The first Friday of every month in Phoenix is called “First Friday” and it is dedicated to the arts in central Phoenix. All the art galleries, both large and small are open late and special exhibitions are announced to the public. Emerging artists can display their works and get noticed. Many cafes, bars, and other business will stay open late to cater to the crowds of people who stroll the galleries.
There is one little corner on 7th Avenue, near where I live that every first Friday supports a group of drummers who drum out a rhythmic beat that is enjoyed by young and old alike. The rhythms entice studied belly dancers as well as people who just get caught up with the music and the moment.
One special feature is the fire dancers who swing these flaming pots to the beat of the drums. It is beautiful to watch and invigorating to listen to. As I write this, my ears are still full of the cadenced and uplifting beat of the drums.