Festival Starts Off Fall
In A Jazzy Way
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Sept. 14, 2018 — The temps are still mighty warm in the metro Phoenix area — but way too many pumpkin spice products or not, there’s still a feeling of fall in the air (even if summer doesn’t officially end until Sept. 22).
One way to celebrate the new season is by checking out The Get Jazzed festival on Friday (Sept. 14) at the Mesa Arts Center.
Three stages will feature performances by band, such as Chicago-based Sidewalk Chalk, who specialize in hip hop, jazz and funk.
Other artists on the bill are the Dennis Rowland Band with Jesse McGuire, Blaise Lantana (both are based in Arizona), Let Freedom Swing All Stars and more.
Get Jazzed will be held from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. There will also be five new jazz-themed exhibitions in the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, lots of food options (including barbecue and snowcones), live-artist demos, various food options, art activities and more.
This festival also kicks off a new season for the Arts Center as well. This family friendly event is free. The Mesa Arts Center is located One E. Main St. For more details, visit https://www.mesaartscenter.com/seasonkickoff
Friday, Sept. 14
Based on the 1984 blockbuster movie, the musical Footloose will be staged at Greasepaint, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale. Admission is $17; for show times or other info, visit https://greasepaint.org/product/shows/footloose/
The Phoenix Symphony will perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony through Sept. 16 at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. Tickets start at $25; to learn more, visit https://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=11131
Sunday, Sept. 16
Rock band Doll Skin will take the stage at Pub Rock, 8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale. Supporting acts are Jacky Vincent, Good Boy Daisy and Constellations. Admission ranges between $15 and $20; the show starts at 7 p.m. Learn more at https://www.pubrocklive.com/event/1731687-doll-skin-jacky-vincent-scottsdale/
Monday, Sept. 17
Americana band Carbon Leaf (who are based in Virginia) will play at 7 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Tickets start at $38.50. For more details, check out https://mim.org/events/carbon-leaf-sep-17-2018/
Thursday, Sept. 20
Rockabilly trio VooDoo Swing will perform at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. This free show is open to those 21 and over. For more details on the band, check out https://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1747169-voodoo-swing-phoenix/
Friday, Sept. 21
Sinatra and Friends, featuring Steve Lippia, will perform with The Phoenix Symphony through Sept. 23 in Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St. Lippia will sing Rat Pack classics like Luck Be A Lady and Come Fly with Me. For showtimes or ticket prices, check out https://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=10987
Jazz/hip hop artists The Gaines Brothers will perform at 8:30 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for The Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Admission ranges from $12 to $15; for more details, go to https://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/the-gaines-brothers/
Saturday, Sept. 22
Sing Your Face Off!, a drag karaoke contest, will be held starting at 10 p.m. at the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. To learn more, call 602-716-2222 or visit https://www.crescentphx.com/event/1755612-sing-your-face-off-drag-phoenix/
Tennessee folk/classical band The Annie Moses Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Tempe Center for The Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. Tickets are $35 and $45; for more info, check out https://www.tempecenterforthearts.com/events/tca-presents-2018-19-season/annie-moses-band or call (480) 350-2822.
The Ninth Annual Brazilian Day Festival will be held from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. this celebration of Brazil’s Independence Day features more than 90 musicians, dancers and performers from across Brazil, Mexico and the United States. Admission is $15, and $5 for ages 11 and under. Visit http://www.braziliandayarizona.com/ for more information.
Phoenix Children’s Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cityscape, 1 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Planned activities include a “Diaper Derby for Tots,” Discovery and themed Fun Zones, and a variety of gourmet food trucks. Proceeds will benefit a back-to-school drive. Admission ranges from $1 for ride tickets to $50 for an all-day pass. To learn more, check out http://www.phoenixchildrensfestival.com/
Friday, Sept. 28
The opera Maria de Buenos Aires, produced by Arizona Opera, will run through Sept. 30 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. For showtime and ticket prices, visit https://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/maria-de-buenos-aires/
Presented by The Black Theatre Troupe, The Wiz will run through Oct. 14 at the theater, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Admission is $35; for showtimes or other information, visit http://new-wp.blacktheatretroupe.org/the-wiz/
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