Walter Trout Brings Axe,
Legend To Phoenix
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
March 3, 2016 — It is rare that one gets the opportunity to lay eyes on a true living legend.
But it is even more rare when one can do so in an up close and personal environment.
Those interested will have the chance at 5:30 p.m. March 11 when The Walter Trout band graces the stage at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.
Trout may not be as famous as Keith Richards, but he is no less a legend, especially in the U.K. and Europe. Some have gone so far as to call him “the world’s greatest rock guitarist,” and on BBC Radio One’s countdown of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, he placed No. 6. With all of the great guitarists out there and the whole of the BBC weighing in, it is hard to ignore that Trout has gained the respect of his peers.
The New Jersey native has played with Percy Mayfield, Deacon Jones, John Lee Hooker and was in both Canned Heat and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.
As Darth Vader would say, "Impressive. Most impressive."
“I feel like with Modern DazeI found the style I’ve been searching for over 20 albums. It’s working, it comes out good, and I can play it well,” said Trout of his latest solo album, which is the culmination of more than 25 years of grinding it out as a solo artist, and also a love letter to his good fortune.
Tickets start at $15 for this 21 and over event. For more information visit http://www.rhythmroom.com/event
Saturday, March 5
Do you like modern dance and live music? If you answered yes to either one of these questions than MAC 2.0 is probably for you. So stop your denying and put it in your calendar at 7:30 p.m. at Phoenix Center For The Arts, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix. This event will feature the work of local composer Dr. Jeffrey Ouper and will explore a wide range of dance. This event will be taking place For tickets or more information, visit http://phoenixcenterforthearts.org/events/mac-company-presents-mac-2-0/.
Sunday, March 6
If you are 16 and over, like music and are free and Sundays, The Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix, has you covered. Ron Pope will be headlining a show with Jonathan Tyler and Truett joining him. For more information visit http://www.crescentphx.com/event/905881-ron-pope-phoenix/.
Monday, March 7
There was a time when hard rock fans were worried that they would no longer be able to participate in the destruction of Benjamin. Another way to put that would be that rockers Breaking Benjamin broke up for a bit, but no longer! As proof, the boys will be playing The Marquee, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, with The Starset. For more information or to buy tickets, visit http://luckymanonline.com/events/breaking-benjamin/.
Thursday, March 10
March will prove to be a pretty great month for legendary guitarists gracing The Valley with their presence. Peter Frampton more than qualifies as a guitar legend and he will be playing an acoustic show at the Orpheum Theater, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. For more information or for tickets, visit https://phoenix.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=213.
Friday, March 11
There is a rich history of ghost stories surrounding the theater and one of the most famous venues in Arizona is no exception. The Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix., has its own share of ghost lore and for those who like those stories and would like a unique look at the venue can participate in The Orpheum Theatre Ghost Tours. For more information or to get tickets, visit https://phoenix.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=225.
Thursday, March 10 to 11
Are you unfamiliar or just not as familiar as you would like to be with the ancient art of Japanese drumming, or taiko? Well, the answer to that problem will be coming to Arizona in the form of the critically acclaimed show TAO: Seventeen Samurai at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. These young drummers have trained intensely in order to bring their talents to more than 6 million people around the world, and you’re next, Scottsdale. For more information, visit http://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/tao-seventeen-samurai/.
Friday, March 11 to 13
The Phoenix Symphony will be presenting a night of pure class with some seriously classic music. The Gershwin Experience: Here To Stay will be celebrating George and Ira Gershwin. This event won’t be here to stay though, so those interested in attending need to grab tickets soon. For more information visit http://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=8457.
Tuesday, March 15 - 20
Musical theater is great for many things and among them is being able to prove that murder can be fun, a concept that is explored via the Tony Award winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder. This play is coming to The Valley directly from New York for a limited run at ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. For a full list of performances, tickets and more information visit http://www.asugammage.com/shows/2015-16-broadway-season/a-gentleman%E2%80%99s-guide-to-love-and-murder.
To March 20
Monty Python fans can rejoice, because for the month of March at least they can get out and have a true Python experience as opposed to just sitting at home and re watching Holy Grail again. The critically acclaimed Spamalot is currently being performed at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Tickets and showtimes vary, but there are plenty of opportunities through the rest of the month. For more information visit http://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/resident-companies/monty-pythons-spamalot.
To April 3
Your Sunday schedule just filled up. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will host its 29th annual Sunday A’Fair series starting Jan. 10. The event will run most Sundays throughout the first quarter of this year, ending on April 3. In addition to live outdoor music from over 20 Scottsdale acts ranging in genre from jazz and blues to country and R&B, Sunday A’Fair will have arts and crafts, activities for children and families, and guided tours of sculptures in the park. The free event runs from noon to 4 p.m outdoors at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. For more information about the schedule and performers, visit Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
To April 9
The Play Me, I’m Yours exhibition — where 24 pianos are assigned to artists and local community groups who transform them into works of art that engage the public in playing, dancing, making music and gathering near community landmarks is coming. From Feb. 26 to 29, Play Me, I’m Yours will be in the heart of downtown Mesa. Feb. 26 is the Mesa Arts Center Foundation Annual Gala at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, and the event will include a world premiere of a musical composition for 25 pianos. Feb. 27 will be a “kickoff event” where all 24 pianos are together for one day only at Mesa Arts Center. For more information, visit www.streetpianosmesa.com
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