The Fourth is Dead. Long
Live July In The PHX Metro
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
July 6, 2019 — With the July 4 fireworks done and exploded, now is the time for all good Americans to get back in the groove — of normal entertainment, that is.
There’s a lot going on in the Phoenix metro over the next two weeks, including rock shows from established stars as well as some from up-and-comers. For example, catch ultra-famous Beck July 21, Toots and the Maytals July 18, and Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven July 20. For more modern, underground tastes, catch Thunderpussy July 16 or Guster July 10.
For those into art, there is a veterans art event July 13 and 14.
Catch these events and more in this version of the Unlimited Arts calendar.
Saturday, July 6
Press materials for Doll Skin call them, “four, incredibly talented, badass, multi-colored hair females all under the age of twenty-two. Meghan, Nicole, Sydney and Alex are working towards GIRL DOMINATION.” It’s worth a shot to see if they can entertain a crowd. Since this is nearly the last stop on a summer tour, odds are they have figured something out. They will be appearing at The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, with Real Friends, The Early November beginning at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.thevanburenphx.com/?
Sunday, July 7
Meet your favorite local bands and other faces of the local music scene at Let It Roll Bowl, 8925 N. 12th Street, Phoenix, beginning at noon, for Indie Bowl. The event is open to anyone who can get four people together. Cost is $25 per bowler. For more information and to register, visit http://indiebowl.com
Wednesday, July 10
Guster and Kolars will be overtaking The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St. starting at 7 p.m. Give it a shot if you like finding new music. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2389374187975465/
Horse Jumper of Love — a rock band from Boston — will be hitting the West starting tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Lunchbox, 4432 E. McDowell Rd. Phoenix. Also appearing will be Twin Ponies and Dueño. For more information, visit https://www.lunchboxphx.com/e/horse-jumper-of-love-63354932308/
Thursday, July 11
You can dance if you want to! Yup, Men Without Hats will be opening for Howard Jones at Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix at 7:30 p.m.
July 12 to 28
They’re creepy and kooky. They are also on the stage. The Addams Family comes to The Herberger Theatre, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, for a two-week run. For more information, visit https://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/the-addams-family/
Saturday, July 13
Trapfest AZ, sponsored by Relentless Beats and Crowd Surf will bring the bass to the The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, at 9 p.m. Headliners are Flasstradamus, B2B 4B, Atliens, Minesweepa. For more information, visit http://relentlessbeats.com/events/trapfest-phoenix-2019-the-van-buren-071319/
July 13 and 14
Mesa Arts Center’s Arts in Service program will offer a weekend of free arts workshops to veterans and military service members July 13 and 14 and an open house Aug. 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. Mediums offered in the weekend workshops include printmaking, glass, jewelry and welding, and those interested in participating can register and learn more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 480-644-6564.
Experience the music, food and culture of France at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 13 and 14.
Tuesday, July 16
Thunderpussy! Heard of them? Well, give it a shot if you like tough talk and attitude. Or not. Thunderpussy! Also appearing will be Black Pistol Fire. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. For more info, visit https://www.crescentphx.com/event/1847364-black-pistol-fire-x-phoenix/
Thursday, July 18
Roots Reggae doesn’t get much more roots than Toots! Toots and the Maytals will appear at The Marquee, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, visit
Friday, July 19
The Hinder, a rock band that has made a mark or two on the scene since forming in 2001, is coming to The Marquee, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, with doors opening at 6 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.ticketweb.com/event/hinder-sponge-marquee-theatre-tickets/9448005?pl=themarquee&edpPlParam=%3Fpl%3Dthemarquee
For those that still remember the 1960s and 1970s, or just like the music of those decades, check-out Happy Together, a gathering of The Turtles, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, The Buckinghams, The Classics IV and The Cowsills at 8 p.m., Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. https://www.talkingstickresort.com/phoenix-scottsdale-concerts-entertainment/entertainment-listing/salt-river-grand-ballroom/the-happy-together-tour/
Saturday, July 20
For entertainment a bit more refined, Jazz fusion virtuoso Billy Cobham, a master drummer, percussionist, composer, producer, educator, clinician and tireless musical explorer will appear at Mesa Arts Center’s Piper Theater, One E. Main St., Mesa at 7:30 p.m. Trumpeter Randy Brecker will also be featured. For more information, visit https://mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/billy-cobham-and-the-crosswinds-project
1980s legendary band Camper Van Beethoven might have taken the skinheads bowling, but 1990s legendary band Cracker got low. Regardless, David Lowery is now touring with both of the bands he led to fame and fortune and will bring that combined roadshow to Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.crescentphx.com/event/1855270-cracker-camper-van-beethoven-phoenix/
Saturday, July 21
He’s not a loser and luckily no one has killed him. Regardless, the single-named artist known as Beck (real name Beck Hansen) will bring his talents to the Ak Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, at 6 p.m. Also appearing is Cage The Elephant. For more information, visit https://www.livenation.com/events/1018487-jul-21-2019-beck-and-cage-the-elephant-the-night-running-tour
Scottsdale Arts’ Collaborative Community Engagement Program is now open for submissions, and will run through Jan. 30, 2020. This new program enables and encourages local artistic and professional development in Stage 2 of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. To learn more, visit https://scottsdaleperformingarts.org/ccep/
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