Musical Instrument Museum Archives

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Jake Shimabukuro | Photo by Van Fletcher   Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. Multiple virtuosos play the Valley this week, including classical guitarist Esteban and ukulele sensation Jake Shimabukuro. Superstition Jazz Orchestra Wednesday, November 24 at The Nash Led by multi-instrumentalist Mike Crotty, the Superstition Jazz Orchestra will perform classic jazz standards as well as modern music. The set includes...

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Dar Williams | Photo by Ebru Yildiz   Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week brings everything from a folk singer and a 1990s alt. rock giant to a session saxophonist and underground house music DJ. Dar Williams Friday, November 19 at Musical Instrument Museum Singer-songwriter Dar Williams performs songs from her 31-year career as a folk musician, plus new...

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Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra | Photo courtesy phoenixafrobeatorchestra.com   Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week’s shows veer slightly off the mainstream path and down many different side streets, with everything from EDM and African folk-funk fusion to alt. rock godfather Elvis Costello and gypsy jazz. Negativland and Sue-C Tuesday, November 9 at The Rebel Lounge Since forming in the San...

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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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  Fairy Bones | Photo by Jim Hesterman   Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. The fall concert season rolls out this week with a reunion show of local rock favorites, country music stars, a progressive classical clan and a Texas rock trio now touring as a duo. Emmylou Harris Thursday, October 7 at Mesa Arts Center Singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris has...

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Get Tangled Up in a Murder Mystery Agatha Christie delivers tension and laughter in equal parts in Spider’s Web, through July 11. The comedy thriller boasts an intricate plot of murder, police, drug addicts, invisible ink, hidden doorways and secret drawers. Friday, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 3 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, 480-483-1664, desertstages.org. Start Your Day with a Good Sweat...

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Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. Our roundup this week starts with some keen Gen Z pop rock, continues with contemporary blues rock, glam punk, and big-name country, and wraps up with local hip-hop. Veronica Everheart Wednesday, July 7 at The Rebel Lounge At just 18 years old, local sensation Veronica Everheart makes mature indie pop rock that belies her years....

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Photo courtesy andywarpigs.com   Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week, we’ve got American roots music, reggae, rock and a tribute to late Phoenix punk musician Andy Warpigs. The Sugar Thieves Friday, June 25 at the Musical Instrument Museum Following the release of two new albums, Phoenix-based American roots music band The Sugar Thieves will bring their bluesy brand of...

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Deep in the heart of Detroit, the birthplace of motown, bluesy roots artist Samantha Fish recorded the first of two albums to be released this year. Out in March “Chills & Fever” strays from the 28-year-old's typical rock and roll/blues sound and itches a curiousity in soul music. November will see the release of her second album, “Belle of the West,” which is a return to Americana folk.

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What prompted you to make a live album? I was invited by Berklee College of Music [in Boston]. It was sort of an idea they had initially that we collaborated on to figure out how to use the talent they have in their students but to also do something that will have a real world release. While the students are still in school and haven’t graduated yet they can put out a record that will...

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#1: “Extra Layers” at MonOrchid Gallery, September 29
Almost every artistic medium gets repped at this young, urban event – there’s a fashion show featuring styles by Sillin Inc., Ecosavage and Urban Style Boutique; an interactive art display by My Boy B blogger Brandon Greer; poetry readings by Jay Tatum, Chantell Monique and Banq Fortune; music from DJ Godzilla; and even champagne and hor d’oeuvres. Presented by local creative collective Square 1 Phx. $10 in advance; $12 at the door. 7-10 p.m. September 29 at MonOrchid Gallery. monorchid.com

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#1: Will Goble Quartet at Musical Instrument Museum, August 29

Here’s a great equation: Jazz bassist and bandleader Will Goble’s talented quintet + the impeccable acoustics at the Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater = an amazing night of live music. Goble has performed with Grammy-winning pianist Marcus Roberts and drummer and vibraphonist Jason Marsalis, but as we recently observed at an intimate club show, the Valley resident has his own swinging swagger. Presented by MIM and The Nash. $19.50-$23.50. 7 p.m. August 29 at Musical Instrument Museum. mim.org

#2: “Abstract to Absurd” – Carlos Rausch and Cindy Schnackel Art Exhibit at Olney Gallery, September 2

A former PHOENIX magazine Artist of the Month, Cindy Schnackel has a fondness for the absurd, which she colorfully paints on canvases in the form of coffee-drinking chickens and surreal (and sometimes cute) blobby monsters. Argentina-born Carlos Rausch creates large-scale non-representational paintings that combine various shapes and colors into eye-catching but seamless abstract amalgamations. Free. 6 p.m. September 2 at Olney Gallery at Trinity Cathedral. Exhibit open through September 28. azcathedral.org

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