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Unlimited Arts June 22 to July 6: Concerts By Legends George Clinton And Chicago Along With Local Favorites Like Bad News Blues Band, But Also A Hopi Cultural Festival In Flagstaff And A Tribute To Johnny Cash


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

June 22, 2016 — Urgent update from the Sonoran Desert: It’s hot, damn hot.

But it's not just hot outside. There are a plethora of fun events going on throughout the Phoenix metro over the next two weeks that make this edition of the Unlimited Arts calendar doubly hot.

There’s George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic June 24. Followed by a John and June Carter Cash tribute the next day. Or, if you like Kenny Rogers, he’s up the next day (June 26). Hot, hot hot.

For the kids, there’s Authority Zero and Slightly Stoopid (parents, that last one is a band name).

As long as you're not seeking dramatic arts (theater) there just might be something for everybody.

Also, Fourth of July is coming, but you’ll have to wait for our special July 4 calendar, due out sometime next week.

Hey, the silver platter is hot, too.

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. and tickets are $36. For more details, go to

Green Day’s blockbuster 2004 rock album “American Idiot” has been turned into a musical, and will be presented by Stray Cat Theater at the Tempe Center for the Arts,  700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. The production, is described as relying less on dialogue “and instead relies on the lyrics to execute the story line of teen rage, love and loss that is wholly and utterly America.”  “American Idiot” runs through July 9. To buy tickets, go to

Saturday, June 25

Musical icons Johnny Cash and June Carter will be celebrated from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd.  in Phoenix.  For the price of a museum admission ticket, there will trivia, gallery talks, food, CDs for sale  and screenings of “The Johnny Cash Show.”  To learn more, go to

Tommy James and the Shondells, famous for hits like “Crystal Blue Persuasion” and “Crimson and Clover” will perform at 8 p.m. at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way. James’ music has been covered from artists like Joan Jett and Billy Idol.  The show is open to those 21 and older. To buy tickets, go to

Sunday, June 26

“Kenny Rogers: The Gambler’s Last Deal,” is the singer’s last tour. The legendary country artist, who has 24 No. 1 hits under his belt (and that includes Billboard pop hits like “Lady,”  will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St. in Phoenix. Tickets start at $45; to purchase one, go to

June 27 & 28

The 83rd annual Hopi Festival Festival of Arts & Culture will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  at the Museum of Northern Arizona, 301 N. Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff. On hand will be Hopi master and emerging artists, plus social dances, Hopi foods and  nature trail tours. Admission starts at $4. To learn more, check out

Thursday, June 30

Noted Arizona comedians Anwar Newton, Autumn Garza, Charles Eagle, Erick Biez and others will perform in “The Switch Comedy” by putting a show together “before your very eyes,” according to backers. The show starts at 8 p.m. in the Crescent Ballroom,  308 N. Second Ave. in Phoenix. The event is free. Find out more at

Friday, July 1

He might be better known now for his outrageous political remarks, but Ted Nugent was once a hard-rock powerhouse who topped the charts in the late 1970s. The Motor City Madman will perform hits like “Cat Scratch Fever” starting at 8 p.m. in the Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St. in Phoenix. The Raskins are the opening act  Tickets start at $40; go to for more details .

Tucson-based Bad News Blues Band has earned a rep for scorching performances all over the United States, Mexico, Canada and other spots on the globe. They’ll bring their talent to The Rhythm Room in a performance starting at 9 p.m. The band’s latest release is Still Cadillacin. The Rhythm Road is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix.  Tickets are $8 at the door; for more information, go to

Saturday, July 2

Authority Zero, the Mesa-based punk/reggae band, will rock out at the Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave. in Phoenix.  The gig will start at 5:45 p.m. There are numerous opening acts, including Blackbottom Lighters, Commission: 28 and Adult Arcade. Tickets are $20 (before handling and fees). To purchase one, go to

Caesarean surgeries — which account for one third of all births in the United States — might not seem like the ideal topic for a dance production, but “BIRTH!” explores this topic. The performance, on stage at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, focuses on choreographer Sara Malan-McDonald’s experience bringing her children into the world. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.; the center is located at 1202 N. 3rd St. Tickets are $10 and $15. To learn more, go to

Tuesday, July 5 Former Disney star (and now major pop music princess) Selena Gomez will bring her Revival Tour to the Talking Stick Resort Arena, 9800 Talking Stick Way in Phoenix.  Gomez’s more recent hits include “Good for You” and “Hands to Myself.” Tickets range from $39 to $120; to purchase one or get more details, go to

Wednesday, July 6

Veteran band, and now Rock N Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Chicago will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St. in Phoenix.  The band burst on scene in 1970 with “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It is?” and continued to be a major hit-maker through the 1980s. Tickets start at $72. To learn more or buy tickets, go to

Thursday, July 7

More than a few people in today’s hectic world rely on meditation to help them de-stress and focus. The Phoenix Art Museum will present a Mindfulness Discussion and Meditation Workshop at 11 a.m.  Ven. Barry Kerzin — Buddhist monk, founder of Altruism in Medicine and personal physician to the Dalai Lama — will speak. To RSVP, email To learn more, go to

Friday, July 8

San Diego rockers Slightly Stoopid, as part of their Return of the Red Eye Summer Tour, will perform at 5:30 p.m. at The Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center St. Soja, and  Zion I and The Grouch will be the opening act. General admission is $35; to learn more, go to

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