- Category: Things to Do in Phoenix
- Issue: Aug 2014
Los Tigres del Norte
The Latin Grammy Award-winning norteña band is known for its accordion-based polka music, indigenous to dusty northern Mexico cantinas. 8 p.m. $69-$199. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, wingilariver.com, 877-840-0457.
This tribute band to Duran Duran takes on such notable hits as “Hungry Like a Wolf,” “Save a Prayer” and “Rio.” 7:30 p.m. $12. Casino Arizona, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, casinoarizona.com, 480-850-7734.
Live & Local Fridays
This month’s performers include The Sugar Thieves, Aug. 1; Caribbean Cruisers, Aug. 8; and Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns, Aug. 15. Arrive early for $5 happy-hour drink specials and modern Mexican tacos from Distrito. F, 6 p.m.; concert at 8 p.m. $10. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble
Timothy Verville conducts the ensemble in European Vacation. 7:30 p.m., with pre-concert discussion at 7 p.m. $10-$26.50. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, azproarte.com, 623-282-AZPA.
Chicago & REO Speedwagon
The legendary rock icons join forces for a co-headlining summer tour that kicks off in Phoenix. Fans will recognize hits such as “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day,” “25 or 6 to 4,” “Saturday in the Park,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Take It on the Run” and “Ridin’ the Storm Out.” 7:30 p.m. $39.50-$126. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Backed by her fiery band, the singer/songwriter takes the stage armed with her accordion, toy piano and multilingual vocals. Vincent Z is special guest. 5:30 p.m. $18, adults; $9, children 6-16. The Arboretum at Flagstaff, 4001 S. Woody Mountain Rd., Flagstaff, flagartscouncil.org, 928-779-2300.
Goo Goo Dolls & Daughtry
The rock bands co-headline this summer tour, with Plain White T’s as special guest. 6:45 p.m. $38-$85. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
With his laid-back vocal delivery and acoustic songwriting, the singer draws inspiration from soul music, contemporary jazz and ’70s folk artists like James Taylor. Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers are special guests. 7:30 p.m. $26-$46. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
The heavy-metal trailblazers play a collection of their rock anthems, including “Hush,” “Smoke on the Water,” “Highway Star” and “Burn.” 8 p.m. $45-$125. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7777.
Eli Young Band
With three No. 1 hits, a Grammy nomination and an Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year under its belt, the four-member band has come a long way from its start in 2000 while attending North Texas State University. Hits include “Drunk Last Night,” “Crazy Girl” and “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.” 7:30 p.m. $28-$40. Pepsi Amphitheater, Coconino County Park, 2300 N. Fort Valley Rd., Flagstaff, pepsiamp.com, 866-977-6849.
The rock band shares its catalog of hits, including “Mr. Jones,” “Big Yellow Taxi,” “’Round Here,” “American Girls” and “Accidentally in Love.” Toad the Wet Sprocket is special guest. 7 p.m. $38-$65. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Fall Out Boy and Paramore share the stage, showcasing their trademark brand of fiery, hard-charging rock music. New Politics is special guest. 7 p.m. $33-$74. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
The band’s legacy of rhythm-and-blues hits includes such solid-gold chart-toppers as “And the Beat Goes On” and “Rock Steady.” Lakeside featuring Mark Wood is special guest. 8:30 p.m. $39-$59. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
August 8, 15
Catch a Rising Star
This summer concert series showcases Arizona jazz artists, ranging from high school to recent college graduates, ages 18-24, who either are based or were raised in Arizona. Performing this month are Aubrey Martin and Dalton Danks, Aug. 8; and Ross Lewicki, Aug. 15. 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. $10, adults; $5, students. The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, thenash.org, 602-795-0464.
The singer got his start on The New Mickey Mouse Club and became a teen heartthrob with the pop group ’N Sync before developing into a solo singer and budding actor. 8 p.m. $49.50-$175. Jobing.com Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
The popular dance band dials up the energy for a Latin-infused show. 8 p.m. Free. Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino, 15091 S. Komatke Lane, Laveen, wingilariver.com, 800-946-4452.
Concerts at MIM
This month’s concerts include Kneebody, Aug. 9; Dave Weckl Band, Aug. 16; and Terry Bozzio, Aug. 17. Call for times and ticket prices. Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
The Beatles legend brings his Out There tour to Phoenix, performing songs that span his career – as a solo artist, a member of Wings and, of course, as a Beatle. The set list also includes material from McCartney’s recent studio album, New. 8 p.m. $24.75-$250. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
The iconic band performs two of its albums live in their entirety – Fragile from 1971; and Close to the Edge, 1972 – followed by an encore of the rockers’ greatest hits. 7:30 p.m. $55-$250. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Adam and Friends
Adam Smith performs music from his upcoming CD, So Simple Now, and his current album, Around the Bend, as Actors Theatre continues its No Sweat Summer Series. He is joined on stage by special guests, sharing music by the likes of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor. 7 p.m. $20. Black Theatre Troupe, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix, actorstheatrephx.org, 602-888-0368.
American Idol Live!
Top 10 finalists from this season’s American Idol perform, including winner Caleb Johnson, C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf. 7:30 p.m. $39-$69. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
The legendary rock guitarist performs classic hits, such as “Show Me the Way,” “Baby, I Love Your Way” and “Do You Feel Like We Do.” 8 p.m. $75-$150. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, wingilariver.com, 877-840-0457.
The country trio is known for its pleasing harmony and string of hits, such as “My Wish,” “Bless the Broken Road,” “Fast Cars and Freedom,” “Life is a Highway” and “Prayin’ for Daylight.” Sheryl Crow and Gloriana are special guests. 7:30 p.m. $28.75-$71.25. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
House of Floyd
Featuring dramatic lighting and elaborate special effects, this tribute to Pink Floyd showcases rock classics like “Another Brick in the Wall,” “Comfortably Numb” and “Money.” 7:30 p.m. $12. Casino Arizona, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, casinoarizona.com, 480-850-7734.
The nine-time Grammy Award-winning artist returns to the Valley, performing hits such as “All of Me,” “You & I,” “Heaven” and “Ordinary People” as part of The All of Me Tour. 7:30 p.m. $45-$85. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Australian Bee Gees
Donning authentic costumes with a ’70s flair, the spot-on tribute band honors the original group with faithful renditions of hit singles, including “You Should Be Dancing,” “Night Fever” and “How Deep Is Your Love.” 8 p.m. $35-$55. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7777.
Fans of the Doobie Brothers relish in the sound, style and charisma of the original band as these tribute performers play a mashup of hit singles, including “What a Fool Believes,” “Black Water” and “Listen to the Music.” 7:30 p.m. $12. Casino Arizona, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, casinoarizona.com, 480-850-7734.
August 22-September 7
Grand Canyon Music Festival
This nationally renowned event celebrates its 31st season at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon with concerts that emphasize the broad diversity of chamber music. Highlights include performances by the Bonfiglio Group, Catalyst Quartet, BRIM, Guidonian Hand, and ETHEL. Call for times and ticket prices. Shrine of the Ages, Grand Canyon National Park, South Rim, grandcanyonmusicfest.org, 928-638-9215.
The Technicolors, The Pistoleros and Banana Gun headline Tempe Rocks! Live Local Legendary. The concert showcases currently popular talent interspersed with noteworthy bands instrumental in the history of music development in Tempe. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tempe.gov/tca, 480-350-2822.
Often billed as the world’s most boyish octogenarian, the musician touches the hearts and souls of audiences with his legendary vocals and charming stage presence. His signature tunes include “Steppin’ Out with My Baby” and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” 8 p.m. $60-$155. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
The Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winner, who incorporates authentic fashion into her shows, blends Mexican rhythms and native dialects with American folk, blues and rock. 8 p.m. $28-$58. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, wingilariver.com, 877-840-0457.
Wynonna & The Big Noise
The iconic performer – who made a daring appearance on Dancing with the Stars in 2013 – first rose to fame in the 1980s alongside her mother, Naomi, in the country music duo, The Judds, and then raced back up the charts as a solo artist. She performs her greatest hits, including “Grandpa,” “Mama He’s Crazy” and “She Is His Only Need.” 7:30 p.m. $49-$79. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Featuring innovative fiddle, mandolin and guitar work, the acoustic music trio shares its signature three-part harmony in songs such as “When You Come Back Down,” “The Fox” and “Scotch and Chocolate.” 7:30 p.m. $30-$65. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Red Rocks Music Festival
This annual festival attracts world-acclaimed musicians, performing a mix of classical, blues, tango, improvisation and rock. Call for times, ticket prices and venues in Phoenix and Sedona, redrocksmusicfestival.com, 877-733-7257.
Featuring musicians on the pedal steel guitar and fiddle, Kevin Sterner & Strait Country present this tribute to George Strait. 7 p.m. $15. Pepsi Amphitheater, Coconino County Park, 2300 N. Fort Valley Rd., Flagstaff, pepsiamp.com, 866-977-6849.
This Bon Jovi tribute band performs power anthems such as “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “Wanted Dead or Alive.” 7:30 p.m. $12. Casino Arizona, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, casinoarizona.com, 480-850-7734.
A true ambassador of Latin music and culture, the Grammy Award-winning salsa singer brings his Cambio de Piel tour to the Valley. 8 p.m. $70-$175. Jobing.com Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Blending soulful vocals with organic folk introspection and irresistible hip-hop hooks, the British singer/songwriter brings his first-ever headlining arena tour to the Valley. 8 p.m. $50. Jobing.com Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Known for his upbeat, friendly, glass-is-mostly-full lyrics, the Grammy Award-winning singer is recognized for hits such as “I’m Yours,” “I Won’t Give Up,” “The Remedy” and “Lucky.” 7:30 p.m. $29.50-$75. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.