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Unlimited Arts June 9 To 23: Music Choices Abound, From 3 Doors Down To A Flagstaff Blues Festival To Funkmeister Supreme Clinton: Theater Treats Include Newsies


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

June 8, 2016 — When the stereotypical mind thinks of African music, the first thing to tumble from the mental orbs is drums.

And, while not exactly innaccurate, there's more to African music than drums.

Some even say guitars evolved significantly from the African krar harp. Regardless, African guitar music and players have carved out a unique and melodic style that will be on display in the Phoenix metro later this month. On June 21, the Musical Instrument Museum theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, will present The African Guitar Summit at 7 p.m.  Featured artists include Alpha Yaya Diallo, of Guinea; Donne Roberts, from Madagascar; and Kofi Ackah, of Ghana.  Tickets start at $33; get more details at

Thursday, June 9

Blockhead — known for funky and emotive music — will perform starting at 8 p.m. at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave. in Phoenix . His latest album is Bells and  Whistles. The show is open to those 21 and over. Tickets are $12 to $15; go to for more details.

Friday, June 10

Based on the popular children’s book about a girl who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes (and later  learns about moderation),  Pinkalicious will be performed at 10 a.m. in the Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane in Peoria. To buy tickets, go to

Known for their hits “Kryptonite” and “Here Without You,” Southern rockers 3 Doors Down will perform at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way in Scottsdale. Along with the modern rock staples, the band will debut songs from their latest album, “Us And The Night.” Tickets start at $45; the show is open to those 21 and up. For ticket availability or other info, call the box office at (480) 850-7734, or go to

One doesn’t need to attend church to see Prayers, a Tijuana-based electronic rock duo  who will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Valley Bar,  130 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix.  The band recently released a single, “Black Leather,” featuring celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D. Tickets are $19 and $20; to buy one or learn more, go to

To Sunday, June 12

When You Wish: The Story of Walt Disney, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Road in Phoenix. Featuring music and lyrics by Dean McClure, the production will celebrate the man “who brought us the most famous pair of ears on earth.”  For more details, call (602) 254-2151 or go to

Tuesday June 14 to Sunday, June 19

Newsies, the Tony-winning musical version of the 1991 Disney movie, focuses on the feisty youngers who took on New York’s powerful elite and will be presented at Arizona State University’s Gammage venue. Showtimes vary; to learn more, go to

Wednesday, June 15

“F for Fake,” part of the Phoenix Museum’s Contemporary Forum 2016 Summer Film Festival, starts with Orson Welles’ 1977 documentary on -- what else? -- fakery.  The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. at the museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Admission is free, but an RSVP is required; go to

Friday, June 16

Trend,” a presentation by RAW Phoenix, will showcase local artists at 7 p.m. at the Pressroom, 441 W. Madison St. in Phoenix. Local fashion designers will be featured, and there will be music by  I Am We and Yadima.  To learn more, go to

The famed English blues artists Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, and will do their thing at 8 p.m. at the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix. “The Devil to Pay,” reached No. 4 on Billboard’s blues albums chart last year. Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets or learn more, go to:

Friday, June 17

The Torch Theatre goes back to its roots with “The Revival” at 10:30 p.m. in Space 55, 636 E. Pierce St. in Phoenix. The event will feature unscripted performances, along with a few surprises. Tickets are $5; find out more here:

For all its challenges, parenthood can be pretty darned funny -- and some fathers will prove that during “The Dads of Comedy,” held at 7:30 p.m. at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado. “Dads” is part of the annual Tempe Comedy Concert Series. Tickets range from $10 to $25; for more info, check out

Saturday, June 18

Now in its fourth year, the Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival Music Festival will feature artists such as The Sugaray Rayford Band, Arizona Hired Guns and Monkeyjunk.  The fun starts at 11 a.m., and tickets start at $30 for adults (and $10 for children).  To learn more, go to

Sunday, June 19

Indie haze-pop band Cheerleader will rock The Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave. in Phoenix, in support of musician Eliot Sumner. Cheerleader’s latest album is “The Sunshine of Your Youth.” The show starts at 8 p.m. More details can be found here:

Broadway musical hit Rock of Ages -- featuring ‘80s pop/metal classics by Whitesnake, Foreigner, Pat Benatar and more -- will get the audience rockin’ at 5:30 p.m. in the Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane in Peoria. The show runs through June 19; to buy tickets, go to

The Bolshoi Ballet’s performance “Don Quixote,” based on Cervantes’ eccentric Spanish hero, will be screened at 2 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Tickets are $18; go here for more details:

Tuesday, June 21

It’s a true international musical affair, as The African Guitar Summit -- 7 p.m. in the Musical Instrument Museum theater in Phoenix -- will show some of Canada’s best guitarists of African origin.  Featured artists include Alpha Yaya Diallo, of Guinea; Donne Roberts, from Madagascar; and Kofi Ackah, of Ghana.  Tickets start at $33; get more details at

Friday, June 24

More than a few funk music icons owe part of their career to George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic who will boogie down at the Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave. in Tempe.  The doors open at 6 p.m.; tickets are $36. For more details, go to

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