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Unlimited Arts July 20 To 31: Need To Beat The Heat? There Are Lots Of Cool Happenings In the Phoenix Metro: From Cowboys To Dr. Seuss 


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

July 20, 2019 — In the 30 years after the 1940s — around 1970 for those of you who can’t count — music had changed so much that those popular artists from the years after World War II were already relics.

But since the 1980s, outside of the rap and hip-hop, music fans still love that old time rock and roll. This is clearly seen in the dearth of geriatic rockers and tribute bands that draw thousands each year.

Some of the biggest actual bands — or most of them — will hit the Phoenix metro this July, including Yes, Asia and Emerson Lake and Palmer July 24.

Also, rock n’ roll’s original conservative firebrand, Ted Nugent will hit the stage in the Phoenix metro July 28.

Fans of the 1980s Britsh Scene have a treat in store for them if they catch the collection of The Alarm, Modern English, and Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel July 31.

Or, catch someone who hits many different types of music and see Weird Al Yankovic Aug. 3.

Eat it, just eat it.

Saturday, July 20

For a bit of refined entertainment, Jazz fusion virtuoso Billy Cobham, a master drummer, percussionist, composer, producer, educator, clinician and tireless musical explorer will appear at 7:30 p.m. in Mesa Arts Center’s Piper Theater, One E. Main St. in Mesa. Trumpeter Randy Brecker will also be featured. For more information, visit

1980s legendary band Camper Van Beethoven might have taken the skinheads bowling, but 1990s legendary band Cracker baked some Sweet Potato. 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
Popular rock band Shinedown will play The Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St. in Phoenix. Opening acts include Badflower, Dinosaur Pile-Up and Broken Hands. Showtime is 6:30 p.m.; admission starts at $88. For more info, check out

Sunday, 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

July 23, 25 and 27

Seussical Kids, a musical featuring many beloved Dr. Seuss characters, will run today, and July 25 and 27 at Baker Performing Arts, 2218 E. Williams Field Road in Gilbert. For more details and ticket prices, visit

Wednesday, July 24

Yes, Asia is an offshoot of Yes. Huh? We’re not talking a continent and an affirmative word, but two bands who are among the most influential of the 1970s and 1980s. Catch a collection of talent from two of these bands along with John Lodge and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy beginning at 7 p.m. at Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Ave., Phoenix. For more information, visit

Friday, July 26

A reception for the exhibit West of Center: Highlights from the Wickenburg Art Club will be held at 5 p.m. at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg. Featured artists will be on hand; there will also be refreshments. To learn more, check out

 July 26 and 27

The Harry Potter Weekend will start at 7:30 p.m. at the National Comedy Theatre, 214 W Main Street in Mesa. Admission to this all-ages show ranges between $12 and $14 (and those wearing a Harry Potter-themed costume will save $2); there will also be a “Honeydukes Pop Up Candy Shop.” For more info, visit

Saturday, July 27

Desert Caballeros Western Museum is hosting an event for the 15th annual National Day of the Cowboy in Wickenburg. The event, included with museum admission, will feature Speaking of Wickenburg, a large-scale recreation of the town around the turn of the century. To learn more, call (928) 684-2272 or visit

Hip-hop band The Dobre Brothers will play The Pressroom, 441 W. Madison St. in Phoenix. General admission starts at $29.99; showtime is 11:30 a.m. For more info, go to

The Rockstar Energy DISRUPT Festival will take place starting at 1:30 p.m. at The Ak Chin Pavilion. 2121 N. 83rd Ave. in Phoenix. The roster features The Used, Thrice, Circa Survive, Sum 41 and other artists. For ticket prices or other details, check out

Sister Act, a musical version of the 1992 hit movie starring Whoopie Goldberg, will run through Aug. 24 at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane in Peoria. For ticket prices or other info, visit or call (623) 776-8400.

Sunday, July 28

Ted Nugent may be a rebel within rock n’ roll — no drugs, republican, avid hunter — but he’s coming to the Phoenix metro for a 7 p.m. show at Celebrity Theatre 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. While we can’t promise that there won’t be a “Send her back” chant, we can be sure he’ll perform Cat Scratch Fever. It’s something. For more information, visit

Monday, July 29

The Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, is a bit like NPR mixed with Upper West Side sensibilities. Hence, the booking of the esoteric Julia Holter at 7 p.m.. This lady is really smooth. Check it if you have that sort of attitude.

Wednesday, July 31

A fraternity of alternative British rock bands led by acoustic pioneers The Alarm, post punk auteurs Modern English, and the charismatic Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel will bring their combined show to Celebrity Theatre 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, staring at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Saturday, Aug. 3

Weird Al Yankovic is a legend. Is there anything else to be said? It’s Weird Al, after all. Either you love him or hate him, but he’s a legend. The show beings at 8 p.m. at Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St. in Phoenix. For more information, visit


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

Aug. 6-11 

Critically acclaimed and Tony-winning musical The Book of Mormon will run at the Arizona State University Gammage. Admission starts at $40; to learn more, check out

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