Adele Brings Her
Sassy Self To Phoenix
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Aug. 3, 2017 — The music industry in a lot of respects is not in the best place right now. Sales continue to decline and it is hard to know where the saving grace lies. Well, for a great many of us, that saving grace is Adele, and she is bringing her Grammy Award winning voice to Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix.
There are few artists working today, or ever, that can achieve the success that Adele has in a relatively short period of time. Her album 21 launched her into the stratosphere with hit single after hit single, starting with “Rolling In The Deep,” which won her a Grammy. Following that album up seemed like an impossible task, but she did it in spades with 25.
Not only did her powerful voice and songwriting once again win over fans and critics, but she managed to set a record for most albums sold in a single week. A record which many thought would never be broken, especially given the fact that seemingly nobody is actually buying music anymore.
Adele is now touring in honor of 25, and that tour is making a highly anticipated stop for Valley residents to enjoy on Aug. 16 and 17. Anyone interested in seeing Adele this time around should jump on it, because tickets are going fast. You can grab them for both nights via Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com/adele-talking-stick-resort-arena-phoenix-az/venueartist/205079/1159272.
Friday, Aug. 5
Jay Leno is no longer burdened with hosting a late-night talk show five nights a week, so he is free to do what he does best: stand up comedy. Fortunately for residents of the Phoenix metro, Leno is bringing his act to Talking Stick Resort, 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, for a one-night-only event on Friday, Aug. 5 at 8 p.m. Tickets for the show are available now. To grab your tickets or to get a little more information on the show, visit the event page at www.talkingstickresort.com/jay-leno.aspx.
Saturday, Aug. 6
If comedy isn’t your speed, maybe Brantley Gilbert is. If you like modern country music presented by a muscle bound, cowboy hat wearing, American loving man of a man, then Gilbert is your guy. He will be playing a show at Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, beginning at 7 p.m, which can help country fans take the edge off until Country Thunder comes back around next year. For more information or to get tickets for the show, visit the event page at www.livenation.com/events/557252-aug-6-2016-brantley-gilbert-take-it-outside-tour-2016.
Sunday, Aug. 7
Have you ever watched Whose Line Is It Anyway? and thought “Yes, I would like to do that.” Well, the Improv Workshop at SMOCA, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, may not be able to teach anyone to be as good as Greg Proops, but it can help you get started. The 8-week improv course is being taught by Jose Gonzalez of Torch Theatre, which will teach various improv and theatre techniques. For more information or to sign up for the class, visit www.smoca.org/event/lit-up-8-week-improv-workshop.
Monday, Aug. 8
Boys of Summer Tour is going to be invading The Pressroom, 441 W. Madison St., Phoenix, at 5 p.m.. If you like boys or summer, combining the two should be pure bliss for you. Tickets for the event start at $29 and go up to $89, depending on what level of experience you desire. For more information or to get your tickets, visit the event page at www.thepressroomaz.com/event/1239645-boys-summer-tour-2016-phoenix/.
Thursday, Aug. 11
Reggae isn’t as omnipresent as it once was, but it is something that a certain subset of music consumers still very much enjoy. One of the premier names in modern Reggae, Rebelution, will be coming to the Comerica Theater, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix at 7 p.m. So if you find yourself to be in that particular subset of music consumers, mark it on your calendars. For more information or to grab tickets, visit www.comericatheatre.com/EventDetail?tmeventid=19005072F4AF4E45&offerid=28012.
Aug. 12 to 28
If seeing Grease live on TV wasn’t enough for you, then you can actually go see it live in person with other people at an actual theater from Friday. Aug. 12 to 28. A special performance of the iconic musical will be taking place at the Herberger Theater, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. The performance is being presented by the Valley Youth Theatre, with the first show starting at 7 p.m. and there will be plenty of opportunities to check it out during this run. So get out your leather jackets and your pomade, because it's Grease time. For more information or to grab tickets, visit www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/grease/.
If you are looking for something sweet and cheap to do that also has the added benefit of incorporating live music, then The Sugar Thieves have you covered. The powerhouse, blues based group is headed to The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, at 9 p.m. for a one night only show, that will only set you back $8. Tickets will be available at the door for this 21-and-over event. For more information or to grab your tickets ahead of time, visit www.rhythmroom.com/event/1161579-sugar-thieves-phoenix/.
Aug. 12 and 13
It doesn’t really matter who you are, if you don’t like a good laugh, you probably shouldn’t ever leave the house. But if you are a relatively normal person who does enjoy a good laugh, why not check out Cosmonaut Comedy, who will be doing a sketch comedy show at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, at 7:30 p.m . As an added bonus, the show is only $11, which makes for a pretty cheap night out. For more information or to get tickets, visit www.tempe.gov/Home/Components/News/News/6326/4100.
Saturday, Aug. 13
Sometimes you just need a little R&B in your life, and K. Michelle is coming to the Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix at 8:30 p.m. to bring the Valley just that. This is a one-night-only show, and there is a range of ticket prices for the show that can likely accommodate most budgets. There is even a VIP meet and greet available, but that comes with a $150 pricetag. For more information or to grab your tickets, visit celebritytheatre.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1741.
Gregory Alan Isakov is one of the most compelling, and most praised singer-songwriters working today, and he is brining is Leonard Cohen/Bruce Springsteen-esque vibe to The Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa at 7:30 p.m. If the critics are to be believed, this show would be a bargain at any price, but tickets start at $27.50, in this particular instance. For more information or to grab tickets for the show, visit the event page at www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/other-presenters/gregory-alan-isakov-with-symphony-of-the-southwest.
Adrianna Marie & Her Groovecutters are bringing a night of blues to The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, at 9 p.m. and it is shaping up to be a fun night. Not only will she be bringing along LA Jones, Thomas Yearsley and Brian Fahey, but the AZ Lindy Hop Society will be holding swing dance lessons before the show. If you don’t want to miss out on the blues rock and swing dance fun, head on over to the event page to get your tickets and info at www.rhythmroom.com/event/1226905-adrianna-marie-her-phoenix/.
Monday, Aug. 15
Us The Duo are bringing their one-two punch to the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix, at 8 p.m. for a night two piece awesomeness. They will be joined by the Gardiner Sisters for this 16 and over event. For more information or to grab tickets for the show, visit the event page at www.crescentphx.com/event/1185157-us-duo-phoenix/.
If we told you the “African Bob Marley,” was coming to Phoenix, would you be interested? How about if a performer was coming to town that was to Nigerians what James Brown was to Americans? OK, his name is King Sunny Adé and he has also been called Afro-pop royalty. You can see him beginning at 7 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. For more information, visit http://mimmusictheater.themim.org/king-sunny-ade-2
Aug. 16 and 17
The music industry may not in the best place right now but not to fear, because Adele is here to dave us all! She is bringing her Grammy Award winning voice to Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E Jefferson St., Phoenix for a two-night-only show that you would probably kick yourself for missing if you don’t make it. If you are interested in going, the show starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.ticketmaster.com/adele-talking-stick-resort-arena-phoenix-az/venueartist/205079/1159272.
(Preview Of Next Week)
Wednesday, Aug. 24
Last, but most certainly not least, the D O double G himself, Snoop Dogg will be bringing The High Road tour to Phoenix. Snoop Dogg will be joined by his Mary Jane loving partner in crime Wiz Khalifa at Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, at 7 p.m. with other special guests. For more information, including the full lineup and ticket information, visit the event page at www.livenation.com/events/554233-aug-24-2016-merry-jane-presents-snoop-dogg-wiz-khalifa-the-high-road-tour.