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Through October 1
Mö tley Crü e’d
From the hair to the attitude, this true-to-life tribute band embodies the heavy metal spirit of Mötley Crüe in its prime with such anthems as “Dr. Feelgood,” “Home Sweet Home” and “Girls, Girls, Girls.” 7:30 p.m. $15. Casino Arizona, Loop 101 and McKellips Road, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, casinoarizona.com, 480-850-7734.
Through October 1
Phoenix Symphony Pops
The Phoenix Symphony presents Bravo Broadway: Music of the Night, featuring music from The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Rodgers and Hammerstein and more. Robert Franz is guest conductor. Call for times and ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
Through October 2
ASU Dance kicks off the season as faculty and guests redefine dance and live performance with a range of movement styles and new media. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Paul V. Galvin Playhouse, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, herbergerinstitute.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.
Concerts at MIM
This month’s concerts include Bombino, Oct. 1; TriBeCaStan, Oct. 2; Ben Wendel Group, Oct. 2; Jonatha Brooke, Oct. 5; Julian Lage Trio, Oct. 7; Drums of India, Oct. 9; Annie Moses Band, Oct. 11; Joey Alexander Trio, Oct. 13; The Phoenix Symphony, Oct. 16; Nicki Parrott, Rosano Sportiello and Eddie Metz Trio, Oct. 19; Peter Rowen, Oct. 20; The Cookers, Oct. 21; Mac McAnally, Oct. 23; Allen Stone, Oct. 29; and Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Fall Concert, Oct. 30. Call for times and ticket prices. Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
Orpheus Male Chorus and Phoenix Children’s Chorus share the stage. 2:30 p.m., Dobson High School, 1501 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa; and 7 p.m., Camelback High School, 4612 N. 28th St., Phoenix. $15, adults; $12, seniors and students; $5, children 3-10, orpheus.org, 602-271-9396.
ASU Symphony Orchestra
The ensemble presents Seduction and the Hand of Fate, featuring John Adams’ “The Chairman Dances” and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. 7:30 p.m. $10. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Big Band Blastoff!
The ASU big bands come together for an evening of vintage selections spanning the history of big-band music. 7:30-9 p.m. Free. ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, 40 E. Gammage Pkwy., Tempe, 480-965-6447.
The folk rock band is known for its feel-good, heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics in such songs as “Ho Hey,” “Ophelia,” “Stubborn Love” and “Cleopatra.” 7:30 p.m. $30-$48. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
The international icon with the blond bob wig and playful and powerful voice is known for such hits as “Cheap Thrills,” “Chandelier” and “Unstoppable,” which was remixed as the Rio Olympics anthem. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $30.25. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Mumford & Sons
The foursome from across the pond plays folk rock and bluegrass-style music on banjo, double bass and kick drums, including roof-raising anthems like “I Will Wait” and “The Cave.” 7:30 p.m. $29.50-$59.50. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Sips & Sounds
Marmalade Skies takes the stage, performing all Beatles music. 6-8 p.m. Free. The Shops at Gainey Village, 8787 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, theshopsgaineyvillage.com, 602-466-2128.
The musical chameleon with the unmistakable voice shares songs from her new album, Detour, which puts a unique spin on country’s classic tunes, as well as hits that catapulted her to pop culture icon, including “Time After Time” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7734.
First Friday Concert
Bring a blanket, low-back chair and picnic basket as country/Americana band Georgia Chrome takes the stage. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Eastmark Great Park, 10100 E. Ray Rd., Mesa, 480-625-3005.
Florida Georgia Line
The country duo performs such feel-good party songs as “Anything Goes,” “Cruise,” “This Is How We Roll,” “Dirt,” “Get Your Shine On” and “H.O.L.Y.” Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three and Kane Brown are special guests. 7 p.m. $30.25-$79.50. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Known for its country rock sound with roots in bluegrass, traditional country, Southern rock and blues, the band made history when its multi-week hit “Carolina” became the longest climbing single by a duo or group in the 24-year history of the Billboard Country Airplay Chart. Doors open at 5 p.m. $10, advance; $15 at the door. Cowboys Saloon, 9824 W. Northern Ave., Glendale, cowboyssaloon.com, 954-241-7935.
Tears for Fears
The British superstars topped the charts in the ’80s with such hits as “Shout,” “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” “Head Over Heels” and “Sowing the Seeds of Love.” 8 p.m. $38-$75. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
The renowned dancer and choreographer celebrates her decades of experience dancing for Hollywood films, TV and the Broadway stage in a 50th anniversary tour. 8 p.m. $30-$60. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Arizona Dance Festival
Desert Dance Theatre hosts this annual event, which showcases emerging artists, as well as professionals from all genres and styles of dance. Different artists and groups perform at each show. 7:30 p.m. $20, adults; $18, seniors; $15, students. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, desertdancetheatre.org, 480-962-4584.
Music in the Garden
Traveler takes the stage Oct. 7; Walt Richardson and Friends, Oct. 14; The Sugar Thieves, Oct. 21; and Vox Urbana, Oct. 28. F, 7-9 p.m. $25. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-8188.
The legendary jazz pianist performs with trombonist Steve Davis, bassist Nat Reeves, saxophonist Eric Alexander and drummer Lewis Nash as The Nash celebrates its fourth anniversary. 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Call for ticket prices. The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt Rd., Phoenix, thenash.org, 602-795-0464.
Sonoran Desert Chorale
The ensemble opens its 23rd season with O Britannia! A British Invasion. Sa, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave., Mesa; and Su, 3 p.m., La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale. $18, adults; $15, seniors and students, sonorandesertchorale.org, 480-305-4538.
The chart-topping jazz, rhythm and blues and funk instrumentalist performs. 6 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, livewireaz.com, 480-970-1112.
The 75-member Scottsdale Concert Band shares music with a showbiz theme. 3:30 p.m. Free. Chaparral High School, 6935 E. Gold Dust Ave., Scottsdale, scottsdaleconcertband.org, 602-327-3168.
Sonoran Marimba Band
Hosted by MusicaNova, this five-piece band showcases the versatility and melodies of the Guatemalan instrument with deep Latin American and African roots. 3 p.m. Donations accepted. Scottsdale Presbyterian Church, 3421 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, musicanovaaz.com, 480-585-4485.
Featuring a distinct musical style that is as instantly recognizable as its lengthy beards, the band is known for such hits as “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” “La Grange,” “Tush” and “Legs.” 8 p.m. $25-$200. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7734.
Wear your brightest blue as Arizona Opera hosts this star-studded 45th anniversary celebration. The program features the full orchestra, chorus and soloists performing with international superstar Frederica von Stade, as well as alumni returning to Arizona to share opera’s greatest hits. Call for ticket prices. Oct. 9, 2 p.m., Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church St., Tucson, 520-293-4336; and Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 16, 2 p.m., Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, 602-266-7464, azopera.org.
Matthew Kasper conducts musicians of The Phoenix Symphony in works by Stravinsky, Vivaldi and Haydn. Th, 7:30 p.m., Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley; F, 7:30 p.m., Central United Methodist Church, 1875 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; and Su, 2 p.m., Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Call for ticket prices, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
Known for her signature blues-laden guitar sound and sultry vocal style, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer performs such hits as “Something to Talk About,” “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and “Thing Called Love.” 8 p.m. $59-$96. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
The Los Angeles-bred and Latino-soaked band achieved chart-topping success with “La Bamba” and multiple Grammy Awards, and continues to impress with its blend of rock, Tex-Mex, country, folk, and rhythm and blues, as well as traditional Spanish and Mexican music. 8 p.m. $45-$65. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7734.
Winner of the singing competition The Next: Fame is at Your Doorstep on the CW TV network, Ray is famous for his No. 1 debut single “Kiss You in the Morning.” Doors open at 5 p.m. $10, advance; $15 at the door. Cowboys Saloon, 5310 E. High St., Phoenix, cowboyssaloon.com, 954-241-7935.
The veteran star of the Broadway stage joins forces with The Phoenix Symphony to perform signature songs from the multitude of iconic shows in which she has starred, including Gypsy, Into the Woods and Sunday in the Park with George. 7:30 p.m. $60-$90. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Headliners include Excision, G Jones, Ghastly, Knife Party, Nghtmre, Snails and Wuki. 6 p.m. $63-$99. Rawhide, 5700 N. Loop Rd., Chandler, flavorus.com.
Willie Nelson & Family
With a career spanning six decades, the iconic Texan is the creative genius behind classic recordings such as “Crazy,” “Hello Walls,” “On the Road Again” and “Good Hearted Woman.” Sa, 8 p.m.; Su, 7 p.m. $67-$127. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
Bob Dylan and His Band
The singer pairs celebrated songs that date back to the ’60s with recent works. 8 p.m. $59.50-$129.50. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
This U.S. National Fingerstyle Champion plays a blend of folk, jazz, pop, Celtic, Appalachian and classical music on six- and 12-string guitars. 3 p.m. $25. Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert, higleycenter.org, 480-279-7194.
Poolside is the place to be for all thing rock ’n’ roll as the British/American band performs from its extensive catalog of chart-toppers, including “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “Hot Blooded,” “Cold as Ice,” “Feels Like the First Time” and “Double Vision.” 8 p.m. $25-$100. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7734.
Chardon Polka Band
Enjoy polka with attitude as this innovative group brings a colorful twist to Oktoberfest, with its extensive catalog of traditional polkas, plus polka-pop covers of such artists as Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. Noon and 5:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.
ASU Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Gospel Choir present a varied program of choral favorites. 7:30-9 p.m. $15. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, herbergerinstitute.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.
The singer/songwriter with the melodic bluesy voice sings such powerful hits as “Here,” “Wild Things” and “Scars to Your Beautiful.” 7:30 p.m. $35.50-$48.50. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
The Denver-based band performs in support of its upcoming compilation album, The Best of The Fray, which pairs such hits as “How to Save a Life,” “You Found Me” and “Over My Head,” with new songs, including “Singing Low.” American Authors opens the show. 7:30 p.m. $54.50. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
HQ After Dark
West Valley Arts Council hosts this music series, which continues with jazz/blues music by Spooky Kool. 6 p.m. $6; two for $10. West Valley Arts HQ, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, westvalleyarts.org, 623-935-6384.
Center Dance Ensemble celebrates Halloween with Frances Smith Cohen’s The Return of Dracula, as well as new choreography by Diane McNeal Hunt and Angela Rosenkrans. Call for times and ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-252-8497.
The young Australian singer/songwriter and YouTube personality is known for such hits as “Wild,” “Youth” and “Fools.” 7:30 p.m. $29.50. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
The Phoenix Symphony
Tito Muñ oz conducts the orchestra in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, a patriotic hymn that was written and first performed as German forces besieged Leningrad. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
Bill and Kate Isles
The acoustic singer/songwriter duo is known for its catchy melodies and memorable songs. 7:30 p.m. $25. Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert, higleycenter.org, 480-279-7194.
Fans can expect to hear such perennial favorites as “Raise ’em Up,” “Start a Band,” “You Look Good in My Shirt” and “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” as the country artist with the Down Under twang brings his ripCORD World Tour 2016 to Phoenix. Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris are special guests. 7:30 p.m. $25-$65. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Piaf! The Show
Vocalist Anne Carrere celebrates the life and career of legendary French actress and singer Edith Piaf (1915-1963). 8 p.m. $29-$69. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Stefon Harris & Sonic Creed
The vibraphonist and composer with an energetic stage presence performs with his group as part of the Lakeshore Music series. 7:30 p.m. $25-$35. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, lakeshoremusic.org, 480-350-2822.
The indie-rock and bluegrass band takes the stage. 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, livewireaz.com, 480-970-1112.
Hailed as one of the best guitarists in the world, José Ferná ndez Torres, better known as Tomatito, is a living legend of the glories of the flamenco guitar. 7:30 p.m. $39-$69. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Fifty years and a few new family members after being founded by the legendary Celedonio Romero, the guitar quartet is still known to millions as “The Royal Family of the Guitar.” 7:30 p.m. $30-$70. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Set in a fantastical India of the past, this Ballet Arizona production recounts the story of Nikiya, a temple dancer; her lover, Solor; and the vengeful Gamzatti who keeps them apart – at least in this life. Call for times. Tickets start at $25. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, balletaz.org, 602-381-1096.
October 27-November 5
A Vampire Tale XIII
Scorpius Dance Theatre stages this ever-evolving, original dance production created by Lisa Starry. Celebrating its lucky 13th year, the requisite haunt of the fall season is filled with passion, lust and jealousy. Call for times. Tickets start at $25. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, scorpiusdance.com, 602-254-2151. Fans are encouraged to don their best vampire or goth attire for the Vampire Ball, Oct. 28, 8 p.m., which includes an evening of entertainment and a chance to mix and mingle with the dancers.
Designed to give music lovers and fans a chance to share their passion and their stories, this edition of Ignite Phoenix is a night of talks about music – not a concert. 8 p.m. $20. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
The prolific singer/songwriter shares favorite hits of the past, as well as highlights from her new album, You Gotta Love This Life, as Arizona Musicfest opens its inaugural Fall Fest. 7:30 p.m. $34-$76. Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale, azmusicfest.org, 480-840-0457.
When not acting and directing, Malcolm-Jamal Warner is a poet and bass player. See for yourself when his jazz-funk band takes the stage. 7:30 p.m. $30. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
An evening of classic Halloween music is on tap, including selections from The Phantom of the Opera and spooky tunes on the Richards, Fowkes & Co. organ. 7 p.m. Donations. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, pinnacleconcerts.org, 480-303-2474.
Julie Madly Deeply
This cheeky yet affectionate tribute to the star of Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music takes an engaging look at fame and fandom, through the eyes and voice of award-winning singer Sarah-Louise Young. The show blends stories and anecdotes about Julie Andrews’ life, from her beginnings as a child star to the recent challenges of losing her singing voice. F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $36-$42. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
Seven Nation Riff
MusicaNova Orchestra performs in collaboration with student musicians from Tempe high schools. 4 p.m. $15-$20. Central United Methodist Church, 1875 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, musicanovaaz.com, 480-585-4485.
All Things Halloween
Join in the fun and wear a costume as Tempe Winds shares spine-chilling music associated with ghosts, goblins and ghouls. 3 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tempewinds.org, 480-350-2822.
Screeches and Screams!
ASU Choral Union, Barrett Choir, Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus share appropriately spooky music. 7:30-9 p.m. $15. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, herbergerinstitute.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.