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Unlimited Arts Aug. 30 To Sept. 13: Along With Longtime Icons Of The American Music Scene, There Will Also Be Area Performances By Irish Bluegrass, Latin Performers And Much More


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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Aug. 30, 2019 — Before we all know it, fall will be here. School is in session and football is starting, so there’s plenty on which to focus. 

This September in the Phoenix metro area also means plenty of great live music, starting with Arizona psychedelic blues/rock band Desert Purple, who will play The Rhythm Room this Saturday, Aug. 31. (See dates below for more details). Then, on Sunday, Sept. 1, Irish bluegrass band JigJam will play the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Another under-the-radar act, Explosions in the Sky, a Texas post-rock band now in their second decade,  will perform Sept. 11 at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Mesa St. Sessa will be the opening act.

For those who like to know the acts a bit better, there are also legends galore coming to the area. First, David Crosby & Friends will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. The rock legend and his band will perform some of his best-loved songs and greatest hits, along with tunes off his album Skytrails. (See date below for more details). 

Those who came into their adulthood in the 1990s may remember that 25-years-ago the Dave Matthews Band released its jazz and funk rock album Under the Table and Dreaming. It was a multi-platinum success, with more hits to follow. The band will perform at 8 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd St., Phoenix.

There are plenty more cool concerts happening (including an all-female Iron Maiden tribute band and Eric Clapton) in the Valley of the Sun listed in this week’s calendar. Read on and find out! 

Friday, Aug. 30

“You might be a redneck …” that line launched the career of Jeff Foxworthy, who will perform at 8 p.m. in the Salt River Grand Ballroom at the Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. To learn more about the popular comedian or for ticket prices, check out https://www.talkingstickresort.com/phoenix-scottsdale-concerts-entertainment/entertainment-listing/salt-river-grand-ballroom/jeff-foxworthy/ 



Saturday, Aug. 31

Arizona psychedelic blues/rock band Desert Purple will play The Rhythm Room this Saturday (Aug. 31) The show will start at 5 p.m., and admission is $5. The venue is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Check out https://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1877637-desert-purple-album-release-phoenix/ for more information. 

Sunday, Sept. 1

Irish bluegrass band JigJam will play the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.; admission starts at $28.50. To learn more details, visit https://mim.org/events/jigjam-sep-1-2019/.

Wednesday, Sept. 4

Colorado-based “funk-adelic-grass” band Liver Down The River will perform at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave. Roger Dabsworth will be the special guest. Admission ranges between $7 and $10; the show starts at 8:30 p.m. To learn more, visit https://www.lastexitlive.com/e/liver-down-the-river-w-special-guests-roger-dabsworth-67170188843/

Friday, Sept. 6 to 29

Xanadu -- starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly -- wasn’t a big hit when released in 1980, but the movie spawned numerous pop hits and has gained cult status. It’s now a hit musical, running through Sept. 29 at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. For ticket prices or other details, check out https://azbroadway.org/event/xanadu/ 

Sept. 6 to 8

Columbinus a play focusing on the April 1999 massacre at Columbine High School, will run today through Sept. 8 at the Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale. Because of the subject matter, the show is not for young children and those between 16 and 18 need parental permission to attend. Admission is $20; for showtimes or other information, visit https://greasepaint.org/product/shows/columbinus/ 

Saturday, Sept. 7

The Iron Maidens, an all-female tribute band playing the music of the venerated British heavy metal group, will play at 6 p.m. at The Marquee, 730 N. Mill Ave. in Tempe. There is an opening act. Admission starts at $20; visit https://www.luckymanonline.com/event/9556725/the-iron-maidens/ to learn more.

Hardcore blues rocker Popa Chubby will play the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and admission ranges from $15 t0 $20. For more details, go to https://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1827664-popa-chubby-phoenix/

Starting at 2 p.m., noted Arizona author Jenn McKinlay will be at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore, 4014 N Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale. McKinlay’s work includes the New York Times bestseller Word To The Wise. For more details, visit https://poisonedpen.com/.

Sept. 8 to Oct. 13

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane -- based on the popular children’s novel by Kate DiCamillo -- will run through Oct. 13 at The Herberger Theater Center. The book is based on the journey of a beloved lost toy. Tickets start at $12. The theater is located at 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. For showtimes or other info, visit https://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/the-miraculous-journey-of-edward-tulane/ 

Tuesday, Sept. 10

Los Angeles alt-pop band Flor is playing the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. Joan and Lostboycrow are the opening acts. Showtime is 8 p.m., and admission is $18. Check out https://www.evernote.com/shard/s16/sh/999be796-7233-41f6-b99e-fb2f681e7475/c25f8d353a942b8aa52305de57767afe to learn more. 

Wednesday, Sept. 11

Texas post-rock band Explosions in the Sky will perform at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Mesa St. Sessa will be the opening act. The show will start at 8 p.m. For ticket prices or more details on this acclaimed group, go to http://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/explosions-in-the-sky 

Thursday, Sept. 12

David Crosby & Friends will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. Accompanied by his band, the rock legend and his band will perform some of his best-loved songs and greatest hits, along with tunes off his album Skytrails. Tickets start at $40. For more details, go to https://celebrity.ticketforce.com/shows/show.aspx?sh=CLT19CROS

Friday, Sept. 13

The production Blues in the Night will run through Sept. 29 at the Black Theatre Troupe, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Featured music includes the work of legends like Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Ida Cox and more. For showtimes, ticket prices or other details, visit http://new-wp.blacktheatretroupe.org/blues-in-the-night/ 

FLOURISH: The Art of Life on Earth, a festival focusing on nature, will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Mesa Arts Center. There will be live music, activities, crafts, art demonstrations, vendors, food and more. Admission to this family friendly event is free; the center is located at One E. Main. St. For more information and a full schedule, visit https://www.evernote.com/shard/s16/sh/e4d7fb73-4209-410f-af2e-3b8ca8b6bd97/2e90e33d1ced47b783ab77766fea73d4 

Twenty-five years ago, the Dave Matthews Band released its jazz and funk rock album Under the Table and Dreaming. It was a multi-platinum success, with more hits to follow. The band will perform at 8 p.m. at the Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd St., Phoenix. Tickets are $45.50 and up. For more details, go to https://www.livenation.com/events/1001580-sep-13-2019-dave-matthews-band 

Saturday, Sept. 14

When it comes to rock guitarists, he’s recognized as one of the best ever: Eric Clapton. The legend will perform in the Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Acclaimed blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughn is the special guest. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.; for ticket prices or other details, go to http://www.talkingstickresortarena.com/events/detail/eric-clapton 

Latin music group Jaleo will perform at 8 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. The show is entitled CubaCaribe. Admission ranges from $15 to $19. To learn more, check out https://scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/jaleo-cubacaribe/

Wednesday, Sept. 18

He may be known as “Cinna” from The Hunger Games but first and foremost, Lenny Kravitz is a successful roots rocker. He’ll play the Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Available tickets are $58.50. For more information, visit http://www.comericatheatre.com/EventDetail?tmeventid=19005699CCF85D04&offerid=103520

Ongoing

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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