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Unlimited Arts July 7 to 20: Featured Are Some Performers Who Put The R in Roots, But Also Catch A Musical, Aspirational Bands And A Look At Fashion


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

July 7, 2016 — Over the past few months we’ve shared with you the slim pickings that come with being in the Phoenix metro during the sweltering heat that is the summer.

Sure, the pickings may not come from the largest bushel, but the tasty treats that can be found are still as sweet.

The theme for this turn of the Unlimited Arts Calendar is “Roots,” and there is quite a bit of it to go around. It starts July 10 with a tribute to blues legend Jerome Teasley, ambles over to Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience Band July 13, saunters over to Rascal Flatts July 15 and finally settles on some roots of modern rock with 1960s big timers.

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

Saturday, July 9

The slightly more than a little hunky Howie Day will rip it up at Last Exit Live
717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, at 9 p.m. When a press release says a performer, “connects with audiences through the strength of his songwriting and his quirky sense of humor,” it's worth a listen. And for another treat, Kathryn Dean will also appear: she’s got the attention of some heavy hitters, too. For more information, visit

Sunday, July 10

Jerome Teasley, a legend in the Phoenix blues scene, will be remembered at a show beginning at 7 p.m. at the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Special guests include Janiva Maness, Matt Roe, Bob Corritore, Johnny Rapp, Scott Myers, Brian Fahey, Dave Gonzales and many more. Teasley was behind the kit for Jr. Walker & The All-Stars, Ike & Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, Sonny Stitt and others. For more information, visit

July 11 to 21

Judy Garland is a talent not forgotten by time and for those who appreciate her talents, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix will bring two actor/singers to portray her, “essence.” Joe Bousard is on the piano. For showtimes, visit

Wednesday, July 13

If you don’t love Zydeco, you must never have heard Zydeco. One of the best in the genre — Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience Band — will be at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Suggested only if you have nothing to do that’s very important the next morning. For more information, visit

For another trip down the aspiring national band lane, check out Groves at Pub Rock, 8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale, beginning at 7 p.m. The native Texans are now L.A. based and they claim to be inspired by Blink-182 and The Beatles.

Friday, July 15

Country band Rascal Flatts is bringing its “Rhythm & Roots” tour to Phoenix’ Ak Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Blvd. A chart-topping act since 2000, the band has 13 No. 1 Billboard Country hits to its name. The tour’s opening acts are Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Lane; the show starts at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, go to

July 15 to Aug. 14

Fifteen years ago, it was a mega hit at the movie box office, followed by a sequel or two — now, Shrek is a musical. Fans can check it out through Aug. 14 at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane in Peoria. Showtimes are at noon or 5:30 p.m., depending on the day, while tickets start at $33. To learn more, go to

Saturday, July 16

Bob Mehr — author of Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements — will speak at 5 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road in Phoenix. The book chronicles the celebrated Minneapolis alternative band, a college radio staple during the 1980s that has influenced more than a few rock bands over the decades. Mehr is a long-time writer for Mojo magazine and The Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis, Tenn. For more details, go to

The 1960s will be front and center during the “Happy Together” tour featuring The Turtles, The Cowsill, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Spencer Davis Group and Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night. They’ll be on stage starting at 8 p.m. at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. The show is open to those 21 and older; tickets start at just $30, for more information call 480-859-7734 or go to

Tuesday, July 19

1990s hitmakers The Goo-Goo Dolls will play the Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St. in Phoenix. Also on stage will Collective Soul and Tribe Society. Ticket prices range from $35 to $250. To learn more, go to

Some of Arizona’s best-known comedians will be on stage during The Switch Comedy show, at 8 p.m. at the Crescent Ballroom, at 308 N. Second Ave. in Phoenix. Anwar Newton, Erick Biez and others will “put together a show right before your very eyes,” according to the creators. The show is free; to learn more, call (602) 716-2222 or go to

Wednesday, July 20

Mode de la francaise will be featured during “Paris Fashion Salon Series: The Grand Couturiers and Fashion,” at 6 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Dennita Sewell, Jacquie Dorrance Curator of Fashion Design, will host. The event is free of charge, but an RSVP is required; go to

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