5 Concerts to Check Out this Week: July 19-25

Niki D'AndreaJuly 19, 2021
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Ellie Fern | Photo Courtesy Ellie Fern Music
Ellie Fern | Photo Courtesy Ellie Fern Music

Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week, we’re giving you details on three free shows (blues, folk and swing, oh my!), plus local retro rockers and a fast-picking guitarist from Austin.  


Notes from Neptune 

Friday, July 23 at Chandler Center for the Arts 

Notes from Neptune plays it all with a touch of jazzy blues – classic rock, modern pop, Motown and more. This eclectic ensemble reinterprets songs by everybody from Pink Floyd to John Mayer into layered and vibrant instrumentals. 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 23 at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org. Admission is free. 


Ellie Fern 

Friday, July 23 at The 1227 Tap Room 

Scottsdale-based singer-songwriter Ellie Fern plays original folk-pop music on acoustic guitar, sometimes augmented with piano and soft percussion. Her harmonious voice is reminiscent of singers such as Joni Mitchell (in her mezzo-soprano days) and Jenny Lewis. 7 p.m. Friday, July 23, at The 1227 Tap Room, 1227 E. Northern Ave., Phoenix, facebook.com/the1227taproom. Admission is free. 


Jackie Venson | Photo by Ismael Quintanilla
Jackie Venson | Photo by Ismael Quintanilla

Jackie Venson 

Saturday, July 24 at the Musical Instrument Museum 

To say Austin, Texas, native Jackie Venson gives her six-string soul is an understatement. The talented R&B guitarist and classically trained musician creates complex guitar pieces that make the head spin and the booty move. 7 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org. Tickets cost $22-$30. 


Wyves & Deadbeat Cousins 

Saturday, July 24 at Last Exit Live 

They’ve been compared to such bands as Thin Lizzy, The Struts and Greta Van Fleet, but Phoenix band Wyves puts their own stamp on the revamped garage-meets-classic rock sound. Local blues rockers Deadbeat Cousins open the show. 8 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, lastexitlive.com. Tickets cost $20.  


Moonlight Magic 

Sunday, July 25 at Thunderbird Lounge 

If the sound of swing music makes you swoon, then check out five-piece Valley band Moonlight Magic, led by legendary local double bass player Ruth Wilson. 7 p.m. Sunday, July 25, at Thunderbird Lounge, 710 W. Montecito Ave., Phoenix, thunderbirdloungephx.com. Admission is free.