magical Animal, Young Mothers) and Jedidiah Foster.

The lead single, “Already Over” sets the thematic tone - A old analog television turns on, cued up to fatalism and ennui, loud guitars and synthesizers.

"Presents" was released on November 10, 2017 to digital outlets, as well as being released in a limited physical edition. The physical edition was released as dual sided flexi-disc vinyl packaged in a handmade zine. The zine contains lyrics, biographical notes, and written pieces by a few of Phoenix's most respected music authors.

Recommended if you like Dinosaur Jr., Morrissey, Future Islands, The Jesus And Mary Chain, and Spiritualized

The Bittersweet Way has been banned from Rockbar Inc. in Scottsdale, AZ for being "too loud". The Bittersweet Way is proud of this.
Venue Information:
Valley Bar
130 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85004