Episode 2: Matt Finds Inspiration

Musician Matt Simons took a break from his European tour to spend a few days getting inspired by Phoenix's diverse arts culture. After exploring Native and local art, sampling craft cocktails from a master mixologist and examining the exquisite craftsmanship at Consanti, Matt capped off his trip with an intimate performance. Presented by Arizona Office of Tourism

Released on 2/3/2017

Credits

Director: Beau Beyerle
Director of Photography: Beau Beyerle

Transcript

00:00
(casual instrumental background music)
00:03
I'm Matt Simons.
00:05
When my band took a break from our European tour,
00:07
I decided to meet up with some friends
00:09
and spend a few days really connecting with
00:11
the culture and checking out the scene around Phoenix.
00:14
This song is called Catch and Release
00:16
and it's the title track of my most recent album,
00:19
and there's a remix of this song
00:21
that grown a lot of legs for me
00:24
and started running over in Europe.
00:26
But also Arizona picked it as the song
00:28
for their tourism campaign that they've been doin'
00:30
all over the country.
00:32
And they were nice enough to invite me out.
00:34
It's really been a blast let's Catch and Release.
00:38
♫ There's a place I go to
00:40
♫ Where no one knows me
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(upbeat music)
00:49
So hey man this street looks really vibrant and cool.
00:51
This is Grand Avenue,
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it's one of the funkiest arts districts in all of Phoenix.
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It's cool restaurants,
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really awesome locally owned galleries,
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really nice people,
01:01
it's a cool place to hang out.
01:05
[Matt] Behind it's just so much movement, so much action,
01:07
it's really pretty fantastic.
01:12
We're lucky because we have a farmer's market
01:14
every Saturday right outside our doorstep.
01:17
Because we wanted to have a place downtown Phoenix
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that we could serve very casual food, very simple
01:23
that people could come breakfast, lunch, dinner
01:25
and that it was a community gathering place.
01:28
And what better way to galvanize community than food.
01:31
[Matt] Someone told me that there's
01:32
this really interesting place where they actually pour
01:35
their own bells.
01:36
[Mary] We make somewhere
01:37
between 35 and 50,000 bells a year
01:39
in the process of fabrication the workman gets
01:42
to put unique designs on each bell.
01:45
So each bell is an original.
01:47
[Matt] I can really see the passion and the hard work
01:49
that they put in.
01:50
The sound of the bells that they make,
01:51
it's got a really interesting tone.
01:53
Just hundreds of bells hanging from the ceiling.
01:56
It was really inspiring.
01:58
Okra really reminded me of being back in New York
02:01
where I live but they certainly put a southwest
02:04
and southern spin on the standard cocktail bar.
02:10
It comes down to overall flavor
02:11
and presentation of your drink.
02:15
And this is the way to do it, finish off with a doughnut.
02:17
It's really good.
02:18
Something that's truly indicative of the southwest
02:21
is the native culture.
02:23
The Maricopas are a portion of our community
02:25
where one community with two separate and distinct tribes.
02:28
So both tribes within our community made pottery.
02:31
It's important to carry on these traditions
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and pass them on to our younger generations
02:34
because we're strengthening our as we say,
02:37
(speaks in foreign language)
02:38
Our way of life.
02:42
[Matt] The dance that I got to see was
02:45
one of the most beautiful dance performances
02:47
that I've been able to see.
02:49
It was so inspiring to watch,
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I was so lucky to be a part of it.
02:54
(upbeat band music)
02:58
So I had a little bit of extra time in the evening
03:00
to check out a local Phoenix band
03:02
at a place called Copper Blues
03:04
and they sounded really great.
03:06
It was fun to just chill and listen to some good music.
03:09
(soft music)
03:12
So I'm a big coffee drinker and I heard
03:14
that I had to go check out this place Cartel in Tempe.
03:18
It's all single origin.
03:20
A lot of them are single farm.
03:22
Very small farms.
03:23
Right now we have this coffee from a farm
03:25
owned by a lady named Maria Rosa.
03:28
She blew my mind with her coffee
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so we bought all of it.
03:31
[Matt] All of it.
03:32
Yes, yeah.
03:35
♫ Everybody got their reason
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♫ Everybody got their way
03:40
♫ We're just catchin' and releasin'
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No matter where you come from or what language you speak,
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there is something here for you at MIM.
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It's the only global musical instrument museum
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in the entire world.
03:53
We have about 6000 musical instruments and artifacts
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on display at any given time.
03:58
You don't just see musical instruments
04:00
but you experience them.
04:03
I feel like I'm leaving a better artist.
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Ready to get out there and be creative.
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♫ It gets into your body
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♫ And it flows right through your blood
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♫ We can tell each other secrets
04:15
♫ And remember how to love
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(audience claps)
04:25
Thank you.
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