The Strong Persuader And
A Weird Al Invade Phoenix
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
July 20, 2016 — They have a combined nine Grammy Awards to their credit, but “Weird Al” Yankovic and Robert Cray have a few more things in common.
They both got going on the national stage in the late 1970s, for example. They also both typically stand when they play.
Other than that, however, they are quite a bit different.
Cray is the bluesman for the millennial generation. A pioneer in melding rock and blues into something new. Yankovic was the son of parents who though the accordion was the next great rock instrument. He also took his biggest steps to fame by impersonating Michael Jackson.
So, they may not have that much in common but there is one other thing they DO have in common: they can entertain a gathered mass of people. Luckily for music fans in the Phoenix metro, you can take your pick over the next two weeks.
Cray will perform at 8 p.m. in the Showroom at Talking Stick Resort on Friday, July 22. To buy tickets, call 480-850-7734 or go to http://www.talkingstickresort.com/
robertcray.aspx to learn more.
Yankovic will bring his singular style to Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St. in Phoenix Wednesday Aug. 3. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. Learn more at http://www.comericatheatre.com/Event
Pick one, or better yet, go to both. Yankovic will cure your blues, for sure.
Thursday, July 21
The Destruction of Memory, a film chronicling the terrorist group ISIS and its destruction of historic structures in Iraq and Syria, will be screened at 7 p.m. at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St. Director Tim Slade will discuss the film afterwards. Admission is $7 (or $4 for Members or Friends). To learn more, go to http://www.smoca.org/event/the-destruction-of-memory/
Friday, July 22
Blues great Robert Cray, winner of five Grammys, will perform at 8 p.m. in the Showroom at Talking Stick Resort. To buy tickets, call 480-850-7734 or go to http://www.talkingstickresort.com/robertcray.aspx to learn more.
Saturday, July 23
Sons of Texas, a metal band from the Lone Star State, will play at Pub Rock, 8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale. The opening acts are Shallow Side and Monaghans Dixon. Tickets range from $12 to $15; for more details, go to http://www.talkingstickresort.com/robertcray.aspx
The Amplified Jazz Experience will feature soul, jazz and funk courtesy of acclaimed artists like flutist Althea Rene, trumpet player Lin Rountree and Lebron, a saxophonist. They’ll be on stage starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. Tickets are $38 and $50, and can be purchased here: https://tca.ticketforce.com/ordertickets.asp?p=2603
The Billy Strings Trio, a bluegrass band lead by the aptly named lead guitarist Billy Strings, will perform at 7 p.m. in the Musical Instrument Museum Theatre, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Strings has won raves for his lightning-fast playing abilities. Ticket prices are between $28 and $33.50. To learn more, go to http://mimmusictheater.themim.org/billy-strings
Monday, July 25
She’s branched out into acting, but Jill Scott is best-known for her soulful singing. The Grammy-winning artist will be on stage at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. Georgia ME will be the opening act; the show will begin at 8 p.m. Ticket prices start at $60. For more details, go to http://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/other-presenters/an-evening-with-jill-scott
Wednesday, July 27
Known for hits like “Out of My League,” soul/indie band Fitz & the Tantrums will be on stage at the Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. The band’s latest single is “HandClap.” Zella Day will serve as the opening act; the show is all ages. Doors open at 7 p.m.; tickets start at $26. For more details, go to http://luckymanonline.com/events/fitz-the-tantrums/
Friday, July 29
Dry Heat Comedy All-Stars seems a fitting title for the Phoenix area — this time, the series features ultra-successful Jeff Foxworthy, who will be on stage at 8 p.m. in the Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St. Proceeds will benefit Hope for The Warriors, which offers support for veterans and their families. Tickets start at $45. Find out more at https://celebritytheatre.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1730
The song lyrics go, “There ain’t no cure for the summertime blues,” but there is an event for it: the Summer Blues Showcase, featuring Big Daddy D & the Dynamites, Acme Blues Band and Smokestack Lightning. The three bands will be on stage starting at 8 p.m at the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School in Phoenix. Admission is $8; for more details, go to http://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1230575-summer-blues-showcase-phoenix/
Dry River Yacht Club, a gypsy folk band, will perform at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. Also on the bill are WYVES and Lara Ruggles and The Lost Gold. The show starts at 9 p.m.; tickets are $10. To learn more, go to http://www.lastexitlive.com/event/1190863-dry-river-yacht-club-phoenix
Saturday, July 30
A screening of Durant's Never Closes will be held at 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Center for The Arts, 1202 N. Third St. The film, about Arizona’s most iconic restaurant, stars Tom Sizemore, Michelle Stafford and Peter Bogdanovich. Admission is $12; learn more at http://phoenixcenterforthearts.org/events/durants-never-closes/
Tuesday, Aug. 1 to 6
The Little Mermaid Jr. will be performed at 7 p.m. (or 5:30 p.m., depending on the day) at the Baker Performing Arts venue, 2270 E. Williams Field Road in Gilbert. The musical is based on Disney’s 1989 Oscar-winning animated movie. Tickets start at $7. To buy one, go to http://www.eventbrite.com/e/little-mermaid-jr-tickets-august-1st-700pm-tickets-26414583731?aff=es2
Tuesday, Aug. 2
A band whose success dates back in the early 1990s and a band who made it big over the last decade: Weezer and Panic! At The Disco’s summer tour will stop in Phoenix at the Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave. Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness will be the opening act. For more details or to get tickets, go to http://www.livenation.com/events/531013-aug-2-2016-weezer-and-panic-at-the-disco-summer-tour-2016
Wednesday, Aug. 3
From “My Bologna” in 1979 to “Tacky” in 2014, “Weird Al” Yankovic is the king of parody songs. He’s bringing his singular style to Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St. in Phoenix. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. Learn more at http://www.comericatheatre.com/EventDetail?tmeventid=190050520447521A&offerid=27595
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