B-52s, Blink-182, Blige,
DND7, Heat-Up A Hot PHX
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Aug. 2, 2019 — Regardless of genre or audience, the Phoenix metro is hosting some entertainment and art events to the area.
Whether it's the Blink-182, Lil Wayne and Neck Deep show Aug. 5, The Book of Mormon Aug. 6 to 11, or Jamaica Independence Dance Aug. 10 and much more, there is a lot of fun to be had over the next two weeks.
One event sure to be accessible and a great time for nearly all ages and interests is The B-52s Aug. 14
Their career has had it ups and downs, one thing is for sure: The B-52s have never been boring.
Emerging from the college scene of Athens, Ga., the new wave band rose from being cult favorites to multi-platinum superstars.
When they first formed in 1976, members Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson, Ricky Wilson and Keith Strickland drew from 1950s and 1960s pop sources. Schneider’s sprechgesang, along with the powerful vocals of Pierce and Cindy Wilson, give the band their unique sound.
Their daringly kitschy 1979 album, with hits like Rock Lobster and Planet Claire, garnered critical acclaim and even won the band an appearance on Saturday Night Live.
Famed music critic Robert Christgau praised the band “for the pop junk they recycle — with love and panache.”
Their look — 1950s and 1960 clothes and hairstyles — also attracted plenty of attention with its modern-cool yet retro aesthetic.
The band continued putting out interesting albums, but suffered a devastating loss in 1985, when guitarist Ricky Wilson died from AIDS. A mediocre album followed in 1986, and it seemed like the end for The B-52s — until June 1989, when they released Cosmic Thing.
With a more melodic sound and mature feel, the album featured the mega-hits Love Shack and Roam. Cosmic Thing would go on to sell 5 million copies. The band would release several greatest hits albums, and then re-emerge with Funplex in 2008.
Phoenix fans can see this legendary band Wednesday, Aug. 14, when they bring their 40th Anniversary World Tour to Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington, Phoenix. The band is joined on tour by two other highly popular new wave bands, Berlin and OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark). Showtime is at 7 p.m.; for more details, go to http://www.comericatheatre.com/EventDetail?tmeventid=190056889E5123C0&offerid=103517
Friday, Aug. 2
The play In The Kingdom of Clouds, written by Gerry Cullity, is opening up at Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. For showtimes or ticket prices, check out https://www.desertstages.org/in-the-kingdom-of-clouds/ or call 480-483-1664.
Saturday, Aug. 3
Weird Al Yankovic is a legend. 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., Phoenix. For more information, visit http://www.comericatheatre.com/EventDetail?tmeventid=19005568E9284357&offerid=93301
Monday, Aug. 5
Ultra-popular with the kiddos, The Wiggles perform at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St. in Phoenix. Admission starts at $40; and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. To learn more, check out https://phoenix.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=532
SoCal’s own Blink-182 — releasing a new album in September — will play the Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. Rap superstar Lil’ Wayne and Neck Deep are also on the bill. Go to https://www.livenation.com/events/1092615-aug-5-2019-blink-182-lil-wayne for more details.
Tuesday, Aug. 6
Critically acclaimed and Tony-winning musical The Book of Mormon will run through Aug. 11 at the Arizona State University Gammage. Admission starts at $40; to learn more, check out https://www.asugammage.com/shows-events/book-mormon
Arizona Theater Co. now has tickets on sale for The Royale and Silent Sky The Royale will be staged in Tucson from Sept. 7-28 and in Phoenix from Oct. 3-20. Silent Sky will be on stage in Tucson from Oct. 22-Nov. 9 and in Phoenix from Nov. 14-Dec. 1. For more info, go to https://arizonatheatre.org/
Friday, Aug. 9
An acclaimed performer for over 25 years, singer and actress Mary J. Blige is playing Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. Rapper Nas, also a star, is the opening act. The show starts at 8 p.m. Ticket prices start at $30. For more details, visit https://www.livenation.com/events/1075465-aug-9-2019-mary-j-blige-nas
Based on Roald Dahl’s novel, the musical Matilda will run through Aug. 25 at The Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix. Admission ranges from $20.50 to $39.50. To learn more, check out https://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/matilda/
Saturday, Aug. 10
Jamaica Independence Dance is being held starting at 8 p.m. at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. David Allison with 602 Band will perform, with Lady Djahna as special guest. Music will be spun by DJs Kings International, Buck Rogers and Chris/Da Specialist. Jamaican Independence Day is actually Aug. 6, but that is not a Saturday, mon. Tickets are $15 in advance. Visit https://www.lastexitlive.com/e/jamaica-independence-dance-66082377169/ for more details.
The National Theatre Live’s production of Allelujah!, written by Alan Bennett, will be screened at 1 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Admission is $18 for non-members and $15 for members. For more information, check out
Thursday, Aug. 15
Alternative punk band DND7 will perform at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Admission is $10, and the show will start at 8 p.m. To learn more info, check out https://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1877360-dnd7-phoenix/
Friday, Aug. 16
Veteran country singer and musician Radney Foster, formerly of Foster & Lloyd, will perform at 7:30 p.m. at The Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Admission ranges from $33.50 to $38.50. Visit https://mim.org/events/radney-foster-aug-16-2019/ to learn more.
The play Puffs is running through Sept. 29 at Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. Written by Matt Cox, the play centers around the Puffs, who attended a wizarding school (a la Harry Potter). Go to https://www.desertstages.org/puffs/ for other details, showtimes and ticket prices.
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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