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August 1
Boston
An iconic classic rock fixture since the ’70s, the band generated such hits as “More Than a Feeling,” “Peace of Mind,” “Don’t Look Back,” “Let Me Take You Home Tonight” and “Smokin’.” 8 p.m. $45-$85. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

August 8
ASID Design Excellence Awards
The American Society of Interior Designers, Arizona North Chapter, salutes top interior designers at the 2015 Design Excellence Awards dinner, with categories that include residential, commercial, hospitality, health care, sustainability and product design. PHOENIX magazine and Phoenix Home & Garden are among the sponsors of the celebration. 5 p.m. $140. The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, asidaznorth.org, 602-569-8916.

August 9
Idina Menzel
The Tony Award-winning actress, singer and star of Frozen, If/Then, Wicked, Rent and Glee performs a diverse repertoire of classic, pop and musical theater favorites, as well as her own personal catalog. 8 p.m. $48-$125. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

August 15
Dierks Bentley
The country star makes a stop in his hometown, sharing all his hits, including “Drunk on a Plane,” “How Am I Doin’,” “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)” and “What Was I Thinkin’.” Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae, and Canaan Smith are special guests. 7 p.m. $26-$50.75. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

August 15, 22
Arizona Cardinals
Preseason action gets under way with games against the Kansas City Chiefs, Aug. 15, 5 p.m.; and San Diego Chargers, Aug. 22, 6 p.m. Call for ticket prices. University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale, azcardinals.com, 602-379-0102.

August 16
American Idol Live!
The top five finalists from this season’s American Idol perform, including winner Nick Fradiani, Jax Cole, Clark Beckham, Tyanna Jones and Rayvon Owen. 7:30 p.m. $39-$59. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

August 17-18
Taylor Swift
The record-breaking pop-country idol, who writes all of her own songs, performs such hits as “Fifteen,” “We Are Never Getting Back Together,” “Shake it Off,” “Red” and “I Knew You Were Trouble.” 7:30 p.m. $33-$193.50. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, gilariverarena.com, 623-772-3800.

August 20
Jackson Browne
The Hall of Fame musician has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. Hits include “Running on Empty,” “Doctor My Eyes,” “Stay,” “The Pretender” and “Tender Is the Night.” 7:30 p.m. $55-$135. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

August 25
Kelly Clarkson
The singer/songwriter with the powerful voice and girl-next-door appeal rose to fame after winning the first season of American Idol. Fans will recognize such hits as “Heartbeat Song,” “Catch My Breath,” “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” “Don’t You Wanna Stay” and “A Moment Like This.” Pentatonix and Eric Hutchinson are special guests. 7 p.m. $25-$99.50. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

August 26-October 4
Wicked
Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One – born with emerald-green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. This high-flying musical tells the story of how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.

August 28
Heart
Fans can expect to hear such hits as “Dreamboat Annie,” “Dog and Butterfly,” “These Dreams,” “Crazy on You” and “Barracuda” as sisters and 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Ann and Nancy Wilson take the stage. 8 p.m. $71-$101. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.