Ak-Chin Pavilion Archives

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Big & Rich | Photo by Tom Frisch   Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. A cadre of indie artists hits local stages this week, along with some country music legends and a sultry jazz singer. Julien Baker Monday, November 1 at The Van Buren Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Julien Baker, known for being one-third of supergroup boygenius, performs in support of...

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Erykah Badu | Photo by Patrik Hamberg   Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week is chock full of classic rock, but also with a touch of neo-soul and a side of jam band. And a Mexican music legend. Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening Tuesday, October 19 at Celebrity Theatre Drummer Jason Bonham, son of legendary rock drummer John Bonham,...

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Photo by Dwight McCann Photography   Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. Everything from a country music fest headlined by Willie Nelson to R&B legend Gladys Knight to U.K. house music producer Eli Brown is on audio tap this week. Outlaw Music Festival Friday, October 15 at Ak-Chin Pavilion Willie Nelson, The Avett Brothers, Gov’t Mule, Lucinda Williams and IDA MAE...

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Chaka Kahn | Photo courtesy John Mathew Smith/celebrity-photos.com   Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week is all about woman power, as a slew of female superstars including Chaka Kahn and Alanis Morissette come to town. I Am Kawehi Friday, October 1 at Valley Bar Hawaiian pop/electronic loop artist I Am Kawehi was deemed “The Genius One-Woman Band” by Elle...

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No one could have predicted everything that happened in 2020. Projections for 2021 might be moot, too, but in the anything-can-happen spirit of last year, here are some tongue-in-cheek visions for the Valley’s music future. The clandestine desert-rave wave of the 1990s returns. With nightclubs closed amidst the coronavirus crisis, Phoenicians will once again venture into the desert for secret dance parties driven by DJs with generators and illuminated by glow sticks. Doot-doot. Arizona Hip...

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#1: Dinerwood Level 4: 2016 Welcome Diner Film Fest at Welcome Diner, September 14

Spontaneous cinematic magic – and messes -- can happen when you give groups of Phoenicians a line of dialogue, a prop, and a requirement to make a three-minute film (including titles and credits) in 48 hours. Such is Welcome Diner’s recipe for its Dinerfest film challenge – plus beer and fried food, of course. Now on its fourth fling, the festival is so popular people fill bleachers on the diner’s lawn in summer to see who will win the year’s Best Film Award and cash prize. Sponsored by Downtown Phoenix, Inc. and Pabst Blue Ribbon. $1 PBR tall cans all night. 6 p.m. September 14 at Welcome Diner. welcomediner.net

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