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Free Outdoor Concerts this Fall

Written by Marilyn Hawkes Category: Music Issue: September 2016
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For Valley residents, September signals the welcome return of cooler nights with less sweltering days. Many Valley shopping centers offer evening shopping and dining as well as free outdoor concerts showcasing some of the Valley’s most talented musicians and bands.

Photo courtesy Desert Ridge MarketplaceHere are several outdoor venues where you can kick back and listen to some tunes for free throughout September.

Desert Ridge Marketplace
21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix
shopdesertridge.com

Check out everything from cover bands to indie singer/songwriters on two different stages.
Friday, Sept. 9, Peppermint James, District Stage, 7-10 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 9, Janelle Loes, AMC Fountain, 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 10, Latino Rebel Band, District Stage, 7-10 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 10, Eric Ramsey, AMC Fountain, 7-9 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 16, Hello Swindon, District Stage, 7-10 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 16, Sunny Daze, AMC Fountain, 7-9 p.m.
Saturday. Sept. 17, Ratio, District Stage, 7-10 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17, West Hills Brothers, AMC Fountain, 7-9 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 23, Riverside Cathedral, District Stage, 7-10 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 23, Pete Pancrazi, AMC Fountain, 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 24, The Geetars, District Stage, 7-10 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 24, Brenna Stilwell, AMC Fountain, 7-9 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 30, Guitarras Latinas, District Stage, 7-10 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 30, M Squared, AMC Fountain, 7-9 p.m.

 

Scottsdale Quarter
15059 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
scottsdalequarter.com

The concerts take place from 5-7 p.m. at The Quad near the fountains in the heart of the Scottsdale Quarter. The Fall Concert Series lineup includes:
Saturday, Sept. 10: Rock Lobster
Saturday, Sept. 17: Elvis Before Noon
Saturday, Sept. 24: Ryan Sims

 

Tempe Marketplace
2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
tempemarketplace.com

All concerts are staged at 7 p.m. on the District Stage near Dave & Buster’s. Look for various musical genres, including “gypsy western folk rock” and “refined grunge.”
Thursday, Sept. 8, Buckcherry
Friday, Sept. 9, 3Nations
Saturday, Sept. 10, Riverside Cathedral
Friday, Sept. 16, The Shelters
Saturday, Sept. 17, Lane Change
Friday, Sept. 23, Peppermint James
Saturday, Sept. 24, Undecided Youth
Friday, Sept. 39, Analog Outlaws

 

Westgate Entertainment District
6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale
westgateaz.com

Concerts are at Fountain Park stage by the AMC Theatres from 6:30-9:30 p.m. with the exception of the Thursday night performances, which are from 7-9 p.m. Entertainment includes country, alternative, funk, jazz and Top 40.
Friday, Sept. 9, Ghandi’s Garage
Saturday, Sept. 10, Ratio
Thursday, Sept. 15, The Victory Band
Friday, Sept. 16, Miss D’meaner & the Felonies
Saturday, Sept. 17, Jeordie & The Mixology Project
Friday, Sept. 23, Cosmic Shindig
Saturday, Sept. 24, Wide Awake
Thursday, Sept. 29, Nubian Fyah
Friday, Sept. 30, Halocene